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Rhinoplasty Abroad - Poland Review - Before & After Pics - Happy Customer

I want to share my experience of surgery abroad. I...

I want to share my experience of surgery abroad. I had Rhinoplasty 16 days ago and would like to provide you with an insight that I would have appreciated prior to my surgery.

This has been something that I have deliberated over since the age of 18; I'm now 25. Following three consultations in the UK, I elected to fly out to Poland for surgery. My decision being based purely on cost. For surgery in Poland I was quoted exactly a third of the price I was quoted in the UK, and having spent countless nights researching the clinic and reading reviews I was prepared to take a risk.

[photo 1 is my before profile]

Day 1 - Op Day- Friday 13th December

First impressions of the clinic are excellent. From the moment I step off the plane I am greeted by a warm and comforting female representative of the clinic. She takes me (and three other UK patients) to my hotel and transports me to and from the clinic for all my appointments thereon. (My taxi is free from the airport and also to my first clinic appointment) and all other journeys are per a Meter (which is extremely cheap). The clinic is clean and modern. The staff are all friendly and professional. The consultation goes well and something that is apparent to me is the fact that they aren't willing to cut corners; I was initially scheduled to be the first patient, my Surgeon explained to me that he has a full day of operations and that mine is a simple procedure. However after I tell him that I'd drank a small glass of water that morning at 6am he has to reschedule his full day around me and puts back my surgery to 2:30pm. Silly of me, I now appreciate. I feel comforted in the fact that they aren't willing to cut any corners.

Surgery 2:30pm- 4:00pm:
My reaction to General Anaesthesia is fine. No complications and no apparent side affects. The first night post op is spent at the clinic, and, even though this is a tough night to sleep (as at this point I'm unable to breath through my nose), the Nurse is fantastic. She checks on me regularly and is what I can imagine an old school Nurse to be. Comforting, extremely efficient and direct in her approach, confident and caring.

[photo 2 is immediately after surgery]

Day 2 - Saturday 14th December

At this point I haven't had much sleep. I'm feeling groggy and extremely bored. There's no pain as such, just a feeling of discomfort and pressure around my nose. A sore and dry throat also from having to breathe through my mouth. This is the most uncomfortable part for me. My face isn't as bruised or as swollen as i'd have expected. At this point the Nurse has cleaned and changed my dressings about three times already. The Surgeon comes, removes my final dressing, before discharging me and inviting me back for my next check up the following morning. As the Surgeon removes my dressing he asks me if I have seen my nose yet, to which I reply no. He then, in a very comforting and reassuring way explains to me that this isn't the end result. That I won't know if I'm happy with my result until at least a week after the cast has been removed, he then explains that the nose can then be taking shape over the next year. On arrival back at my hotel I now understand why the Surgeon has explained this to me. Naturally the first thing I want to do is to check out my new nose. I take one look in the mirror and I feel sick. I want to cry. My nose is upturned and my top lip is swollen. My entire face had changed, my face resembles that of a Tweenie / or a pig, and I can not begin to picture how I can get my old face back. I want to cry but reassure myself that this isn't the end result. At this point I just want to hide myself and fast forward a week. I spend the day in bed. Eating and drinking is a challenge still, and the swelling around my nose, mouth and eyes, is gradually getting worse. I have been taking dissolvable Arnica pills for the past four days, and in my opinion they do not work.

[photo 3 is day 1 post surgery]

Day 3 - Sunday 15th December

Last night I slept well and can breathe through my nose slightly which makes me feel better. However my face has ballooned twice the size of yesterday and I can barely open my eyes. I look in the mirror and I feel like a 'bloaty head syndrome' patient from Theme Hospital. Again, in my opinion, Arnica is a waste of money and does not work. A failed attempt at facing the public and going for breakfast this morning has landed me back in bed with an empty stomach. Feeling low and very bored. Frustrated that I'm in such a great city yet I'm unable to experience any of it. I definitely underestimated the recovery. In my world everything is bubbles and butterflies and as far as I was prepared to convince myself I was going to have no side effects, I would look fine after two days and I could enjoy the rest of my stay. Apparently not. Today has been a long day. My nose is starting to hurt and I'm feeling down. I'm looking forward to the coming days as I'm keen to see the first stages of my new nose minus the swelling and bruises.

[photo 4 is day 2 post op]

Day 4 - Monday 16th December

Feeling a lot better than yesterday. Sleep was easy and my swelling has reduced a lot. Back at the clinic check up I find comfort in talking to other patients and hearing their story. Every person I speak to has had a fantastic experience and can't speak highly enough of this particular surgeon and his team. One lady, who I met at the beginning of my stay, I will not forget. Her outlook on life is just fantastic. This lady, travelled from the UK. She is 62 years old and has had a lot of surgery this time - face lift, eye lid and under eye surgery. She is a hard working professional, a psychiatric doctor of 40 years, has just opened up her own practice in the UK (I make this point, as, some people associate surgery with silly insecure girls). Her attitude throughout the process has been one to admire. My initial inhibitions surrounding surgery were with what other people will think, how they will react, how I will tell people and the overall feeling of having to explain my reasons for going ahead with this. But after meeting this woman I remind myself that if you want to do something in this life, you do it. And if you live adhering to other peoples opinions and objections then your existence will be a sheltered and regretful one. Deep, I know, but these days post op are long, and your thoughts consume you! I manage to get out and about today. I walk to the square and see the Christmas market ignoring the stares and sniggers from the general public. My swelling and congestion seems to get worse towards the end of the day.

Day 5 - Tuesday 17th December
Today I feel well, my face is regaining its normal shape and I'm itching to see under my cast. I manage to face the public and go down for a meal with a glass of wine. I fly back tomorrow.

Day 6 - My day is consumed by travel, waiting around and more travel. No change from yesterday with my face. Still bruised and cheeks are slightly swollen. Congestion worsens with flying.

Day 7 - Cast Removal. The big day is here. I take a shower and peel away the cast. (This should be done by the surgeon however I booked my trip a day short. Again, the surgeon didn't want to cut corners by taking off the cast too soon and gave me exact directions to take the cast off myself days later. With rhinoplasty, I understand, the cast should ideally be removed 5-8 days post op. This is the day I have been warned not to get upset in thinking that what I see is the end result. I stare in the mirror and it's better than I expect. Face fronting still appears slightly wide and swollen. My eyes are still bruised. I am happy with my profile already. I'm looking forward for the swelling to reduce.

[photo 5 - after profile pic]

The worst part, I'd say, in this process is the overall boredom and the discomfort. I wouldn't say that there is any agonising pain involved. It's just uncomfortable and it makes you extremely irritable.

I do completely appreciate and understand any reservations and concerns that may surround flying into a foreign country to undergo surgery. In my opinion and my own experience, surgery abroad is the only way for it. The surgeon was trained in the UK and is GMC registered. His clinic is clean. His team are highly professional and efficient. Having spoken to a number of other people travelling abroad for surgery I get the general impression that everyone who does this would not dream of having surgery in the UK. Some who have done so already and weren't impressed with the lack of interest, care, aftercare and the overall experience v the cost. The swelling on my nose is still reducing daily but I'm happy so far. If for some reason I wasn't happy and did want a revision then I would definitely go back to the same Surgeon. I wanted to share this as I was so impressed, and I know that anyone considering surgery abroad will appreciate this insight :-) if anyone has any questions then please get in touch!

Useful Prep

Preparation

iPad - with plenty of films /books /wifi
Currency - get beforehand
Mouthwash - dry mouth
Vaseline - for lips and nose
Non electricToothbrush
Moisturiser
Cotton buds
Vitamin c & pineapple juice - helps with the swelling
Pain meds
Laxatives (pain med side affects)
U- shaped pillow
cough drops
Arnica cream
Arnica tabs
Plenty of tissues
Soft snacks (yoghurt/ banana)

Before Pic - Front View

Before Pic - Front View (the only front shot I could find :-S )

After Pic - Front View

After Pic - Front view day 7. The tip was still swollen, & the marks on my nose were from the cast. I had tip work done to reduce it in size; also my bridge narrowed and a bump removed

Maybe useful

May be useful - I found the clinic through 'what clinic.com' - http://www.whatclinic.com through professional beauty

Pics - One Month Post Op

I've re-added pictures - minus full face plus a pic one month post op - tip swelling has reduced a lot :-)

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Before Pic.... Bad

3 months post op

3 months post op
Poland

Noa Clinic , Wroclaw - Dr Adam Kalecinski ...Dr Adam and his team are fantastic. One night spent in the clinic post op, followed by daily check ups until you fly home.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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I wonder if you could post a front shot of your older nose so people reading this review can see the difference from the front? I think it would be very helpful. Do you feel Adam did a good work on your nose or which surgeon did you have?
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I want to know how much you spent on taxis and mooney for snacks and which doctor plus clinic did you go to? And did you pay 2000 euros for the surgery? Your new nose looks great! Your surgeon did an amazing job. I am interested of choosing the same surgeon, I have made some extensive research, could you please upload a picture showing your new nose form the front (without you smiling) and one more picture from the side?
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It was £2,000 GBP. I found the surgeon through www .what clinic. com which led me to book through professional beauty :) the dr & clinic info is above. Taxis and shopping out there is really cheap. I would recommend getting breakfast and meal included with your hotel as this will save the journey for food (after your surgery you won't want the hassle) x
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You look beautiful!
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Thank you :)
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Your nose looks amazing! Bet your so pleased! I have a similar nose from looking at your pre-surgery pictures, and I'm now in a financial position to have this procedure done. I've been reading some mixed reviews about Dr Adam from doing some research online. I was just wondering did he do any blood work etc before your op? Also I've been trying to look at his qualifications online, it seems as though Dr Adam has done lots of BAs but I can't find many who have had rhinoplasty, I was just wondering if you by any chance know his qualifications? Thank you x
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Thank you :) I had read mixed reviews before my op too. In fact.. I read two negative and no positive reviews before my op! Ha. I guess people are quick to be negative without giving it time to see the end result (shame really, as, once you write on here you can't remove it, and these people write such awful reviews way too soon after their surgery). and there (understandably) aren't enough people happy to put their photos online for the world to see, to share their positive experience. Re blood work, they didn't tell me before hand, but they do need to take your blood when you get there (or get your doc to go this before and send across the results). His qualifications, I read something somewhere briefly, which ticked the box for me (knowing I had made my mind up already). But I don't remember exactly what specific qual It was. Again, do your research with any surgeon you choose. Maybe if you emailed them they'd be able to share that with you. The staff there are really helpful. X
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Hi just wondering if it's possible to see some more before and after pictures? X
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Sure :) message me your email address and I will send you some x
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Hi, what was the name of the surgery and your doctor in Poland? x
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Hey congratulations your nose looks amazing!!! I've been considering rhinoplasty abroad for the same reasons i.e cost and by chance stumbled across your post which was really helpful thank you! Having read your post I'm really considering going abroad to see Dr Adam for surgery. I just had a few questions which I was wondering you won't mind answering. I'm an Indian male from London, do you know if Dr Adam has experience in operating on ethnic noses? I was considering flying over in mid-April during Easter break to have my surgery. Do you know the estimate timescale that I can be expected to wait before having my surgery? Is there a waiting list and if I make initial enquires now would I be reasonably expected to be booked in for surgery by Easter? Do you have to pay an initial deposit and then pay the rest of the fee in person and how much is the deposit? Did Dr Adam perform open or closed rhinoplasty on you? Is 6 days stay sufficient stay? I would also love to see more before and after pictures. It does look amazing!!! X
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Hey :) Thank you. Specifically I'm not sure how the surgery would vary between ethnicity. Whilst I was there I spoke to a guy who's background was African Caribbean, he'd had rhinoplasty and his experience was very positive. Do you know what you would need to have done? I had closed surgery. I had my tip reduced, my bridge narrowed, and a hump removed and raised my columella slightly. I've heard that tip work is tricky (the tip was uncomfortable and is still sensitive). With the waiting time, I booked my surgery towards the end of October, arranged for 13th December so not a bad wait time for me (this will vary throughout the year I guess, and I didn't schedule mine during a public holiday break). The process for me was- email my enquiry through what clinic.com - they sent me a list of different surgeons in Poland - I emailed them for a quote (explaining what I wanted to achieve /hump removal, narrowed bridge, tip reduction etc.). And also attached photos of my nose from every angle. - a couple of clinics emailed back -I chose which clinic /surgeon I wanted and I requested a date -they sent me an email to confirm the booking together with an email re. the process and what to expect. There is a UK number to call (I think he is part of professional beauty, the third party who it was all booked through). -I booked my hotel and flights separately and they ask that you send them full confirmation of your flights so they know when to pick you up. ((On that note I will say they are also excellent as the older lady I got chatting to had a delayed flight and due to weather her plane had to land in a separate airport. The taxi had offered to drive and collect her from the other airport. I think she got on the coach with everyone in the end, but I think it's great that he'd have done that)). I didn't have to pay a deposit. You get the choice of either paying a direct transfer before you go (this is what I did) or you can pay on your card or take cash to your consultation and pay when you get there. The only thing you may have to pay for is a blood test (I think this is about £30) so maybe get a blood test at your docs before so you can show them the result instead of having one there. I think 6days is a sufficient. Mine was 5 days (4days post op) and I think I should have allowed an extra day. Good luck with your surgery ! :-) X
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Hi thanks for your prompt reply :-) I'm having something similar to what you've had done as I have a similar shaped nose to yours pre-op but a slightly smaller version. I want the hump removed, bridge narrowed and my tip reduced as well as raising the columella slightly. I've had a consultation in the UK and the surgeon said he will raise my nose slightly by 2mm and said that he'd do a closed surgery and open if needed. I will do some more research before making a final decision but thank you for your posts they are really informative and gave me a picture of what I'm likely to expect. What happens if surgery does not go plan or the results are not what expected, does Dr. Adam charge for revisions. The biggest fear I'm having is ending up with a pollybeak or Pinocchio type nose as like you said the tip work is tricky x
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It sounds like you will have the same procedure as me. I'd say the most sensitive part was the tip work. I think open surgery is more for extreme cases or if your nose needs straightening. I'm not sure what would happen if something went wrong or if you'd be charged for a revision. I know that the clinic are always at hand though and the surgeon is very personable. When I left, and as I had to take the cast of myself, the surgeon gave me his business card and said to call him if I had any concerns /problems. Your fears are all natural prior to surgery and even after surgery, initially you will still have same concerns until the swelling has gone down :) good luck with your surgery x
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Hey! I am currently on Poland staying at puro had rhinoplasty yesterday. Your review has been very comforting to me. Did Adam use dissolvable stitches on you? If not when did you get them removed? I fly home Monday night (was told by England team this was okay) but Adam told me I will need stitches removed back home on tues or wed x
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Hey! Massive congratulations for you going ahead with your surgery. How are you feeling? The Puro is lovely isn't it. My stitches were dissolvable. Also don't worry if, for a couple of weeks, you get a strange (horrible) smell inside your nose. I panicked myself with this as I read that it could be an infection. It's nothing - just a buildup in your nose around where the stitches are healing :-) take it easy, it's a waiting game from here and try not to get frustrated. It is so true that you don't actually see your results until 3 months after your surgery. (And over the next couple of months you will pick fault at every little mark /bump /swelling etc. It's still healing so stay patient :-) X
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Thanks for your response. I am so uncomfortable, not really in pain just so strange adjusting to not using my nose to breathe! :-) I am really swollen my eyes are so puffy and purple, i have 10 days before I go back to work, looking at myself now I can't imagine being able to hide this with make up. Puro is lovely . Thanks for the tips! Your advice has been fantastic. I even took a screen shot of the list of useful things to bring that you provided! Can you breathe normally now? X
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Breathing through my mouth was the worst part for me too. I have spent (and still spend) a fortune on cotton buds as you can't blow your nose at first. I had a drama one day, I was sat in the restaurant at the hotel and I sneezed - I made every one aware of my drama. I stood up, waving my arms around shouting to the waiter (don't know what he could have done) "I'm going to sneeze. Oh my god this can't happen! I can't sneeze! This will ruin everything!!" Having a huge panick... I sneezed. It was fine. I just looked like an idiot (girl with fat head and a face cast hysterically waving arms in the middle of a restaurant). I can breathe through my nose fine now. I still had bruises when I returned to work. You can get cover up makeup though (or tattoo coverup I've heard is good) I used Graftobian high def cover up creme under and over my foundation (& touched up throughout the day) :) X
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That made me laugh! I feel really uncomfortable with the stares but I am going to go out for dinner tonight hope I don't sneeze! Just googled that concealer not sure which one to get I might just order a palette. Sending mark out now to get me a cooling eye mask if he can find it! My eyes are so swollen and the arnica gel isn't really helping me xx
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Yeah I didn't really feel that Arnica did much for me either. I bought the gel and the dissolvable pills. Hope your recovery is going ok :) X
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Hey I am really worried about my nose! I am only 6days post op so know swelling is crazy at this point but is it normal for your nose to look wider/bigger than before surgery? My rhinoplasty was focused on making my nose narrower. It is huge at the moment, I wouldn't be freaking out as much if it was the same size as before with the swelling but bigger just can't see how I will get results I am after at this point :-( wish I could show you a pic it's crazy x
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Hi ! Firstly, don't panick and don't let it upset you. Has your cast been removed yet? When my cast was removed I was so happy with my nose, I was shocked and thought that this was my perfect end result. Then my nose suddenly expanded and my swelling seemed to get worse. If you think about the process for narrowing your nose (mine was narrowed too) they have to break the none on both sides. (Think of kids who break an arm, the swelling that follows and how long the bone takes to repair. I know you are going to get sick of reading this online but it is swelling. Even 2-3 months down the line you will notice changes in the shape /definition for ages I was telling people my nose was fat /podgy. Also they can't make your nose bigger than what it was so the size can only be swelling. I know what you're going through but please don't let it upset or panick you :-) x
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And I even took my pictures down from here at one stage because I'd changed my mind about my results. Ha.
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Thank you for the reassurance! When the cast came off my nose looked fatter in all honesty, I think that's what worrying me because I'm wondering was it not on right etc just going to stop obsessing and listen to your advise. Roll on next week when I might look a little more normal :-) thank you x
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Hi how your nose since the operation? Has the swelling gone down
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