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.

After the patient is sedated, the surgeon creates tiny incisions inside the nostrils or on the columella. Then he or she carefully lifts the skin to access the underlying bone and cartilage. The surgeon can then remove or graft tissues, as needed. Typically, a doctor uses conservative methods to minimize the impact to the surrounding tissues while still achieving the desired results. When the reshaping process is complete, the doctor lays the skin back down over the new contours of the nose and closes the incisions.


In addition to the physical benefits of rhinoplasty, the procedure has psychological benefits as well. Individuals who are unhappy with the size or shape of their nose often feel self-conscious about their appearance and may suffer from low self-esteem. After undergoing rhinoplasty surgery, however, many patients report a marked boost in confidence. This benefit alone can be a great reason for patients to choose rhinoplasty.
Although these side effects will eventually go away on their own, patients can take precautions to minimize their severity and speed recovery. Pain medication can reduce discomfort, and antibiotics can help control the symptoms of sinusitis. Some surgeons may prescribe drugs immediately after treatment. Patients should take these medications as directed. They should always finish each prescription, unless otherwise instructed by their doctors.
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.
Although cost is certainly an important factor when it comes to deciding where to have a nose job, making sure you find the right surgeon should be at the top of your list of needs. After you do your online research or talk to friends who have had the same or a similar procedure, schedule a consultation with your top choices. At the consultation, come prepared with questions to address all of your concerns and ensure that your needs will be met.  Some questions to ask include:
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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