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Can I get a free nose job on the NHS?

Rhinoplasty is the surgical reshaping or reconstruction of the nose for cosmetic or medical reasons.

You will usually need more than cosmetic reasons for the NHS to consider covering the cost of the procedure but if you need it to help you breathe, it may be available on the National Health Service.

Can I get the NHS to pay for my nose job?

When a procedure is performed solely for cosmetic reasons, the NHS does not typically fund rhinoplasty (nose jobs).

Patients with structural obstruction of the nose may be eligible for this treatment if the obstruction is causing them to have difficulty sleeping and breathing.

Corrective nasal surgery may also be funded if the patient has been born with a complex condition, such as cleft lip and palate.

For up-to-date information search ‘nose reshaping’ at www.nhs.uk 

How do you qualify for a free nose job?

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), which cover a patient’s local hospital, decide whether funding will be granted for nose jobs.

You will need to present your condition and demonstrate to your doctor why you think you should get free nose surgery.

It is usually the hospital doctor responsible for treating the patient’s specific condition who can assist the patient with the funding application if there is a clinical need for the funding.

If a patient applies for funding through the local CCG, the clinician must demonstrate clinical exceptionality.

medical reasons for rhinoplasty

How long is the NHS waiting list for rhinoplasty?

Most patients are seen and treated in the hospital within an ’18 week pathway’ from the time they are referred to them by their GPs.

However, the NHS is under growing pressure from the Covid 19 pandemic. Therefore, this timeframe cannot be guaranteed as there is a long backlog from surgeries delayed due to the lockdowns.

What are my options if the NHS won’t pay for my nose surgery?

If you have visited your local hospital and the doctor did not think you qualify for HNS to pay for your procedure, or the doctor has approved you but your application has been denied by the Clinical Commissioning Group you might need to go to a private clinic.

Some patients are also turned off by the prospect of long waiting lists for HNS procedures. This is under further negative impact by the pandemic, especially if your condition is not deemed urgent.

Finally, if you only want to reshape your nose for aesthetic reasons, you have no other choice but to go privately.

At Berkeley Square Medical, our main specialty is nose reshaping and we are in a great position to help you should you decide that a private clinic is the way to go.

How much does a nose reshaping cost in London?

Depending on the experience of the facial plastic surgeon, you can find London rhinoplasty prices between £6000 and £12000.

Prices start at approximately £7000.00 for rhinoplasty at our London clinic, which is an all-inclusive price that covers your £100 consultation, a full pre-operative and aftercare, and the surgery by our multi-award-winning consultant plastic surgeon. You can read all the details on the link above.

What to consider before deciding on surgery?

Reshaping the nose is a complex procedure. This is not a decision to take lightly and we recommend speaking to your GP fists and reading about the pros and cons of plastic surgery.

It’s also a good idea to look for before and after photos to see what kind of results you can expect from a rhinoplasty.

Finally, discussing all your options with an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon will give you all the information you need to make a decision on whether surgery is the best option for you.

Choosing a Surgeon

The results you can expect from a nose job will be highly dependent on the experience of the cosmetic surgeon carrying out the procedure.

We highly recommend taking your time and doing proper research before you decide on the surgeon to trust with your facial features.

choosing a nose surgeon

 

You should be careful when searching for doctors or clinics that provide nose reshaping on the internet. Some who advertise their services might not have the qualifications or the experience needed for the best results.

Check that the surgeon is licensed by the General Medical Council (GMC). Their names should appear on the specialist register and they should be licensed to practice.

Also, check the British Association of Plastic Reconstruction and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) or the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) to see if the surgeon is a “full member” on the specialist register for plastic surgery.

Book a consultation with the surgeon and ask about their experience and professional qualifications. The number of nose operations they have performed is also an important factor.

Another great question is the number of procedures where they have had complications and what was the outcome in those cases.

Finally, you wanna know everything about the aftercare they provide for their patients.

What nose reshaping involves

Nose reshaping is usually a same-day surgery and it’s performed under general anaesthesia.

The surgeon may do the following depending on the type of surgery you are having:

Reduce the size of your nose (nose reduction) – this includes the removal of bone and/or cartilage,

Increase the size of your nose (nose augmentation) – this is usually done with cartilage from your other body parts such as the ears,

Change the shape of your nose (including the tip surgery and dorsal hump surgery) – by breaking and rearranging the nose bone or shaving off the hump from the cartilage.

There are several different types of nose surgery but the two main methods are open and closed rhinoplasty.

Closed rhinoplasty is an advanced method that involves performing the operation via the nostrils without the need to have a cut on the outside of the nose. This method does not leave any visible scars and heals faster.

Open rhinoplasty involves an open cut of the skin of the nose in order to expose the nasal structure for a more complicated procedure. This method takes longer to heal but it might be necessary for some procedures.

The procedure usually takes 1 to 3 hours. You will be able to leave the hospital the same day in most cases.

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