A Travel Destination, People Come to Houston, Texas for Rhinoplasty

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As more and more people travel for cosmetic surgery, “fly-in” convenience is crucial. Dr. Raghu Athré suggests that a recent Travel + Leisure poll shows Houston, Texas fits the bill for out-of-town rhinoplasty patients.

People are willing to travel to make an important purchase, visit a landmark, or reunite with family. It is not surprising that people are now also willing to travel for plastic surgery because these procedures will change their appearance in an important way for the rest of their lives. As more men and women travel to get that new look, their surgeon's location and travel amenities in the area have become increasingly important. Dr. Raghu Athré (http://www.athresurgical.com), a Houston, Texas rhinoplasty surgeon, suggests that a recent Travel + Leisure Magazine poll shows he's ideally situated for these out-of-town patients.

"I've always recognized that Houston is a great city. Of course, I'm biased," admits Dr. Athré. "But this Travel + Leisure poll really validates what I've always believed. And it confirms that Houston is more than just a fun place to visit – it's desirable in other, practical ways. Things like the price of hotels and the convenience of the airport really matter to fly-in plastic surgery patients."

The recent Travel + Leisure Magazine poll assigned numerical rankings for multiple categories. Among Houston's top qualities: #1 for affordable hotels and airport lounges; #2 for business hotels, airport food and drink, airport entertainment, and airport staff efficiency; #3 for airport shopping as well as on time arrivals and departures; #5 as an affordable getaway; #6 for style and big name restaurants; and #7 for friendliness.

"My office is located in Webster, Texas, just a little outside Houston," notes Dr. Athré. "Just 30 minutes from the heart of the city, we share in Houston's great qualities. Take Houston's emphasis on style for instance. Style and appearance are obviously important to men and women thinking about a 'nose job' or face lift in Houston. They want a practice like mine that knows all about the latest trends and is a little more fashion-forward. And I pride myself and the members of my practice on friendliness and being down-to-earth with each and every patient."

Dr. Athré adds that fly-in convenience shouldn't be the determining factor in a plastic surgery patient's choice of surgeon. Qualifications such as experience, education, training, and board certification are of the utmost importance. Another important element to consider is the results that the surgeon has achieved for other patients. Dr. Athré suggests that patients use before and after photographs as an indication of the results that the surgeon can achieve.

"At the end of the day, what matters is that the patient feels confident and comfortable," says Dr. Athré. "My staff and I make a special effort to ensure that the trip is an easy one for people traveling to the practice, and that they receive the best possible care while visiting with us."

Dr. Raghu Athré (http://www.athresurgical.com) is a board-certified Head/ Neck Surgeon with special fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He went to medical school at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, one of the top medical schools in the country, and graduated in the top 10% of his class. He was also awarded the Hudson-Penn Award, which is awarded annually to the top surgical senior medical student. He completed his residency in head and neck surgery at UT Southwestern in Dallas and was awarded one of less than 40 positions in the country to complete his fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His facial plastic surgery practice is located near Houston, Texas.

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