A nose job, also known as rhinoplasty, is not routinely available on the NHS if performed for a cosmetic indication such as to improve the nose’s appearance. In a limited number of cases, the procedure may qualify for NHS treatment to alleviate breathing difficulties.
Can nose job cost be covered by the NHS?
Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery it’s not usually available in the NHS if the Surgery is for improvement of the appearance of the nose without any associated functional symptoms. There are several medical conditions which lead to problems with the nasal airway, and these may result in sleep disturbance or breathing difficulties. In some cases, NHS funding may be available to address these problems. Many people born with a cleft lip and palate may find it easier to undergo corrective nasal surgery in the NHS as this can be a complex condition to correct, and a specialist multidisciplinary team must manage your case. This level of expertise is often only available in NHS specialist units.
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in a defined geographical area are responsible for deciding and allocating funding for most types of medical treatments, including nose job surgery. If a consultant has seen you in the NHS, the NHS consultant can often help obtain funding if an application is required on the grounds of essential clinical need. This is by no means guaranteed to result in NHS funding, and most clinical commissioning groups face increasing levels of the financial pressure which may result in most applications for funding being declined.
Has Covid-19 affected NHS waiting times for nose job surgery?
The global COVID-19 pandemic has enormously impacted the delivery of NHS care across the country, with waiting times for most procedures increasing significantly. Even a rhinoplasty carried out for medical reasons is still classed as an elective surgical procedure. NHS priorities have been diverted away from these types of treatments to help manage the ongoing COVID-19 response. Theatre staffing has adversely affected by Covid, which has a knock-on effect on the delivery of NHS waiting list targets. It is now not uncommon for NHS waiting lists to exceed 24 months for many routine procedures, including elective rhinoplasty surgery for breathing difficulties.
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Should I go private to have a nose job?
It is still possible to apply for NHS funding if you wish to have a nose job for a medical indication such as breathing difficulties or for nasal reconstruction due to a congenital deformity. However, even if NHS funding has been approved, NHS waiting lists have lengthened enormously over the last year due to COVID-19. Choosing a reputable private cosmetic surgery clinic in London for your nose job may be better. If you decide to have a nose job to improve the appearance of your nose without any underlying medical problem, then this would have to be funded entirely by yourself as the NHS does not perform any type of cosmetic surgery.
How much does a nose job cost at Centre for Surgery?
Rhinoplasty surgery starts from £6000 at Centre for Surgery. Nose job cost will depend on the type of rhinoplasty carried out, whether open or closed and if the procedure is a primary rhinoplasty or a revision procedure. Your surgical rhinoplasty cost includes an in-depth consultation with an expert rhinoplasty surgeon, preoperative and post-operative care delivered by our team of nurses, facility costs, anaesthetist fees and surgical costs. If you would like to get an accurate rhinoplasty cost before proceeding with a nose job, please get in touch with us today to book a face-to-face consultation with a rhinoplasty expert at our central London clinic in Marylebone. Once you have had your consultation, your dedicated patient coordinator will give you full nose job costs to allow you to make an informed decision on the procedure.