In recent years, medical tourism, or going outside the U.S. for a surgery or procedure, has become more popular. Patients go to other countries to have rhinoplasty and other surgery performed at a lower cost. While several other countries, such as South Korea, Columbia, and Italy, may have surgeons willing to perform rhinoplasty at a low cost, the quality and safety standards may not be as closely regulated as they are in the U.S.
One of the main things to keep in mind regarding medical tourism is how difficult it may be to see or even contact your doctor after surgery. Follow-up appointments are extremely important. When surgery is performed internationally, patients either miss post-operative appointments or have to stay in the area for an extended period of time. When you have surgery closer to home, you can more easily attend these appointments and visit your surgeon if any other problems or concerns arise. Many surgeons like myself will revise their own work at no additional charge except for anesthesia fees or surgical venue fees.
When someone is dissatisfied with their nose they can undergo nose surgery (rhinoplasty) to straighten, reshape, alter the length and generally improve its overall appearance. However, not all rhinoplasty’s are performed solely for aesthetic reasons. Sometimes people have the procedure to address breathing problems or to rectify a birth defect. The cost of what’s commonly referred to as a nose job can fluctuate.
In the weeks before any surgery, it is important for patients to eat a healthy diet. Proper nutrition will speed healing and minimize the risk of infection. In particular, individuals should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Nutrition supplements are also beneficial. Doctors may recommend specific supplements, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and bromelain.

Liposuction can be effective for people who have isolated areas of fat that are resistant to a healthy diet and exercise. Ideal candidates are close to their desired weight and have good skin tone and elasticity. As plasticsurgeryinfo.ca explains, liposuction is not intended to be used for weight loss, but is instead meant to remove pockets of fat that cannot be removed otherwise.
Augmentation rhinoplasty is another popular type of nose reshaping surgery. During this treatment, the doctor performs bone or tissue grafting to build up the nasal tip and/or bridge. In many cases, he or she uses cartilage from other parts of the nose, usually the nasal septum. However, if a patient does not have enough tissue in this area, the doctor may use rib bone, cartilage from other areas, synthetic material, or other biological tissues.
The cost of living is different among different geographical locations. In general, the cost of cosmetic surgery tends to be higher in areas of the country where the cost of living is high. For example, a practice located in Los Angeles will change more for a buttocks lift than a practice situated in San Francisco due to the higher cost of living index, which affects all kinds of services and goods in that area, including plastic surgery services and related costs (see cost of anaesthesia and operating room below). Likewise, a practice in, say, India or Turkey, will perform a butt augmentation at a lower cost than in Paris (from $2,400 vs. $7,300 respectively), while a patient opting to have a butt lift in Switzerland will be called to pay, at least, $6,600 for the liposuction alone.
Naturally, patients should choose a doctor who has a good reputation for success. Individuals should ask friends, family, and general practitioners for recommendations. Additionally, all state medical boards are required to make a doctor's information public. Patients may access these records to look for any past lawsuits or infractions. In many areas, these records are available online, but in some states, they can only be accessed through the mail.
Most board certified plastic surgeons will give discounts if more than one area is addressed at the same time. Be careful when comparing pricing between surgeons. Some surgeons will only give you their fee with the surgery center and anesthesiologist billing you separately. Other surgeons will give you a package price which will include their fee, the surgery center and anesthesiologists fee.
Revision rhinoplasty is similar to primary rhinoplasty, and it can be performed as an "open" or "closed" procedure. In closed rhinoplasty, the surgical incisions are made inside the nose to eliminate the appearance of scarring. With open rhinoplasty, an additional incision is made across the columella. While this leaves a small scar, it gives the surgeon more access to the nasal tissue and bone. The goals of your rhinoplasty revision will dictate the type of surgery you receive.
Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell is a broadcast journalist who began writing professionally in 1980. Her writing focuses on parenting and health, and has appeared in “Spirituality & Health Magazine" and “Essential Wellness.” Hellesvig-Gaskell has worked with autistic children at the Fraser School in Minneapolis and as a child care assistant for toddlers and preschoolers at the International School of Minnesota, Eden Prairie.
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