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Things every prospective African American rhinoplasty patient should know: part 1

Understanding some African American rhinoplasty based terminology

An African American rhinoplasty procedure will give the surgeon the opportunity to reshape and manipulate the nasal bones, cartilage and other tissue in order to change the appearance of your nose.

If the African American Rhinoplasty procedure involves a realignment of the straightening of the nasal septum, this is a procedure called septoplasty.  It is common for a patient to need African American rhinoplasty and septoplasty to meet their desired goal of their dream nose.

Your insurance may cover some of the cost of the African American rhinoplasty procedure

The medical insurance plans out there vary widely in what they cover and what they don’t.  You should take some time to fully understand your policy and see what is covered and what is not.  You could save some money here, so it is very important that you do this step.  It is also worth mentioning to your African American Rhinoplasty specialist and their team, as they may have some information to help you understand your policy.

Can I take sick leave to recover

This would be at your employers discretion, if you explain that you are having septoplasty to fix a functional aspect of your nose then you may be surprised at how understanding an employer can be.  After all, you do need to breathe to work.

Not all African American Rhinoplasty surgeons are created equal

This is something that you need to understand well.  After you have decided that you want African American Rhinoplasty, the next step is to choose the best possible surgeon for you.  As African American Rhinoplasty is equal parts science and art, you should make sure that you have the very best in the business.  The key thing here is to make sure that you choose a surgeon who is a specialist with African American Rhinoplasty.  Many surgeons can do African American Rhinoplasty procedures, but you want an expert that is does this type of procedure every day.

You need to think about more than just your nose’s appearance

African American Rhinoplasty is as popular as it is mostly because of the aesthetic improvement that patients see.  They dislike the appearance of their old nose and want a new look.  However the best African American Rhinoplasty specialists in New York will be concerned with much more.  Your nose does a lot more than just look good.  It functions as a vital airway to your lungs, for this reason the African American Rhinoplasty surgeon will advise you of the limitations that can be imposed by this fact.  For example, a nose can only be reduced so much in size while still retaining its functionality as a nose.

The difference between closed and open African American rhinoplasty

The vast majority of African American rhinoplasty procedures that are performed in New York are either done using the closed (endonasal) or open (external) method.  The type of African American rhinoplasty procedure that you require will depend on a number of factors.  Usually the surgeon will choose the closed method as it is less invasive and will not require any external incisions.  However, if your African American rhinoplasty procedure is more complex, it may require the open approach.  Your surgeon will be able to explain not only the method they will be using but also every step of the procedure should you wish.  Fully understanding the procedure can be a great help if you are feeling nervous or apprehensive. 

You will have to look after yourself following the African American rhinoplasty procedure

There are some very important things that you will have to do after your African American rhinoplasty procedure to ensure that you are able to have the nose that you have always dreamed of.  You should avoid blowing your nose and wearing glasses during recovery for example.  Your African American rhinoplasty specialist and their team will provide you with a list of everything you need to be doing during your recovery.

You can and should see pictures of other surgeries that your African American rhinoplasty specialist has performed.

This should definitely be a part of the research stage of the process.  When you are looking into who the best African American rhinoplasty surgeon is for you, you should ask to see some evidence of their past work. Specifically, you should ask to see a before picture that looks like your nose now and an after picture of what you want your nose to be.  This will not always be available because every nose is different, but it can really help you decide to choose one surgeon over another.  Computer imaging is also a great tool that you can look into at this stage.  This technology allows you to see exactly what the African American rhinoplasty surgeon believes will be the outcome of your African American rhinoplasty procedure.

You can contact Dr. Slupchynskyj's patient coordinator and they can answer additional detailed questions, schedule a consultation, or schedule surgery.

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