| | How much did Michael Jackson spend on rhinoplasty?
As an LA native born and raised from the medical field, not only have I undergone several procedures myself but also have many, many friends and family that have also. I know all too well how pricey a rhinoplasty is.
In Beverly Hills most of the so called "name" doctors charge anywhere from $15k to $22k for their surgeon fee. Add in the O.R. and anesthesia and you are looking at spending around $32k for a primary rhinoplasty.
But it gets much more complicated (and more costly) for revision operations. You would be surprised how many people have to undergo several different surgeries to achieve the desired results. Nasal surgery is the most complicated cosmetic procedure there is. Because there is a functional element (breathing) often after the first procedure there is the need to for revisions involving cartilage grafts from your ears and/or ribs.
Total Number of Operations
In the case of Michael Jackson, after his primary rhinoplasty, a conservative estimate would place his total number of nasal operations at a minimum of 20. I estimate this number to be closer to 35 to 40, but let's go with 20 to be conservative.
First Series of Operations
Even his first surgery, which was probably an open rhinoplasty to correct the deviated septum and narrow the nasal domes, was more complicated than normal. When the nasal domes are extremely wide, it can be near impossible to narrow them.
His subsequent rhinoplasties it appears further streamlined the bridge and narrowed the tip in a series of operations over the period of a decade. Although we can blame the patient, we also need to blame the surgeon for giving in to the patient's requests. The doctor knew the risks and should not have continued destroying the tissue. Multiple operations result often result in nerve damage and less blood flow to the nose.
Rebuilding the Nose
Again to be conservative, let's say only 10 more operations were for rebuilding. I suspect is is much higher than this. Just to rebuild one nostril of mine which was partially collapsed took several surgeries, so I can only imagine how many MJ needed to rebuild his entire nose. This probably involved a combination of cartilage grafts and even the possibility of an artificial teflon nasal implant.
With an average price of $45,000 per surgery for the more complicated revision rhinoplasty operations involving reconstructive work, in inflation adjusted dollars I speculate Jackson spent close to $900,000 or more, assuming he only underwent 20 operations. However as mentioned, I would not be surprised if he underwent anywhere from 35 or more operations over the years.