Time Between Rhinoplasty Consultation and Surgery?

Most doctors I'm looking at are out of town.How long after a consultation does one have to wait to have the rhinoplasty surgery?

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The Time Between Rhinoplasty Consultations and Rhinoplasty Surgery

It would be best for the patients to have adequate time to digest all the details of a comprehensive rhinoplasty consultation.

You can send your picture and have a consultation on the phone or Internet prior to your first visit to your surgeon's office. We have done that numerous times for patients that come from out of state or out of country.

The earliest time between the time of consultation and your surgery should be 24 hours. Prior planning and coordination of your and the surgeon's schedule is required.

Most importantly, you want to have your rhinoplasty procedure performed by someone who is skilled, caring and passionate about getting the best possible results for you.

Good Luck,

Dr. Sajjadian

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 195 reviews

From Consultation to Rhinoplasty

The time between your consultation appointment and the date of your nose job is based on preference and scheduling. If your surgeon has the availability, it is possible to schedule your surgery for as soon as two weeks after your initial appointment. There will be at least one other pre-op appointment in between, during which your surgeon will go over the specific do’s and don’ts leading up to your procedure. Always be sure, however, that you are fully comfortable and ready to move forward before confirming a date for your nose job. It is better to be aware of all implications of surgery than to rush into a procedure that you are hesitant about.

Julian De Silva, MD
London Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 142 reviews

From Consultation to Surgery

The time between your initial consultation appointment and the date of your rhinoplasty is essentially your decision. You can decide that you are comfortable with the doctor you are consulting and are ready to move forward almost immediately. You can then book a date for your surgery, which will be preceded by a pre-op appointment, based on your doctor’s availability and your own schedule. As always, be sure that you plan and make arrangements for a week of at-home recovery during which you will be expected to rest and take it easy while your nose heals. If you are taking any form of medication or drugs, be sure to discuss this with your surgeon as it may delay your scheduled surgery.

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

Ideal time between consultation and surgery


Thank you for the question.  The answer to your question can also be applied to most other plastic surgery procedures.  In general, you would want enough time between the consultation and the surgery to allow you to take in all of the information, ask any additional questions you may have, verify certain pieces of information that you are unsure of, and finally have your preoperative appointment.

All the best,

Dr. Remus Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 162 reviews

Waiting time before Rhinoplasty

There is no recommended time between a consultation and planned surgery.  Some surgeons may have schedules that are so busy that they cannot schedule a procedure for weeks to months after the consultation.  It is a good idea to have two consultations with the surgeon of your choice before surgery in order to completely clarify your wishes and the surgeons intentions, since he or she will be trying to interpret your wishes into existence while you are asleep.  Mis-communication can lead to unhappy patients.

Leif Rogers, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Amount of time between consultation and rhinoplasty

In our practice most rhinoplasty surgeries are usually performed within two weeks to a couple of months after the consultation. A pre-op appointment regarding anesthesia and the surgical procedure itself is conducted to answer all pre and postoperative questions regarding this type of surgery. It would be unwise to make a rushed decision on such a life-altering event. It is important to find a surgeon who has performed thousands of rhinoplasty surgeries.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 143 reviews

Three months

In our practice we would like to see the patient again for a second consult if the time from the first visit is more than three months.  We need to make sure that there has been no changes in the patients health and nasal airway.  Also the patient might forget the information initially given.

Amir Moradi, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Surgery and consultation

You want to see the doctor if possible several months before your desired surgery date.  This helps to coordinate both yours and the doctor's schedules.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Time Between Consultation and Rhinoplasty Surgery

If patients have proper motivations and expectations, they can have surgery as soon as possible after consultation depending on my schedule and theirs. If patients from other states and countries have sent pictures and communicated with me via the internet, I will see them in consultation and do their rhinoplasty in short order if we feel they are good candidates so they can avoid avoid a second trip.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Time between rhinoplasty consultation and surgery


It really depends on the availability of your surgeon after the consultation. Some surgeons may be booked for a while, and in other situations there may be openings right away. At that point, it depends on when you feel ready, and when are interested in having your rhinoplasty performed. Please let me know if you have any specific questions regarding rhinoplasty, as I am a rhinoplasty specialist and have a great deal of experience with the procedure. Thank you, and best of luck.

Dr. Nassif

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

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