Traveling for a Nose Job in New York
Planning a trip to New York usually includes a visit to Times Square, Central Park, The Plaza Hotel, and Barneys, but for many savvy socialites, it can also mean a stop at the Park Avenue facial plastic surgery practice of Dr. Rizk. Considered one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in the world, Dr. Rizk is recognized nationally and internationally as a top facial plastic surgeon. Furthermore, Dr. Rizk is also a patient favorite because of his discretion and bedside manner.
Dr. Rizk is double board-certified in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology, so people from all over Manhattan, the tri-state area, the US, and the world seek his surgical expertise for natural-looking procedures, especially rhinoplasty. To know more about Dr. Rizk and his work, get in touch with his consultation and book an appointment today.
What Sets Dr. Rizk Apart from Other Facial Plastic Surgeons in New York?
Besides perfecting the actual surgical techniques, Dr. Rizk has also perfected the pre-surgical experience for his patients. He offers virtual appointments for both international and domestic patients in an effort to make the process simpler. Consultations can take place over iChat or Skype. Prior to the consultation, patients simply send high-resolution photos to Dr. Rizk's office, showing the part of the face they are seeking to surgically transform. Virtual appointments can be made by calling Dr. Rizk’s office.
Dr. Rizk made the exclusive annual list of New York Magazine's "Best Doctors” and he was also selected as one of the “Top Doctors" in Castle Connolly's 2012 Top Doctors: New York Metro Area publication. With nearly two decades of experience crafting, shaping and perfecting his nose job techniques, Dr. Rizk is often sought out for this delicate and complex, yet very popular procedure.
Other patients turn to Dr. Rizk for his facelift expertise. He performs several types of facelift procedures, always selecting the appropriate technique based on the patient’s individual needs. His facelift technique is distinguished from that of other surgeons by the fact that he typically treats tissue at a deeper level, sculpting beneath the muscle. This leads to less swelling and bruising, better healing and less scarring.
Another aspect of Dr. Rizk’s expertise to consider is the fact that he is double board-certified. Achieving double-board certification is a lengthy, rigorous process that few surgeons choose to undertake. It is a step beyond medical licensure that requires the surgeon to demonstrate additional expertise by earning board certification through two different boards. To maintain board certification, surgeons must participate in ongoing education and assessment, and keep up with the latest advancements in their specialties. They also must demonstrate best practices relating to ethics, patient safety and other factors.
Deciding on Where to Have Your Rhinoplasty Surgery
When faced with a rare or life-threatening illness, people seek out physicians they deem the "best" for their treatment needs. Then why not travel to another city to get a plastic surgical procedure like a nose job when the results can be life-altering?
The nose is the most prominent feature on a person's face. When someone is unhappy with his or her appearance it can lead to self-esteem and confidence issues that can affect a person’s quality of life. Therefore, isn’t that an important reason to seek out the best possible surgeon for your potentially life-changing surgical procedure?
Furthermore, Dr. Rizk is an expert in ethnic facial plastic surgeries, and he is well sought out by patients from Asia, the Middle East and Latin America for his experience and expertise in ethnic rhinoplasty surgery. His staff caters to the out-of-town patient, providing special care, private nursing, lodging options, and transportation. Together with his staff, Dr. Rizk anticipates anything an out-of-town patient might require. It is this attention to detail and care that makes Dr. Rizk a leader in the field of medical tourism and facial plastic surgery. Thirty percent of Rizk's clientele is comprised of international patients.
Caring for Dr. Rizk’s Out-of-Town Patients in NYC
The "out of town" section of Dr. Rizk’s website includes everything a traveling patient would need, including hotel recommendations and private medical care follow up. Moreover, Dr. Rizk provides out-of-town patients with a concierge service for anything they may need during their stay in New York.
Dr. Rizk typically recommends patients plan to stay in town for at least a week following rhinoplasty surgery, which allows for adequate post-surgical follow up care. Six months post-surgery, and then again after 1 year, if the patient is not able to return to New York Dr. Rizk will once again do video chat appointments and request new photos to help with his post-surgical evaluations.
With innovative surgical technology, Dr. Rizk can reduce recovery time, an advantage for all patients, especially those from out of town. He pioneered the use of a state-of-the-art high-definition three-dimensional endoscopic telescope so he can better visualize the structures of the nose allowing him to perform a more precise surgery. With this enhanced view, Dr. Rizk can avoid disrupting blood vessels, muscles, and other sensitive tissues so there is less bruising and swelling. Powered micro-instruments to smooth out cartilage edges and reduce nasal humps are also in Dr. Rizk’s proverbial toolbox. All this translates into more precise results along with no stitches, less bruising and scarring and one-third of the recovery time of traditional surgeries.
For more information on Dr. Rizk and his work, get in touch with his practice and book a consultation today.
Why You Should Think Twice Before Having Rhinoplasty Overseas
Fly to an exotic location to have your surgery and sit on a beach afterward and soak up some sun. Thousands of patients do it each year! Sounds great, right? Not exactly. The real experience can be much different than the description above.
While it may sound enticing, “medical tourism,” or traveling abroad for medical and/or surgical care, is a risky and potentially dangerous idea. From different laws and possible cultural misunderstandings to medical complications and many other factors, there are simply too many variables involved. To put it bluntly, there are very few surgeons who would advise you to go overseas to have rhinoplasty surgery.
The Dangers of Medical Tourism
Most patients who have plastic surgery outside of the continental United States opt to do so because they think it will cost less money. In many cases, this is true. However, there are a number of factors that can offset the reduced price tag. The travel expenses and lodging alone begin to eat into savings. In addition, should you need to seek follow-up care or assistance with a plastic surgeon once you return to the United States, you may be surprised at how pricey it is. Many surgeons consider a new patient to be a new case and therefore charge accordingly; in other words, it is unlikely you will receive a reduced fee for their services because it is “follow-up” care.
Furthermore, the quality of care you receive outside of the United States may be compromised. This is not to say that there are not talented surgeons everywhere. However, how will you assess this? What about the support staff? Are they all as well-trained and credentialed as the support staff of the average U.S. facial plastic surgeon? In many cases, they are not, and your ability to judge this as well as the facilities and equipment to be used in your procedure is likely limited.
Handling Complications Overseas
An important factor to consider before opting to have plastic surgery abroad is how you will handle any complications that may arise. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. It all depends on what the complications are and on your access to top-notch care.
Complications commonly associated with having plastic surgery abroad include infection, hematoma and contour abnormalities. There are also potentially life-threatening complications associated with traveling long distances; namely, pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis, which are known as blood clots. It is important to consider what will happen if you encounter such complications.
If your condition is serious, you may have no choice but to stay put until you have stabilized and it is safe to travel home. In life-threatening cases, you may even be forced to consider arranging a medivac home, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
If you are in a country with state-of-the-art facilities, it may be acceptable to have your plastic surgeon monitor your progress until it is advisable to travel back to the U.S. When you get back, you will likely need to meet with a plastic surgeon immediately to assess your condition and address it as needed. Again, it all depends on where you have your surgery and on your specific situation.
Another factor to consider is the fact that perceptions of beauty vary by culture and country. As a result, your foreign-based surgeon may have a different vision of a great nose job from the vision you have.
Undergoing Revision Rhinoplasty Back in the United States
Unfortunately, many patients who have rhinoplasty abroad end up needing a second procedure to address complications or unsatisfactory results from the original procedure. This is known as revision rhinoplasty.
If you experience complications while abroad, it is imperative that you see a qualified facial plastic surgeon as soon as you get back, as some complications may require immediate attention. However, if you are simply unsatisfied with your results, take your time and locate a highly qualified rhinoplasty specialist. Here are some of the factors you should look for in a revision rhinoplasty surgeon:
- Proven skill and results
- Extensive experience
- Board certification in facial plastic surgery
- Advanced facilities, equipment, and instruments
- Experience with revision rhinoplasty procedures
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Rizk is one such surgeon and this is why so many patients turn to him for their revision rhinoplasty procedures. His revision rhinoplasty clientele includes not just Americans who have undergone primary rhinoplasty abroad, but also many foreigners who seek his services after realizing that some of the best care and service in the world is to be found in the U.S.
In fact, patients traveling from overseas make up 20 to 30 percent of his overall clientele. Many of these patients come from Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East due to the fact that Dr. Rizk is an expert in ethnic rhinoplasty.
You Get What You Pay For
If the risk of complications and extra costs were not enough to deter you from having surgery outside the US, consider the fact that even the best rhinoplasty specialists in the U.S. have revision rates of 5 to 15%. In other countries where rhinoplasty costs less, these numbers are typically much higher. In the end, you get what you pay for, so do the smart thing: choose a highly qualified U.S. based rhinoplasty specialist for your surgery.
Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery in the United States vs. Overseas
Medical tourism is booming, particularly in the areas of facial plastic surgery and other types of elective medical treatments. With lower prices, long white-sand beaches and beautiful weather, it is easy to see why exotic locales such as Costa Rica, Brazil, and Thailand attract thousands of cosmetic surgery patients each year.
However, the reality is that medical tourism can be quite dangerous. Each country has different laws and regulations pertaining to surgical safety and aftercare. It can be difficult to keep track of the differences and ensure that you receive the proper care before, during and after your procedure.
Furthermore, what many people do not realize is that a reverse trend is taking place among savvy patients. Patients from outside the United States are traveling to see experts like Dr. Rizk due to their highly trained skills, safety track record, and excellent results.
Revising the Results of Procedures Performed Overseas
Performing revision surgery is one of the most daunting tasks facial plastic surgeons face. However, this is where Dr. Rizk shines; one of his primary specialties is revising unsatisfactory results from other surgeons, including surgeons in other countries. Dr. Rizk thrives in such circumstances. Unlike many overseas-based surgeons who are hampered by questionable internet connections and other issues, Dr. Rizk is able to reliably conduct initial consultations using technologies such as iChat, FaceTime, Skype, and others.
Dr. Rizk’s office also offers concierge services, which means that if you are traveling to New York for surgery, his practice will take care of everything from lodging, transportation and private duty nursing to providing information on attractions and excursions in New York City. In addition, Dr. Rizk and his staff speak several languages, which helps them accommodate patients from abroad.
Why Patients Travel from Around the World to See Dr. Rizk in New York
Why choose Dr. Rizk for your procedure? First and foremost, because of his undeniable track record of excellent results and his commitment to care and safety. Another reason people choose Dr. Rizk for their surgery is that he focuses exclusively on facial plastic surgery, with a particular focus on rhinoplasty (primary, revision, or ethnic) and facelift procedures.
People also travel to see Dr. Rizk due to his skill with unusual cases. For example, Dr. Rizk is an expert at treating functional issues such as breathing problems stemming from a deviated septum or other structural issues. He has the surgical skill set and technical know-how to correct everything from drooping eyelids to hypertrophic scars and failed facelifts.
Dr. Rizk is also known for his expertise with minimally invasive techniques aimed at ensuring that his patients experience a rapid recovery. When performing rhinoplasty, for example, Dr. Rizk uses special techniques and surgical technologies such as a 3D telescope and small incisions, which encourage greater precision and avoid disturbing blood vessels. His incisions usually self-seal within about five days.
Written by Dr. Sam Rizk
Last Modified On: 12/30/2019