What Rhinoplasty Surgeon Credentials Should One Look for to Avoid Complications?

What would be some good questions to ask the surgeon during consults?

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Choosing a Good Nose Surgeon

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I agree with Dr. Rand. By picking a Plastic surgeon (certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery) or an Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngologist) surgeon (who is additionally certified by the Board of Facial Plastic Surgery) you assure yourself a base competence. See SEVERAL surgeons. Look at their work and ask yourself who did you get along the best. That person will be the best choice for you.

Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Choosing a rhinoplasty expert

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First make sure they are Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or of Facial Plastic Surgery.  Then be sure they do LOTS of rhinoplasties and have for several years as there is a long learning curve for this delicate little operation.  See LOTS of their photos and meet with them in person and see what they recommend.  Then go with the one you like best.

Questions to qualify your rhinoplasty surgeon

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Rhinoplasty surgery is considered one of the most challenging cosmetic surgery procedures. For many surgeons, it is challenging to consistently achieve the desired cosmetic results and in many cases, it is also necessary to improve the functional aspects of the nasal airway (improving breathing through the nose). Despite a surgeon being a board certified plastic surgeon or facialplastic surgeon (ENT), many do not perform cosmetic rhinoplasty as part of their practices.

You should seek several consultations from board certified plastic surgeons or facial plastic surgeons (ENTs) to see what options are available for you. It can be very challenging to find the right surgeon for you, especially when considering rhinoplasty. Although the internet has a lot of useful information, there can also be a lot of misleading and confusing information. It is hard for patients to sort out quality work from marketing hype. That being said, it is very important that you do a lot of research-on the internet you need to look at multiple sources to find out who may be the appropriate surgeon for you.

Some of the things to consider are:
1. Is the surgeon board certified in plastic surgery or facial plastic surgery (ENT)
2. How much experience do they have (did they do additional training, how many rhinoplasties have they performed, do they perform rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty frequently)
3. Do they have admitting privileges in a hospital and do they have privileges to perform rhinoplasty in a hospital
4. Do they have any scientific publications (peer-reviewed journal articles, medical textbooks) describing their experience performing rhinoplasty
5. Do they teach rhinoplasty to other peer surgeons (do they have a University affiliation/Faculty position, are they invited to lecture for other plastic surgeons or facial plastic surgeons).

Once these questions have been answered, you will have a good idea of who is well qualified to perform your rhinoplasty.

Finally, the most important thing is that your goals are in line with your surgeon's goals-the patient and the surgeon need to see eye to eye.

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Experience & a good aesthetic eye are important when choosing a Rhinoplasty Surgeon

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When choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon, experience matters. Make sure that you see plenty of before and after photos during your consultation. Although complications do occur, make sure that your surgeon has the proper experience to adequately manage any complications that could occur.

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Credentials for Limiting Complications

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Board Certification, experience, and expertise of the surgeon are all important factors. However, surgeons who do not have the proper and experienced support from the MD Anesthesiologist and medical staff or work in a faciilty that is less than properly organized and certified are also prone to greater complication rate.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty surgeon credentials

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Look for a very experienced rhinoplasty surgeon to avoid the most common complications.  Look for a board certified facial plastic surgeon whose additional credentials are board certification in otolaryngology head and neck surgery (ear, nose, and throat surgery).  Make sure that he or she performs several hundred rhinoplasties per year and has done so for an extended period of time.  It is also important to ask about revision rates which can run anywhere from 10-30% depending upon experience.  The procedure should be performed in a certified and licensed ambulatory surgery center.  It is important to make sure that a board certified physician anesthesiologist is putting you under general anesthesia.  Have an open and frank discussion through computer imaging so as to understand what the common goals are between the surgeon and the patient.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Make sure your surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery

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 While doing you research the most important is to make sure your surgeon is board certified plastic surgeon. Recently we hear a lot about many procedures being done by doctors without proper training. They offer low cost procedures and the results are usually far from perfect. During the consultation with your surgeon ask for the before and after pictures. If the Dr has hard time showing the pictures more likely the results of his work are not that great. Make sure also ask some questions about  his overall experience . Although tihis is not a guarantee to avoid complications your chances are better... 


Selecting a Rhinoplasty Surgeon

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Select an experienced, board certified surgeon, who focuses on rhinoplasty surgery. Make sure you like that surgeon's results.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty surgeon credentials

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The most important element of consultation is the development of trust that your chosen surgeon agrees with your requested changes and can technically accomplish those changes safely and consistently.  Because complications and/or problems may develop regardless of your surgeon, you must also believe that if a problem develops, your surgeon will be able to manage it.  In my opinion, looking at results your surgeon has achieved for other patients is more important than any paper credential.  Of course, certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery means your surgeon has met the highest standard, and membership in the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons is only open to cosmetic surgeons at the highest level, but beyond that, look at "before and after" photos.  Examine the before closely, and try to understand what the patient wanted changed, and if you had that nose, what you would want changed.  Then, look at the after.  Were the desired changes achieved??  Is the result natural appearing, and pretty?  Does the nose fit the rest of the face??   If so, and if you feel comfortable with the surgeon, you have find your man (or woman).  Price is the absolute last criteria.  The most expensive rhinoplasty is the one not well done.  

Steve Laverson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Surgeon

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I agree with the comments made in this forum. Board certification in plastic/ facial plastic surgery. Lots of rhinoplasty experience and seetheir results. The before and after and ask for references from previous patients.

Moneer Jaibaji, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

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