Rhinoplasty Archives - Lotus Medical International

September 22, 2019 Grainne FarrellRhinoplasty

While most cases of and nose reshaping are purely for cosmetic purposes, this procedure can be used in correcting birth defects and fixing injuries.

After your rhinoplasty surgery in Thailand, you will experience some pain which should fade relatively fast. To help relieve the pain, many patients report taking pain relievers for several days after the surgery. Then they proceed on to use milder pain relievers weeks following the procedure.

Keep in mind that swellings and recovery time will vary depending on the type of rhinoplasty you undergo. This can either be open rhinoplasty or closed rhinoplasty. Your plastic surgeon will recommend the procedure that they consider to be best, based on the technique they prefer and your particular goals.

To help you along the recovery journey, there are several things you could do to make the entire process go by easily.

  1. Listen to Your Surgeon

It is important that you follow your surgeon’s instructions. Even when you read the numerous articles available online about rhinoplasty process of recovery, keep in mind that the instructions you get from your plastic surgeon are specific regarding the medication to take, ways to care for the area operated on to prevent infection, when to take your medication, and when to go back for follow-up exams.

  1. Get Lots of Rest

Following your nose job procedure, you might have some congestion that might make it harder for you to fall asleep. However, rest is key in the recovery process. The body uses energy to heal itself, and to helps restore that energy, it is important to get a solid seven to eight hours of sleep every night.

  1. Avoid bumps and injury

Injury to your nose during recovery can lead to complications and even cause additional setbacks. During rhinoplasty recovery, most of the nasal tissue will be tender and swollen. Therefore, any injury can be detrimental to the healing process not to mention painful.

Make sure you avoid bumping the nose and talk to your doctor immediately should you injure yourself when in recovery. You might have to undergo a quick check-up or have detailed imaging to establish the level of injury.

  1. Use Cold Compresses

During the first 72 hours after your surgery, use a cold compress to help reduce the swelling. Be careful not to use the cold compress directly onto your nose. But instead, use it on the cheeks to avoid accidentally shifting any cartilage and bones.

  1. Stay Cool

Relaxing sauna, steamy showers, and a hot bowl of soup might seem like a good idea, but they are not good for the swollen nose. Heat can cause the nasal tissues to swell more, that’s why it advisable you take a cool diet and room-temperature foods. Also, take lukewarm showers, and avoid the heat in weeks to follow your rhinoplasty procedure.

  1. Eat Healthily

Taking a balanced diet after your surgery can help speed up your healing process as this provides the body with the nutrients it requires to heal itself.

A diet made up of eggs, nuts, fish, meat, yoghurt, and other protein-rich foods will help your body in rebuilding damaged tissues in and around the nose.

Also be sure to include lots of vitamins in your diet, especially Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Vitamin A is a good immune booster which will help fight infection and can be found in dark, leafy greens such as kale and spinach. Vitamin C helps in collagen regeneration, a protein that helps connect your skin tissues. Some great sources of Vitamin C include broccoli, citrus fruits, and Brussels sprouts.

  1. Avoid Blowing Your Nose

You will experience congestion for several weeks or months after surgery. Such a feeling is as a result of the swollen nasal tissues. Fight the need to blow your nose. You can also talk to your surgeon about using saline nasal sprays to help moisturise the nasal passages as the swelling reduces. You could start blowing your nose 6 weeks after surgery.

You might be wondering about sneezing. When you feel like sneezing, try to sneeze using your mouth rather than your nose. It might sound gross, however, it is a preferable option than damaging the fragile nasal passage which would lead to slowing down recovery.

  1. Avoid Vigorous Exercise

For most patients, it takes close to 6 weeks following surgery for the nasal bones to heal. During your recovery time, avoid engaging in strenuous exercise. Also, some movements that you might consider harmless such as bending over, lifting, or stretching can result in increased nasal swelling. So it is best that you wait until your surgeon gives you the go-ahead to resume regular activity before you ease back into a regular workout routine.

  1. Be Patient

Most importantly be patience. Healing takes time but soon enough you will be enjoying the surgical results you’ve always wanted. While following the above tips won’t make the recovery process shorter, these tips will help speed up the process and improve your recovery experience.


While some surgeries are done for reconstructive or medical reasons, many aim to enhance a patient’s aesthetic appearance. This includes several procedures like facelifts, liposuction, brow lift, mammoplasty and tummy tuck. Cosmetic surgery helps tighten and enhance the appearance of the skin, remove or add hair, adjust facial features, and much more.

In addition, plastic surgery can be used for medical reasons, for instance for people who’ve had accidents, to repairing scarring from surgery, or in restoring the function of different body parts.

While many procedures are available today, here’s a look at the most common types of plastic surgery:

  1. Tummy Tuck

Commonly referred to as ‘tummy tuck‘, Abdominoplasty is used in improving the shape of our abdomen. This procedure helps remove excess skin, fat and restore separated or weakened abdominal muscles thus improving the profile. Tummy tucks help enhance the appearance of sagging or loose skin, but it will not get rid of stretch marks.

Even then, a tummy tuck does not replace healthy eating for weight loss or exercise routine. While tummy tucks offer permanent results, it is critical that you maintain the proper weight in order to maintain these results.

  1. Breast Augmentation

These are procedures that change the shape or increase the size of the breasts. If the breast size is increased, the procedure is also known as ‘breast implant surgery’. Again, breast augmentation is different from breast reductions or breast lifts, which are in fact different kinds of procedures.

  1. Facelift

Facelift procedures repairs loose, sagging, wrinkled or drooping facial skin. During the procedure, tissues of your face are lifted, the excess skin removed, then skin replaced over the repositioned contours. Also, neck lifts are done alongside facelifts.

Other facial procedures commonly done in conjunction with facelifts include eyelid surgery, nose reshaping, or forehead lifts.

  1. Dermabrasion

In our dermatology treatments, a specialized tool is used to gently ‘sand down’ the top skin layer. Once your top skin layer has been removed, this area heals with new skin replacing the old giving you smoother-looking skin.

Usually, dermabrasion is used for:

  • Age Spots
  • Acne scars
  • Sun-damaged skin 
  • Crow’s feet
  • Wrinkles
  • Lesions or growths on the skin
  1. Rhinoplasty

Any surgery that reshapes or repairs the nose is known as Rhinoplasty. While some people choose rhinoplasty for cosmetic purposes, others use it for medical reasons like correcting birth defects or difficulty breathing.

Rhinoplasty may be used to:

  • Correct birth defects
  • Reduce or increase the size of your nose
  • Correct problems from an injury
  • Improve or relieve breathing problems
  • Change the nose bridge shape
  • Narrowing the shape of your nostrils
  • Changing the angle of your nose
  1. Hair transplantation

Also referred to as hair restoration, hair transplantation surgery is aimed at improving the appearance of baldness. During this procedure, a bald area receives hair from areas of thick hair growth.

In one session, over a thousand hairs can be moved. However, some people might require several sessions. Hairs that are transplanted are permanent, meaning no long-term care is needed. Most hair transplants will lead to successful hair growth following the procedure.

  1. Lip augmentation

In order to have fuller-looking lips, lip augmentation may be performed. Normally, to help increase lip shape, volume or structure injectable dermal fillers can be used. This procedure is not permanent and its effects often last for about 6-months before necessitating a second procedure to restore volume and shape.

  1. Liposuction

This cosmetic procedure improves body shape by getting rid of fat deposits. Liposuction is not meant for weight loss.

Usually, localised fat deposits under the skin are removed using a pen-shaped instrument, a vacuum-suction cannula. Also, ultrasound may be used for breaking up fat deposits before it’s removed with suction.

This procedure is performed on your thighs, arms, stomach, face, hips, back and buttocks. Additionally, liposuction can get rid of fat tumours (lipomas) and even reduce the breast size in men. The procedure may be done on multiple areas in one day.

Considering Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

When you are content with how you look, you often are more confident in yourself and feel happier. But before opting for any cosmetic surgery, be sure to work with authorised surgeons and dermatologists, such as the team at Lotus Medical, who prioritise your health and goals as they help you attain your ideal look.

For those who want to change their appearance and attain their beauty goals, learning more about the specific surgery is the best way to know what to expect from the procedure.


At Lotus Medical we organize all of your transfers to and from the airport, hotel and hospital, have you sent us your flight and accommodation details yet? We also request a copy of your Passport to pre-register you at the airport. Make sure you have sent this to us so we can organize all of your transfers.

If you have booked your cosmetic surgery holiday in Thailand independently then you will most likely be able to use the airport transfers when you arrive. Often hotels can organize this for you, or the hospital in which you have booked your surgery with may include transfers.


When you arrive in Thailand you can get a 30 day tourist visa upon arrival. If you’re planning on staying longer then you can apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you arrive in Thailand. Visit the following webs page for more info http://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/thailand-visa-types.php or email us and we can help advise you on what is best for you.


Are you on any types of medication for any pre-existing conditions? You need to notify your surgeon of these, simply enter this information on the online registration form you initially completed. Your surgeon will tell you if you can continue to take your medication or if you need to stop the medication at some point prior to your cosmetic surgery procedure. This will also depend on if you are having general or local anesthetic. You must also stop taking Aspirin or any vitamins 2 weeks prior to having cosmetic surgery


You will be sent all the details you need for your cosmetic surgery trip as soon as your date is confirmed in this document you will see that you need to stop eating or drinking 8 hours prior to your appointment.

Paying for surgery

If you have booked Lotus Medical’s added support services then this fee is taken within one week of securing your surgery date. You can just pay the hospital directly for you surgery using any major credit or debit card. The hospital will also accept cash in most currencies and if you would like to pay before you arrive in Thailand then bank transfers are to be made at least two weeks before your surgery date. You should know that the final costs and surgical plan is not drawn up until you have seen the surgeon face-to-face, this is why it is a good idea to just pay the hospital on the day of your cosmetic surgery procedure.

Post-surgery compression garments

After most cosmetic procedures you will be required to wear a compression garment or support bra if having breast surgery. The hospital can provide these but we often recommend buying one prior to arriving in Thailand. We can advise you on where is best to buy these.

Your consultation

When you arrive at the hospital you will have the standard pre-surgery medical tests, these include a blood pressure measurement, a blood test, an ECG and a chest X-Ray. Additional tests may be required if you have any existing health concerns or previous conditions. Not all of these additional tests will be included in the surgery package.

Once these tests are complete you will have your face to face consultation with your surgeon. This is your chance to ask your surgeon as many questions as you need so that you fully understand the final surgical plan and for you to communicate your expected outcome. It is a good idea to do some research into the procedure so that you are more knowledgeable and realistic about the types of results you can expect from your cosmetic surgery procedure. For some surgeries even showing the surgeon some images of results that you would like to achieve. Remember though that every body is different and what might suit one person’s frame may not suit yours. You should leave your consultation feeling happy, relaxed and well informed.  Preparing your questions before hand may help to ensure you cover everything you want to know about your cosmetic surgery procedure.


Step 1 to your cosmetic surgery holiday

Make an enquiry with Lotus Medical International about the type of cosmetic surgery holiday that you would like. One of our team members will the contact you by email with information on average cost for the type of procedure you would like as well as additional information about the types of cosmetic surgery holiday packages that we offer. If you have sent us your phone number, we will also call you to answer any further questions that you might have.

Step 2 to your cosmetic surgery holiday

Lotus Medical will arrange an online consultation with our medical team regarding your particular case. You will be asked to send us some photos and a completed medical history questionnaire. You are not under any obligation to book with us by using this service. We will discuss your information with our team of surgeons and/or dentists. You will then receive detailed feedback, a final quote and a recommended length of stay in Thailand for your cosmetic surgery holiday.

Step 3 to your cosmetic surgery holiday

The next step is then to decide on a date for your cosmetic surgery holiday in Thailand. Before making any travel arrangements, we will confer with the surgeon and confirm the date with you. Our team will then talk you through our medical packages with the option to book any choice. They will arrange your transfers and an English speaking medical host to walk you through the process. If you would also like help with flights and accommodation our travel co-coordinator will also contact you.

At this stage, an itinerary of your trip will be sent to you. We will we then ask that you pay a $395 non-refundable deposit. If for some reason you need to change the date of your surgery, as long as you give us more than seven days’ notice, we will hold the deposit towards your next planned surgery date.  You just pay the hospital directly on the day of your surgery.


Step 4 to your cosmetic surgery holiday

Upon your arrival in Thailand, a driver will pick you from the designated meeting point at the airport and then take you to the hotel. The driver will again pick you up (usually the following morning) to take you to the hospital for your medical consultation. After your consultation you will go through medical tests to make sure that you are fit and healthy for cosmetic surgery. Your surgery will usually take place either the same day as your consultation or the following day.

It is important to remember not to eat anything after 12 AM on the day of your surgery unless told otherwise by the surgeon or hospital staff. After the surgery, you will stay as a patient at the hospital for the designated number of nights. When the plastic surgeon gives permission for your release, your medical host will come to meet you to help with hospital check out. Your driver will then take you back to the hotel. While still in Thailand, you will have one or two follow-up appointments with your surgeon. Your medical host will notify you of this at the appropriate times.

During your follow-up appointments, your surgeon will remove any dressings, take out any stitches, and give advice for you to follow through the recovery phase of your cosmetic surgery holiday. If at any stage after surgery you would like to see your surgeon or a nurse then just give your medical host a call on the mobile phone that we will provide. Your host will assist in arranging any additional appointments.

Step 5 to your cosmetic surgery holiday

Your driver will collect the ‘new you’ and take you to the airport fully rejuvenated to start your journey home to your family, looking and feeling fabulous!

Opting to have cosmetic surgery is always a big decision. As you have chosen to book your surgery through Lotus Medical International you can be rest assured that your surgery will be performed by top class surgeons in a superb hospital. You can also be confident that you will receive the highest level of care.

There are some things that you can do to enhance your experience. We have put together a small list of do’s and don’ts to facilitate you during your surgery and recovery.

 Do’s – recommended by Lotus and our Top Class Surgeons:

  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself well hydrated in the days before and after your surgery.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in the days before and the weeks after your surgery. If at all possible eat raw foods; the nutrients that these provide can help the body to heal quicker.
  • Relax as much as possible for the days before your surgery and get plenty of sleep. We know that it is only natural to get a bit nervous but do your best to relax, you are in good hands.
  • Why not try a Thai massage the day before to help to rid your body of toxins and to help you get in to a really relaxed state before your surgery.
  • Make sure that you have a lot of loose fitting clothes with you. Your movement may be slightly restricted after surgery, depending on the type of surgery that you have, it is best to have clothes that are easy to get on and off.
  • If you are in any pain or feel sick at any time after your surgery ask for medication. Although rare this can sometimes be a side effect of the pain relief medication. If you are no longer in the hospital and you feel like you need more medication, call your Lotus Medical Representative and they will organise it for you.
  • Follow the advice that our top class surgeons have given you before surgery
  • Give yourself ample time to rest and recover after your surgery. Try to do as little as possible for as long as possible. You will be able to resume most activities within a few days but please give yourself time to rest every day.
  • Inform your flight company that you have had surgery. Flight companies like to know this information and quite often they will try to accommodate you by giving you more room on the plane and by making sure you are well looked after during your flight.
  • Ask our top class surgeons if they recommend that you take aspirin or wear flight stockings during your flight home.
  • Call your Lotus Medical Assistant if you need anything.
  • Enjoy the results and the new you!


Don’ts- recommended by Lotus and our Top Class Surgeons:

  • Smoke or drink alcohol for the days before and after your surgery if at all possible. Capsular contraction after Breast Augmentation Surgery is twice as common in women who smoke so if you can, try to stop in the weeks immediately before and after your surgery.
  • Many people choose to stay in a spa to help them on their road to recovery after their surgery and this is a great idea. Just be aware that any type of massage is contraindicated for a couple of weeks after surgery as it can increase the chances of blood clot formation.
  • Don’t try to do too much in the days after your surgery. It takes time for the body to heal after surgery, please listen to what your body is telling you and take time to relax; it will pay dividends in the long run.
  • Don’t fly too soon after your surgery. The major airlines recommend that you do not fly for 10 days after major surgery. We endorse this however you can fly home as soon as your stitches have been removed.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask us or our top class surgeons questions no matter how small. We have an experienced team on hand to support you before, during and after your surgery. If you have any questions, even if they may seem silly, ask either one of your medical team or your Lotus Medical assistant.

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What most Western people are not aware of is that there are two distinct types of Rhinoplasty surgery which are very different. One type is used more often in Western clients and this is often referred to as Open Rhinoplasty. The other type, known more often as Asian Rhinoplasty, is used primarily in Asian people. So what is the difference between these two different types of Rhinoplasty?

Western people generally have larger noses than their Asian counterparts. When Western people want to change their nose it is usually to change the shape or to refine the nose or to make the nose smaller. Our surgeons in Thailand generally use what is called open Rhinoplasty. During this technique the bones and cartilage within the nose are re-shapen to give the nose a more refined appearance.

Asian people quite often have smaller noses and quite often the bridge of the nose is very low. The type of Rhinoplasty therefore performed in Asian people involves placing a stent in the nose to raise the bridge of the nose. This stent is made of silicone.

Our surgeons in Thailand operate most often on Western clients, so unlike other surgeons in Thailand they have a vast amount of experience at the Western type of Rhinoplasty. One of the things that you should consider when wanting to have Rhinoplasty in Thailand is how much experience the Thailand surgeon has with performing the Western type of Rhinoplasty.

Open Rhinoplasty is a much more complicated surgery than the Asian style of Rhinoplasty. Open Rhinoplasty usually lasts between 2 to 3 hours and is always performed under a general anesthetic. During open Rhinoplasty the bone and the cartilage within the nose have to be very carefully manipulated by the surgeon and this type of surgery should only ever be done by a surgeon that specialises in Rhinoplasty. With Asian Rhinoplasty, this takes about an hour and it is done with a local anesthetic and is a very simple procedure. We recommend therefore that if you are deciding to have Rhinoplasty in Thailand that you make sure that your surgeon is someone who is well trained in the Western type of open Rhinoplasty that you need.