You may have devoted a lot of time and given careful thought to various options, before deciding that Rhinoplasty is your best option for making the subtle changes in your nose that you have always wanted. However, you now need to make another decision equally carefully – choosing the right Rhinoplasty surgeon.
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is used to refine the nose by reshaping or resizing it. Though it is used very effectively to help people with deformities caused by birth defects or with defects caused by injury, it is more often used nowadays to mold it the way you want it.
Rhinoplasty surgeons are plastic surgeons who specialize in the field of Rhinoplasty as well as revision Rhinoplasty. Needless to say, the choice of a good Rhinoplasty surgeon is crucial to the procedure being performed successfully. You may therefore need to take some time and spend some efforts in performing a thorough search before you decide on a surgeon.
To begin with, a board certification is an excellent evidence of the surgeon’s qualifications and expertise. The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) has very rigorous standards for all surgeons and a certification for a plastic surgeon from the board would mean the person is fully qualified and has the necessary expertise to perform these often complex surgeries. In fact, in order to gain the certification from the ABFPRS, it is essential that the plastic surgeon after finishing medical school has completed his or her residency in one or two surgical specialty areas pertaining to facial plastic surgery. Further, the Board may insist on a successful record of clinical experience along with the reports of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on at least 100 patients, to gauge competence. Obviously, a certification is granted only after a thorough evaluation of the surgeon’s skills, his experience and his abilities, as also his ethical values. Therefore, always try to choose a surgeon who has a board certification.
Next, you may want to look at previous surgeries performed by the surgeon. If he has performed many successful surgeries and you can speak to some of the patients who are willing to vouch for him, you can feel reassured. Rhinoplasty at times can be a complex and difficult procedure and only a well-qualified and experienced surgeon can successfully handle the procedure as well as any complications that may arise in the course of the procedure.
By visiting the offices of the surgeons you may also be able to go through some of the before and after photos of former patients. This will help you get an idea of how capable the surgeon is and if he can be expected to deliver.
Based on the above criteria you may have a small shortlist ready. It is now time to meet these surgeons in person to see how they treat you and what their attitude is to answering any queries you may have. It is reassuring to have a surgeon who is patient, sympathetic and cares for his patients. By the time you are through with these meetings, you would have more or less made up your mind.