How much does a Rhinoplasty cost? Nose Job Prices 2023 Melbourne
The cost of Rhinoplasty, can vary depending on several factors. These factors include the complexity of the procedure, the surgeon’s experience and reputation, the geographic location of the clinic, and any additional fees for anesthesia, facility costs, and post-operative care. These factors are the reason why the cost of rhinoplasty varies significantly and can be a source of great confusion for the people interested in the surgery.
Below we shed some light on the different factors that will impact the overall cost of Rhinoplasty and give you a better grasp of what to include in your budget.
Keep in mind that the cost of rhinoplasty should not be the sole determining factor in your decision. It is crucial to prioritize the qualifications and experience of the surgeon, as well as the safety and quality of the procedure, to achieve the desired results. It is best to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your specific goals and expectations, as well as to receive an accurate cost estimate. They can assess your individual case and provide you with a personalized quote that includes all the necessary fees and details.
There isn’t any one-size-fits-all nose surgery. You must consult with an expert to know which type of nose surgery is applicable to you. In order to accomplish the best outcome, choosing the right surgeon is of utmost importance.
Paying attention to the skill, experience as well as formal accreditation of the surgeon will heavily affect the results of the Rhinoplasty surgery.
An experienced Rhinoplasty surgeon will take extra care and steps to help you get the best possible result. The more experience the surgeon has, the better he/she will likely be at avoiding common mistakes during surgery.
Surgical factors that impact cost
Most people think that cost of the surgery is only dependent on the surgeon’s expertise. However, it isn’t the case. The overall cost of the procedure is also based on what the surgery will entail, including;
- Degree of physical changes (changes to the shape and size)
- Degree of structural changes (increasing or decreasing the size of the nose)
- Internal issues (If a patient has breathing and/or other issues in terms of function)
- Position and changes to the tip
- Overall aesthetic preferences of the patient
Certain nose surgeries require more alterations to the nose structures than others, and as a result, require more technical skills. This will inevitably increase the cost of the procedure.
Factors that Impact the Overall Quote
The variation in the Rhinoplasty procedure can be attributed to:
- The level of expertise a surgeon has
- Professional accreditation of the surgeon
- Training qualifications for the surgeon
- Advanced technical skills and abilities of a surgeon
- Costs of hospital
- Anaesthetic costs
- The complexity of the rhinoplasty procedure
- Time required in the operation of the theatre
Typically, a Rhinoplasty procedure takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to complete. However, it can take longer if the surgery is complex or you are getting revision surgery.
Similarly, some patients require minor surgery to their nose that mean a more simple procedure such as tip rhinoplasty which requires less time.
Pre and Post surgery Factors That Influence the Cost of Rhinoplasty
Following are some other factors that play a significant role in determining the overall quote of the procedure:
- Pre-surgery planning, tests and consults.
- Follow-up care/ Post operative appointments with the surgeon and their team.
- Scar management post the surgery
Average Price Ranges of Rhinoplasty in Melbourne
On average, the cost of rhinoplasty in Australia ranges from AUD $12,000 to $30,000 or more. However, it’s important to note that this is a general price range, and the actual cost may be higher or lower depending on individual circumstances.
In this section, we will give you an estimate of the cost of rhinoplasty in Melbourne if you are getting the surgery for the first time. In order to get an exact quote, you will have to attend a surgical consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon.
Low-cost Rhinoplasty ($8,000 – $14,500)
Low-cost rhinoplasty is generally offered by a general surgeon, GP, or dermatologist. They often refer to themselves as a cosmetic surgeon. However, they will not be a member of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). In other words, they are not a specialist plastic surgeon.
We would advise against going for anyone who isn’t an expert. You have to live with the results of your nose surgery for life. We always advise patients to choose experience and expertise over low costs. Revision Rhinoplasty can be costly and you will end up paying way more than you originally intended.
Average Cost Rhinoplasty
If you go for an experienced Plastic Surgeon with FRACS recognition (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), expect to pay anywhere from $15,000 to $26,000 and up. The variation in the cost of the surgery can be attributed to years of experience a surgeon has and the following factors:
- Whether your surgery is functional or cosmetic in nature
- The complexity of the procedure
- The technique used: open versus closed rhinoplasty
- Scar management
- Recovery guidance
- Follow-up care and scar management
If you are getting a revision nose surgery in the Average price range you can expect to pay anywhere from $19,000 to $40,000 or higher. This is due to the fact that revision surgery is generally more complex as compared to a standard Rhinoplasty procedure.
If your Rhinoplasty is done by a highly experienced and skilled FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) Qualified Plastic Surgeon, expect to pay anywhere from $20,000 to $45,000+. Sometimes, the price can be even higher and go up to $60,000. It essentially depends on the surgeon you choose and the facility/staffing costs.
The price is also impacted by the complexity of the surgery and follow-up care.
What is included in the price?
It is important to dive deeper into the quote given to you. Is it an all-inclusive quote that covers almost everything? Or does it only involve surgeon fees? Make sure to ask for a quote that covers everything: anaesthetic, facility fee, follow-up fee, medications, recovery aids and all kinds of charges.
It is crucial to ask about the type of anaesthetic that is going to be used during the surgery, your pain management options post-surgery as well as placement of your scar. Get all the details in writing.
Extra costs to be aware of if they are not included
Hospital fees can change in the blink of an eye. The same is the case for testing requirements, Medicare coverage and changing rebate criteria. It is important to be fully aware of when the surgery is performed and ensure your surgery and Medicare/Health Insurance Fund Coverage aren’t impacted by the changes.
Where will your surgery be performed?
Make sure you are getting the surgery done at an accredited facility. General anaesthetic in the hospital should be covered in the overall quote given to you. The use of local anesthesia and sedatives is typically less expensive than general anesthesia. However, it carries the risk of increased discomfort and elevation.
Will Private Health Insurance or Medicare pay for my Rhinoplasty?
Private health insurance will only pay for your surgery if you qualify for a Medicare rebate. If you do receive an MBS item number during your consultation, you might be able to get your insurance to cover a portion of the cost. However, you will still have out of pocket costs.
For those of you relying on Medicare, it is important to note that Medicare will only pay for a specific portion of the rhinoplasty, (provided that your surgery falls into the strict criteria and guidelines defined by Medicare), you will still have out of pocket costs.
Choosing a qualified Surgeon
All in all, it is important to remember that rhinoplasty is an invasive procedure and carries certain risks. The surgery needs to be custom planned and performed by some with training and experience to ensure minimal risks and prevent the need for revision surgery.
Always, select a surgeon Surgeon who:
- Is is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS recognised)
- Gives you a surgery plan that is tailored specifically to you and your unique requirements.
- Offers some kind of imaging technique to help you understand the potential outcome of the surgery and help you set realistic expectations
- Is completely honest about the risks and recovery time frame
- Listens to your point of view and offers expert opinion on what will suit your face and overall appearance.
Whether you are getting nose surgery or any other type of plastic surgery, it is a major decision. Consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon will give you a chance to discuss the surgery in detail. You can also discuss your opinions, options, needs, costs, medical insurance coverage for functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty, results, as well as recovery times. We hope you found this article informative. If you have any questions, reach out to us.
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Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.
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