Rhinoplasty Tijuana, MX
Hello, I am planning on having rhino, oto, and...
I am planning on having rhino, oto, and possibly a chin implant with Dr. Andreas Ioannidis in Athens Greece due to the great before and after pics and the price of only $4200 for rhino and oto. Have not heard about the price of the chin implant yet. I've researched many doctors in the US, Mexico, Turkey, and Costa Rica. His price and quality appear to be the best in both categories. The only flaw I have found is that the coordinator is a little slow on replies and seems irritated with asking a lot of questions. Besides that, everything seems great. Also, I'm pretty excited about getting an entire apartment in Athens for $50/night with Airbnb!
I have made a spreadsheet comparing all the plastic surgeons I researched and contacted. If any one would like a copy for reference just let me know.
Decided to go with Dr. Fuentes in Tijuana instead
Rhinoplasty, Chin Implant, Waist Liposuction, Otoplasty
Getting Rhinoplasty, Chin Implant, Waist Liposuction, and Otoplasty done on 4/14. Dr. Fuentes is doing everything except the lipo which will be done by Dr. Castaneda. Was going to go with a Dr. in Athens Greece but could find out about his credentials and training. Never had any cosmetic surgery done before so I am crazy nervous about getting a bad result but excited for getting an improvement. I've researched probably over 100 surgeons ranging form the US, MX, italy, Greece, India, Turkey, and Poland with hundreds of email messages looking for a doctor with the right quality and price ratio and I believe these two doctors are it. Only things I wish cold be improved is the communication with their coordinators. Sometimes it takes days to hear back with multiple repeat emails.
I have made a spreadsheet I send send you with the top docs I was considering with there prices and things I liked and disliked about each. Prices for each surgery below US dollars:
Leaving Tomorrow at 6am From East Coast for Tijuana for Pre-Op Consult
Waited at airport for driver 30 minutes
Drove 30 minutes
Filled out forms
Saw Dr. Castaneda for about 10 minutes and said good results could be given.
Waited an hour for Dr Fuentes
Saw Dr Fuentes for 15 minutes. Don't feel so good that he said nose may appear wider from front.
Paid rest of bill
Walked 10 min to hotel
Realized overcharged $700
Walked back to cosmed and refunded
Walked back to hotel
Surgery at 730 am tomorrow
Whish they would have given more detail on me needing to call once getting off the plane. They had my flight time but didn't call or email. Wish they would send reminder about which need to be paid in cash needed.
Got to San Diego airport around 10. Called cosmed and they said the driver old be there in about 30 minutes. The assistant was helpful in getting me to the place where the driver was going to pick me up.
Pick up driver Peggy drove really fast but it was kind of fun.
Got through border fast. We were stopped but the security border guard looked quickly through my book bag.
Got to cosmed close to noon.Cosmed is on 4th floor.
Signed forms for all separate surgeries.
Saw Castaneda within 15 minutes.
Fuentes was in surgery. Told I would see him later.
Wasn't told to fast for blood work so I might have to come back later.
Castaneda took pics of face and body and he answered all my lipo questions. Spoke with him for about 10 minutes but his confidence that he could make good results made me feel a lot better.
Waited in lobby a a few more minutes and a medical transport guy came and took a blood and urine sample. He then asked for $45 which i thought they would have reminded me about. He came from outside the clinic dressed in a scrubs and then left the building with a small cooler of my samples. Kind of strange since this is a huge medical facility.
Told I would discuss the final price after seeing Dr. Fuentes. Waited about another hour for Dr. Fuentes to get out of surgery. Dr. Fuentes answered all my question and told me that the bridge of my nose would appear slightly wider from the front due to the top of the hump being more narrow than the rest of the nose but hopefully it's not visible at all. I've seen some examples where it's very noticeable do hope it's not at all.
Paid the remaining balance with credit card and $700 for the anastasia fee which I was told in previous emails and quotes had to be paid in cash. I walked to my hotel (hotel Frontier) 10 minutes away with my book bag. There's no pedestrian walking signs so you have to watch out for cars when crossing the streets on red lights. Got to the hotel at 230 and the front desk lady made me wait until 3 to check in. Room wasn't bad for $40. Sheets had some stains but nothing too bad. Later I realized when I paid the remainder of my surgery balance they included the $700 which I also paid in cash (said I would get a receipt tomorrow for it which was strange) . I walked back to cosmed, they canceled the first credit card payment then charged a new payment with 700 deducted.
Surgery in 30 min!
Right after surgery
Right after surgery detailed
I thought I had an infection since I was Sweating so bad. I think think they may have just turned off the ac since it looked like I was the last one. I was extremely physically uncomfortable. I've had wisdom teeth removed, a tumor cut out of my upper jaw bone and none of those hurt as much as this chin implant.
I was eventually brought down to the recovery boutique which is very nice. However, I had again had to ask if I was going to get any pain medication or antibiotics. One nurse said she would check. Ten minutes later pain meds and antibiotics were brought but without instructions so I had to call back about how much to take and how often. Being in pain this is something you don't want to worry about. Was told someone would bring me written directions amd a under the nose dressing for my nose which was bleeding. Creed back amd someone came with the nose dressing and verbally told me how to take the meds. Took the pain and antibiotic pill. Pain pill wasn't helping so I called to see if I could take two. They said they would call the doctor. 30 minutes went by and I called again. 15 minutes later a nurse brought me two tylonol which actually helped take the edge off.
Nose hurt the least. Could actually breathe really good right after surgery. Maybe it's still numb
Chin hurts the worst. Even after pain meds and tylonol it still throbs really bad.
Ears hurt pretty bad. Left one hurts the worst. And is poking out more for some reason....
Lipo- zero pain. Castaneda only had one stich in the lower center of my back. I'm almost wishing I had him do the other procedures but he didn't have as many examples of facial work.
Really nice night nurse came by and checked on me, checked temp, gave ice, check Lipo, checked chin. No one else had done any of that.
No Aftercare instructions given but am told I will be given some when I check out of the boutique on the 16.
The food is good but I just worry about how the nose, ears and chin will turn out...