Millions of people travel the world on a daily basis for many different reasons. One of these many reasons are for medical procedures, in particular rhinoplasty. Here we explain how you can travel for Rhinoplasty ? what do you need ? and what you should know.
Why should we travel for rhinoplasty procedures?
There are many reasons motivating people to travel for a rhinoplasty procedure:
- Some people travel for rhinoplasty overseas because the procedure is costlier in their own country
- Some people travel due to lack of experienced rhinoplasty surgeons in their country
- And some people travel for a better experience and quality
Based on stats, rhinoplasty is among the most common beauty procedures in Iran, which has resulted in the country having the most experienced rhinoplasty surgeons in the world.
The president of Iran’s world-renowned rhinoplasty convention has stated that procedure techniques, surgeon’s experience and education level, Iranian’s unique nose anatomy, and the low cost of the procedure compared to other countries, has positioned Iran to become a hotspot for this type of procedure.
Steps to travel for rhinoplasty procedure
Booking an appointment through the website
If you have made the decision to have your rhinoplasty procedure in Iran, the first step would be to book an appointment online, on the main page of the website http://www.drtaherian.com/en/
Sending in your picture and the necessary information
When you are traveling for rhinoplasty In order for you to receive a consultation without being there in person, you have to send in the required information while filling out the appointment request form.
Information such as name, last name, nationality and race, and country of residence have to be entered correctly. Also, an explanation to the goals you are trying to achieve through the surgery, along with photos of your nose and face from different angles. Finally, the desired date for this procedure.
Case review and price determination
All the submitted information and pictures gets reviewed by the doctor. The cost of the surgery will be calculated according to this information and the goals the patient is trying to achieve through the procedure. In most cases, the patient will receive a response within 24 hours.
Patient’s review of the doctor’s proposal and planning the trip
Upon the patient’s review of the doctor’s proposal, the cost breakdown and their agreement, the final stages of completing the request for the procedure will take place.
Online consultation with the doctor and setting up the procedure date
At this point, the patient will have the opportunity to consult the doctor online or by phone. The patient can address all the questions and concerns they might have with the doctor and set a date for the procedure.
Obtaining a visa and booking a hotel room (if desired)
Upon locking in a date for the procedure, the necessary steps will be taken to obtain a visa and book a hotel room. This step can be completely handled by the doctor’s office to make things easier for the patient. We can also provide translators and transportation from the airport to further assist our patients upon their request.
The trip to Iran for the procedure
Many people have gone through the above steps in order to receive their procedure in Iran with no issues or hiccups. There is no need to worry about going through this process as we will be in constant communication with you and guide you through every step of the way. Although it is necessary to make sure you will be staying in Tehran (Iran’s capital) for at least 10 days.
When your plane lands in Imam Khomeini’s airport, you will check in a hotel close to doctor’s office to make transportation easy. One day prior to your surgery you will have a consultation visit with the doctor to go over the procedure, take pictures, and the necessary tests.
Diagnostic, pictures, and the required test prior to surgery
Patient’s health and well being is the most important aspect of every surgery. Prior to every surgery doctors weigh in the risks present. Although every surgery bears complications, an experienced surgeon, hand in hand with the right candidate, can reduce that to the minimum.
Some patients require more post-surgery care than others. Post-surgery tests can be a good indicator of the risks and the safety of the patient. If you have decided on getting a rhinoplasty surgery you might want to know how to prepare, and what tests are required to indicate if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Here we will cover some of the potential required post-surgery tests that might be needed of you. These tests are unique to each patient’s state of health and each doctor has their way of conducting these to ensure patient’s safety.
Rhinoplasty candidates have to be in a good physical state. This exam is normal practice and might be conducted by the surgeon.
This test is dependent on patient’s medical history and will indicate if the surgery would bear any risk for the patient.
ECG or EKG
For patients with prior heart conditions, there might be a ECG or EKG required to ensure the patient’s safety.
For females suspected of being pregnant there might be a pregnancy test required as this procedure is not recommended for pregnant women
Going in for the surgery
Every successful procedure has set steps to achieving the goals in mind. These steps are unique to each patient and their face structure.
Rhinoplasty can be performed by only one cut inside the nose or an additional cut under the septum. Your surgeon will make the necessary corrections to the septum and the cartilage.
The surgeon can make corrections to the septum and the cartilage in different ways. The technique depends on the following aspects
- How much extra cartilage is needed
- Nose structure
- Available avenues to strengthen the nose
For smaller modifications, the surgeon might get the needed extra cartilage from the inner nose or ears. For major modifications, the surgeon might get the needed cartilage from the ribs.
The rhinoplasty surgery
The surgery will be performed under local or general anesthesia and pain killers. The anesthesia is based on the patient’s discretion and doctor’s opinion. Talk to your surgeon prior to surgery about your preference.
- Local anesthesia and pain killers. This method is usually used in outpatient procedures. Your doctor will inject your nose with local anesthesia and will give you pain killers through injection. This will numb you and make you drowsy but you will not be fully put to sleep.
- General anesthesia. The general anesthesia will be injected through an IV site. With this method, you will be put to sleep. General anesthesia will also require breathing tubes to ensure your body is receiving enough oxygen.
After the surgery, you will be placed in the recovery room where nurses will keep a close eye on you until you are conscious. If there are no complications you will be discharged the same day. If doctor deems necessary, you may have to remain at the facility overnight.
After the surgery and being discharged you will have to rest in bed and keep your head elevated with extra pillows to reduce the swelling and bleeding. There might be some breathing difficulty due to the swelling and the splint placed in your nose.
Minimal bleeding or blood clots post-surgery or after removing the bandage is normal. Your doctor might place small pads in your nostrils to prevent the bleeding and blood clots from coming down. You can change these pads based on your doctor’s instructions.
To reduce the chances of bleeding and swelling, please follow the instructions given to you by your doctor.
- Avoid intense physical activities such as running or aerobics
- Take baths instead of showering
- Do not blow your nose
- Eat foods that are high in fiber such as fruit or vegetables to avoid post-surgery constipation. The pressure put on your body due to constipation might affect your face as well.
- Avoid laughing or wide smiles
- Brush your teeth carefully to avoid movement of your upper lip as much as possible
- Wear tops such as button ups and avoid t-shirts and closed-front hoodies so you won’t have to put them over your head.
Avoid wearing prescription glasses or sunglasses for a month or two post-surgery. If you have to wear prescription glasses try to switch to contact lenses to avoid contact or pressure on your nose.
While outside apply sunscreen on your face, especially on your nose. Excessive sun exposure can result in permanent discoloration of skin on your nose.
The swelling around your eyes is normal and will reside in two to three weeks. The swelling of your nose will persist longer. Reducing your sodium intake will help the swelling of your nose reside much faster.
Your nose is always changing during your lifetime with or without surgery. Due to this, it will be difficult to tell when the end result will be achieved. The major part of swelling (for patients with normal skin) should subside within a year.