Cosmetic surgery such as rhinoplasty for Asians is very affordable in the Philippines. Lower overhead costs and professional fees makes it possible for U.S.- trained plastic & reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Carlos Lasa, Jr. to perform these surgeries at a fraction of the cost of the same procedures in the United States, U.K. and other countries, without sacrificing quality of care.
The Philippines’ medical services can rival the best in the world. Most Filipino doctors speak English fluently, ensuring the good communication between surgeon and patient that is essential during consultation. There are qualified and well-trained plastic surgeons who charge relatively affordable fees, especially if they practice in Asian countries like the Philippines, where cost of living expenses are low and if they can keep overhead costs low by having modest outpatient surgery clinics. However, be careful if the cosmetic surgery provider you’re considering charges much lower than others in the same country. Although price is definitely a factor when considering elective surgery, patients seeking quality medical care at very affordable prices should know that choosing the right surgeon is the single most important decision they will make. For best results for your rhinoplasty surgery, choose an authentic plastic surgeon who has had formal training in plastic and reconstructive surgery and experience in this particular procedure.
Rhinoplasty performed on Asians has the same goal as rhinoplasty performed on Caucasians, which is to build a natural-appearing structure that blends harmoniously with the face. Usually, Asians require augmentation of the nose, while Caucasians usually require reduction. Southeast Asians (Filipino, Malay, southern Chinese) typically require the most augmentation.
In Filipinos and other Asians, the nasal bridge is often low. The nasal tip is also low and thick, and the base of the nose is wide. Hence the most commonly requested nasal surgery in the Philippines is the “noselift.” Most Filipino plastic surgeons use solid silicone L-shaped implants in order to increase the height of the nasal bridge and to increase the projection of the nasal tip. The bend of the L forms the new tip. The skillful surgeon takes great care in creating the look and feel that is most suitable to your face and features. Implants are individually sculpted to personally suit the shape of your face, resulting in a more “natural” look.
American plastic surgeons generally prefer the use of cartilage grafts or bone grafts to augment the nasal bridge and tip. However these kinds of grafts have been known to resorb and decrease in size over a period of time. Filipino patients also do not want an extra operation on another part of their body in order to harvest cartilage or bone. Also, most American patients request reduction rhinoplasty for large noses and hence American plastic surgeons have less experience performing noselifts.
Many Asian patients will also need an alar plasty operation to decrease the wide nasal base. A skillful surgeon will use a technique to remove small wedges of skin to bring the nostrils closer together and which will result in natural looking nostrils.