Also known as rhinoplasty, nose jobs are undertaken to alter the size and shape of the nose or to repair it in order to improve its function. It can make a significant difference to the way your face looks and can take a long time to recover from. Working hand in hand with a reputable and experienced surgeon is essential to ensure that the procedure meets your long term goals and expectations. If you have been given a cost estimate for a procedure in Australia but are considering having a nose job in Thailand to save costs, here are some really important reasons that you shouldn’t.
The Practical Reality Of The Cost Of Rhinoplasty
If you are considering a nose job, you should also remember that cost doesn’t just mean the money that is exchanged for a surgical procedure. Anyone who has experienced a botched surgical procedure will be very quick to tell you about the cost of inconvenience, the cost of self confidence or the costs of repairing a surgical procedure that was not well done. All of these are intangible and difficult to attach a price tag to, and you will only understand their importance if things do go wrong, which is a reality that consumers often don’t want to acknowledge.
Having a nose job in Thailand may seem like an initially financially attractive prospect but there are some realities that you should understand before you commit to something ostensibly cheaper.
A Nose Job Is A Long Term Project
Believe it or not, even though medical technology has evolved so rapidly, there’s no quick fix to rhinoplasty. In order to ensure you are completely satisfied with the outcome you should actually follow a process like this
- Find a reputable and experienced plastic surgeon and schedule a consultation. The really good surgeons may have a waiting list and may not be able to see you immediately but will be worth the wait
- Have a thorough consultation and assessment, which will include your medical history, your plastic surgery goals and a lifestyle evaluation.
- Receive the cost estimate.
- Go through the above process at once once or twice more, so that you have a second opinion to compare it to. This is important because, unless you have had a nose job in the past, you will have to take the surgeon’s advice and critique it on your own. You need to have an alternative to compare it to in order to move forward.
- Select your surgeon and then undergo a cooling off period, to really make sure that this major step is something you want for the long term.
- Have your surgical procedure and experience some healing of swelling and bruising over the course of the year before you can fully evaluate if your final nose shape is to your satisfaction or if you want to have revisional surgery.
As you can probably see, the above schedule is not something that is easy or practical to undertake during a holiday to Thailand.
You put yourself under time pressure to be able to follow the best practice steps required for a successful procedure.
If something does go wrong, you have very little time or space available to address it.
What Are The Associated Risks Of A Nose Job In Thailand?
If you are considering a nose job, remember that rhinoplasty does carry some element of risk from complications, and having your surgery in Thailand simply amplifies those risks.
Some of them include
- Infection at the site
- An allergic to other reaction at any point during the surgery or recovery period
- Swelling, pain and bruising that requires post-operative care
- Thickened or keloid scars developing at the surgical site
- Severe or persistent pain
- Numbness in the nose or behind the front teeth
- Flattening of your nose
- Extrusion of a nose implant
- Problems with your nasal passages.
Part of managing the risk factors is a risk assessment that factors in your personal needs and circumstances. Working through this with a foreign surgeon, in a foreign country and under time constraints is an impractical task. In the event that something does go wrong, you would need to resolve it in order to meet your travel plans and obligations.
Under the best circumstances, healing and recovery is always easier and more comfortable at home. There is no substitute for rest and complete relaxation, and doing this in a foreign place where practical matters such as language and communication might be strained, can make the process much more difficult to manage.
While you might be quoted a higher price in Australia, our infection control standards are very high and your chances of having an adverse reaction are significantly lower. You can also rest assured that you will receive adequate post-operative care, whether any of the side effects occur to you or not.
If you are thinking about rhinoplasty surgery, remember that long term happiness and health is more important than an initial saving. If it appears that you will be saving a great deal by going to Thailand, try and measure up that saving against the cost of things going wrong before you can truly compare the difference. Working with an Australian plastic surgeon also means you do have someone to go to for postsurgical care, and that you are assured of the highest possible standards.
If you’re still thinking about a nose job Thailand it’s always best to seek a local opinion. Please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 9158 6375.