What to Ask Your Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Rhinoplasty is much more than just a “nose job.” This cosmetic surgery can provide a fix for a congenital deformity, help improve your breathing or return your nose to its correct shape and size after an injury. To ensure a positive experience, ask these questions before your procedure.

Is the Rhinoplasty Surgeon Board Certified?
Certification shows your surgeon has the proper training and expertise to perform rhinoplasty procedures. Look for certifications from:

  • The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Board of Otolaryngology
How Many Rhinoplasty Operations Does the Surgeon Perform Monthly?

The more procedures a surgeon has done, the more experience he or she will bring to your surgery. However, satisfaction is just as important, so be sure you also read online reviews or talk with past patients.

Has the Surgeon Worked on Similar Cases?

In addition to general experience, experience with cases like yours makes a surgeon more qualified to perform your rhinoplasty operation. Find out what type of procedure was used and if he or she thinks the same will work for you.

What is the Best Type of Procedure for Your Needs?

If procedures used in the past aren’t right for you, your surgeon can suggest alternatives and explain the details of each one. Asking this question gives you a chance to further gauge his or her knowledge and proficiency.

What is the Procedure Like?

Your surgeon should explain what happens during the suggested procedure, including the type of anesthesia used and how long the operation takes. There may also be special instructions for preparation and recovery.

What Risks Does the Surgery Pose?

All surgery has some level of risk involved. Potential problems with rhinoplasty include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Persistent pain or swelling
  • Numbness

Ask your surgeon how these complications will be handled if they arise.

What is the Total Cost of the Procedure?

When getting a final quote for the surgery, be sure the total includes the cost of the procedure and all associated charges.

Talking with your rhinoplasty surgeon helps relieve concerns and clear up doubts about the procedure, so that you can go into it with peace of mind. You have a right to good care and treatment, and asking these questions will point you to the right surgeon for your particular case.

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