TOP QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR RHINOPLASTY SURGEON
Rhinoplasty is widely considered among the most challenging of all plastic surgery procedures making it imperative that you focus on finding a surgeon with broad rhinoplasty expertise and a portfolio of consistently successful results.
Are you board certified in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery?
Training to obtain this level of certification is centered on the anatomy from the neck and up. This depth of knowledge of the functionality of the nose means that the surgeon with this board certification will make sure your nose functions properly as well as look good when you have a Rhinoplasty.
Have you completed a Fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery?
Following completion of a fellowship, these physicians then complete the process of becoming board certified specifically in Facial Plastic Surgery.
Are you board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery?
These surgeons have already achieved board certification in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, but have elected to obtain even further training focused solely on aesthetic procedures from the neck and up. General plastic surgeons have a different path for training which covers more areas of the body.
Of the surgeries you have done in the past year, are Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty at least 60% of the cases?
Again, you want a surgeon who does a lot of nasal surgery every year. Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty are the most complicated aesthetic surgeries of the face.
Is the revision rate on your own nose surgeries less than 5%?
You also want a surgeon that has a track record of happy patients with successful outcomes. It is about the quality of the surgery, not just the quantity or number completed.
Is your complication rate on your own nose surgeries less than 1%?
The most talented and experienced surgeons have very low complication rates. They get it right the first time. There is always a risk with any kind of surgery, and no surgeon is perfect, but you want a surgeon that is very skilled.
ave you done numerous similar surgical procedures on a doctor or a member of a doctor’s family?
Because of their training, doctors want their family members to be taken care of by other doctors they trust and know have the level of skill and experience needed for the most successful result.
Do you have before and after pictures of patients you’ve operated on?
During your consultation, it is important to ask to see before and after pictures of patients who had Rhinoplasty surgery performed by the doctor. You want to be sure that the surgeon has successful results that look natural.
What special honors have you achieved?
There are many types of awards that a physician can receive. The most prestigious awards are for surgical excellence which are presented to a surgeon by his specialty society or another medical society. They are difficult to achieve and demonstrate the stature the physician has within the medical community.