Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular types of plastic surgery, commonly known as a nose job. During rhinoplasty, your nose can be reshaped to correct structural defects and correct your breathing. It can be done because of injury or for aesthetic reasons. If you’re considering having rhinoplasty, it’s important to ask the right questions and ensure you have all the information you need. Here are some of the most important questions to ask during your consultation.
What Is Your Plastic Surgeon’s Experience, Certifications, and Training?
Before any plastic surgery procedure, you should ask your plastic surgeon about their experience, certifications, and training. They should be able to tell you where they trained, what their certifications are, and how long they’ve been performing rhinoplasty and other plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures. Also, your plastic surgeon should always be board certified by entities relevant to your chosen procedure (in this case, rhinoplasty) like the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, or the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
What is Your Plastic Surgeon’s Rhinoplasty-Specific Expertise?
Your surgeon should be able to tell you how many rhinoplasties they perform each year and how many years they’ve been in practice for your chosen procedure. Ask about their success rate and what percentage of patients have been satisfied with their results. You should ask how many patients requested and underwent revision rhinoplasties and how many were pleased with the results of those revisional procedures.
What is the Revision Policy?
Reputable plastic surgeons will have a patient-friendly policy on revision rhinoplasty, so make sure to ask about it and whether they charge a fee on revision. Also, ask how long you’d have to wait before getting a revision rhinoplasty. Although many rhinoplasties are successful and don’t require additional procedures, it’s important to be prepared for the possibility – in which case, you’ll want a plastic surgeon who can help you achieve the results you’re hoping for.
What are the Preferred Techniques?
Each surgeon will have preferred techniques for rhinoplasty, such as the open or closed techniques. Your surgeon should be able to recommend an open or closed rhinoplasty for your procedure and whether one versus the other is more appropriate for you. It can be helpful to get multiple opinions if the answer seems unusual or inappropriate for your goals.
What Results Should I Expect?
It’s important to know what to expect and what could potentially go wrong. It’s also important to know what to expect even if things do go right. Your surgeon should be able to show you rhinoplasty before-and-after photos of other patients with similar procedures to assess their aesthetic tastes.
What is Recovery Like?
Recovery is one of the most important parts of your plastic surgery procedure, so make sure to have an in-depth discussion about it. This includes what medications you can expect to take and for how long, as well as downtime and how soon you can return to your regular schedule. Your surgeon should be able to give you detailed recovery instructions to follow, as well as contact information in case of any questions.
Why Shouldn’t I Get Rhinoplasty?
The best surgeons will know when to advise patients against their chosen procedures. If this is your experience, it can be helpful to discuss why – your surgeon should be able to give you a detailed answer as well as professional recommendations for alternatives to achieve the results you want. At the end of the day, your surgeon should be investing in helping you make the best possible choice for your health and aesthetic goals, rather than performing a procedure with no questions asked.
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Dr. Theda C. Kontis is an expert in facial cosmetic surgery, performing rhinoplasty, eyelid rejuvenation, brow lifts, and facelifts as well as “non-surgical facelifts” with injectables. Since 1994, patients have been seeing Dr. Kontis for all of their cosmetic facial needs. She is an international expert in dermal fillers and trains other physicians in safe and effective injection techniques.