With so many plastic surgeons claiming to specialize in rhinoplasty surgery these days, it can be difficult to know how to select the best surgeon for you.
Fortunately, there are many ways to evaluate potential surgeons before you make a decision, including reviews, records, pictures, and more.
Here are 10 Qualities to Look for When Researching a Doctor with Rhinoplasty Experience:
1. Experience as a Rhinoplasty Surgeon
“Practice makes perfect” may now be a cliché, but the sentiment still holds true. Do you want someone practicing their rhinoplasty technique on your nose, however? Probably not. Rhinoplasty is expensive and difficult to fix in case of a poor outcome.
Choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon with years of experience, who has had time to hone his or her skills and artistry is the best choice to increase your chances for a successful outcome.
2. Surgical Skills
Obviously, there are a great number of talented surgeons out there, but only a select few have the skills and intuition to deliver consistently good results to a range of rhinoplasty patients. True rhinoplasty specialists make perfecting the surgery their passion, and always strive to produce better outcomes for patients. The best rhinoplasty specialists possess a combination of natural skill, dedication, and hard work.
While certifications and honors do not guarantee that a surgeon is skilled and qualified, it is a good indication that he or she is knowledgeable and makes the effort to hone skills and provide a quality experience for patients. Board-certification, in-depth training, and honors are all good signs of a dedicated rhinoplasty specialist.
4. Expert Knowledge of Nasal Structure & Aesthetics
Rhinoplasty involves more than just aesthetics. A skilled rhinoplasty specialist will have in-depth knowledge of how the nose functions and how to preserve a strong nasal structure, correct any issues or weaknesses, and prevent breathing problems following surgery. Many rhinoplasty surgeons are also experts in ear, nose, and throat issues.
5. Excellent Safety Record
Your safety should always be your surgeon’s top priority. You can help keep yourself safe by disclosing all medical conditions during consultations and learning more about potential surgeons’ safety records. Safety and nasal function should always take precedence, so make sure your surgeon takes these issues extremely seriously.
6. Honesty & Responsibility
An honest surgeon will never try to push you into a decision or recommend a course of action just to make money. He or she will truthfully assess your candidacy and be realistic about your options. A good rhinoplasty surgeon will also ensure you have all the tools you need to prepare for and recover from surgery, provide attentive follow-up care, and take your health seriously.
7. Diverse Patient Base & Outcomes
Rhinoplasty is a very custom procedure, and surgeons should not approach each surgery in the same way. Good surgeons understand the need to design a custom plan for each patient, with the goal of creating a nose to fit the face. A surgeon who can produce a good outcome for a wide range of patients is most likely highly skilled in all aspects of rhinoplasty and values individuality. He or she will also take your goals into consideration while providing thoughtful advice.
8. Access to Facilities
Many rhinoplasty surgeons have hospital privileges, and operate on rhinoplasty patients from these facilities, while others operate out of their own practices. Make sure the facilities your operation will take place in are accredited, safe, clean, and modern. If the surgery will take place in a hospital, check out the hospital’s reputation. If it will take place in the surgeon’s own facilities, make sure to get a tour and check accreditation.
9. Up-to-Date Training
Rhinoplasty techniques tend to change very slowly, but this doesn’t mean change never occurs. Dedicated rhinoplasty surgeons are constantly updating their skills, blending new and old techniques, and keeping up with new developments in rhinoplasty surgery.
10. Good Bedside Manner
While not essential to your overall outcome, choosing a surgeon you get along with and trust makes the whole process more pleasant and reassuring. It is extremely important that you feel at ease with your surgeon. If you don’t have complete trust or something seems off, move on to the next specialist! A good rhinoplasty surgeon should be patient and helpful, answering any questions you might have without judgment or criticism.
Research and the Consultation
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to start your search. Start your research online, looking up reviews, certifications, and before-and-after photos. After you’ve narrowed your search, it’s time to start speaking to potential surgeons.
Schedule consultations with your top picks and go to these meetings armed with a list of specific questions and concerns. Don’t be shy about asking questions–it’s the only way to see if a surgeon will be a good fit for you.
Finding it All
It’s a tall order to find a rhinoplasty surgeon who possesses all these admirable qualities, but the number of dedicated, professional, and skilled surgeons continues to grow, and it should not be a problem to find the right surgeon for you.
If you’re looking for a qualified surgeon in the Toronto area, consider a consultation with board-certified rhinoplasty expert Dr. Robert A. Mounsey of Revesse.
Dr. Mounsey has spent many years providing excellent results for patients seeking rhinoplasty. Call 416.438.2499 to schedule your consultation today.