Girl Talk | What will Take place During a Consultation for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, and it can help you feel more confident about your appearance. Before you undergo rhinoplasty, though, you'll have to meet with your surgeon for a consultation. During this meeting, you and your doctor will discuss all the details of the surgery and of your cosmetic goals.

If you're considering rhinoplasty, you may be nervous for your consultation. However, the consultation is your chance to learn everything you need to know about your surgeon and the procedure, so you should be ready with all of your medical information and questions. Knowing what to expect will help you prepare.

What to Bring

To get the most out of your consultation, you should prepare in advance and bring several items with you. Your surgeon will ask you about any medications you take, so bringing a written list of your current and previous medications, vitamins, and supplements will be helpful. You should also have a write-up of your medical history from your GP that includes your vitals from previous appointments and any recent blood work you've had.

Most patients bring photos of their ideal nose to their consultation. You can search online or in magazines for photos that match your goals for the surgery. Although you may not be able to achieve the exact nose from your photos, it helps to give your surgeon a visual representation of what your goals are. If you don't have any photos, you should be prepared to explain to your surgeon specifically what you hope to accomplish with the procedure.

You should also bring your planner or calendar to discuss potential dates for the surgery. If possible, bring a pen and paper to take notes during the consultation, or have the ability to type notes on your smartphone.

Interview Your Surgeon

Your consultation is an opportunity to get to know your surgeon and decide whether they're the right choice for your rhinoplasty. Your surgeon should give you plenty of time to ask questions about their medical background and experience. Ask them about their licenses or certifications to make sure they specialize in cosmetic surgery. Any surgeon can perform rhinoplasty, but it's a complex procedure that should be done by a specialist. Many people who have rhinoplasty done by an inexperienced physician are unhappy with their results.

Ask your surgeon how long they've been in practice and how many rhinoplasties they perform per year. Find out what percentage of their patients get a revision rhinoplasty, and request to see before and after pictures from previous patients.

In addition to learning about their medical background, the consultation is a chance to see whether you trust your surgeon. You should feel comfortable discussing your goals and concerns, and it should be obvious that they're listening and understanding you.

Determine Whether You're a Candidate

After getting to know your surgeon, you'll find out whether or not you're a candidate for rhinoplasty. You and your surgeon will discuss your overall health and your medical history. Then, your surgeon will examine the structure of your nose and take some measurements.

You'll also discuss your goals and expectations for the surgery. Your surgeon will want to make sure that you have realistic expectations and that they can identify the same flaw in your nose that you see. Some people fixate on a minor imperfection in their appearance that others can't even see so your surgeon will have to determine whether a rhinoplasty is a good option for you physically and mentally.

Discuss the Details of the Surgery

If you're a candidate for rhinoplasty, you and your surgeon will go over the details of the surgery. Your surgeon will tell you exactly how to prepare for the surgery, how the surgery works, and what you should expect while you recover.

This is your chance to ask any questions you have about the surgery itself. Make sure you know how much time you should take off of work and what you need to do to prepare for your recovery. You and your surgeon should also discuss the possible complications of rhinoplasty. Although complications are uncommon and are usually minor, it's important to be aware of all the possibilities.

Your surgeon may take some photos of your nose during your consultation, too. Some doctors use digital imaging technology to show you how your face will look after you've healed from the rhinoplasty. Lastly, you and your surgeon will talk about dates for the surgery and payment options.

Dr. Becker of the Becker Rhinoplasty Center is a rhinoplasty specialist in New Jersey and is certified by the Board of Otolaryngology and by the Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and has authored four textbooks. Philadelphia Magazine has recognized him as a top doctor for rhinoplasty, and several other magazines have rated him highly. You can learn more about Dr. Becker here:


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