It’s as plain as the nose on your face.
Or is it?
A rhinoplasty (commonly known as a nose job) is no small endeavor. Although it is among the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures, it is widely accepted as one of the most difficult.
For this reason, a scrupulous understanding of the procedure is important, as is choosing the right surgeon for you. Below are imperative considerations for making an informed choice:
Any MD can hang a sign advertising rhinoplasty services. You must ensure that your prospective choice is well credentialed. To begin with, look for board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and/or the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS).
In addition, check your surgeon’s bio for professional organization memberships, such as The Rhinoplasty Society, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) or The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). Teaching and/or lecturing on the topic of rhinoplasty and/or cosmetic plastic surgery is also a good sign of professional standing.
While credentials are key, experience carries equal value. Experts recommend a variety of measures for that experience, from performing rhinoplasty 100+ times in a year to doing the surgery several times a week.
However, don’t completely discount newer surgeons if you find one you like. While experience is a definite must, remember that newer members of the profession are likely to have been trained using the latest technology and cutting-edge methods. That being said, make sure the veterans are also updated in their field. In addition, be aware that there are surgeons with special expertise, such as ethnic rhinoplasty for those other than Caucasians.
Reviews can be useful, but they can also be tricky. The advent of internet reviews, in addition to social media, has opened the door for consumer input like never before. While some surgeons take advantage of building their online reputation, some don’t necessarily cultivate reviews as much as their peers. Conversely, negative reviews should also be taken with a grain of salt because you don’t personally know the source.
For an even more effective way to gauge patient experience, speak to those who have used your prospective surgeon. If you do not have any information from friends or associates (word of mouth), ask the plastic surgery office for past rhinoplasty patients who would be willing to speak with you. Input from previous patients can be very enlightening.
A picture is worth a thousand words, as the cliché goes. But it is particularly the case with rhinoplasty. Any plastic surgeon should have a scrapbook (or a website) full of Before & After photos.
As the surgeon can explain, the goal of modern rhinoplasty—as well as all cosmetic surgery—is to create the most natural results. While it is important to explain desires and expectations to your surgeon, beware of modeling your choice from noses of others, such as celebrities. A good plastic surgeon will explain how results should blend with and match your own face.
Finally, trust your gut feeling about the surgeon. Do you feel confident and comfortable with this person? Does he/she have a good bedside manner?
Prior to your consultation, read up on FAQs about rhinoplasty and come prepared with all of your questions. Then, ask yourself if you were satisfied with the answers.
If possible, bring a friend or family member to help you gauge your consultation experience.
At The Plastic Surgery Center, our rhinoplasty surgeons have all of the above attributes and exemplary credentials, such as unique dual certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), as well as membership to The Rhinoplasty Society. They have also been trained in the top programs throughout the country, utilizing their top-notch training to perform decades of rhinoplasty procedures.
For a rhinoplasty consultation, including breathing difficulty and/or revision rhinoplasty, contact us today. We offer virtual imaging at the time of consult to show the aesthetic results the patient can anticipate.