Facial Reconstructive Surgery

James S February 8, 2020
Facial Reconstructive Surgery

Considering nose surgery or maybe fuller lips? There are a variety of reasons why many women and men choose facial reconstructive surgery. For some, it can help improve self-esteem by having facial features that are more proportionate or symmetrical. For others, it's a matter of reconstructing the face to improve health and emotional well-being. But regardless of your reasons, before you make a final decision, you should speak to a certified plastic surgeon about the procedure you are interested in and decide if it's the right choice for you. Read on to learn more about the most popular types of facial reconstructive surgery and how to find a doctor near you.

One of the most popular types of facial reconstructive surgery is rhinoplasty, a surgery that can enhance the look of a nose or even make it function better. A plastic surgeon can increase or decrease the size of a nose to be more proportionate with your other facial features. The surgeon may reduce the size of the bridge or nasal tip or both, depending on your preferences. Results can dramatic or a little more subtle, as even a little reconstruction might make a bigger difference than you realize. Provided it's a change you personally want to make, and it's one that you know will boost your self-confidence, then rhinoplasty can improve your emotional well-being. In some cases, if the nose has a defect from birth or due to an accident, surgery can help reform the nose in appearance or to correct a health concern. Surgery may improve breathing caused by conditions such as a deviated septum.

Before you even consider any facial reconstructive surgery, you also need to talk to a certified plastic surgeon about the risks. After surgery, there may be a risk of pain or numbness. Bleeding, swelling and infection can also result. Some individuals, who may not have had breathing difficulties before, may experience them after surgery. But these are only a few of the risks to consider. While there are risks with this surgery, plastic surgeons will work diligently to minimize them. You should also know that insurance will not cover rhinoplasty unless medically necessary such as the case with a deviated septum. Currently, the average cost of rhinoplasty is $5,350[1], and that doesn't include any hospital fees or anesthesia fees.

Lip augmentation is another popular facial reconstructive option that can help improve self-esteem. The goal with augmentation is to give patients fuller, plumper lips. The procedure is usually minimally invasive, requiring an injectable dermal filler. Lip augmentation can alter shape, structure and volume. However, the results only last around 6 months. Risks usually include swelling, redness and bruising, however, complications such as infection are also possible. Costs range between $500 and $2,000, and since cosmetic surgery isn't covered by health insurance unless medically necessary, you'll be paying that out of pocket.

If you need help locating a plastic surgeon in your area, there are some tools that can help. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons website features a search tool that will assist you in locating a plastic surgeon by zip code, city, state or country. You can search doctor's names to find out if they are properly certified. Another website to search for plastic surgeons is Yelp, where you'll find offices in your area and reviews from patients. If you know a friend who had facial reconstructive work done, you can ask for recommendations. It's okay to consult with multiple plastic surgeons before making a decision.


1. Rhinoplasty. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2020, https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/rhinoplasty/cost. Accessed 7 February 2020.

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