Having rhinoplasty in Costa Rica can be an effective way to correct both a misshapen nose as well as an obstructed airway or deviated septum that can make breathing difficult. In recent years, Costa Rica has emerged as a popular destination for all types of medical procedures, due to its expertise and the affordable prices.
This procedure, which is also sometimes simply referred to as a nose job, may be used to correct humps, bumps, or depressions in the bridge of the nose. Patients may also request rhinoplasty to correct a misshapen nose tip. This procedure is appropriate for both men and women who are in good overall health.
If you have always dreamed of a tropical vacation and have a desire to correct the appearance of your nose or correct an obstructed airway, then traveling to Costa Rica can help you to accomplish both goals. Flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica offers a diverse array of attractions for all tastes. During your visit, you can take advantage of the chance to do everything from explore the rainforest to relax on a pristine beach. You will also find Costa Rican people, known as Ticos, to be warm and welcoming.
Among the most common reasons for traveling to Costa Rica for rhinoplasty, beyond the country's beauty, is to take advantage of lower pricing. This procedure is typically much less expensive in Costa Rica than in the United States. You will also find Costa Rica to be home to exceptional healthcare facilities and highly qualified physicians, many of whom are board certified and members of such organizations as The Rhinoplasty Society.
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As part of your rhinoplasty procedure, you will have a consultation with your surgeon to determine your goals. This consultation may include a complete medical history as well as an examination. You will also discuss with your physician the technique that will be used, such as an open or closed method. With the closed method, incisions will be hidden inside the nose.
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and takes between one and two hours to complete. Your surgeon will begin by making incisions and lifting the skin covering the bridge of the nose. Depending on the goals of the procedure, it may be necessary for your doctor to use cartilage grafts or even remove cartilage or bone. If you have a deviated septum, your surgeon may also need to straighten projections inside the nose. At the conclusion of the procedure, the incisions will be closed and the skin redraped.
It is common to have packaging and a splint when you awaken from rhinoplasty. This helps to provide support to your newly shaped nose. You should also expect to experience some swelling following your procedure. Swelling is usually most common in the morning. You may also experience some congestion. Patients may experience swelling for several months following rhinoplasty, but should be able to see the full results of their procedure within a year.
You may also experience some pain after your procedure, which can be alleviated with oral pain medication. Bruising is also common following rhinoplasty and may last for up to one week. You should be able to be up and about the day after your procedure but will need to limit your activities for several days, particularly rigorous activities, as directed by your physician. Patients can usually return to work within a week of rhinoplasty.
The average cost of rhinoplasty in Costa Rica is $2,900 (EUR €2,634, AUD $3,898, GBP £2,037) compared to $8,800 (EUR € 7,889, AUD $ 12,307, GBP £6,101) in the United States.
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