When it comes to rhinoplasty, you want to leave nothing to chance. Nasal surgery is extremely difficult, and this type of aesthetic procedure has a high rate of revision compared to other procedures.
With this in mind, it is essential that you take your time when choosing a facial plastic surgeon to perform your surgery. Your surgeon will be the most important factor in your procedure’s success, so you will want to do meticulous research and choose the surgeon who is right for you—not just the most convenient and local choice.
So how likely is it that you will have to travel to have your surgery?
Qualities to Look For
Before you start evaluating whether you’ll need to travel to get the results you want, you will need to understand what qualities good rhinoplasty surgeons possess. Here are some of the basic qualifications to look for:
- Board Certification
- Facial Plastic Surgeon
- Specialization in Rhinoplasty
- Good Before and After Photos
Naturally, those are only the basics of what makes a good rhinoplasty surgeon, but they form a good basis for evaluating potential providers. Other less tangible qualities include honesty, compassion, and commitment to natural, custom results. While these qualities can be difficult to assess, it is easier to do so once you meet prospective surgeons in a consultation.
Surgeons Close To Home
Obviously, the most convenient option for rhinoplasty is with a facial plastic surgeon close to home. However, depending on the area you live in, there may be no rhinoplasty experts nearby. Don’t discount a surgeon just because he or she practices outside of an urban area, but don’t make your decision on whom to consult with based on proximity. All prospective surgeons should be evaluated on merit first.
Surgeons in Urban Areas
If you live in a rural area or suburb and can find no qualified candidates in your area, you might look to the largest city close to you. Many plastic surgeons set up their practices in or near large cities, due to large populations and more aesthetically motivated people. If you’re looking for an expert that is fairly local, heading into the city could be a great way to expand your list of potential specialists.
Abroad Is Not Always Best
Some people look even farther than their nearest large metro area—and head overseas for rhinoplasty. However, there are many drawbacks to such a move, including varying surgical regulations in each country, potential miscommunications with surgeons, and the inability to follow up with the surgeon easily in case of problems. While there are many skilled and qualified surgeons practicing in a variety of different countries, it is typically best to avoid going abroad for rhinoplasty, except in rare cases. Never choose international plastic surgery as a way to save money—you may be putting your safety at risk. Plastic surgery abroad requires the utmost caution, and with the number of qualified surgeons in most countries, it is typically an unnecessary choice.
No matter where you go to consult with potential surgeons, don’t settle for rhinoplasty with a surgeon you aren’t comfortable with or with whom you do not have rapport. You have to be able to put complete trust and confidence in your plastic surgeon, and fixing mistakes after the fact can be difficult and expensive. Set yourself up for success by only moving forward when you are confident you are likely to get a good outcome from your procedure.
If you do end up needing to travel, make sure to factor in the additional expenses for the procedure, which could include extra gas, a plane ticket, and/or hotel accommodations. Remember, some extra expense up front can be worth it to save you from potential complications or even a second surgery. Just be sure you know how much all aspects of your procedure will cost.
Keep Your Expectations in Check
Even the most skilled surgeon cannot produce miracles, and patients need to maintain reasonable expectations in order to be pleased with the final results. Rhinoplasty can greatly improve the appearance of the nose and the face overall, improve breathing, and promote facial harmony. With that in mind, patients still need to strive for improvement rather than perfection.
Ready for Consultations?
When it’s time to start making your consultation appointments, it makes sense to start close to home if possible. Meet with the closest qualified plastic surgeons and consider moving out from there. Remember to ask plenty of specific questions during your consultations and use the time to develop rapport and discuss your specific goals for surgery. Consultations are extremely valuable, and you don’t want to waste them.
If you would like to meet with an acclaimed rhinoplasty expert in the Toronto area, come to Revesse and meet with board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey is always working to give patients with diverse backgrounds custom, beautiful, and natural-looking results. For more information and to schedule an appointment to discuss your rhinoplasty goals, call 416-438-2499 today.