The Ultimate Guide to Rhinoplasty

Considering a rhinoplasty abroad? Also known as a nose job or nose reshaping it is one of the most popular procedures to have overseas. Here’s the lowdown on what to expect.

Am I suitable for rhinoplasty?

If you are unhappy with your nose, either the size, shape or angle, or if you have a nasal bump, breathing problems or your nose just isn’t in proportion with the rest of you face then rhinoplasty surgery could be for you.

You may want to consider some of the cons of rhinoplasty, which is irreversible once you have had the surgery. Your nose is in the middle of your face and it may drastically alter your look. It will take time for you, and other people, to adjust. You may have scars at the base of your nose depending on the type of surgery, or you may develop skin problems associated with grafting materials.

Rhinoplasty - Before and After Instructions

Your surgeon will give you thorough instructions on what to do pre and post-operation to help aid your recovery. Before surgery, the following recommendations will help:

  • Stop smoking at least 6 weeks before your surgery. It will help healing.
  • Don’t take aspirin or other medicines which cause increased bleeding.
  • Eat nutritious food in the weeks leading up to the surgery and ensure you are well hydrated to speed the healing process.

After rhinoplasty surgery arrange for someone to pick you up as you won’t be able to drive, and to stay with you on the first night after your operation. You will also be advised to:

  • Avoid strenuous activities, including sports, including aerobics or jogging
  • Avoid blowing your nose
  • Take a shower instead of a bath if you have bandages on
  • Be gentle when brushing your teeth and limit movement of the upper lip
  • Avoid pressure to the nose, and try and limit extreme facial expressions, such as laughing or resting glasses on your nose.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

Rhinoplasty is a unique procedure to each individual and it doesn’t have a set series of steps.

Depending on the anatomy and aims of the person undergoing the operation, it may be done through a small incision at the base of the nose, or inside the nose, and cartilage or your nasal bone can be augmented in several ways, depending on your specific circumstances.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Time

You must follow the recommendations your surgeon gives you, and it is important to recognize that recovery time varies among individuals.

Surgical packing in your nose will be removed between 4 and 7 days after surgery and the bandages and splint within a week to 10 days. The swelling and bruising takes around 14 days before it improves significantly and you can usually return to work then. Most normal activities can be resumed in 3 weeks, including gentle exercise.

How much does a rhinoplasty cost abroad?

Prices do vary and it really depends where you go and what your specific surgery entails. Most patients save at least 50% on rhinoplasty prices abroad and some patients save up to 90%.

In Mexico rhinoplasty is around $3,000, compared to $8,800 in the United States, whereas in Thailand rhinoplasty costs around $2,500.

How can I be sure of the quality of rhinoplasty treatment abroad?

There are ways to ensure you find a reliable and trustworthy surgeon by doing a little research. Check out rhinoplasty reviews from former patients, as well as checking out clinic accreditation, professional memberships and qualifications.

At Medical Departures we pre-check all our verified doctors and clinics, and you can see virtual tours, high-resolution clinic photos, doctor qualifications and real patient reviews on our website – all for free.