How did you choose a Doc? Down to 3 surgeons
Byon 09 Aug 2013
I'm having tip plasty/septoplasty/turbinate reduction in October. The cosmetic changes are minimal, only tip refinement and possible widening of an overly narrow bridge. I've consulted with 3 surgeons. I feel really torn and unsure about which Dr. I should go with. The first Dr is in NYC, close to where I live. I liked his conservative approach. he's well respected, double board certified, and famous. With that being said, he's also very expensive but not out of my price range ($10k). He's the only Dr. out of the 3 that believed I'd have the best result with a closed rhinoplasty. His results gallery was beautiful, he showed me a few noses like mine that were corrected through closed rhinoplasty and I feel confident he's give me a great result.
The second Dr. is in San Diego. His credentials are impeccable. Ivy league educated, double board certified. His results gallery is incredible. So natural, so underdone, just what I'm going for--undetectable. The type of noses he does could even fool your mother into thinking you lost weight or have been getting more sleep. His surgery is much more affordable, around $7k. I could fly to Cali, stay for a week, have surgery, and enjoy a week's vacation for under the cost of the other two Dr's fees. My reservations with this Doc stem from his age, and my worry that all follow-up visits will be done via skype. "Open" rhinoplasty.
The last Dr is also a leader in his field, located in New Jersey. His results are beautiful. He'd do the surgery "open". Also Ivy league educated, works with Dr. Toriumi. Writes in medical journals, teaches, an all around smart and skilled guy. His price is somewhere in the middle, around $9k. I know I'd be in good hands with this Doctor, too. All three Drs agreed on what should be done to fix my nose and had very similar visions on how to achieve the desired results. However the approach varied with one Doctor preferring closed approach, with the other two Doctors believing open approach is better for achieving tip refinement. How did you choose? I've always heard "you get what you pay for" in rhinoplasty. But I happen to like the work of the cheapest of the 3 Doctor's the best....he's by no means a "budget" rhinoplasty surgeon but do the cons of traveling for rhinoplasty outweigh the attraction of a lower cost and aesthetic preference for the Dr's work??? I'm so confused. I know this was pretty boring, thanks for making to the end! Any advice is appreciated!!