Rhinoplasty Surgery FAQs

What Are The Limitations of a Rhinoplasty?

There is a limitation to the amount of rhinoplasty reduction that can be achieved if you have mature skin or a very large nose. This is due to the elasticity of the skin and its reduced ability to shrink down to a smaller frame. Equally, it may not be possible to make the nose as large as you may desire. 

In addition, if you have had a change in the contour of your nose from an injury, it may not be possible to completely correct this. It's important to have realistic expectations and discuss your goals with your surgeon who will let you know what's possible.

Will the NHS Pay for My Rhinoplasty?

This procedure is not usually available on the NHS for cosmetic reasons. However, it may be provided by the NHS if you require the surgery to help with breathing difficulties although wait times may be long. Do speak with your GP about any concerns you may have about nasal breathing issues. Patient Care Advisers are always on hand to discuss the various types of rhinoplasty procedures and what they can address.

Do I Need a GP Referral for a Rhinoplasty?

The majority of plastic surgeons are happy to see you for your first consultation without having a referral from your GP. If however, you plan to go ahead with your rhinoplasty, your surgeon may ask to contact your GP. This will be so that they can gather information about your past and current medical history.

Certain medical conditions may require a GP sign off prior to having surgery, but your personal Patient Care Adviser will let you know if that is necessary.

Published: Monday, 8 February 2021

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