12 Important Topics to Cover at Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job” or “nose reshaping”, is a one of the most commonly performed procedures in cosmetic industry today. Rhinoplasty modifies the shape and proportions of your nose to improve facial harmony. Rhinoplasty is also often performed to correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects within the nose like septal deviation, turbinate hypertrophy, or an accident that caused damage to the nose.

If you are considering undergoing a nose job, there are a few things you should consider to qualify you as a good candidate for rhinoplasty. Here are a few tips to prepare yourself for your consultation with your rhinoplasty surgeon.

1) General Certification, Training, and Experience

It is always a good idea to kindly ask your surgeon to provide their training and certification credentials, as well as their overall surgical experience.

2) Rhinoplasty Surgical Experience

Discuss with your surgeon how many years he has spent performing rhinoplasties, as well as how many total nose jobs they have completed. You can also ask to discuss their success rate and how many rhinoplasties they perform on a weekly or monthly basis. This will help to give you an idea of how often your surgeon is performing rhinoplasties and keeping their skills sharp.

3) Revision Policy

You should ask your surgeon about their policy on revisions. In the unlikely chance that you may require one, it is important to be clear on this matter, as one surgeon may perform a revision free of charge if you are not fully pleased with the outcome for a variety of reasons while another surgeon may only perform revisions based on certain criteria.

4) Rhinoplasty Questions That Pertain to You

You can also explore questions regarding rhinoplasties performed on specific ethnicity and how that may affect the outcome of your surgery. Does your surgeon specialize in female or male nose jobs, or do they have equal experience and success with both genders?

5) Your Surgeons Rhinoplasty Technique

Ask your surgeon to explain their technique when doing a rhinoplasty procedure. Specifically, discuss if they use minimally invasive techniques to reduce scarring.

6) Result Expectations

Be clear and realistic about your rhinoplasty results with your surgeon. You must fully convey your expectations to your surgeon so they can make sure to meet your specific goals.

7) Rhinoplasty Recovery

Ask specific questions about the recovery process of your nose job. Will the recovery process be painful? How much time should you request off work or other responsibilities? What types of medication should you take or avoid? Can you wear glasses or contacts during your healing process?

8) Ways To Ensure Your Rhinoplasty Success

It is very important for you to follow the guidelines in place by your surgeon both before and after rhinoplasty surgery. Your surgeon will give you instructions on how to prepare for your procedure as well as how to properly care for your new nose shape during post-op. These instructions may include information on how to eat, drink, sleep, and dress, along with thorough explanations of what you should and shouldn’t be concerned about during the healing process.

9) Portfolio Photos

Ask to see before and after photos of your surgeon’s previous work and discuss the procedure as you look through the patient pictures. You can get an idea of what your new nose can look like by comparing it to patient with a similar nose shape as yours.

10) Explore Testimonials

By hearing the words of other rhinoplasty patients that have worked with your surgeon can be a reassuring and tangible way of learning your surgeon’s capabilities. Ask your surgeon to read written testimonials that are accompanied by before and after photos.

11) Cost and Financing

It is important to be very clear on the total cost of your procedure. Make sure your surgeon explains exactly what is included in their quote including revisions, lab work, post-operative check-ups, and recovery. You should also discuss what is or may not be included if a revision is necessary.

12) Why Have Your Nose Job Done with Dr. Shlomo Widder

With over 34 years of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Shlomo Widder uses his prestigious training and expertise to his patients in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. to improve communication and improve precision of surgery outcome, Dr. Widder uses life size photographs for surgical drawing and planning of surgery. His number one priority is patient safety, and while other surgeons cut corners or perform multiple procedures, Dr. Widder only performs one surgery at a time or he may combine two procedures as long as they are under six hours for your safety. This allows for the very best results and a significantly lower chance of revision surgeries.

For more information on rhinoplasty with Dr. Widder at Widder Plastic Surgery in Northern Virginia, don’t hesitate to call (703) 506-0300 or contact us through our convenient portal on our website.