How much does rhinoplasty cost? Nose Job Prices 2022 Melbourne
There is no one such nose shape that fits everyone or is deemed universally beautiful. Hence, every rhinoplasty procedure is different. That is why the cost of rhinoplasty varies significantly and can be a source of great confusion for the people interested in the surgery. The surgery can begin from $12,000 and can go up all the way to $40,000. If you have been looking into a nose job and need more information on the cost as well as factors affecting it, this article is perfect for you. Today, we are going to discuss different factors that will impact the overall cost of Rhinoplasty and give you a better grasp of what to include in your budget.
Before we share the average Rhinoplasty prices in Melbourne, it is important to note that there isn’t any one-size-fits-all nose surgery. You must reach out to an expert to know which type of nose shape will suit you best. 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 determine the results of the Rhinoplasty surgery. A highly 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 be at avoiding common mistakes done during surgery.
Cost Depends on the Type of Surgery
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 needs to be corrected:
- Shape and size
- Breathing and other functions of the nose
- Creating balance and facial harmony/balance
- 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, would require more technical skills. This will inevitably increase the cost of the procedure.
Average Rhinoplasty Costs in Melbourne
Before we dive deeper into the subject, let’s discuss the average costs of Rhinoplasty:
- Less Experience/Trained Surgeon – It can approximately cost you $12,000 to $14,500.
- Experienced Surgeon and Less Complex Procedure – It can approximately cost you $15,000 to $25,000.
- Experienced Surgeon and Complex Surgery – Expect to pay anywhere over $40,000.
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
- Artistic shaping acumen
- Surgeon’s ability to acquire harmony of the nose with respect to the rest of the face
- Costs of hospital
- Anaesthetic costs
- The complexity of the rhinoplasty procedure
- Time required in the operation of the theatre
Typically, the rhinoplasty procedure is completed in about 2.5 to 3 hours. However, it can take longer if the surgery is very complex or you are getting revision surgery. Similarly, some patients require minor tweaks to their nose and are undergoing a simple procedure such as tip rhinoplasty which requires less time.
Other 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:
- Expert planning and follow-up care provided by the surgeon
- Hospital Options
- Scar management post the surgery
- Open vs closed rhinoplasty procedure
- Anaesthesia type: local/general
Average Price Ranges of Rhinoplasty in Melbourne
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 come in for a surgical consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon. We will do a complete assessment and then give you a finalized quote.
Low-cost rhinoplasty is generally offered by a general surgeon, GP, or dermatologist. They often refer to themselves as a cosmetic surgeon but aren’t a member of RACS. Please note that they are not a specialist plastic surgeon.
Expect to pay anywhere from $8,000 to $14,500
Please be notified of the fact that these professionals aren’t specialist plastic surgeons, might be seasoned experts or still be in training mode. As a result, they charge a smaller fee as compared to the experts.
We would advise against going for anyone who isn’t an expert to save a few bucks. You have to live with the results of your nose surgery for life. Choose experience and expertise over minimal costs and you will be satisfied with the results of the surgery. Moreover, revision rhinoplasty is very costly and you will end up paying way more than you have intended to.
Average Cost Rhinoplasty
If you go for an experienced Plastic Surgeon with FRACS, 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 this segment, 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 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.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Price Breakdown
Your overall quote will be determined based on the following factors: who, what, when, where, why and how. Let me break it down for you:
What to look for when choosing a surgeon
As discussed earlier, the surgeon plays a major role in the overall cost of the procedure. The variation can be attributed to:
The ability of the Surgeon: The expertise, skills, qualifications, and training of the surgeon come into play.
Expertise of the Surgeon: How many procedures have your surgeon performed? Are they truly regarded as an expert in their field?
If something goes wrong with the first rhinoplasty, it is important to note that there is a limit to fixation involved in the revision surgery. Everything can’t be corrected. That is why it is important to choose the right surgeon, the first time around.
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 anaesthetics in the hospital should be covered in the overall quote given to you. The use of local anaesthesia and sedatives is typically less expensive than general anaesthesia. 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 just be able to get your insurance to pay for the surgery entirely or at least cover a large portion of it.
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.
Choosing a qualified nose 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 an expert to ensure minimal risks and prevent the need for revision surgery. Never go for a surgeon who believes in a one-size-fits-all approach. Chances are, it will look out of place with the rest of your facial features.
Always, select a surgeon Surgeon who:
- Is FRACS recognised and completely customises every single nose procedure to meet the unique requirements of the patient?
- 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
If you have read this article here, I am quite certain that you are seriously considering rhinoplasty. 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 and we would love to guide you thoroughly.
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Dr Stephen Kleid
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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