The costs in this guide were updated in June 2018.
Finding out exactly how much rhinoplasty costs can be confusing.
The final cost of a nose job depends on the extent of the procedure, your personal preferences, the experience of the surgeon, and the country where the procedure takes place.
Considering rhinoplasty? Our patient guide is designed to give you some clarity when it comes to rhinoplasty cost.
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty in the US varies from state to state, but the average price of a nose job is around $5,000. Be aware that many rhinoplasty quotes in the US will not include services such as anesthesia, aftercare, and any medical prescriptions.
In the UK, rhinoplasty is only available on the NHS if it is needed to address breathing issues or if your nose has been severely injured in an accident. Otherwise, nose jobs must be found at private clinics, where the average cost is around $7,000 (£5,000).
The cost of a nose job in Australia is considerably higher than in the US and the UK, with an average price of $8,000. Much like elsewhere, rhinoplasty in Australia is only covered by medical insurances if it can be proved that the procedure is necessary for health reasons.
Rhinoplasty cost abroad
Many people are choosing to travel abroad to find affordable rhinoplasty. Even taking travel expenses into account, people in the US could save up to 70% my traveling to Mexico for their procedure. That's a big saving.
Different clinics offer different prices, and in Mexico, for example, a rhinoplasty is available for as little as $1,849. But here's the average cost of a rhinoplasty around the world:
Rhinoplasty – Plastic Surgeon FAQs
Dr. Miklos Molnar is one of the most famous plastic surgeons in Hungary. We spoke to him about the rhinoplasty procedure, what you can expect during the recovery and how to get a cost estimate.
Can you explain the rhinoplasty procedure?
Rhinoplasty is a surgery of the nose. It can be functional rhinoplasty, where we correct the function of the nose – I mean the correction of septal deviation.
An esthetic correction is the correction of the look and shape of the nose. Sometimes people ask for combined procedure, which means correction of the function and correction of the appearance.
There are different types of rhinoplasties. The most difficult rhinoplasties are secondary or tertiary, when we have to reconstruct the nose. The simplest are when we are just touching the nose tip, and therefore it's fundamental to have a personal consultation so we can decide on the best method.
Nose surgery takes between 90 minutes and 2 hours.
What is rhinoplasty recovery like?
Nose surgery requires a short stay in Hungary. In general people stay here for one week. After one week they return to their home country and we provide the necessary instruction.
We always keep in contact with our patients, and have them send us photos every month so we can follow how the nose is changing.
How do you give an accurate cost estimate for rhinoplasty?
The cost of rhinoplasty depends on the extent of the surgery, whether it’s a minor intervention of the nose tip or a complete intervention. After we receive the photos we can give an approximate cost of the surgery. It can be modified according to the personal consultation, but the base cost of the surgery can be told during the online consultation.
A consultation by email or just uploading photos is tough because we have to understand what people are thinking. It's a dynamic organ, because the nose moves when we talk. So we have to observe people, how they move, what is the change in the facial expression when they move.
What influences the cost of rhinoplasty?
A number of different factors influence the final cost estimate. These include:
- Your personal preferences and desire outcomes
- Surgeon experience and qualifications
- Surgical techniques used
In order get accurate cost estimate, you first need to consult with a specialist. Once you have outlined your desired outcomes and discussed exactly why you want a rhinoplasty, the surgeon can determine the complexity of the procedure. The more complex the procedure is, the higher the price.
The experience and qualifications of the cosmetic surgeon also influence cost. You will pay more for a surgeon who has performed nose job procedures for a long time. Surgeons who have trained and practiced at renowned universities and hospitals will also cost more.
There are a number of new technologies being utilized for rhinoplasty procedures, allowing for more satisfying results and shorter operating times. Any clinic which uses these more advanced techniques will charge more than a clinic which makes use of traditional rhinoplasty techniques.
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How do I find rhinoplasty abroad?
When searching for rhinoplasty procedures abroad it is important to look for accreditations and certificates that indicate the clinic meets standards of safety. The Joint Commission International (JCI) is one such body which assess universal safety standards, whilst the ISO 9001 is an internationally recognized measurement of quality management.
Rhinoplasty is a very personal procedure. Having a good relationship with your surgeon is very important as you need to be able to clearly explain your wishes.
Most clinics abroad will offer the chance to consult with a surgeon online before the procedure. A surgeon who understands the reasons and motivations behind your wish for a nose job is more likely to produce a more satisfying end result, so developing a rapport before meeting in person is a good idea.
Assessing the qualifications and experience of a surgeon can also help you make the right choice. Many cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgery specialists choose to study, train, and work in the UK or the US in order to expand their level of knowledge and gain valuable experience.
Reviews from previous patients are another good measure of quality. Seek out patient stories, which can help you learn more about the clinic.
Clinics which specialize in treating patients from around the world will offer a range of additional services designed to make your trip as smooth as possible. These can include airport transfers, translation services, hotel booking, and car rental.
What are the advantages of rhinoplasty?
- Improved facial symmetry
- Nose is once again in correct proportion to the rest of the face
- Bumps and protruding points are smoothened
- Improved breathing
- Correction of a deviated septum
- Improvements in self-esteem
Rhinoplasty abroad – patient story
I went horse riding as a child and had a nasty accident. I ended up in hospital with a broken nose.
As I grew older, an arch began to form on the bridge of my nose. This made it difficult to breath on one side, but most of all I didn't like the look if it.
I looked into rhinoplasty and even consulted with a surgeon at home in the UK. I was quote £5,000 for the surgery, which I couldn't afford.
The idea of going abroad had crossed my mind, so I started doing some research. The cost difference was huge.
I came across MEDIGO and made an inquiry. One of their care team members got back to me and we started discussing my options.
After thinking things though I decided on Hungary. The prices were good and it was only a short flight from the UK.
MEDIGO arranged my flight, hotel, transfers and the surgery, and I was even allowed to bring a friend with me. The total for the whole trip, including surgery, was £2,200.
I felt at home as soon as I arrived at the clinic. The staff were so friendly and spoke perfect English
I absolutely love my new nose! I couldn’t be happier. The surgeon was so gentle and so thorough, even when I was explaining what I wanted done. He really took note of what I wanted. And he gave me exactly the nose that I asked for.Harvey from the UK