Rhinoplasty Experience Vs Better Pictures?

Is is better to go with someone who has years of (20+) experience? Or choose someone who's before/after pictures you liked better (even though they did not have the same experience or as many pictures)?

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in selecting a surgeon for rhinoplasty there are many factors to consider, including both experience and being able to see examples of the surgeon's work. Ultimately you need to make the decision based upon whom you feel the most comfortable with. It seems a bit odd that s surgeon with 20 years experience with rhinoplasty doesn't have any pictures to show you but that doesn't mean his work isn't good. The selection between the two surgeon's may be a difficult one but if you go with the one whose overall philosophy and approach makes the most sense tp you I'm sure you will make the right choice and be pleased with your decision.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Proven rhinoplasty results or just a long track record...

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While experience is obviously important, especially with rhinoplasty, the bottom line is really whether the final result looks good. Merely being in practice a long time doesn't mean a surgeon's very good at his craft, unfortunately. If you prefer the before and after photos of the less experienced surgeon, then that's probably the better choice. Just make sure that those photos are really that surgeon's personal work! It's sad to say, but some surgeons--particularly newer ones--may use before-and-after photos of patients operated on by the surgeon who trained them and not photos of their own work! That is misleading at best (fraud, at worst).

All the best,



David C. Pearson, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon

Rhinoplasty Experience Vs Better Pictures

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A good surgeon will have good results. However, not every patient will give their permission to use their photographs so when you are choosing between two comparable surgeons then comfort level and the surgeon's ability to understand your needs/objectives will be the deciding factors.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Choosing Between Rhinoplasty Experience and Better Pictures

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There are many factors to consider when selecting a rhinoplasty surgeon but you should not have to choose between an experienced surgeon and another with good pictures - you want and can have both in the same individual. A good surgeon will have good pictures.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Who is the right rhinoplasty surgeon for you? Check out their before and after photos

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We all put our best before and after photos on websites, with proper consent of course. But, if you are looking to choose between surgeons, it is important that you share similar aesthetic goals. So, if you find that you like the B&A photos of one surgeon over another and you are sure it's their photos (sometimes stock photos are used, but not by many surgeons, I hope), unless there is any other over-riding conditions go with your gut feeling.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 141 reviews

Rhinoplasty experience vs, photos--how to choose.

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Rhinoplasty experience vs, photos--how to choose. What a great question and it shows you are thinking properly before you choose. I've told my patients for more than 35 years that if you don't like my pictures of noses go to someone else!! That is the "proof in the pudding" of what the surgeon does. If the pictures are not to your liking see another surgeon. The real answer is to get both photos and experience. When in doubt ask to speak to a patient-good, busy rhinoplasty surgeons have many patients going thru the office that they have done noses on.Good luck.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Surgeon experience in rhinoplasty

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There is not a single factor that ensures the best surgeon for your procedure. There are a number of factors that come into play when considering a surgeon.  Experience, artisitic style,  credentials,  and direct referals are all important considerations. Its important to note that surgeons refine their craft over their entire career.  A surgeon in their first five years of practice is generally developing their practice and skills.  In my opinion once a surgeon has performed a few hundred rhinoplasty procedures they will be able to provide predictable  and consistent  good rhinoplasty results. .

Philip Solomon, MD, FRCS
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 119 reviews

Your surgeons experience, and his photos are both important criteria for choosing who's right for you.

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Your surgeon with 20 years of experience may be a true expert, but he should have many favorable photos for your perusal. If the other surgeon with nice photos performs many high-quality nose jobs per year, that's a good sign as well.

You can narrow down your choice of surgeons by reviewing: credentials, photos, and reviews. During your consultation, you will decide whether the doctor-patient relationship seems favorable. Always ask to see photos of someone with a nose similar to yours. Speaking to patients may be helpful as well.

Good luck with your quest.

Dr. Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 435 reviews

Choosing rhinoplasty surgeon, experience vs pictures.

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A surgeon’s experience in rhinoplasty is extremely important and it is best to look for a rhinoplasty surgeon who has performed well in excess of over 1000 rhinoplasty procedures.  It is equally important to make sure that they are producing top quality results consistently.   The before and after pictures of a surgeon’s previous patients are an excellent way to evaluate results.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

How to choose a rhinoplasty surgeon?

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Having a good nose job requires a nose specialist and a skilled surgeon. You also want to take into account whether you feel comfortable with the surgeon, as well as the doctor's experience and other qualifications. Always choose a board certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon with experience in nasal surgery. Be sure to check his before and after pictures to get a feel for the results the doctor has previously produced for other patients.

Kevin Sadati, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 224 reviews

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