Clean and Valid License
Your surgeon should be licensed and have no history of malpractice or disciplinary action. This ensures the doctor has completed the required education and is in good standing in the state where he or she is practicing.
The societies and affiliations held by any physician are important to their reputation in their field. It does not guarantee that your surgeon is actually skilled or compassionate, and it is not a measurement of experience or quality, however, most medical societies do encourage or even require constant education and research.
The best endorsements are those from people who have used the surgeon’s services. This could be one of your friends, a family member or even a coworker. These accounts will provide information regarding the outcome of the procedure along with how well the doctor responded, the level of bedside manner and the thoroughness of follow-up care. You should also conduct an internet search to obtain independent endorsements.
Portfolio of Surgery
While endorsements will give you an idea of a surgeon’s skill, the doctor’s portfolio will show actual results. A successful rhinoplasty surgeon will have a large collection of before and after shots that are professionally staged and lighted. Since digital cameras show every imperfection, excellent post-surgery photos will translate into a beautiful nose in person.
The consultation is where you and your surgeon form a relationship. Regardless of the reason for wanting a rhinoplasty, the doctor should take your medical history, examine your nose, detail your options and show you computer simulations of the possible outcomes. In addition, the rhinoplasty surgeon should show you before and after photos of other patients with similar nasal issues, so you know what to expect.
A rhinoplasty is a life-changing surgery that requires a great deal of thought and planning. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation.