Rhinoplasty is the medical term used to describe nose reconstruction surgery. The criteria used to judge the aesthetics of a man's nose is usually much different than a woman's. Therefore, it's very important to work with a surgeon who understands these differences. The surgeon and the patient should agree on what the nose should look like. This can be done using computer simulations. A good surgeon will spend many hours preparing for a rhinoplasty, much like an architect who spends many hours working on the blueprints for a new house.

There are two types of rhinoplasty procedures that can be done on men: open and closed. During a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nose. The operation is performed upside down and inside out. This is the traditional operation and most of the bad rhinoplasties you'll see walking around today are the result of surgeons who used this technique up to the the 1980s. Since then, open rhinoplasties have become the standard.

The open rhinoplasty technique cuts across the skin between the nostrils. After that, other incisions are made inside the nose. This extra little incision allows the surgeon to lift the skin up over the nose exposing cartilage and bone, much like raising the hood of a car. The open technique allows for a more visual and thorough examination of the nose and is now the preferred method for most surgeons.

Some surgeons claim that it takes a hundred noses in order to feel comfortable with the operation. There are a very few surgeons who have ever done more than a thousand rhinoplasty procedures. These types of surgeries, and male rhinoplasties in particular, can be very challenging because every nose is different. Therefore, every result needs to be different and the surgeon needs to know the required path to get there.

Plastic surgeons like to joke and say there are two types of rhinoplasties--difficult ones and tremendously difficult ones. The nose is a very small space and cartilage is not an easy tissue to work with. The surgeon only has one or two chances to alter the cartilage before it breaks down and becomes useless. There is certainly a lot of pressure placed on the surgeon, knowing that the end result of their craftsmanship will stay with the patient for the rest of their lifetime. More so than any other type of cosmetic surgery, the margin of error is pretty much nonexistent.

Male rhinoplasty prices vary depending on what the patient requests as well as geographic location. The national average ranges from $3,500 to $10,000. Secondary rhinoplasties are even more expensive, so it's definitely in your best interest to find a skilled plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty procedures the first time around.