A patient who wants to get the most out of rhinoplasty should not be afraid to do some research and ask questions of potential plastic surgeons. First, they need to know why they want rhinoplasty. Do they find their nose so unattractive that it is interfering with their ability to make friends, go to school or even search for employment? Has their nose been damaged by trauma and is now asymmetrical or interferes with breathing? Do they have realistic goals for their rhinoplasty? For example, a person might want a nose like that of their favorite celebrity, but they should understand that the surgery will neither make them look just like that celebrity nor greatly enhance their chances of becoming rich and famous.
A Good Candidate
During a consultation, the surgeon evaluates whether or not the prospective patient is a good candidate. A good candidate is a person whose facial features have stopped growing, is in good physical and mental health and has a nose that could benefit from rhinoplasty. This includes:
• A nose that is too large or too small in proportion to the rest of the face.
• A nose that is off-center or asymmetrical due to injury or heredity.
• A nose that’s too wide.
• Nostrils that are too wide or too narrow.
• A nose tip that’s bulbous or protruding.
The Plastic Surgeon
It is important for the patient to have questions ready for the plastic surgeon. The surgeon should both willing and able to answer the questions.
The patient should ask if the doctor is board-certified. This lets the patient know that the physician has met certain standards in their field and is highly skilled. The patient should also ask how how many years of plastic surgery training the doctor has and if they were specifically trained in rhinoplasty.
Other questions to ask include whether the surgeon has hospital privileges to perform rhinoplasty. The patient should get a list of these hospitals. They should ask what will be expected of them in order to get the most out of their rhinoplasty, when and how the procedure will be performed and what kind of technique is recommended. There are at least two rhinoplasty techniques.
The patient should ask the doctor how long it will take to recover from the surgery, the risks and complications of rhinoplasty, and how the surgeon or their medical facility handles them. The patient should also ask to see before and after photos of other patients.
If you are considering rhinoplasty surgery, schedule a consultation with a skilled specialist at London Rhinoplasty today!