So, you did some thinking and are pretty much decided on going for it. Just in case you’d missed some of the important steps and are not sure how to proceed, here are a few more things you need to consider when you are planning and preparing for the surgery. Some of them will include questions you should ask yourself to form realistic goals that are not dreams, but achievable aims.
Who is The Perfect Patient?
You may think that rhinoplasty surgeons will take any patient, but for a good, professional surgeon there is such a thing as a hands-off candidate. When a patient has unrealistic expectations, or is being pushed into rhinoplasty by others (like partners or parents), as well as patients with certain medical conditions – all fall into a no-go group.
Rhinoplasty is a life changing experience for most people, it literally alters their face, even when the changes are subtle. Doing it for the wrong reasons, or risking your health, is something that no responsible surgeon will condone. The ideal patient is healthy, well informed, motivated by the right reasons and fits the physical specifications for the surgery he or she is aiming for.
Be Realistic in Setting Your Goals.
It is crucially important to have a crystal-clear goal set ahead for the surgery. It’s also important to have your surgeon share your goal and agree that it is reasonable and achievable. Goals for cosmetic surgery and for rhinoplasty especially should be specific, not generic. It’s critical to be aware of what’s possible and decide what you aim at. This way you are far more likely to get a result that you will enjoy and appreciate. A patient who does not have a set outcome will very likely be dissatisfied, even when a good technical outcome was achieved.
Consider Less Invasive Options.
Having the right reasons for undergoing rhinoplasty does mark you as a good candidate for surgery, but it is still sometimes not enough to go ahead with it. Make sure that you explore, research and consider less invasive options first, before deciding on rhinoplasty. Alternative treatments exist and can solve some of the cosmetic problems you want to fix. The surgical option is the best one in many cases, but being aware of the others is important. Ask your surgeon about it in the consultation.
Do Lots of Research on Procedures and Recovery.
Educating yourself about the rhinoplasty procedure and recovery process is essential, and is easily accessible on the internet with this blog being the example at hand. Sorting out what applies to you and whether some bit of information is important can often be tricky, but you can find articles and gain lots of information regarding wider topics, like ethnic rhinoplasty, African American rhinoplasty, nose surgery and related conditions (we have blog articles for all those topics and more, of course). When you feel you’ve gathered enough information and are ready to get specific, contact a plastic surgeon and set up a consultation. The research that you conducted will make the process easier, allowing to skip some parts that you already know and cut to the essence, so to speak. Also, research will save you from making bad decisions, such as when an ethnic patient chooses a general rhinoplasty surgeon instead an ethnic rhinoplasty specialist (more on it below).
Set up a Support System.
Preparing adequate support is vitally important. It allows the patient to put their mind off of things and concentrate on recovery. In case of any complication or just for the routine discomfort and stress, the availability and assistance of friends or relatives can be source of great relief. Even when support is not really needed, just having it there, available for you, will make the experience of surgery much easier and less intimidating. When you do need help, then it is simply crucial.
Choosing the Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon for You.
First things first, only go for a board certified surgeon, no less will do if you expect reasonable quality of work and safety. Next, make sure your surgeon specializes in rhinoplasty. It being such a complex subdivision of plastic surgery makes a surgeon who practices only it – a much safer bet. Just as you don’t go to your family doctor with neurological or heart problems – and see a specialist – so you should see a rhinoplasty specialist for rhinoplasty. Next is to make sure your surgeon has a great deal of experience with patients of your specific ethnicity.
Ethnic rhinoplasty differs a great deal from general rhinoplasty since ethnic noses are so different as to require different techniques, not only differing aesthetic decisions. Ask your questions, request to see a “before and after” patient portfolio and make sure you are on good terms.
If you protect those bases, everything else will fall into place and you will be able to expect a good, balanced result that will make you happy. Good luck!