Everything You Need to Know Before Traveling for Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery in Spain

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There is something both immensely exhilarating and a touch scary about going in for plastic surgery. Plastic surgery has been steadily increasing since 2019, and it’s becoming more socially acceptable. It’s more than likely something you’ve wanted and debated with yourself over for a long time. However, even though you’ve been dreaming about that perfect nose, there are some things you want to consider before traveling for rhinoplasty plastic surgery in Spain.

If you’re here, you already know the basics about rhinoplasty or a nose job as it’s more commonly referred to. However, there are probably many things that you haven’t considered about the process itself, from the consultation process to the recovery period. Some of these things can be extra important if you plan to travel away from home to get your surgery.

The Importance of a Good Consultation and a Good Surgeon

First up on the list of things to consider is the importance of a good consultation. Because this is plastic surgery, we’re talking about not just a little filler or Botox. The consultation to prepare you for this type of surgery is far more important. Most people find that having a good consultation where they are open and honest with their doctor leads them to be happier with the overall results of their surgery.

Your surgeon will help explain what realistic expectations are for your procedure on a personal level. There are many different reasons to get rhinoplasty, from just for the desire of a smaller nose to medical problems like a deviated septum. For example, men who have spent their lives playing sports can end up with injuries to their noses. Those injuries become more apparent as they age, and rhinoplasty is one way to repair some of that damage. However, not all noses are the same and, not everything is fixable. Your surgeon will be able to help you understand what is reasonable for you.

The consultation is also the time to talk to the staff about any concerns you have. If you take any medicine, be sure to speak with your physician at this point, as some medications need to be stopped well in advance of surgery.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask about their qualifications and certifications. Most clinics proudly display that information either on their websites or on the walls but ask questions if you have any doubts. They will likely also offer to show you a portfolio of successful surgeries they have performed, which can help put your mind at ease.

Traveling for Your Plastic Surgery

Traveling out of your city or country for plastic surgery is becoming more and more common these days. If you’re traveling for your procedure, there are a few things you need to plan. First, if you don’t speak the language of the country you plan to travel to, you will want to make sure that communication won’t be a problem. Often, you’ll find they have a variety of multilingual staff who are ready to help. 

Next, you need to make sure that you have proper accommodations. The first resource for this is the clinic you are working with for your procedure. They often work with close-by accommodations so that their patients have an excellent all-around experience.

Also, consider checking in with your insurance company to ensure that you are covered if you have surgery in another country. Even though they won’t likely cover any costs associated with your elective surgery, if you end up needing further medical assistance while you’re recovering or for something else while you’re traveling, you don’t want to get stuck with an outrageous bill.

Plastic surgery tourism is becoming a more common occurrence these days. This is because people have discovered they can get higher quality care for a more affordable price, even when including the cost of traveling.

It can also be a way to see the world. For instance, if you’re planning your rhinoplasty plastic surgery in Spain, you’ll be recovering in a beautiful, rich cultural center that has some of the world’s most fantastic food. So even if you aren’t up to much tourism during your recovery time, you still always have to eat. Better yet, arrive a few days ahead of your surgery and go sightseeing.

The Recovery Period

It’s generally recommended that you spend the first week of your recovery after surgery without traveling, so make sure you take that into account when you make those accommodations.

The first few days are the roughest part of the recovery, and it’s recommended that you do very little and rest. If you have someone with you, let them take care of you for these first few days. Otherwise, try to prepare things ahead and make sure everything is easily accessible, at least for the first week.

The first week will be the worst for swelling, but swelling can continue for months, even up to a year before it completely goes away, though over the first month or so, it will lessen dramatically. So even though the results of rhinoplasty can be drastic in the early stages when you first get to see your newly improved nose, you’ll likely be even happier a few months down the road when the swelling is mostly gone.

The first week is also the most challenging period for discomfort; you’ll be prescribed pain medication for the worst portion of this to make it easier to get through.

The surgeon and the staff at the facility will provide you with clear and detailed instructions for the time post-operation. These instructions will include information on any medication you’ve been prescribed and likely a list of things to do and not to do after surgery. It will also provide you with information about follow-up appointments. Usually, people are seen at the end of the first week to remove any stitches and or bandages.

Having rhinoplasty plastic surgery in Spain can be a life-altering experience. It’s been shown that improving yourself with plastic surgery can dramatically increase your self-confidence. If you can squeeze in some cultural enrichment at the same time, we certainly recommend it.

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