Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my rhinoplasty cost?

Your cosmetic rhinoplasty price will be determined during your complimentary consultation, as it ultimately depends on many variables. A cosmetic rhinoplasty generally ranges in price from $7000-$9000, while minor procedures performed in-office cost considerably less. We work with CareCredit to offer financing for patients who qualify.

Will my price quote include surgery center fees and anesthesia?

Yes, the price quote from Waterman Rhinoplasty will include all surgery center and anesthesia fees, your pre-operative appointment and the standard post-operative appointments. It will be your responsibility to pay for prescription medications (pain medication and antibiotics, etc.) and the supplies you will need pre- and post- op, including Afrin, triple antibiotic ointment, and over the counter medications.

Will my rhinoplasty be covered by insurance?

Your cosmetic rhinoplasty will not be covered by insurance. All expenses will be the responsibility of the patient, who will be required to sign a financial agreement prior to scheduling surgery.

I was told I will need a septoplasty as well as rhinoplasty, will it be covered by insurance?

Septoplasty (surgical correction of the inside structure of the nose to improve breathing) may be covered in part or in entirety by your insurance. Coverage for septoplasty varies depending on your health care plan, and is ultimately determined case-by-case. Any deductibles and co-insurances will still apply, according to your individual insurance account. For most septoplasty, the outward appearance of the nose is not changed.

Some patients have combined cases of septoplasty and rhinoplasty. The septoplasty portion may be covered separately by your insurance company, while the remaining expenses related to cosmetic rhinoplasty would be the responsibility of the patient.

If you have trouble breathing through your nose, we can arrange your appointment with Dr. Waterman’s ENT clinic. You must present your insurance information prior to scheduling your insurance based consultation. If you have nasal obstruction, it may be due to underlying sinus problems. Dr. Waterman also performs balloon sinuplasty for nasal and sinus blockage. Click here for more information.

Why do I have to avoid the sun after my rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty involves separating skin from the underlying bone and cartilage. Sunlight can cause scar tissue to develop, or otherwise complicate the healing process. To avoid scarring and to ensure the best results of your rhinoplasty, you should take care to avoid exposing your nose to sunlight following your surgery. If you must go outside in direct sunlight, you should wear a hat that blocks the sun and gently apply a facial sunscreen.

How long will I have to be out of work?

Your post-operative appointment will be one week after your rhinoplasty. After that time, you will likely be able to return to work and all other normal activities. You should avoid strenuous exercise until your one-month follow up. Be sure to discuss your occupation with Dr. Waterman during your consultation, as everyone recovers at their own pace and has their own set of circumstances to manage.

When will I see the final results of my rhinoplasty?

Acute swelling and bruising tends to subside 7 to 10 days after rhinoplasty. At the one-week post-operative appointment, many patients say they can see and feel a difference after the cast has been removed. Results become apparent when discoloration and swelling mostly subsides, typically between the one-week and one-month post-operative appointments. The internal structures of your nose continue to set and to heal during the months after surgery, so you may notice refinement even six months to a year after surgery.

Does rhinoplasty hurt?

During surgery, you will be given general anesthesia, so you will not be conscious or uncomfortable. You will be given prescription pain medication for use as needed during your recovery. There is a great range in the experience of pain in rhinoplasty patients. Many individuals never take the prescription pain medication at all and are comfortable with acetaminophen alone, but the medication may be helpful during the first four days or so if swelling and inflammation are causing discomfort.


Have more questions? Please contact us and we’ll be more than happy to answer them for you.