Can I get help towards paying for my nose reshaping surgery (rhinoplasty)?

If you require surgery for ‘reconstructive reasons’ then you may be able to get help with paying for this. The NHS and private healthcare providers can cover the cost of surgery undertaken for ‘essential medical’ reasons.

If it is for purely aesthetic reasons then they are unlikely to pay.

If you are thinking of approaching the NHS for help then your first port of call is your GP. It is a good idea to talk to him or her anyway as they are sympathetic to requests for cosmetic surgery and can give you good, objective advice. He/she will not sit in judgement on you or try to ‘put you off’.

His or her concern is with your health and wellbeing and so he/she will discuss the pro’s and con’s of cosmetic surgery.

If your GP thinks you have a good case then he/she will be able to refer you to a plastic surgeon. He or she can give you a letter of referral which will meant that you will get to see a highly trained, NHS consultant plastic surgeon.

Finding a top class and experienced surgeon is of vital importance – whether you have your surgery on the NHS or are treated as a private patient.

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