Cosmetic Rhinoplasty in South Africa

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery, is a surgical procedure used to change the shape of the nose, size or proportion of the nose. This procedure is done to improve the appearance, breathing or both.

Symptoms to undergo this treatment

  • Rhinoplasty surgery leads to better nose shape, size, and proportion. It may be beneficial for:
  • Repairing the deformities from an injury
  • Correcting a birth defect
  • Nose reconstruction required in case of encountering an accident
  • Improving breathing difficulties

Factors Influencing the Cost of this Treatment

  • Nature of the Procedure
  • Surgeon expertise
  • The complexity of the surgery
  • The type of anesthesia
  • Patient's stay at the hospital facility or clinic
  • Hospital and clinic facility
  • Treatment Location and Country
Treatment and Cost

5

Total Days
In Country

2 No. Travelers

2 Day in Hospital

3 Days Outside Hospital

Treatment cost starts from

USD 5000

Hospitals

About the Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Nose plays a very important role in defining one’s personality. The entire contour of the face changes with a well-defined nose in place. Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure performed on the nose to enhance its appearance. It is also known as rhinoplasty or nose reshaping. The shape and size of the nose can be changed drastically to improve the features of the face.

Rhinoplasty surgery is mainly performed for aesthetic reasons. An accident or too big or too small appearance of the nose can be given a proper shape with the help of rhinoplasty surgery. A nose can get mutilated or crooked due to some injury or accident which can be corrected through a surgery. Minor problems in breathing can also be attended.

People with abrupt or deformed shape of the nose may experience problems in breathing and subsequent problem in talking normally. Rhinoplasty surgery can help provide great relief to such people.

Nose plastic surgery is commonly performed on both men and women. In fact, it ranks third in the list of most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries. The shape of the nose can be altered through rhinoplasty by addition or removal of bones, cartilage, and tissues or by performing grafting.

How is Cosmetic Rhinoplasty performed?

The nose is composed of consequent interlinked parts comprising the skin, the pyramid of bony origin, followed by the cartilage, and finally the tip of the nose. There is a strip of skin named columella that separates the two nostrils.

The existing quality of nose plays a pivotal role in the final result of a rhinoplasty surgery. People who have inherited a thick skin may not like the transformation of the bone structure below the nose. On the other hand, people with think skin are unable to hide too many problems related to the symmetry and regularity of the nasal bone.

  • During the initial few consultations, the surgeon shall discuss the changes that can be incorporated within the nose.
  • Photographs are taken and choices of anaesthesia available to the patient will be discussed in this phase along with the technique used to conduct the procedure.
  • Nasal reconstruction approaches may vary from one patient to the other. In case of internal rhinoplasty, incisions involved are made from within the nasal cavity.
  • A light sedation is usually employed, which numbs the area.
  • A general anaesthesia may be employed for a long and complicated procedure and if both the surgeon and the patient decide that it is the best option available. General anaesthesia is generally administered in complicated cases where the external incision will allow the surgeon to have the cartilage and bones completely exposed.
  • During nose reshaping procedure, the skin is removed from the cartilage and bone support. Now the framework of the nose is worked upon to give the desired shape and form.
  • In many cases, the surgeon employs skin from the forehead right above the eyebrow and places it vertically to substitute the missing nasal tissues. The forehead skin's tint exactly matches the tint of the nose and face. It makes the best reconstruction of the defective nose and with a little bit of work, the skin on the forehead can be easily camouflaged to give the normal appearance.
  • If there is any requirement for adding more structure to the existing bone, then donated cartilage or bones or even skin can be used. It can also be taken from some other parts of the body. A synthetic source can also be used to achieve the objective.
  • After the completion of rhinoplasty surgery, the surgeon will apply a splint. The new shape of the bones will be maintained with the help of a splint. With the help of a dressing, the nose is stuffed or packed to allow stabilization of the septum.

Recovery from Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

  • Some swelling is expected on the face right after the surgery.
  • Patients should use a few pillows to raise their heads while sleeping for the initial few days.
  • It is common to expect a headache or some pain in the nose.
  • Medications shall be suggested by the surgeon to make the pain subside.
  • Swelling of the face and bruises around the eyes are expected to reduce within three days.
  • Depending upon the extent of the surgery, some amount of stuffiness in the nose accompanied by mild bleeding may be experienced.
  • People are mostly able to resume back to work after a week while walking around is possible after the lapse of two or three days.
  • Strenuous activities or physical exertion must be avoided for the first three weeks.
  • Patients are expected to maintain hygiene, proper diet, and required exercise levels during the recovery period. Regular follow-up visits to the doctor should be made.
  • To prevent the disruption of the healing process, blowing nose for the next one week must be avoided.
  • Make sure that the surgical dressing is dry.
  • After two weeks, splints, stitches, and dressings are removed.
  • Excessive sunburn must be avoided by the patient.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you opt for Rhinoplasty in South Africa?

Like most countries, hospitals in South Africa are based upon public and private healthcare systems. There are three main levels of healthcare based upon the payment method of the patient.

The full paying patients are those who usually prefer to be treated by a doctor working in the private sector. They can also be funded by an external source. Many foreigners also prefer this kind of treatment service.

Some hospitals are getting extremely adept at performing different kinds of nasal surgery and even looking at innovative ways to do so. Some hospitals are starting to use renewable energy sources for various procedures.

Hospitals in South Africa are gearing up to tackle chronic illnesses and to provide better treatment options for patients. The South African government is also working to introduce various policies and towards accommodating more patients from across the world. It is a great country to find affordable treatment options.

What is the average cost of Rhinoplasty in South Africa?

The cost of rhinoplasty in South Africa starts at an average of around 3000 USD. This is mostly for surgical procedures. There might be other costs depending on consultations, investigation tests, surgical approach, etc. This is comparatively affordable when compared to other countries that offer this same surgical procedure.

What are the factors affecting the cost of Rhinoplasty in South Africa?

The factors affecting the cost of rhinoplasty in South Africa include

  • the clinical procedures before the surgical procedure,
  • the healthcare specialists working,
  • the quality of materials that are being used
  • the approach of the surgery

This surgical procedure requires the help of many specialists as it is a very delicate surgery involving a very sensitive portion of the face.

Intensive procedures usually take longer and might handle increasing costs. The aesthetic enhancement involved in the surgery is another important factor to assess the cost. A skilled surgeon comes with a lot of experience and hence will always be in high demand. There are some very skilled surgeons in South Africa specializing in rhinoplasty.

What are the types and approaches available in South Africa for Rhinoplasty?

There are different procedures for performing rhinoplasty in South Africa. Based on racial profiles and physiques, African skin is a little thicker to cut through and the nasal septum might be placed widely. The procedures chosen keep these in mind for rhinoplasty in South Africa.

  • The closed surgery approach -

It is best suited for someone who has never undergone nasal surgery before. It is done to align the nose, correct any deviated nasal septum (DNS), or remove any lump in that nasal region. The underlying structures are preserved and not exposed.

  • The open surgery approach -

It is a slightly more intense procedure involving skills and experience. A flap is raised on the surface of the nasal skin tissue to expose the underlying bones. It is best suited for aesthetic procedures and for surgeries involving the tip of the nose. Some procedures which require intensive care and detail may take long hours.

  • Revision nasal surgery -

It is usually an operation of long duration, which is done to correct the results or defects arising from previous nasal surgery. This procedure can have varying levels of complexity. A patient might be disappointed with the results of the previous surgery due to high expectations or due to some damage that might have occurred during the procedure. It is important to ask your consultant about the full procedure to explain what your end expectations are.

 

What is the success rate of rhinoplasty surgery in South Africa?

South African hospitals have a very high success rate for rhinoplasty. It can go as high as up to 85% - 90%. There have been various technological advancements in medicine and procedures. 

Which are the best clinics in South Africa for Cosmetic Rhinoplasty?

While South Africa is still improving regarding medical infrastructure and technology, there are some clinics that offer cosmetic rhinoplasty in South Africa -

  1. The Nose Clinic in Pretoria

  2. Nose Surgery Clinic in Johannesburg

  3. Vive Clinic in Plastic Surgery

  4. Plastic Surgery Centre in Cape Town, South Africa

  5. Panorama Plastic Surgery Clinic in Cape Town

  6. Vive Cosmetic Solutions in Johannesburg

Who are the top plastic surgeons in South Africa for Cosmetic Rhinoplasty?

There are many surgeons in South Africa specializing in various surgical procedures. Here are some of the top plastic surgeons for rhinoplasty in South Africa -

  1. Dr. Suleman Vadia

  2. Dr. Gideon Maresky

  3. Dr. Desmond Fernandes

  4. Dr. Craig Peter Wittstock

  5. Dr. Rory Dower

  6. Dr. Lionel Jedeikin

  7. Dr. Gabriel Doucas

  8. Dr. Paul J. Skoll

What is the recovery time for Rhinoplasty Surgery in South Africa?

Since South African surgeons are skilled in plastic and reconstructive surgery, they end up doing a good job in order to give the best results to patients. Any surgical procedure takes at least three weeks for recovery. Since the face is a highly vascularized part of the body, a rhinoplasty can take around three to four weeks to heal.

What is the health care infrastructure of South Africa / Why should opt for South Africa as a destination for your medical treatment?
Like most countries, hospitals in South Africa are based upon public and private healthcare systems. There are three main levels of healthcare based upon the payment method of the patient.
  • The full paying patients are those who usually prefer to be treated by a doctor working in the private sector. They can also be funded by an external source. Many non-South African citizens also prefer this treatment service.
  • Fully subsidized patients are those who have been referred from a Primary Healthcare Service Hospital.
  • Partially subsidized patients are patients whose costs are subsidized based on the amount of their income.
The public healthcare system has three main centers for health under its wing:
  • Clinics - These are run by trained professionals and nurses. They can serve as the first point of contact for a patient.
  • Community Healthcare Centre - This is a bigger setup, complete with full-fledged services and doctors and nurses.
  • Hospital - A patient usually gets here after a referral from a clinic or community health center. One can also go in for emergencies. A hospital provides various services like performing surgery and treating chronic illnesses.
Hospitals in South Africa are gearing up to tackle major illnesses and to provide better treatment options. The South African government is also working to introduce policies and towards accommodating more patients from all across the world. It is a great country to find affordable treatment options.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Africa? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals
The Joint Commission International (JCI) accredits and certifies most health care organizations and programs all around the world. Joint Commission International Accreditation and Certification is recognized as the global leader for health care quality of care and patient safety.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Africa of the best quality?
Doctors associated with Medigence are of the best quality. We hope to give our patients a pleasant experience and the best doctors we can find. Since South Africa has a lot of requirements in the field of healthcare, the country attracts doctors from all over the world to contribute their services. This can help to ensure that even you receive the best quality of doctors.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Africa?
One can apply for a visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission of India can then help one decide for how long a visa can be extended. This usually differs from person to person. The Medical Visa allows a person to stay for a maximum of six months with a valid visa. After this, one can go to the FRO office ( Foreigner’s Registration Office ) or FRRO (Foreigner's Regional Registration Office) and request for an extension. Do note that the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the High Commission of India and not on the date of departure. Applications for visas will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure.
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Which are the best cities in South Africa for medical treatment?
While many cities are striving to create some of the best hospitals in South Africa, Durban, Lenasia, and Cape Town already have some very good hospitals for treatment in South Africa. Located in Durban, Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre is a reasonable and affordable hospital in South Africa. Life Kingsbury Hospital in Capetown provides a holistic healing environment for patients. One can also opt for the Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Lenasia. This hospital has been running for nearly 30 years now and various medical facilities can be availed from here.

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