Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before Rhinoplasty Surgery
Credentials and Experience
Are you board certified? If so, by what board and for how long?
Have you ever been disciplined by the board or by the state?
How many rhinoplasties have you performed?
How many revisions of your own work, on average, do you have to perform?
How many rhinoplasties do you perform on average, annually?
Can I look at a portfolio of before-and-after photos, and not just your perfect ones?
May I speak with any of patients who have had rhinoplasty by you?
Preparation and Recovery
Would there be any reason that I would not be a good candidate for a rhinoplasty?
What are the complications for rhinoplasty?
How far in advance is it necessary to schedule a surgery date?
How long do you recommend I take off from work, school, etc. to heal properly?
What medications will I be given; which pain medications do you normally prescribe?
What tips do you have for me to ease some discomfort and pain?
After surgery, will my nose be packed? With what type of packing? For how long?
When should I expect to look "normal" again?
Will I have scarring? If so, how bad will it be?
Must I follow any special diet, both preoperatively and postoperatively?
I wear eyeglasses. Will I be able to wear them the day after surgery on top of the cast? When can I wear my glasses normally?
I take (birth control, diet pills, antidepressants, etc.). Will I have any adverse reactions from the prescribed medications or anesthesia?
What are your routines and appointments for postoperative care?
If I will need sutures, when will they be taken out?
If I need anything after-hours after the surgery, how can I get in touch with you or your staff?
If I have an emergency the night after surgery, what should I do?
If such an emergency arises, will you be the attending physician?
How long after the surgery will I be able to exercise, run, or participate in contact sports?
Technique and Anesthesia
What kind of anesthesia do you use for rhinoplasty? Why?
Do you offer any other anesthesia options?
Who will administer anesthesia and what are that person's credentials?
What structural changes to my nose will you need to do?
Will I need a graft? If so, what kind?
Do you prefer to perform your procedures open or closed? Why?
Where will the surgery be performed?
If the surgery will not be done in a hospital, is the surgery center or suite accredited?
Do you have hospital privileges and, if so, at what hospitals?
If you don't have hospital privileges, why not?
Do you believe my expectations can be met?
What if I have a complication?
If my results are not what I wanted, what is your policy on a revision?
What if I change my mind and back out, will my money be refunded?
Are there any other costs for lab work, postoperative check-ups, prescriptions/medications?
Do you offer financing?
When is payment due?