Subtle Chin Implant - Costa Rica

While in Costa Rica having some dental work done,...

While in Costa Rica having some dental work done, I decided to have a chin implant placed. I've wanted one for some time and am considering it my first foray into cosmetic surgery...kind of a baby step. I considered several surgeons and after communicating with them opted for Dr. Pino. A number of things were considered in this choice including positive/negative reviews found online, ease of communication, personal consultation and responsiveness to my concerns (I wanted to avoid general anesthesia & wanted it placed through a chin incision not orally).

Dr. Pino's office is located on a busy, dirty street (this describes 90% of San Jose) and I was a little disconcerted by them...In the US were used to any medical specialist having luxurious, plush offices...I have since visited several surgeons in CR and find his offices to be on par for Costa Rica. His clinic is located behind his office. It set up like a small hospital ward with a surgical suite.

His nurse (I wish I could remember her name - she has worked for him 28 years & is wonderful. She also worked at the local hospital in Intensive Care for 20 years) gave me a pill (valium, I think) and helped me into my hospital gown and slippers. She then led me to a bed where I was given an IV sedative. After a bit, she led me to the surgical suite and I laid on the table/bed. I was awake throughout the procedure, but don't really remember it. Afterward, I was assisted back to the room I started in and told to rest. I slept for a few hours and when I woke up the Dr. Pino chatted with me a bit. He reminded me that the swelling would make my chin look larger than it is and explained the medications to me (they were sent home with me - I didn't have to go to a pharmacy to pick them up).

I had a follow up appointment the following day & everything looked fine. I will visit again before I leave Costa Rica, but anticipate everything being fine. Im less than 3 days out and am still quite swollen & bruised but it is diminishing.

I'm sharing my 3 day after photo so everyone can have an idea of how bad it might look, but please realize that I bruise easily and also had dental work done the day prior so I have considerably more swelling on one side than the other.
Dr. Renaldo Pino

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 times
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