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Frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Q&A

Will my insurance or Medicare cover rhinoplasty?

Not unless it’s done for medical reasons. This sometimes happens, because a deviated septum can cause breathing problems and sleep apnea, which can lead to a variety of other problems in turn. But if it’s strictly cosmetic, you’ll have to pay for it yourself.


What’s the best way to prepare for a rhinoplasty?

First, have a long talk with your surgeon. Make sure he or she understands what you want, and listen to his or her advice. There may be computer imaging software in the office that can show you a 3D image of your face with its new nose. Stop smoking for a couple of weeks before the surgery, and don’t take any aspirin, ibuprofen or herbal supplements.


How many rhinoplasties are performed every year in the U.S.?

The number changes from year to year. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that just under 218,000 nose reshaping procedures were done in 2015, and a similar number in 2014.


How often do rhinoplasties fail, and what goes wrong?

About 90 percent of those who get nose jobs are satisfied with them, and only about one in thirty actually needs to be redone. If the surgeon lacks experience, or fails to communicate properly with the patient, this can lead to unsatisfactory results. A problem that used to be more common is surgeons who only know how to produce one kind of nose, no matter what sort of face. And if the patient’s desire for plastic surgery arose from psychological issues, those issues may not be resolved after the surgery.


Sometimes things go wrong during recovery. The patient may catch a cold or have an accident while their nose is still fragile. Even severe sun exposure can damage the nose at this stage. This is why it’s important to be careful.


If I don’t like my nose job, what can I do about it?

Revision rhinoplasty can be done, but it requires a particularly skilled surgeon. You should wait until about a year after the first surgery to have the second one done.


Charlotte’s most experienced rhinoplasty surgeon

Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s best rhinoplasty surgeon. He’s been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has devoted himself entirely to facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs. Many of his patients have already had rhinoplasty done by other surgeons, and come to him for revision rhinoplasty to get the results they really wanted. If you need rhinoplasty, schedule your appointment today or ask for online consultation to get a discount on the fee.

Contact Dr. Sean Freeman at Only FacesCharlotte’s most experienced rhinoplasty surgeon and top facial plastic surgeon, to schedule a consultation to find out what procedure is right for you. Call today.