Rhinoplasty at our Austin practice is one of the more complex surgeries we perform, partly because each patient’s case is so unique. Surgeons refine their techniques for years to master the many nuances of this complicated procedure. For patients, though, the rhinoplasty process need not be so complex. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, here are 3 simple steps you can take to ensure a smooth process and a beautiful result:
- Find an experienced surgeon. It is very important to find a surgeon who is experienced not just in nose surgery, but specifically in correcting your particular concern. Ask the doctors you consult with how many rhinoplasty procedures they perform each year and whether they specialize in any techniques. You can also ask whether they perform revision rhinoplasty, which is a second nose surgery. Revision procedures are often more complicated than the initial surgery, so it may be a good sign if your physician has a strong record with both.
- Check before-and-after photos. Once you’ve found a doctor with experience, review his or her before-and-after photos of past rhinoplasty patients. Not only will this help you see for yourself what results the surgeon is capable of achieving, but it will also help you define your own expectations. If you find photos of patients who had similar concerns to your own, take them to your consultation so you can talk about them directly with your doctor.
- Express your goals clearly. Taking photos to your consultation can help you achieve this step, but it’s also important to articulate just what you don’t like about your nose. Is it asymmetrical? Is there too big of a hump? Is the tip too wide? These are just a few of the many concerns our patients have. Try to define yours before meeting with a surgeon. Doing online research on patient forums such as RealSelf.com is a good way to start.