Americans spent $8.46 billion on nonsurgical and surgical cosmetic procedures in 2017. This proves rhinoplasty is one of the most popular surgeries, and it’s easy to see why. Since our noses are in the middle of our faces, a small tweak can make a huge difference to our appearance.
If you’ve been considering rhinoplasty, it’s natural to be nervous about the prospect of going on. But choosing the best rhinoplasty surgeon will not only ensure you go into your surgery feeling confident, but it will also ensure you get the best possible results.
With so many surgeons to choose from, how do you pick? Read on to learn how.
A nose job is a serious surgery, and you’ll need to be prepared before you go under the knife. Here are a few things you should be aware of before you go under:
There’s no point turning up at your surgeon’s office and telling them you want Kim K’s nose. Your bone structure is likely to be very different to most celebrities, and their nose may not even suit your face. Instead, aim to get the best nose for your face.
A nose job isn’t the kind of procedure you’ll be able to have on a Friday and go back to work on Monday. You’ll need to have enough time to heal. While we all heal differently, you should plan on being off work for anywhere from a week to ten days. Your nose will have a splint on it following surgery and for approximately 8 days. For this reason, most people choose to stay home and recover.
You’re unlikely to fall in love with your rhinoplasty results immediately after surgery. You’re going to have some bruising and swelling. This is why surgeons recommend that you rest, keep your head elevated, and use ice during that first week. This will help reduce the swelling.
Swelling will peak that first week, and most of it will disappear during the first couple of months following surgery. However, your final result can take up to a year (or longer) to be seen. This will depend on the thickness of your skin and how much work was done.
Approximately 15% of rhinoplasty patients are unhappy with their results and will need a revision surgery. This can be due to incorrect technique, new problems with using the nose, or problems healing.
Revision rhinoplasty can be extraordinarily difficult. Rhinoplasty is already considered to be the most difficult cosmetic surgery to perform. The room for error is minimal with rhinoplasty, and outcomes become worse when revisions are needed as there is often only a very small amount of cartilage left to work with. If a surgeon isn’t careful to prioritize the structure of the nose, it can end up collapsing.
One of the best ways to avoid needing revision surgery is to choose the right surgeon. Here are some ways you can do this:
The more research you do about your rhinoplasty surgeon, the happier you’re likely to be. Websites like RealSelf can help here, with reviews and testimonials from real patients.
A board certified surgeon has successfully completed a competency examination and an ACGME-accredited residency program. This is non-negotiable, as it ensures a minimum level of clinical competency and book knowledge.
Another key part of your selection process should be contacting your state medical board. They’ll be able to give you any malpractice history. While these will often be frivolous, if you see numerous settlements or judgments against a surgeon, it’s probably a good idea to choose someone else.
The best rhinoplasty surgeons have done hundreds of rhinoplasty surgeries throughout their career, and continue to do many each month. When a surgeon specializes in rhinoplasty, this experience often translates to better surgical outcomes.
If you know someone who has had an excellent result from their surgery, with a great bedside manner and follow-up care, you may want to make an appointment for a consult with the same surgeon. However, it’s still important that the surgeon specializes in rhinoplasty- while your friend may have had an excellent breast lift, this is irrelevant if you’re considering rhinoplasty.
One of the best ways to evaluate a plastic surgeon is to look at their portfolio of work. They should be happy to show you before and after photos of some of the rhinoplasty surgeries, they have done. In fact, many will have these results on their websites.
Look for noses similar to yours, and evaluate if you would be happy with the final results. If you see dramatic restorations of badly mishappen noses, this speaks volumes about their skill. After all, cameras can detect even the tiniest imperfection, and a good before and after photo will mean a gorgeous result in person.
Once you have a consultation with a surgeon, you’ll know how you feel about them pretty quickly. Ask yourself if they seem competent, and evaluate what type of results they say you could get. A good surgeon will never promise you the earth, and they certainly won’t tell you they can give you the exact nose of your favorite celebrity.
It’s normal to feel scared or nervous about rhinoplasty, and a good surgeon will help you work through these feelings. They’ll reassure you, and will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
The above tips will help you choose the best rhinoplasty surgeon for you and the specific results you’re looking for. Take your time while looking for a surgeon, and don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you like while you’re making your choice.
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