According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty is now the third most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States, behind only breast augmentation and liposuction. Among adolescents, ages 13 through 19, it is the most common plastic surgical procedure overall.
Though the numbers of surgeries performed are high, plastic surgeons consistently describe rhinoplasty among the most challenging procedures to perform. In fact, many plastic surgeons choose not to perform rhinoplasty. Therefore, relative to other procedures, a smaller number of surgeons perform a large proportion of rhinoplasties.
It is important for anyone seeking rhinoplasty to understand that it is actually different from other plastic surgery procedures, due to the complex function of the nose, the cosmetic significance of the nose, and the technical challenges for the surgeon.