Revision rhinoplasty is not an easy choice, and one that should be made with careful consideration. Even though you may be disappointed or even anxious about the primary surgery, then you will probably also not look forward to having a secondary rhinoplasty because you fear that it too will not end well and most people do not want to have to have that expense.
In order to avoid future problems and experience the headache again, you will need to find a revision rhinoplasty specialist that is willing to lead you through planning the surgery, talk you through the technical demands that come with the procedure and also inform you as to what to expect during the healing process.
It is important that you are careful when choosing your specialist and there are five traits to look for when making your decision.
Top Credentials – Board Certification and Surgical Privileges
One who is a board certified plastic surgeon will have at minimum 5 years’ worth of plastic surgery under their belt. It also has to be recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Avoid accepting anyone who has a “cosmetic surgeon” certificate.
Experience and Expertise
Anyone who is a true expert in the field of rhinoplasty is one who has a specific technique and skills which can be seen from years of practice and refinement. They need to be very knowledgeable in this reconstruction because they have the following challenges:
- Scar Tissue
- Shortage of bone and nasal cartilage/compromised structure or fragile nose
- Grafts may be needed from the nasal septum, ear or ribcage
- Presence of implants
- Patient experiencing stress from their first rhinoplasty
While rhinoplasty is a science, it is also an art form. It is crucial to have a surgeon who has good judgment in aesthetic, facial balance and looking at photos.
Honesty and Communication
They will need to be able to explain the procedure to repair your nose in terms that you are able to understand. It is also important that you feel comfortable when speaking to them and you need to voice concerns about risks and complications. If they deny that complications can happen they are not being truthful or they simply lack experience.
Look for someone who is concerned about your needs and your well-being. If you get the feeling they are just trying to sell you in the consultation or they want you to commit then these are bad signs. You want your surgeon to feel more like a partner in this process.