Before having rhinoplasty surgery, you’ll have a consultation with your cosmetic plastic surgeon. That is your chance to ask him or her anything, from where the cosmetic surgeon was trained to the last time he or she flubbed a procedure.
The top 10 best questions include:
- In what board are you certified?
There are many bogus boards but you should listen for the only two that train cosmetic plastic surgeons: American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Otolargyngology (head and neck surgery.) Extra points: ask where the surgeon’s fellowship was.
- How many nose jobs do you do in a typical week?
Look for two to three weekly over the last 10 years.
- What is your policy on revision rhinoplasty?
Even in the best of hands, things can go astray. Ask who covers what expenses and fees in case you need a re-do or more work after surgery.
- What is your percentage of satisfied patients?
Read patient reviews on the surgeon’s website and the Internet; there should be many.
- Where are your before and after rhinoplasty pictures?
Look for patients who had changes like what you want. You should see many dozens, if not hundreds.
- Do you have computer imaging?
Surgeon and patient really get on the same page when computer imaging shows what you will most probably look like after healing.
- How long does it take to perform a cosmetic rhinoplasty like I want?
- How did you handle your last infection?
The national average for infections in plastic surgery is one percent. If the surgeon says he never had one, he’s not being straight with you. A board-certified nasal surgeon has seen every possible, off-the-wall wrinkle that can crop up and knows what to do.
- What kind of anesthesia do you use and how long does it take to recover?
- Do you think what I’m asking for is realistic?
Some patients like a particular nose, say, Brat Pitt’s, and tell the surgeon that’s what they want. But Brad’s nose on your face may look goofy; part of the art of rhinoplasty is to perform the changes you want while creating a nose that fits your face and flatters your profile.
(Read 15 more basic questions to ask a rhinoplasty surgeon before you go ahead with surgery.)