Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job”, is a surgical procedure focused on altering the shape and addressing the nose’s appearance. It can address various concerns, including altering the size or shape of the nose, refining the nasal tip, or correcting breathing difficulties. Rhinoplasty is a highly individualised surgery, intending to achieve a look suited to the patient that complements the patient’s facial features. This procedure is common for those seeking changes in the appearance and function of their nose.
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- Planning for your surgery
- Answers to most frequently asked questions.
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Average price for Rhinoplasty Surgery in Melbourne
Because there’s no single nose shape – and no single Rhinoplasty procedure to fix every nose the average rhinoplasty cost in Melbourne, can vary. For instance, pricing can begin from around $12,000 for a beginning Surgeon to over $40,000 for a specialist.
If you’re interested in nose surgery, you will need more information on the costs and other factors to consider before undergoing rhinoplasty surgery.
Below, we cover the average Rhinoplasty cost in Melbourne and some other things you must consider before deciding to undergo this surgery. We’ll also provide the following overview of what’s involved in the cost of a rhinoplasty so that you have a better idea of what to consider regarding costs.
How much does Rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of nose surgery depends not just on your Surgeon’s qualifications, but also on what needs to be corrected in terms of:
- Shape and size
- Breathing function
- Facial harmony/balance (harmonious with other facial features and anatomy).
- Tip position
- The Patient’s overall aesthetic preferences
Remember: some nose structures and the technical skills required to alter them are more complex than others. As a result, surgery theatre times can vary and this directly impacts costs.
Rhinoplasty prices: Why do they vary from Surgeon to Surgeon?
Average Rhinoplasty costs can be categorised in the following price ranges: low-cost, mid-range and premier
- Approx. $12,000 to $14,500 for a low-cost operation with a less experienced/less trained Surgeon.
- Approx. $15,000 to $25,000 for a procedure with an experienced Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgeon.
- Over $40,000 for a Revision Rhinoplasty or highly complex primary procedure.
What factors lead to different nose surgery costs?
The 2 primary reasons Rhinoplasty procedure prices vary include:
- Surgeon – which Surgeon you choose
- Professional accreditation and training qualifications.
- Advanced technical abilities.
- Hospital costs and quality anaesthetic costs.
- Complexity – varying time in theatre also impacts the price
- Rhinoplasty usually takes between 2/2.5 hours to 3+ hours
- Although this can extend to 4 or more hours for a very complex nose procedure or revision rhinoplasty
- In contrast, some patients undergoing a less complex procedure, e.g. Tip Rhinoplasty, which may require less theatre time.
Other factors which may also affect the cost of Rhinoplasty
- The planning and follow-up care of your chosen Surgeon.
- The hospital
- Scar management.
- Open vs. closed Rhinoplasty procedure.
What are the Average Price Ranges of Rhinoplasty in Melbourne?
The following is an estimate of the range of Rhinoplasty cost in Melbourne, primarily for first-time nose surgeries.
For an exact quote and assessment of requirements, all patients require a surgical consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
Low-Cost Prices for Rhinoplasty (General surgeon, General Practitioner or doctor-in-training)
Low-cost Nose Surgery prices are usually offered by either a general surgeon or General Practitioner. They will often refer to themselves as a ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’, but will not be a Specialist nor a member of RACS (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons).
- Their nose surgery prices may range from just under $12,000 to $14,500/$15,000.
- These Surgeons are often not recognised as Specialist Plastic Surgeons.
- Some may still be in training mode, rather than being a seasoned surgeon
Due to having less surgical experience and/or skill, these surgeons may charge a smaller fee.
We believe it’s always a good idea to choose experience over cost considerations. That’s because you will live with your nose surgery results for the rest of your life. Additionally, Revision Surgery can be extremely costly, and not everything that goes wrong can be fixed.
Mid-Range Prices for Rhinoplasty (Experienced Plastic Surgeon)
Generally, Rhinoplasty surgery by an experienced Melbourne Plastic Surgeon with FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) often ranges from $15,000/$16,000 to $26,000 and up.
However, surgery costs may vary depending on your surgeon’s level of experience and other factors such as:
- medical vs cosmetic
- complicating factors of the nasal passage or breathing difficulties
- open vs closed techniques and scar management
- recovery guidance, patient follow-up care standards and more
Revision Nose Surgery prices in this care segment usually range from $19,000 to $40,000 or higher. This is due to revisional surgery usually being even more complex than standard Rhinoplasty procedures.
High-Cost Prices for Rhinoplasty (Highly experienced Plastic Surgeon)
Rhinoplasty surgery planned and performed by a highly experienced, FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) qualified Plastic Surgeon can range anywhere from $26,000 to $45,000+. Although, sometimes the price of surgery can be as high as $50,000/$60,000. Pricing will ultimately depend on who you choose and their facility/staffing costs.
As above, the price will also depend on your Surgeon’s fees, as well as the complexity of your operation and follow-up care.
Read about our top Melbourne Rhinoplasty Surgeons or find out more about what FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) recognition means.
Rhinoplasty surgery prices explained
1. Who – Your Surgeon choice
Before deciding on a Surgeon, you should consider their:
- Professional accreditations and training qualifications
- Technical abilities
- Surgical experience and skills (how many procedures have they performed?)
If something were to go wrong in your first nose surgery, not everything can be fixed in a revision procedure. This is why it is imperative to choose your Surgeon wisely the first time around.
2. What – Inclusions vs Exclusions and extra fees you weren’t expecting
What is included in the Rhinoplasty price estimate or cost quote?
- Is everything included in your quote?
- If not, you could get hit with unexpected expenses including anaesthetic, facility fees, follow-up fees, medications, recovery aids and more.
- What type of anaesthetic or local pain management is going to be used to help reduce discomfort? And where will your scar be located?
- Ask for details and get it in writing
3. When – Timing
When is your nose surgery performed?
- Ask a Patient Care Coordinator about rapidly-changing hospital fees, new testing requirements for Medicare coverage and changing rebate criteria
- Note: Insurance policy classifications can change.
- Even if you are eligible for a Medicare code and insurance coverage, this could change without much notice as a result of these changes.
4. Where: which hospital?
Where will your surgery be performed?
- General Anaesthetic in a hospital is part of your surgery fee and should be included in the price quote for your Rhinoplasty procedure.
- Using local anaesthetic and sedatives (optional) in a clinic backroom may lessen the cost of your surgery. However, this could lead to increased discomfort or other risk elevation as Rhinoplasty is a very comprehensive procedure. Due to the nature of the surgery, it is likely that you will want to be under general anaesthesia.
5. Why: Medical Rhinoplasty or Cosmetic Nose Surgery?
What reasons led you to have nose surgery?
- Cosmetic vs. medical reasons (breathing impairment, traumatic nose injury, revision or cosmetic/appearance) or aesthetic ideals and other corrections?
- Read more about Medicare rebates, Private Health Insurance and Rhinoplasty
6. How: How will your procedure be planned and performed?
How long is your procedure going to take? Is it fully customised? Surgery hours depend on the complexity of the procedure and length of time required to perform it.
More complex nose procedures often require a greater level of pre-surgery planning, surgical skill and theatre time, therefore resulting in a higher cost.
Example: your nasal passages, septoplasty needs and complexity of surgical corrections.
In conclusion, it’s important to remember that all cosmetic surgery is invasive and does involve risks. All surgery should also be custom planned and performed by an experienced surgeon to reduce risks and revision rates. Never accept a one-size-fits-all operation, especially noses.
Choose a surgeon whose:
- FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) recognised and fully customises every nose procedure to meet the patient’s specific preferences.
- Offers photographic imaging and/or graphic manipulations to visually communicate what can and cannot be done during surgery.
- Honest about potential surgery risks and recovery time frames.
- Listens and respects your views about your desired surgical outcome and can provide advice about how the surgery will impact your overall appearance.
Learn more about Cosmetic Surgery Prices and Further readings
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- How much is a Breast Lift in Melbourne?
- How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
- How much does a Breast Reduction Cost?
- How much is an Abdominoplasty in Melbourne?
- How much is Face Lift Surgery in Melbourne?
Dr Stephen Kleid – Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon
MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine
FRACS – Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.
If you want to find out more about a procedure book a consultation.