Rhinoplasty can be difficulty surgery and, unfortunately, the results are not always as successful as the surgeon or the patient may desire. Regardless of why, some patients may require a second operation, known as revision rhinoplasty.
It can be as high as 10 -15% of patients. Patients facing revision rhinoplasty are often nervous about choosing a surgeon – an understandable concern since rhinoplasty surgery, which is costly and difficult, becomes more so with revision surgery.
Fortunately, there are many skilled rhinoplasty revision specialists offering patients great results with a second surgery. Here are some things to look for in a revision rhinoplasty surgeon.
Experience and Dedication
While many plastic surgeons offer rhinoplasty surgery, not all of them specialize in the procedure. Fewer still have dedicated their skills and passion to the art of revision rhinoplasty, which is an even more difficult surgery than primary rhinoplasty surgery. When looking for a revision rhinoplasty surgeon, you should ensure that he or she has dedicated a great deal of time to honing rhinoplasty skills and has a lot of experience with the surgery.
Results of Successful Revision Surgeries
Naturally, a surgeon’s past successes can be a great way to assess the potential for future success. Check out prospective surgeons’ before and after photos, and see if you like the results. Remember, a surgeon will only put outcomes he or she is satisfied with for prospective patients to see, so if you do not like the results depicted in the surgeon’s photos, that surgeon probably isn’t going to be a good fit for you. Patient reviews can also be helpful if they are on a reputable medical website like Realself.com; and remember that it is impossible to make every patient happy.
An honest surgeon will explain your risks fully and will be realistic about the kind of results you can expect from revision surgery. Overpromising does not help anyone, and a good surgeon will go through the good and bad points of your potential surgery. Never have an operation performed by a surgeon you do not trust completely.
While not a reliable measure of a surgeon’s skill, board certification is a good benchmark by which to start evaluating potential surgeons. Every rhinoplasty surgeon you consider should be board certified.
Rapport & Bedside Manner
Besides measurable qualifications, your comfort level with your plastic surgeon is key. He or she should help make you feel at ease and comfortable with the procedure. Surgery can be a nerve-racking experience, and having a surgeon who is comforting and patient will help make the experience less scary. Again, if you feel uncomfortable with a surgeon, find someone else you trust to perform your surgery.
A knowledgeable rhinoplasty specialist should be able to answer all your specific questions pertaining to the surgery and pre- and post-op care. A surgeon with a large number of successful outcomes will have had experience with many different aspects of the surgery, and be able to answer most questions thoroughly.
Schedule Consultations & Compare
You will not be able to get the answers you need from simply visiting doctors’ websites and reading reviews online, so once you have narrowed down your top surgeon picks, it is time to start scheduling consultations. Consultations allow you to ask potential surgeons questions, get an assessment of your nose, and establish rapport. It is important to speak with a few specialists before you make your decision. It is worth paying a few consultation fees to find the surgeon that is right for you!
Looking for a good place to start? Board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover offers experienced rhinoplasty revision surgery in the Boston area. Dr. Bentkover has dedicated a great deal of time to honing his rhinoplasty skills and has been performing expert nasal surgery for over 30 years.
It is his surgical passion. For more information about rhinoplasty with Dr. Bentkover and to schedule your consultation, call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA.