Q & A’sCategory: FaceSeptorhinoplasty
Michelle asked 10 months ago

Hi, I’m looking into getting septorhinoplasty done to fix a severely deviated septum, crooked nose & associated breathing problems whuch were the result of a previous injury/trauma (broken nose when I was 14) which was not treated at the time. A plastic & reconstructive surgeon has given me a quote for the procedure which has an associated Medicare item number. I would be paying to have it done as a private patient in a private hospital, as I don’t have health insurance. I’m just wondering am I also able to have any aesthetic issues addressed at the same time (eg, de-projection /reducing the size)? Or would this mean that the item number & Medicare rebates would not apply. It just seems that if I am going to pay a significant amount of money to have the surgery done I really want to have all my concerns addressed – not just the functional ones. Any information you can provide would be much appreciated Thanks, Michelle

1 Answers
KristyKristy Contributor answered 10 months ago

Hi Michelle,
In such a situation/patient, the answer is always to address both the aesthetic as well as the functional aspect of the nose. The patient should put forth her issues both from a breathing perspective as well as aspects of her nose appearance she does not like.

The surgeon should then formulate a plan that can address those issues and explain the technical approaches to reaching their mutual goals.

I hope this helps, Ray

Dr Raymond Goh
Valley Plastic Surgery, 51 Ballow St, Fortitude Valley


Kristy loves researching, writing, and editing for Plastic Surgery Hub. She chats with practitioners and industry contacts to make sure we are bringing you the most up to date and accurate information possible. Growing up in Byron Bay, Kristy is all about people feeling comfortable in their own skin, and knows if people are going to make the choice to have aesthetic treatments or surgery, they should do so fully informed, and aware of the risks and all aspects of the procedure - both the good and the bad. Kristy is a huge advocate of having your surgery or treatment done in Australia by qualified Australian practitioners.

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