Rhinoplasty is one of the more customizable cosmetic surgery procedures, which should be preceded by a detailed consultation process to create a unique surgical plan. Open communication and solid rapport between the patient and the surgeon will help to ensure a successful consultation. The patient’s candidacy will be assessed during the consultation.
At the start of the consultation process, the surgeon would like to understand why the patient wants to undergo rhinoplasty, and which aspects of the nose are bothering them. The surgeon would also need to know transparent information about the patient’s current health status and previous medical records. Patient’s cooperation in sharing these details is essential to developing a more appropriate rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery plan.
Patient’s Aesthetic Goals
During the consultation process, the surgeon will encourage the patient to share their innate cosmetic goals and aspirations with regard to their nose and face. Once the surgeon fully understands and appreciates the patient’s aesthetic needs, they will be in a position to tailor the rhinoplasty surgical plan in a way that such needs are incorporated to create more satisfying outcomes.
Current Health Condition
Prior to the consultation, the patient should arrange for their health records to be shared with the rhinoplasty surgeon. At the same time, if the patient is currently suffering from any medical condition such as heart disease, neurological problems or an autoimmune disorder, or if they have any known allergies, they should disclose such information in full before the surgeon.
The patient should ideally make a list of all the prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal supplements and vitamins that they may be currently using. If the patient is a smoker or has a problem of excessive use of alcohol, they should be completely forthcoming about such issues during the consultation for the sake of their own safety.
Questions to Ask
The patient should feel free to ask any questions during the consultation, and clarify all their doubts and concerns before making a final decision. A dedicated surgeon will address all questions in adequate detail and help the patient to make an informed choice.
Images and Testimonials
Many surgeons will encourage their patients during the initial consultation to review as many rhinoplasty before and after photographs as possible. Their goal is to ensure that the patient clearly understands the potential results and forms realistic expectations.
The patient may also request the surgeon to provide testimonials of any previous patients who may have undergone rhinoplasty and have shared their experience. Costs, insurance, and financing aspects should also be discussed with the rhinoplasty surgeon during the initial consultation.