Last fact-checked: 15 October 2019
Can’t afford nose surgery where you live? Then why not consider rhinoplasty in The Philippines? The prices are so much lower here that you could easily pay for the treatment, enjoy a beforehand holiday – and still return home with money to spare.
Find out how to do it with Medical Departures.
The Philippines has first-rate medical facilities (if you know where to look), making it a top destination for global medical travelers. Affordability is one of the most important criteria for patients who opt to have medical treatment overseas, and the Philippines ticks all the boxes on competitive prices. It isn’t – and shouldn’t – be the only concern of patients, especially those having facial surgery.
If the price is tempting, then your next step should always be to do some research. Check out the country, and ask yourself: would I be comfortable going there? What about any language barrier? The Philippines should at least put you at ease as far as the language is concerned – the vast majority of the population speaks English.
As for whether you’ll be comfortable there? Well – only you can answer that. However, the country isn’t exactly some backwater. Sure, it is classed as a developing nation, and there is a difference between private and public health facilities, but as a medical tourist, you will be seen at one of the private facilities, which are typically very modern, hygienic and high-tech. And the good news is that you can find these (and none of the sub-standard facilities), listed with Medical Departures.
And what about the medical staff – is their training to a high standard? We can answer that easily – yes is the short answer. Medical education is pretty evenly matched throughout the world these days. Globalization ensures new techniques and best practices are adopted quickly and in the Philippines, doctors spend at least six years at Medical School before graduating, and then years more of further training depending on what they are going to specialize in. Very often, many doctors opt to take at least some part of their training overseas – and usually in Western countries, such as the United States, Australia, or Europe. You may also want to check out professional societies, such as the Rhinoplasty Society, which may be of help.
What we would say is that you should always do your own research if you are considering any kind of surgery – and that includes even if you were staying at home. Rhinoplasty, or a 'nose job', is a specialist surgery, and you should always find out what it entails so that you can ask appropriate questions of the surgeon to help you make up your mind.
Medical Departures conducts background checks on doctors, listing qualifications and professional memberships, as well as checking for any legal or criminal records. We pay onsite visits to clinics, list real patient reviews and publish high definition clinic photos. No checks are absolutely foolproof – no surgery can ever be 100% guaranteed – but at least if you start off with a facility where all the credentials stack-up then you are giving yourself the best start possible.
This is not a one-size-fits-all procedure and one person’s rhinoplasty is not likely to be the same as another’s. Some people only need minor intervention, whereas others may require major reconstruction. Surgery could between one hour and six hours.
After surgery, you will probably need to stick around for six or seven days.
The recovery time will vary, depending on the extent of your surgery, but it could be a few weeks before the inflammation and bruising subside and you feel comfortable enough to fly home. The first few days after surgery will be uncomfortable. Your nose may be packed with gauze and you may have a splint, which will make breathing difficult. You will be advised to sleep on your back, preferably propped up on pillows to keep elevated, which will help with the swelling.
You will need to take things slowly and steadily, being mindful not to knock your nose. Gentle exercise may be resumed after three weeks but contact sports and anything too energetic or strenuous should be avoided for six weeks.
This is why the 'holiday' part of your cosmetic tourism trip to the Philippines should always be scheduled before your surgery date.
It must be remembered that this procedure is tailor-made and prices can vary widely, but the average price of rhinoplasty in the Philippines around AUD $2,000 (US $1,400; CAN $1,800; UK £1,000; €1,200), which is around a quarter of the price at home.
These are average prices; for the latest price lists and more information, browse through three of our top nose job clinics in the Philippines below:
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Healthcare in the Philippines. Expat Arrivals. Website accessed: 15 October 2019.
The Rhinoplasty Society. Website accessed: 15 October 2019. http://www.rhinoplastysociety.org
Cosmetic Surgery for the Nose. WebMD. Website accessed: 15 October 2019.
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