How Long from Consult to Surgery for a Rhinoplasty?

I have been considering a rhinoplasty for the past ten years, and finally have the means (and the bravery!) to go for it. As such, I'm ready to do it as soon as possible. How long does it typically take between the initial consult and the surgery? I'm in the process of scheduling consults with docs the second week of December, but would really love to have my surgery before Christmas so that I'll have the holidays to recover. Too rushed?

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Rhinoplasty surgery scheduling

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The process of scheduling surgery  always has to start with an evaluation by a Plastic Surgeon to determine your suitability for having surgery- do you have a realistic expectation, can the results you may want be obtained, does the surgeon feel that he or she can produce the desired results, etc.   The next step would be for you to schedule an appointment as soon as you can get one with a  qualified and reputable Plastic Surgeon.  Thereafter the scheduling process would follow along with the individual time table for you and the surgeon.


Good luck.  I would recommend that you start the process as soon as possible.


Frank Rieger M.D.  Tampa Plastic Surgeon

How long will it take to have a rhinoplasty surgery?

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The answer to this question leaves room for many variables. The timeline from consult to rhinoplasty generally depends entirely on the patient’s readiness and schedule, but I do have some general guidelines to share with you.

At my Vancouver cosmetic surgery practice, we use a private surgery centre to make the journey from consultation to surgery as streamlined and fluid as possible. This means the wait list is shorter and that we can accommodate most patients’ timelines. We do consider some months “peak seasons” - times when members of the general public book time off collectively -(e.g., winter holidays when employees get time off and the end of june through august when schools break for summer). During these times it may be more difficult to secure a surgical date quickly than at other times of the year.

The best thing you can do to ensure you get your desired surgery date is to plan ahead. Come in for a consultation sooner rather than later - besides giving yourself and the surgeon more “wiggle room” to book a surgery date, you’ll also have time to ensure all of your questions are answered before your procedure and that nothing is left to chance due to the stress of a last-minute booking.

Thomas Buonassisi, MD
Vancouver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 113 reviews

Scheduling Your Rhinoplasty Surgery

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Timing really depends on the surgeon's availability, and when one is ready to have the procedure. It will be necessary to have a pre-op appointment prior to surgery and full physical exam by your physician to confirm you are in optimal condition to have surgery performed. Depending on the patient's circumstances and availability, the pre-op appointment can sometimes be combined with the initial in-office consultation. When this is the case, there is usually prior correspondence consisting of a photo evaluation through email and/or Skype consult.  I would recommend speaking with a highly skilled board certified rhinoplasty specialist. Thank you, and I hope this helps.

Dr. Nassif

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How long from consult can rhinoplasty be done

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The decision whether or not to have surgery should never be rushed.  Make sure you are comfortable with your surgeon and that she/he has performed thousands of rhinoplasty procedures similar to yours.  Many busy surgeons tend to be booked up during the holiday season since many patients are off from work and school at that time of the year.  It is critically important to find the right surgeon to perform your surgery rather than worry about when you are having it done.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 155 reviews

Surgery Time

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Great question! You can book the surgery the day of your consultation, but the actual surgery date will have be determined by the Patient Care Coordinator and the availability of the surgeons schedule. Our office requires two weeks between the consultation and surgery date, as this gives ample time for prep (both for the patient and surgeon).
Best of luck to you!


Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Rhino Process

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The timing is a matter of availability between you and your surgeon. If you are available and he has a time slot you could do the surgery the next day after the consultation. If you have put good thought into this and you have researched and are confident with your surgeon there is no need for a "waiting period".

If you have waited 10 years to do your rhinoplasty, do not rush and make a poor decision.

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Hello jrdekker;

I appreciate that, sometimes, people decide after waiting a long time that it is time for action.  While it is possible to go to the operating room within a week of having the consultation, remember that time is needed to have your physical examination and laboratory tests, so that you are, indeed, found fit for surgery.  Most likely, you are, but you never want to take any chances - never be part of a shortcut.  Your health and safety are #1.

If you are going to do consults the second week of December, that does not leave much time before Christmas to:

  •    Conduct all your consultations
  •    Make comparisons
  •    Possibly, reconsult with surgeons you favor. 

Typically, from the day of surgery until the time that you look reasonably good to appear in public, is 7-10 days.

Robert Kotler, MD, FACS
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Robert Kotler, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Rhinoplasty Scheduling

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Be sure you find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon that you are comfortable with and have seen many before and after pictures of his/her patients. Many surgeons offer computer imaging so you can see what results you can expect.December is usually the busiest month for most surgeons as patients want to take advantage of their holiday break. However things happen and openings can occur and patients that are ready can slip into these openings. When  you schedule your consultation you might ask what openings are available and let the staff know you may want surgery soon. Surgeons who have their own surgery center (versus the hospital) may have a little more flexibilty in getting you on their surgery schedule.You need to stop taking all blood thinners such as aspirin at least two weeks before you want surgery. Good luck!

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 80 reviews

Do Your Homework

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The span from Consultation to Surgery in a mature plastic surgery practice is commonly 1-2 months given the number of surgeries already scheduled. But if you've done your homework and really get to know the surgeon and ask all your questions with satisfactory answers, the surgical staff can often get you squeezed in without too much difficulty! I typically like to meet with my cosmetic patients twice before they book, and a third time about 1-2 weeks prior to the case to take care of any remaining issues. But even I tend to allow for streamlining of this process around the busy holiday season. Good luck and don't feel rushed!

Randolph Capone, MD, FACS
Baltimore Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

After your initial Rhinoplasty consultation, you should take some time to be sure you're making the best decision for you.

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I read your concerns: I think it works to your benefit not to rush into your proposed nose job surgery.

Here's a few tips:

Before going on consultations, research your surgeons. In the year 2011, nearly all reputable rhinoplasty surgeons have web sites with photos, and credentials for your perusal. See several rhinoplasty specialists for several opinions: scrutinize their work, and ask to speak with their patients. Then you have to figure out which physician would be most likely to achieve your goals.

You could potentially get this done and have surgery within the next 4 weeks. Many busy nose job surgeons are booked till 2012, but cancellations happen. My final advice is to take this slowly, do your homework, and all the best to you.

Dr. Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 432 reviews

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