Rhinoplasty ranks among the top five cosmetic surgery procedures in the US today. During the initial consultation for nose reshaping surgery, the patient should feel free to ask questions and clear all their doubts and concerns. When the patient is fully informed and makes a well-considered decision, they will be able to appreciate the results better and will feel more satisfied with the outcome in the long run.
Are you board certified in plastic surgery?
Rhinoplasty is a major cosmetic surgery procedure that should ideally be performed a surgeon who holds a board certification in plastic surgery from a prestigious board. Such certification serves as an assurance that the surgeon has advanced training, and has invested in the latest techniques, continuing education and follows the necessary safety protocols to provide the best standards of care.
Are you a membership of any professional societies or groups?
Surgeons who are active members of pre-eminent professional societies or groups such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons will typically have a stronger professional network. They will have easy access to the latest innovations and developments in the field, and will be in a better position to deliver best in class solutions to their patients as soon as they are available.
Do you perform open or closed rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can be performed using either open or closed technique, depending on the patient’s needs. The surgeon should ideally have the expertise in providing both types of surgical techniques according the requirements of the patient. An experienced surgeon will be able to keep the scarring discreet even in case of open rhinoplasty.
Have you performed rhinoplasty before?
Plastic surgery is a vast field, and some surgeon may have extensive experience in several procedures for the breast, body and face, but may not have performed rhinoplasty. The patient should ideally choose a cosmetic surgeon who is well-versed with rhinoplasty and has sufficient past experience in this specific surgery.
How much would it cost me to undergo a rhinoplasty at your practice?
Rhinoplasty is generally performed as an elective procedure, with no insurance coverage. Therefore, cost becomes an important question for many patients. They should frankly ask about the costs, including the pre- and post-operative expenses.
What are the risks and complications involved in rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, like any other surgical procedure, will involve a certain degree of risk. The surgeon should clearly inform the patient on this issue, and enable the patient to make a well-considered decision after weighing the potential risks and benefits.
Can I review any rhinoplasty before and after photos and see patient testimonials?
Rhinoplasty ‘before and after’ photos as well as testimonials of previous patients will allow the patient to gain better and more realistic insights about the procedure and the practice.