Just under 4,000 people have rhinoplasties (“nose jobs”) performed in the UK every year, mostly with private clinics as a cosmetic treatment, but some are also done on the NHS You might be wondering about a nose job for yourself, and specifically, the costs involved.
It costs between £2,000 and £10,000 for a nose job (rhinoplasty) in the UK. The final cost depends on the scale of surgery and the necessary aftercare. Many clinics offer all-inclusive pricing, including the procedure, hospital stay, and aftercare, which is determined after the initial consultation.
This article will discuss the cost of nose jobs in the UK and the different types of nose jobs. We’ll also go over why people get nose jobs and why they’re sometimes available on the NHS.
Prices for Different Types of Nose Jobs
Nose jobs, also known as rhinoplasties, are routine these days, and many are optional surgeries used to enhance a person’s appearance. However, being cosmetic, most people have to pay out of pocket and use private clinics.
Unfortunately, many clinics do not post prices on their websites or post approximate prices with instructions to get in touch for a more accurate quote. For this article, I’ve done my best to research current prices and what can make it more – or less – expensive.
The first thing you have to look at is the consultation fee. For example, like many others, the Karidis Clinic states that they charge a non-refundable fee of £200 for the initial consultation. This fee can then be redeemed against the cost of the procedure, though they do not offer any prices. However, if you choose not to proceed with the surgery, you don’t get that £200 back (Source: Karidis).
Luckily we were able to find some prices from clinics all over the country, so you can see average prices of nose jobs in various locations:
|Clinic Name||Location||Rhinoplasty Cost||Extra Info|
|Clifton Park Hospital||Yorkshire||From £5121||Price is all-inclusive (consultation, procedure, hospital stay, and aftercare)|
|The Harley Medical Group||Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Leeds, London, Sheffield (and more)||From £6,625||Free consultation Price is all-inclusive (procedure, hospital stay, and aftercare)|
|London Clinic||London||From £3,595||Price is all-inclusive (consultation, procedure, hospital stay, and aftercare)|
|London Bridge Plastic Surgery||London||From £6,210||Price is all-inclusive (consultation, procedure, hospital stay, and aftercare)|
|La Belle Form||Glasgow||From £6,995||Consultation £50.|
As you can see from the table, unlike a lot of UK prices, the cost of a nose job is quite similar, even in London. In fact, the London Clinic starts at under £4,000, where the same procedure is from almost £7,000 in Glasgow.
Since these are all private clinics, you’re not chained to any one area code. So, do your research and find a reputable clinic or hospital with a price plan that works for you. The UK isn’t that big, after all. Usually, you’d get almost anything cheaper outside of London, but that’s not the case with nose jobs.
Of course, the cost of the procedure will depend on the type of nose job you want or need. In the case of a deviated septum, you’ll be looking at something more expensive than, say, simple fillers to fix a dorsal hump.
Let’s take a closer look at each of the different types of rhinoplasty and how they compare.
Septoplasty (Deviated Septum) Costs and Considerations
Septoplasty surgery (septorhinoplasty) is the procedure you will need if you have a deviated septum. This approach puts all its focus on the inside of your nose, with the ultimate goal being to correct the issue with the cartilage and bone.
It is possible just to have a septoplasty on its own, but in many cases, a rhinoplasty is needed to ensure the nose is straight and aesthetically pleasing.
If your nose looks fine and you’re happy with it, most surgeons will do their best to maintain its natural shape and appearance. However, for a deviated septum to be bad enough to need fixing, usually that also means there is a hump, bump, or crook to the nose.
Because of this, the cost of a septoplasty can range anywhere from a couple of thousand to as much as £8,000 or £10,000 in the UK, depending on how crooked your nose is and how much extra work is needed.
For example, at the Benenden Hospital in Kent, septoplasties start at £2,225, in addition to the initial consultation, which will cost £185.
Nuffield Health, on the other hand, which has clinics all over the UK, prices septoplasties along with rhinoplasties, as the two are often done together. Prices start at just over £6,000 at their Brentwood Hospital, going up to just under £8,000 at Guildford Hospital. This ought to give you an idea of the vast range when it comes to pricing.
Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty Costs and Considerations
Rhinoplasty surgery is a cosmetic procedure used to fix crooked, broken, or bumpy noses. Since this is optional surgery and not designed to help with your health, a person can choose this type of nose job for any reason.
The most common type of nose job is the open rhinoplasty, during which the surgeon cuts the skin between the nostrils to gain access to the nose inside. This cut allows full access to the nasal bones and cartilage, which is either sanded down and reshaped, or broken and reset.
Closed rhinoplasty surgery is minimally invasive, and the cuts are made on the inside of the nostrils. Therefore, this technique can only be used when the work needed is minor (source: Westside Face).
Whether or not you need an open or closed surgery will be up to your doctor, and in some cases, they may need to change their approach in the operating room. For that reason, almost all of these clinics’ starting prices are for both types of nose job.
With that in mind, it’s safe to assume that the lower prices that state “starting from” are referring to closed rhinoplasties, with open rhinoplasties being more expensive.
Tip Plasty Prices and Costs in the UK
As the name suggests, tip plasty surgery is performed to fix bulbous, droopy, or wide tipped noses or wide or asymmetrical nostrils. Since this is typically the first thing you see when you look at someone, it’s understandable that it could cause concern for people.
The tip of the nose is made up of skin layers, cartilage, muscles, a little fat, and some fibrous tissues.
Unlike the more complex rhinoplasty, which requires a general anesthetic, this procedure can be finished in around 45 minutes and under local anesthesia.
Costs of tip plasty surgery seem to vary greatly, and it’s not clear if all clinics perform this or if it’s included in their base pricing.
For example, the Transforming Lives clinics clearly state that they perform rhino-tip surgeries, but their prices start from £4,995 (and go up to more than £7,000). That suggests the minimally invasive tip plasty is on the lower end, and the more extensive surgeries are upwards of £7,000.
How Much Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Costs
Also known as liquid rhinoplasty, this method uses dermal fillers to fill in the areas around the dorsal hump in your nose to smooth out its appearance. The most used filler is hyaluronic acid (HA), which is the same thing used in lip or cheek fillers (source: Healthline).
Of course, this option would not work for severely broken or crooked noses, but it’s a terrific and minimally invasive alternative for mild bumps and asymmetry. Rather than removing a bump, the surgeon can simple inject filler around to make it more even.
Although the results aren’t permanent, they claim to last upwards of 12-18 months, and as an outpatient procedure, you can be in and out of the clinic within 30 minutes. (source: Cleveland Clinic).
Not only that, but this cost of fillers is far less than surgery.
For example, the cost of fillers at the sk:n clinic starts at just £545.00. Similarly, at the Elite Aesthetics clinic, you can get a non-surgical nose job from just £425 (sources: Elite Aesthetics, sk:n clinic).
Can You Get a Nose Job on the NHS?
You can get a nose job on the NHS if you have a medical reason, such as difficulty breathing, or if you were born with a congenital disability, such as a cleft palate. However, cosmetic nose jobs are not available on the NHS, and most patients need to find private clinics.
Cosmetic surgery is very rarely available on the NHS. In the few cases it is allowed, it is typically following a severe illness, such as cancer or a traumatic accident that left the patient seriously injured.
These surgeries will almost always focus on reconstruction rather than cosmetics (source: NHS: Cosmetic Procedures).
Per the CCG guidelines, a patient can only receive a nose job on the NHS if they have “documented health problems resulting from nasal blockage, severe functional impairment or a specific percentage of blockage.”
If you have any of these, you may be eligible for a septorhinoplasty (source: Cambridge University Press).
If you think you might be eligible, then make an appointment with your GP to discuss it first. They may be able to go over the medical options available to you.
What Type of Nose Job Do I Need?
People choose to have nose jobs for all kinds of reasons, but two of the main issues patients have are dorsal humps and deviated septums.
What Are Dorsal Humps?
Dorsal humps are irregularities in the cartilage and bone structure of the nose. These appear like bumps or humps on the nose, usually near the bridge. They often present as a curve that extends from the top of the nose to the tip, as opposed to a standard straight slope.
Dorsal humps are not usually dangerous, don’t affect ones breathing, and are naturally occurring. However, many people dislike how they look and choose to have them fixed with a nose job.
As they’re not medically an issue, this would be a purely cosmetic procedure, which means using a private clinic.
Dorsal humps are fixed with either an open or closed rhinoplasty, depending on how big it is (source: The Face Experts).
What Is a Deviated Septum?
A deviated septum refers to the septum of the nose that separates the two nasal cavities being off-center. Made of bone and cartilage, the septum is found in the center between the left and right nasal cavities. When it deviates, there is typically a significant bend or crooked aspect to the nose.
Unlike the dorsal hump, this can affect a person’s breathing. If it’s a minor deviation, you may hardly notice it at all. But more severe cases see people suffering from headaches, shortness of breath, and infections.
As such, it is not always considered cosmetic, which means you could get a nose job on the NHS.
Overall, the cost of a nose job varies a great deal, from just a few hundred for fillers to over £10,000 to fix a deviated septum. Unfortunately, as it’s cosmetic, you’re almost always going to have to “go private” for one.
Hopefully, you found this article helpful in your research into nose jobs in the UK, and just how much money you’ll need to put aside for the procedure.