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Choosing a surgeon - OH, PA or VA

  • Connie1066
  • 2 years ago

I really need help and hope that someone will come to my aid. I live in a rural area of Ohio..  I have spent many hours trying to research the best rhinoplasty surgeon in my area, but none of the local surgeons specialize in rhinoplasty or facial surgery, and none of them routinely perform rhinoplasty procedures.   Here are my questions:

(1)     The following cities are within five hours of my home:  Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati, Charlottesville, VA and Charlotte, NC.  Has anyone had a good experience with a rhinoplasty specialist in any of these areas (or even nearby these areas)?  

(2)     If I need to travel further away to get the optimum result, I am certainly willing to do so; however, if there is some problem that needs follow-up, would it not be preferable to have a doctor who is within four or five hours?

(3)     What is the best way to find a good rhinoplasty specialist?  Are there any books, referral services, etc.?  

(4)      What is the best gauge of the final result?   I understand that there is no way to know what the exact result will be - however, is it best to focus on the surgeon’s before and after computer images, or to concentrate on his/her before and after real-life patient examples? 

(5)   Some surgeons in my area even do not even do computer imaging.  Is this a negative factor? I feel that the choice of a surgeon is a critical decision.  Please help!!

Comments (2)

Thanks for the information on choosing a surgeon. I think it is important to choose the one who works for you. I like to do research on different types of doctors before I go to them and that has helped out a lot.

You are smart to put a lot of stock into choosing a rhinoplasty specialist for this. The surgeon you choose will make all the difference in how happy you are with your results. RealSelf is a great way to find rhinoplasty specialists near you. You should first try the Find a Doctor tab on top of the screen. You can then, change locations to find different doctors. In each doctor's description, it should say if they are a facial plastic surgeon and list reviews for each surgeon. (You will still want to follow up with the surgeons you schedule consultations with and confirm they specialize in the face).

IMO, it's better to travel a bit to get an expert and deal with the inconvenience of the follow ups.

Computer imaging is awesome, but I don't think you should rule out a doctor because they don't have it as it's not a gauge of talent.

Hope this helps. Please let us know what you decide to do!