Before you ever step foot into a cosmetic plastic surgeon’s practice, you can get a good idea of the mojo you may expect when you do get there.
Regardless of the type surgery you may want – rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, non-surgical rhinoplasty or internal nose surgery for troubled breathing – markers are everywhere.
Take a simple phone call, for example. Award black marks for being put on hold, if an answering machine picks up or if the receptionist chats on the side with others while talking to you. But give kudos for a warm receptionist who sounds enthusiastic and answers your questions, including costs of cosmetic surgery.
The telephone receptionist slot was once given to new or younger employees. However, one sign of a top notch practice is the receptionist who knows which staff member can best help you. Sometimes, it’s a patient consultant while at other times it’s the practice administrator. Bottom line: you should be warmly greeted while your questions are fully answered.
Next, bring up the practice website. Most people first look at the before and after pictures. Hint: there should be many, as in hundreds. (Read more about what to look for in nose surgery before and after pictures.)
Then, check out the surgeon’s bio/resume. (Here’s our own nose surgeon biography.)
Has the surgeon had a fellowship after his or her post-M.D. surgical training? A fellowship is when a younger surgeon allies himself with an older Master plastic surgeon as an apprentice, usually for a year. Find all that and you may be looking at a top nose surgeon’s website.
Scan the content and see what subjects are discussed. Can you learn anything about the various types of cosmetic surgery? Does the site offer any books on the procedure you want?
But the first step toward getting the results you want from cosmetic plastic surgery is doing homework and becoming more knowledgeable about nose surgery, if that’s your goal.
Finally, look at the plastic surgery reviews in which former patients tell how their surgeries turned out.