If you’re thinking about having a rhinoplasty(nose job), you’ll want to make sure you have a chance to ask your surgeon any questions you may have. He or she should be willing to fully answer and address any questions and concerns so you’ll understand what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.
In this blog, board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Cecil Yeung of the Yeung Instituteoutlines the top questions to ask before a rhinoplasty.
Am I a good candidate for a rhinoplasty?
It’s important to understand what results you can expect from your procedure. Talk with your surgeon about your goals and whether this surgery can help you reach them.
In some cases, you may choose to have another procedure performed at the same time in order to achieve the results you want.
Do you have any before-and-after photos I can see?
Your doctor should be able to show you photos that demonstrate his or her results with other rhinoplasties.
It can help to see photos of noses that are similar to yours before the surgery as well as post-surgery photos that show results similar to what you want.
How many rhinoplasties have you performed?
It’s preferable to have a surgeon who has performed many rhinoplasties, honing his or her skill level and learning new techniques.
It's the type of surgery where the adage “Practice makes perfect” often holds true.
What additional qualifications do you have?
Board certification from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery indicates that a doctor has met specific training and examination qualifications. It shows a dedication to continued learning.
In addition, a doctor who has published articles in medical journals and is recognized as a leader in his or her field is likely to have additional knowledge and expertise.
What type of surgical techniques do you use?
A surgeon who is experienced in using different techniques will be able to best suit your needs. Minimally invasive surgery will minimize your recovery time, and your doctor should be able to offer both open rhinoplasty (using a small incision under the tip of your nose) as well as closed (no incisions on the outside of your nose).
In addition, if you’re having a revision rhinoplasty performed, you’ll want your surgeon to have experience in this type of surgery since it’s more complicated than an initial rhinoplasty.
Where will my surgery be performed?
The setting in which your surgery will be performed is also important.
The Yeung Institute offers state-of-the-art, seamless care in its fully accredited surgery center conveniently located on premises in Houston. Patients receive exceptional care in this private, luxurious setting.
What can I do in order to have a successful rhinoplasty?
You’ll need to understand what you’ll need to do before and after your surgery in order to make your surgery and healing go as smoothly as possible.
For example, you’ll need to plan to take about a week off work after your surgery.
If you’re interested in finding out more about rhinoplasty, make an appointment today for a consultation with the Yeung Institute. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have so you can make a well-informed decision and feel comfortable and excited about your surgery.