Rhinoplasty, commonly known as nose reshaping cosmetic surgery, can be performed as an open or closed procedure using several surgical techniques. The procedure must be preceded by a comprehensive consultation to establish the patient’s candidacy and develop a customized surgical plan. A fantastic rapport between the surgeon and the patient and open communication are keys to ensuring a successful consultation.
To begin with, the surgeon should have a clear idea about what may be bothering the patient about their nose and face, and what are their reasons for choosing rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery. During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will encourage the patient to share their personal cosmetic goals and needs with regard to their nose and face.
The patient may also bring along the photographs from magazines or websites to explain to the patient about the kind of nose they desire to have.
The surgeon will conduct a detailed review of the patient’s past medical and surgical records. They will also assess their current general health condition, and examine the shape of the nose, the quality and thickness of the skin in the area and the availability of bone and cartilage. The patient should share all information on health transparently with the surgeon for the sake of their own safety. They should not be having any such condition which could interfere with the surgery or delay the recovery.
Current Medications and Lifestyle
Prior to the consultation, the patient should ideally prepare a list of all the prescription and non-prescription medications, including herbal supplements and vitamins that they are currently taking. The surgeon may stop or adjust some of the medications, and may modify the schedule of prescription meds in consultation with the physician.
If the patient is a smoker or a heavy drinker, they should be forthcoming about it, and follow the surgeon’s instructions carefully to refrain from smoking and drinking for a certain period of time before and after rhinoplasty.
Questions to Ask
During the consultation, the patient will have the opportunity to clear all their doubts and concerns about the practice, the procedure, the costs and other aspects. They should freely ask questions, and preferably have a detailed list of questions ready, which they can carry along to surgeon’s office for the consultation.
Developing Realistic Expectations
The patient may request for a video of the rhinoplasty procedure or a set of rhinoplasty before and after images pertaining to earlier patients. This will help them to form realistic expectations from rhinoplasty, and improve their chances of satisfaction from the final results. Testimonials of past patients may also be requested to learn about the experiences of other patients.