How Much Will A Rhinoplasty Cost?
What Is Rhinoplasty Surgery?
More commonly known as a nose-job, a rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure performed to alter or correct the appearance or structure of the nose. It can be performed for purely cosmetic reasons, or to correct deviations in the septum (inside the nasal cavity) which can lead to symptoms such as nasal congestion, recurring sinusitis and even nosebleeds.
There are three main kinds of rhinoplasty:
- Standard Rhinoplasty: A full alteration/correction of the entire nose (including the bridge, the tip and the nostrils) performed for purely cosmetic reasons.
- Septo-rhinoplasty: Similar to a standard rhinoplasty with additional correction of a deviated septum if present. In addition to improving the cosmetic appearance of the nose, this procedure will also improve symptoms associated with having a deviated septum.
- Rhino-tip: An alteration or correction of the tip of the nose
A standard rhinoplasty or septo-rhinoplasty procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic and can take anywhere up to 2 hours to perform, whereas a rhino-tip surgery may be possible under local anaesthetic. The exact procedure will vary depending on the surgery done, but generally incisions are made to either the inside (“closed” procedure) or outside (“open” procedure) of the nose, and the soft tissue separated from the bone and cartilage to allow reshaping. It may also be necessary for the surgeon to break the nose bone. After surgery you will most likely have bruising and swelling to the eyes and upper cheeks, and have to wear a protective splint over your nose for 1-2 weeks.
Surgery Risks and Side Effects
Although rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed each year, there are a number of risks that can accompany it.
There are risks associated with surgery as a whole, which can include bleeding and infection. When blood gathers under the skin, this is called a Hematoma, and there is a risk of this occurring at any stage following the surgery. Some people report an adverse reaction to anaesthesia, and so this risk is something to be mindful of as well.
Specific to this procedure, risks can include nosebleeds and numbness after the rhinoplasty. You may also experience scarring at the base of the nose where the incision has been made, along with swelling. There is the potential for the small blood vessels in the surface layer of the skin to burst, which can result in a reddened appearance, and there is also the risk that undergoing a nose job will result in permanent nerve damage. During your procedure, the surgeon may carry out what is known as under-correction or over-correction, which will require further revision rhinoplasty to put right.
There are a number of potential short- and long-term side effects that can follow a procedure, the most common of which is pain after surgery. An operation on your nose is extensive, requiring alterations of both nasal bone and cartilage, and so it can often be one of the more painful cosmetic procedures that an individual can undergo. Your surgeon may prescribe something for the pain, or you may find you can cope with over-the-counter pain medication as needed. It is common for rhinoplasty to result in swelling, not just of the nose, but the eyes and cheeks around it. This swelling should begin to subside after a few days, and should dissipate after two weeks. However, it’s important to note that some patients experience a degree of mild swelling for up to six months following their rhinoplasty surgery. Bruising is a common side effect of a nose job, the degree of which will vary from patient to patient. Bruising normally affects the area around the eyes, and is not indicative of serious complications; however, if the bruising begins to look abnormal (darker than usual in colour, fails to lessen after a few days), you should contact your surgeon.
Make sure you discuss the potential risks and side effects of undergoing this treatment with your surgeon before you book your rhinoplasty, so that you can allow enough time off work to be able to heal in comfort.
How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty surgery (or nose job) will vary according to the reputation of the clinic and surgeon carrying out the procedure. Prices for rhinoplasty surgery start at around £3,000 in the UK however these can rise to around £5,000 depending on your specific requirements.
If the clinic is located in an area with a higher density of experienced surgeons such as Harley Street in London, the cost can be considerably more because of the reputation associated with these clinics. When a patient wants to compare the cost of rhinoplasty surgery they should do so whilst taking in to account how comprehensive each aftercare and treatment package is.
It's important that you are aware of the added extras that may be included in your treatment package and that you know exactly what you're paying for. This can be done by undertaking a quick search online to discover reviews and past experiences or attending consultations to help understand what exactly a clinic provides and whether their package is right for you.
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What to Consider
Your nose is the most prominent feature onyour face, and for many people, having rhinoplasty to correct imperfections or other issues that are a source of unhappiness can be life-changing surgery.
It is important to have a frank discussion with your surgeon prior to the procedure, so that you are able to obtain an honest idea of the expectations you can have about the results of the surgery. You should also consider financing options, as most insurance companies will not cover a rhinoplasty procedure unless it is carried out for medical reasons. You should also consider the practicalities of the surgery; for example, if you have a local anaesthetic as opposed to a general, you will be awake for the surgery, and so will be able to hear the noise of your surgeon working on your bones and cartilage.
Finance Options for Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty procedures start from around £3,000 with many clinics are now offering finance packages to patients to allow them to spread the cost of their procedure.
Most clinics will offer a variety of options for financing your rhinoplasty procedure. One of the most popular financial options available is a pay months options, often offered at 0% APR. Some rhinoplasty finance packages do charge interest though, so it is important to talk this through with your clinic to fully understand the true cost of your procedure. If interest is charged then it is likely that you will end up paying more money back the longer you take to repay.
Buy Now Pay Later
An alternative to a straightforward monthly payment option, some clinics offer a “buy now pay later” option for your rhinoplasty. These packages mean that you can defer making payments towards your treatment for a fixed period (normally 12 months). At the end of this period you will then be asked to either clear the remaining balance in full or enter into a monthly payment plan, which normally incurs interest charges.
Some examples of finance packages that are available include:
Transform offer rhinoplasty procedures starting from £3,000 available through their 0% interest free credit finance offer (a minimum of £1,000 deposit is needed).
- Surgicare Medical Group
The Surgicare Medical Group offer rhinoplasty procedures starting from £3,750 and rhino-tip procedures from £3,145 for which payment plans are available.
- The Private Clinic
The Private Clinic offer rhinoplasty procedures starting from around £3,000 (for a rhino-tip procedure) available through their 0% interest free credit finance offer (a minimum of £500 deposit is needed), or for a payment plan (with interest).
What Are The Benefits Of Undergoing Rhinoplasty Surgery?
There are a number of benefits to undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure:
- By correcting the nose, a skilled surgeon can draw attention to the better features of the face.
- The overall appearance of the face can drastically change how the person is perceived by others.
- The confidence boost a person experiences after rhinoplasty surgery often greatly improves other areas of their lives.
- Rhinoplasty surgery can also be used to correct health related issues such as breathing difficulties or birth defects.
- Broken noses and similar ailments can be corrected, and need no longer have a negative effect on a person's life.
- Obstructed breathing can also cause sleep difficulties such as snoring or sleep apnoea. Surgery to allow easier breathing will help improve your sleep patterns.