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Is bone removal from your nose considered plastic surgery?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

If the removal of bone is performed as part of cosmetic surgery to alter the appearance of your exernal nose, then it is considered plastic surgery. However, the nasal septum has a bony portion and removal of that structure is being performed to improve the physiological function of your nose (improved breathing). If the latter is the case, that is not considered cosmetic surgery.

Answered Mar 26, 2013

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Dr. Jason Hall answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Nose surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the us, according to the 2011 statistics released by the asps. Find a board certified plastic or facial plastic surgeon in your area for a consultation.

Answered Sep 18, 2012

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Dr. Adam Schaffner answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Bone removed from the inside of your nose to straighten the septum or open the nasal airway by operating on the turbinates is considered functional surgery. Removing a bony hump or straightening the outside of the nose by removing nasal bone is considered plastic surgery.

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Dr. David Sherris answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Removal of a bony bump on the nose is considered cosmetic surgery unless the bump occurred secondary to a broken nose. Then, insurance may cover the removal.

Answered Feb 13, 2013

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Dr. Donald Yoo answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

If the bone removal is or cosmetic purposes most would consider it plastic surgery. If purely functional, it depends on the specific indication and surgery.

Answered Jul 22, 2012

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