It may seem obvious to some when I state that rhinoplasty is a very delicate procedure. Any small change can dramatically alter the appearance of your face: take too much away and you may create a disproportionately small nose, change too little and a patient may have to come back for a revision. That”s why when choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon, you should always consider the surgeon”s training, experience, and attention to detail before letting him or her operate.
This is not a novel idea; you wouldn”t trust your money to a broker who just graduated from business school, trust a wilderness guide who has never been camping, or ask marital advice from newlyweds. There is a certain comfort in knowing that the “expert” you rely on has developed his or her skill through experience and clearly understands the nuances of the situation. The same is true of rhinoplasty surgeons. A certain amount of delicacy and refined aesthetic sense is required to understand what needs to change about the nose and how best to make the change to achieve desirable results.
Checking the Surgical Background
There are a few questions you should answer before letting your surgeon operate. If your surgeon does not have a Web site, then you might want to ask the following questions during your consultation:
- Where did you go to school?
There are many great medical schools across the U.S. and in other countries, but it helps to know where your surgeon went to medical and if that school has a good reputation.
- What post-graduate training did you receive?
Quality surgical training is always important, but for delicate procedures like rhinoplasty, specific training in plastic surgery or specialized rhinoplasty training can be important.
- Did you complete a fellowship or work with other rhinoplasty specialists?
After residencies, surgeons can learn even more through studying with other experienced surgeons. Additional fellowships can enhance a surgeon”s technique and skill, setting him/her apart from others.
- Do you perform rhinoplasty surgery often?
While training is important, real-world practice is one of the best ways for a surgeon to refine his/her technique. A surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and/or who has performed many “nose jobs” may have a stronger aesthetic sense, greater control and better understanding than a less-experienced surgeon.
As a Seattle area plastic surgery and rhinoplasty specialist, I encourage my patients to be informed about their surgeon”s experience. In the end, natural and individualized results matter, and a strong way to predict results is to look for an experienced surgeon who has well-developed skills and artistic sensibilities.