Posted by RearNakedJoke
anyone know how much that sort of nose surgery costs? i saw some video blogs joe rogans done recently about correcting his deviated septum and the more im hearing about it im starting to consider having it done myself.
I worked in Healthcare IT for many years and developed friendships with some rhinoplasty surgeons (nose job doctors).....
In general you can get two kinds of nose surgery - "open surgery" and "closed surgery".
"closed surgery" - is usually entirely covered by your insurance (it was for me when I had it done) so it is free. However it is not as effective as "open" surgery because they don't fix your deviated septum (nasal bone/cartilage that runs the length of your nose), instead they just permanently implant support "struts" inside each nostril so that your nostrils do not collapse when you breathe in. You can look at yourself in the mirror and breathe in deeply and see if the sides of your nose are collapsing when doing so (in which case you could benefit from this surgery). With this surgery you recover 100% and can go back to work in exactly one week. However I feel like my breathing is only 50% better from getting "closed surgery". I really should have done "open surgery".
"open surgery" - costs on average $10,000 US. They basically snip your nose at the tip where the two nostrils meet and then peel your nose back (inside out) and then they totally mess with all of your cartilage to straighten it out. You then wear a cast on your nose (like if you broke your arm) for at least a week and then for the next several weeks you need to be very careful and don't exercise too hard or accidentally bump your nose etc. But this results in pretty much 100% improvement in breathing since sometimes they also throw in those support struts for your nostrils as well.
Warning don't go to just any rhinoplasty surgeon. And don't try to save money by going to a cheap one. A significant number of people end up needing a revision (redo the surgery) because the first doctor was a quack and did a crappy job. The best rhinoplasty surgeons have completed a 5 year residency in Otolaryngology and have completed a 1 year fellowship (specialization) in Rhinoplasty.