If you have started scheduling consultations with facial plastic surgeons to get more information about rhinoplasty, then congratulations: you have taken the first step toward a significant and exciting change in your life. If you are still doing research, that is promising first step as well. With a complicated procedure like rhinoplasty, getting as much information as possible is strongly recommended before you speak to an expert. Regardless of where you are in the process, you are going to need to prepare yourself to ask prospective surgeons important questions about their background and the procedure itself before you make any decisions.
Consultations give you the opportunity to get to know a number of surgeons. You should come to consultations prepared with clear goals and specific questions. But what kinds of questions should you ask? Here are some examples:
1. How long have you been performing rhinoplasty surgery?
All skills take practice, and with an extremely complex procedure like rhinoplasty, the more years of experience, the better. Talented young surgeons are vital to the future of the industry, but it also pays to be cautious and favor experience when possible.
2. Do you perform revision surgery? What are your policies on patient revisions?
Not all surgeries go perfectly, and while some surgeons offer primary cosmetic nasal surgery, not all of these surgeons offer revision surgery as well, which is even more difficult than primary rhinoplasty. A surgeon who has a proven track record of good revision results is likely to be extremely skilled and experienced. However, even the best of surgeons cannot prevent all complications, and some patients will need revision surgery regardless. This is why it is a good idea to understand the surgeon’s policies thoroughly before you move forward.
3. What techniques will you use for my surgery?
Each patient is different, and a surgeon should be able to walk you through a sample plan for your procedure to help you understand the process. Rhinoplasty is one of the most customizable procedures available, and a surgeon must have the flexibility to address a number of concerns.
4. What are the potential complications for my procedure?
Surgeons should always be up front with you about the risks involved with your procedure. Though surgeries have become safer and more consistent over the years, there are always risks involved. Prospective surgeons will be able to alert you to potential complications for you specifically, and should be honest about them.
5. What will be my role in my own results?
While your plastic surgeon will be the most important factor in your eventual results, you will also play a large role in your own success, as you will be in charge of the healing process. Healing properly is essential to getting good results from rhinoplasty, and it is important to understand your own responsibilities in the process.
Specific Questions About Your Procedure
Do not use your consultation time to ask general questions about rhinoplasty, as this is not a good use of you or your prospective surgeon’s time. It is better to do your research beforehand on the procedure itself, and come up with questions that apply to you and your unique situation. During your consultation, you will also have your candidacy discussed, so you can determine whether you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
Once you have prepared for your consultations, you will need to schedule some appointments with prospective board certified facial plastic surgeons. The procedure is extremely complex and requires an artistic and skilled hand. Be picky about whom you consult with—there is no need to go overboard on scheduling your first round of consultations.
Dr. Stuart Bentkover has been performing rhinoplasty for over 20 years. His passion and dedication to the art and science of rhinoplasty have allowed him to help a wide range of patients reach their rhinoplasty goals. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentkover at Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA, call either location today.