Rhinoplasty or nose job, as it is popularly called is one of the top 5 cosmetic procedures preferred by people looking to alter their appearance. A lot of Indian celebrities have undergone cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery in India to enhance their looks; some, like Shruti Hassan has even openly admitted to having undergone the procedure.
While Indians once visited developed countries like the United States and the United Kingdom for such cosmetic procedures, they now prefer to do it in India. A 2010 survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons In India found that India ranked fourth for rhinoplasty, covering around 12% of the total worldwide market. There are several for this decision. For one, India, especially South India, has become a go-to destination for medical tourism. There are hundreds of hospitals that meet international standards, yet cost half of what you’d pay in an average hospital in developed countries. This is especially true for procedures not covered under medical insurance.
The success rate for any rhinoplasty procedure also depends on the number of cases handled by the surgeon, and the types of ethnic groups he has dealt with. For instance, Korea may be the most preferred destination for rhinoplasty, thanks to exacting beauty standards set by Koreans and the advanced technology available in the country. But the country has limited ethnic groups; surgeons deal with people with very similar features. Koreans prefer doll and animation like features – not ideal for Caucasian, Latin, or South Asian features.
Also, rhinoplasty in any country is expensive, partly because of the complexity of the procedure. Surgeons have to undergo special training, follow high safety standards, and be accredited or certified by a reputed board to gain patient confidence.
Rhinoplasty Comes With Its Own Risks
A recent study found that around 55% of cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery in India involves corrective nose surgery, i.e., nose jobs that have gone wrong in the first place. Sometimes, the patient may have undergone three or four surgeries before finding the right surgeon. What’s even worse, patients don’t even haul up surgeons who’ve botched up the surgery thanks to the complex legal procedures and the shame of openly admitting to performing cosmetic surgery.
Rhinoplasty is a complicated procedure that requires experience and expertise. Even a millimeter shift could create a significant impact on the aesthetics and leave you with an incongruent nose. Some surgeons use silicone implants without much thought – while it gives the instant results people crave, there’s also the risk of these implants falling off. Sometimes, the surgeon could take off too much cartilage causing damage to the skeletal framework and leave you with a saddled nose.
Corrective rhinoplasty is especially tricky because it comes with its psychological burden and several other health complications. The patient is anxious and does not have much hope about the result. He/she could have breathing problems and internal scarring. While a simple rhinoplasty could take around 2-3 hours, corrective surgery could take around 4-5 hours. In most cases, patients do not carry a discharge summary because they prefer to keep things hush-hush.
What Are The Common Myths Associated With Rhinoplasty
It is a common misconception that any cosmetic surgeon can perform rhinoplasty. When choosing the best rhinoplasty surgeon in India, make sure he/she is board certified in facial plastic and corrective surgery. This is because a nose job is a complex procedure where even a millimeter could drastically alter the end result. An experienced surgeon pays great attention to detail and understands the aesthetics of the nose. He/she also must understand the complex functionalities of the organ.
Another myth commonly associated with rhinoplasty is that people often have unrealistic expectations from the surgery. While a certain nasal feature may look apt on one person, it may be unsuitable in another. The nose must match your facial features and personality – it must be in harmony with eyes, nose, and other features. As earlier said, it must also match your ethnicity. For instance, if you’re looking to remove the bump on your nose, it’s important that the tip is changed as well – if not, the tip may appear as if it’s too far from the face. Only an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon would know this.
You may have heard how easy it is for people to spot someone who has undergone rhinoplasty. An unnatural nose is sorely because of the quality of the procedure. A poorly performed procedure looks unnatural – either the cartilage is overly reduced or overly pinched. It not only affects appearance but also affects breathing.
Another common misconception is that people often associate rhinoplasty with cosmetic procedures. This is untrue; in fact, a lot of nose jobs are done to correct breathing problems, birth defects, or repair nose after an accident. Some of the other common medical reasons for rhinoplasty include a deviated septum, cleft lip and cleft palate, etc.
Determining Rhinoplasty Cost In India
If you are looking for rhinoplasty options in India, it is important to determine pricing and travel convenience. When compared to other countries, nose surgery cost in India is relatively inexpensive. This includes the cost of medical care, accommodation, food, and transportation as well. Price also depends on the city chosen. Surgery in a metro city like Delhi or Mumbai is comparatively expensive to cost in a 2nd or 3rd tier city. For instance, operation in a premium hospital like Dr. Richardson Dental and Craniofacial Hospital would be less when compared to an economy hospital in a metro city. But the quality of healthcare and technology remains the same, wherein patients get to experience utmost luxury at half the cost.
How To Choose Rhinoplasty Surgeon In India?
Before choosing a surgeon, make sure he/she is fully trained and is accredited by the best institutions, either in India or abroad. Read reviews about the hospital and the surgeon on Google to make sure utmost hygiene is followed to avoid potential risks and complications. A good surgeon will have good reviews on the internet and will be highly recommended. The surgeon must have proper training and qualification to perform the surgery. The hospital must use the latest technology and updated diagnostic techniques to help patients determine the final outcome.
The surgeon and his team must explain patiently and in detail the procedure that will be followed. Patients must know about recovery time, risks or complications likely and the steps taken by the hospital to avoid them, and also options if the patient is not satisfied with the final outcome.
What Must The Surgeon Explain Before The Rhinoplasty Procedure
The patient must be made to undergo a detailed health checkup to determine pre-existing health conditions and understand risk factors. The surgeon must also discuss available nose shaping options by examining your face. This includes taking photographs and measuring the nose to recommend a treatment option.
Naturally, the cost is also a major determinant. Professionally managed hospitals always discuss fees and other charges upfront. There are no hidden costs or unwanted surprises.
Given the complexity of the problem, it is only natural that you will be anxious about the procedure and may want to understand all aspects of the surgery before committing to the operation. We hope this helps you manage some of the preoperative stress – if not, feel free to discuss your queries with Dr. Sunil Richardson.