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Rhinoplasty or a nose job, is a plastic surgery procedure for correcting and reconstructing the form, restoring the functions, and aesthetically enhancing the nose, by resolving nasal trauma (blunt, penetrating, blast), congenital defect, respiratory impediment, and a failed primary rhinoplasty.


Recovery and Downtime

The initial rhinoplasty healing time lasts about two to three weeks, with most patients returning to work after about one week. For at least one to two months, avoid strenuous exercise or activities that may cause a blow to the nose. During the rhinoplasty recovery period, be careful not to accidentally hit your nose. Doing so can cause pain, prolong the recovery time, or even move your nose out of alignment. The nose is somewhat weaker than normal until it is fully healed.

For the first week after surgery, sleep with your head and shoulders elevated by at least two pillows. This helps to reduce swelling and bruising and also keeps you from disturbing the nose area in your sleep. During these first few weeks, it is also important for patients to avoid wearing cosmetics on the face. Those who wear contacts can resume their use immediately, while those who wear glasses will need to avoid resting them on the nose for at least six weeks.

Cost – See Pricing Page

If you are having a rhinoplasty to correct a functional defect such as difficulty breathing due to a deviated septum, insurance may cover some — or even all — of the costs of your nose surgery. Make sure to call your insurance company before your rhinoplasty, as some may require preauthorization.

Rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons is not usually covered by insurance. If the cost is prohibitive, ask your surgeon about patient financing or payment plans. Assistance may be available.

There are some other hidden costs that may not be included in your rhinoplasty estimate. These may include (but are not limited to):

  • Medications
  • Recovery supplies
  • Preoperative blood work and/or physical exam
  • Consultation fee. Some surgeons charge for consultation visits, while others do not. You may be allowed to apply the cost of this visit to your surgery if you choose to schedule a rhinoplasty.


Dr. Bass is a plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the breast, body, and face. His office is conveniently located on the Southeast portion of Lexington across from St. Joseph East Hospital.


2716 Old Rosebud Road
Suite 350A
Lexington, KY 40509
Phone: (859) 543-1024
Fax: (859) 543-0141

1700 Old Lebanon Rd.
Campbellsville, KY 42718
Phone: (270) 789-6175

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