As stated above, these complications are unlikely. However, patients can take steps to reduce their risks even further. First, they should choose a qualified surgeon, according to the guidelines listed above. Selecting an outstanding doctor, who maintains proper safety standards, can minimize the chances of infection, perforation, and other difficulties. An experienced surgeon can also ensure aesthetically pleasing results.
Rhinoplasty can be performed in one of three places: private surgical suites, ambulatory surgical centers, or hospitals. You should speak with your surgeon and make certain that their chosen venue has been accredited by an organization such as the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAA), the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), or the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
In recent years, medical tourism, or going outside the U.S. for a surgery or procedure, has become more popular. Patients go to other countries to have rhinoplasty and other surgery performed at a lower cost. While several other countries, such as South Korea, Columbia, and Italy, may have surgeons willing to perform rhinoplasty at a low cost, the quality and safety standards may not be as closely regulated as they are in the U.S.
When rhinoplasty is performed primarily for cosmetic purposes, it is rarely covered by insurance. However, insurance companies will often pay for procedures to correct a deviated septum or other breathing issues. A doctor's administrative staff can help patients determine whether they are eligible for insurance coverage. In many cases, they will even file the claim and handle any other paperwork.
To perform fat grafting, a doctor uses liposuction to remove unwanted fat cells from another part of the body. Then he or she will purify the cells and inject them at varying depths in the face to create more defined cheekbones and a youthful appearance. Dermal fillers add volume to the face, and in some cases, they can even increase collagen production. The results can last for months, and patients may undergo routine touchups.
It’s important to understand exactly what your doctor’s quote includes. Does the number only include your surgeon’s fee? Or will it cover anesthesia, hospital fees, pre- or post-op appointments, and medications you’ll need throughout your recovery? If your doctor’s estimate doesn’t consider all those costs, be sure to factor them into your budget. Also be sure to ask how your surgeon handles revisions, in case you aren’t happy with your initial results.