How Far Should I Travel for Cosmetic Surgery?

Making the decision to have Plastic Surgery should not be taken lightly. There are plenty of fluffy, happy articles online and in magazines about the wonderful benefits of looking younger and more attractive via Cosmetic Surgery procedures, but those results are only possible when clients do their homework. Choosing the best Plastic Surgeon is imperative to getting the results you desire, and that can mean traveling outside of your local area.

Here are things to consider if you are trying to determine how far you should travel for Cosmetic Surgery.

Who is the best Plastic Surgeon I can afford?

Just as with any profession, there are amazing Plastic Surgeons and there are those with a less than desirable track record. When you make the decision to have a Facelift, Rhinoplasty, or other procedures that will permanently alter the way you look, you want the most experienced and qualified Plastic Surgeon at the helm. Do your research and study credentials, their reputation and reviews, and view plenty of before and after pictures. Ask for references. Do they have a specialty? For example, Dr. Slupchynskyj is known for his revolutionary Ethnic Rhinoplasty procedures, so many of our patients travel a long ways to ensure their Ethnic Rhinoplasty or Revision Surgeries are done by the best.

If the Plastic Surgeons in your area don’t make the cut (pun intended) then make the investment to travel to a surgeon who you trust will provide the most desirable outcome. In other words, you want to travel as far as you need to in order to have your procedure(s) performed by the best Plastic Surgeon you can afford.

How long can I take off work?

Many people are concerned that traveling will cause them to miss additional work time; however, this isn’t necessarily the case. With more major procedures, such as a full Facelift or Nose Job, we recommend that patients take 7 to 10 days off anyway to allow any swelling, bruising, or discomfort to fade and to allow the stitches to heal. Being away from home can often enhance the recovery period, because you are able to fully relax, rest, and recuperate. You will need to meet with the doctor at the one week mark to ensure your incisions are healing properly. Then you are free to return home.

Many of our patients travel from other states and make this their “vacation” for the year. Their families take advantage of all there is to do and see here and New York, and our patients return home looking better, and feeling more confident, than ever before.

Understand the risks of traveling abroad.

There has been a recent trend to travel abroad for Plastic Surgery procedures. We wholeheartedly recommend that you think twice before leaving the United States to have Cosmetic Surgery. In most cases, patients go abroad for Plastic Surgery because the procedures cost considerably less money. However, they are not taking into consideration the holistic costs of your safety and well-being. The United States has some of the most stringent medical regulatory measures of any country in the world. You want to ensure someone who is fully educated, trained and qualified, and adheres to the industry standards does your surgery. Your life is literally in their hands.

Dr. S. has performed countless revision surgeries to correct shoddy work done overseas. In these cases, the clients spend considerably more money, when you take into consideration their initial expenses for travel and procedure(s), and then add them to the cost of Revision Surgery, not to mention the pain and suffering that occurs in between. When you travel outside the country for your Cosmetic procedures, you are putting yourself at risk for poor quality care before, during, and after your surgery. You are also exposed to foreign contaminants and diseases that can compromise your immune system, which will further complicate your recovery period. It is always best to find a Board Certified Surgeon in the United States who comes highly regarded.

Don’t Let Finances Keep You from Visiting the Best Plastic Surgeon Available

Never let finances get in the way of a top-notch Plastic Surgery procedure. Investing in the best possible outcome is well worth it. If finances are the only thing keeping you from having your Cosmetic Surgery procedures performed by a reputable surgeon, ask their office about financing options. Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj is one of the best Plastic Surgeons, and our office offers a variety of financing options to ensure you receive the high-quality procedures you deserve.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation, and begin making your travel plans for a Plastic Surgery procedure that will be done expertly the first time around.

When is the Best Time for Rhinoplasty?

When patients meet with us for Nose Job, AKA Rhinoplasty, consultations, they often ask us, “When is the best time to get a Rhinoplasty procedure done?” Technically, any time is fine, but we do notice that fall and late winter/early spring are when our office is the busiest. There are several reasons for this, which we will delve into here in a minute. However, if you are interested in getting a Nose Job, there is one thing we can tell you for sure: Now is the right time to do your homework, learn all about the procedure, and make appointments for consultations so you can choose the best surgeon for your procedure. 

You want your Nose Job to be a once in a lifetime event, and that means choosing an experienced Plastic Surgeon who takes a unique approach for each client, and is committed to producing a final product that is exactly right for you!

Now – onto the questions at hand: When is the best time for Rhinoplasty? Only you have the answer to that because everyone’s social calendar is different. The best way to select the right time for your Rhinoplasty is to follow these simple steps.

  • Understand the procedure and recovery. In most cases, a Nose Job will take between 1 and 3 hours, and requires a certain level of sedation. Therefore, you will need to have someone to drive you from the office to your home. Typically, any swelling or bruising will last for about 5 to 10 days. Most of our clients take a full week to ten days off work in order to recover. If you work from home, you may be able to work within 2 to 5 days, depending on how you feel. Every surgeon’s technique is different. Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj uses internal stitches, which means they aren’t visible from the outside, and he does not use nasal packing after the procedure, because his technique doesn’t cause the same amount of bleeding and swelling that is associated with other doctors’ procedures. This can greatly reduce your recovery time. Don’t forget: there are things you can do to help improve your surgical outcome and speed up your healing time. Your diet and lifestyle choices have a direct impact on how well your body heals. During your consultation, we can discuss some dietary and supplement options that will help to reduce inflammation and bruising post-surgery. The more you can do to facilitate your own healing process, the sooner you will be able to look fantastic.
  • Get out the calendar. Scan your calendar and look for a three month period with the least amount of public social engagements. Now you can begin to see why early fall and early spring are two of the most popular times for getting a Nose Job. Winter brings a flood of holiday engagements and photo opportunities. Summer is full of weddings, family and class reunions, time spent out in the sun (which is a no-no right after your surgery as your healing tissues should be out of direct sunlight as much as possible), etc. By getting your Nose Job done in the fall or early spring, your brand new nose will be all ready to show off by the time those important events arrive.
  • Count backwards. Do you have an extra special event that you want to be ready for? Are you interested in getting a nose job or other Cosmetic procedure in time for a wedding or family photo? If so, you want to note that date and count backwards a few months. That will allow you time to be completely healed and attend to any complications, should they arise, in time to look your very best for your family, friends, and the photos that will be around for decades to come.
  • How long have you wanted a Nose Job? Cosmetic Surgery is not something that should be decided on a whim or at the request of another. You should be 100% ready to make the change, and have very realistic expectations about the outcome. That being said, don’t wait too long either. If you have been staring at your reflection, day after day, wishing your nose were different, then take control of your life and make it different. Why spend more days suffering over your reflection when you can make a decision, change your nose to the way you want it, and spend every day from here on out loving what you see looking back at you?

Answering these questions will help you to learn when the best time for your Nose Job will be. We’ll be here waiting to make your transformation a reality. Feel free to contact us and make an appointment to meet Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, one of New York’s premier Plastic Surgeons. 

Why African-American Patients Are Choosing Rhinoplasty

Regardless of your race, your nose is the centerpiece of your face. A nose that is wider, longer, more round, or generally larger in proportion with the rest of your features, can make you feel self-conscious. As such, people of all races spend inordinate amounts of time, staring in the mirror wishing that things could be a little different. For African Americans, the most common wish is for their nose to be slightly longer and more angular than the one they have. In fact, out of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures, including Face Lifts, Rhinoplasty (Cosmetic Surgery to correct the nose) Brow Lifts, and Chin Augmentation, 65 percent of African Americans choose Ethnic Rhinoplasty as their cosmetic procedure of choice. In addition to providing a more balanced facial proportion, African American Rhinoplasty increases self-confidence and can improve breathing performance.

African-American Rhinoplasty is One of the Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

Ethnic Rhinoplasty has come a long way over the past few decades. It used to be that plastic surgeons applied the same techniques to their African American patients as they did for their Caucasian counterparts. This resulted in noses that did not match the patients’ facial profiles, and often resulted in complications that required multiple revision surgeries. Rather than making a patient’s nose look more “white,” Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj customizes his Ethnic Rhinoplasty procedure so that an Ethnic or African American patient can change the things they don’t like about their nose, without sacrificing any of their unique, ethnic identity or features. In fact, he invented the revolutionary SLUPimplant™ for that very reason.

There are five typical reasons why African-American Rhinoplasty is such a popular choice:

  1. Refine the tip. It is common for some ethnic and African American noses to have a more broad, or “bulbous” tip. If this is the case for a patient, the procedure will focus on refining the tip, which could also include an extension of the bridge, to create a nose that is slightly more refined, but still retains its own personality.
  2. Narrow or elevate the nasal bridge. The nasal bridge is the portion of the nose that extends from the forehead to the tip of the nose. In ethnic and some African American clients, this portion of the nose can be shorter, which creates a more flattened aesthetic. By elevating and narrowing the bridge of the nose, patients are able to decrease the shape of their nose and often improve breathing performance as well.
  3. Shorten the length of the nasal bridge. Conversely, a patient’s nose may have a nasal bridge that seems excessively long for the rest of their facial proportions, in which case. Dr. Slupchynskyj can shorten the bridge and alter any other contours that need to be corrected.
  4. Resizing the nostrils. It is common for the nostrils to be resized as part of the above procedures in order for the new nose to be in proportion, as well as with surrounding facial features. In most cases, we are able to resize the nostrils in relationship to the smaller nostril, rather than the other way around.
  5. Correct miscellaneous imperfections. Other typical nasal imperfections, such as a crooked or off-center nose, or bumps along the nasal bridge, can be corrected during the procedure for a more even, balanced, and smooth profile.

It is important that patients interested in Ethnic and African American Rhinoplasty choose a plastic surgeon who is experienced in Ethnic Rhinoplasty and has a high success rate with a history of satisfied clients. This procedure can be tricky for more general plastic surgeons. African American Rhinoplasty can be more challenging as the patients’ noses often have thicker skin, excess fatty tissue and poor supporting cartilages.

The Majority of Patients who Undergo African American Rhinoplasty an Increase in Self Esteem

In a review of 75 patients who have undergone Ethnic Nasal Rhinoplasty, 90 percent felt their new nose was in harmony with the rest of their facial features. When asked whether or not the results of their surgery met their expectations, 98 percent said yes, and 95 percent of the patients agreed that their self-esteem was average or above average following their Rhinoplasty procedure. The combination of nasal implants, and revisions to nasal imperfections, result in a new nose that is in proportion with surrounding facial features, maintains the unique ethnic aesthetic of each patient, improves any existing breathing difficulties, and increases self-esteem.

If you are interested in learning more about ethnic and African American Rhinoplasty during a consultation with Dr. Slupchynskyj, please contact our office. You will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of before and after pictures, express your concerns, and can have all of your questions answered. You can also take advantage of our computer imaging technology so you can see what you will look like with various Rhinoplasty corrections.

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