Questions to ask for Rhinoplasty?
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Best Questions to Ask Your Rhinoplasty Surgeon
First off, it is important to have an idea of what your goals are for rhinoplasty. Having goals in mind doesn't mean you have a precise image in your head of the nose you want, but it does mean knowing that you want your nose to be smaller, shorter, narrow etc. Make sure you are able to clearly communicate these desires to your surgeon as well.
When scheduling a consult, it can be helpful to ask if the surgeon has or utilizes imaging software. Programs such as Vectra, are great communication tools. A doctor is able to manipulate a 3D image of the patient to show what the doctor believes is reasonable, achievable and in good taste for that particular individual. Conversely, the patient is able to show specific areas they are concerned with. We always tell our patients that this imaging is not a true prediction of results, but can definitely help to illustrate what can be done.
Another thing that is important to note is the type of certification the surgeon has received. The bare minimum your doctor should be is at least a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. For example, a Triple-Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, such as myself, means I have been certified in more concentrations than just one. In my specific case it means I am a Board Certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery (Facial Cosmetic Surgery) and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. It essentially speaks to the surgeons qualification and training. Confirming your doctor has met these qualifications will help to ensure a happy outcome for you both cosmetically and functionally.
One of the most telling signs of a good surgeon are reviews from qualified sources. Places such as RealSelf provide a safe, trust-worthy environment for patients to share their experiences as well as ask one another questions. As you probably now, these reviews cannot be altered or influenced by the doctors in any way. This is a fantastic way to find out how good a doctor's post-op care is and what the process is like for that particular office.
Where the surgery is performed is another question you should ask. At our facility, we actually have 2 AAAHC accredited OR's onsite that we primarily use to operate. When you receive a quote, it is also important to note whether or not the cost estimate includes anesthesia and facility fees. If not included, these 2 costs can add on quite a bit of cost to your overall estimate. If cost is a deciding factor for you, be sure to inquire about financing options. Very few plastic surgery offices accept insurance, as the procedures performed are cosmetic. However, there are many financing companies who work specifically with healthcare providers to finance their care and/or procedure costs.
You should also clarify what type of anesthesia will be used. General anesthesia can be a lot more costly and has a higher risk of adverse effects as compared to IV Sedation, such as what is used when having wisdom teeth removed or when undergoing a colonoscopy.
There are many questions that can be asked of any procedure, but these are just a few to get you started. I have attached the page to our website where you may view our FAQ.
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Thank you for your question.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions you may have, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries including repair of nasal injuries, and medications that you currently take. Your plastic surgeon may also ask whether you have difficulty breathing through your nose, suffer from allergies that may cause nasal stuffiness, or are a chronic user of nasal spray. It is important for you to provide complete information.
In evaluating you for rhinoplasty, your plastic surgeon will conduct a routine and painless examination of your internal nasal structures. Your skin quality as well as the size and shape of your nose and its relationship to your other facial features will be carefully studied. In some instances, your plastic surgeon may recommend surgery of your chin, making it either more or less prominent, to improve facial balance. This procedure can be done at the same time as your rhinoplasty. Best of Luck!
Dhaval M. Patel
Double Board Certified
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These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.