How to find a rhinoplasty surgeon - step by step guide
If you are planning to have rhinoplasty, commonly known as a “nose job,” you’ll want a highly qualified surgeon to perform the procedure. The process of selecting the “right” doctor may be very confusing at times, therefore I decided to come up with a short guide to streamline the process.
- 1. Ask around for recommendations and do your online search for a rhinoplasty surgeon in your area. It’s a good idea to look for a surgeon whose practice is mostly or exclusively involves rhinoplasty.
- 2. This will undoubtedly give you quite a few options that you will need to narrow down.
- 3. Go on individual surgeon’s website and check the photo gallery to make sure you like the results. Of course, the results may vary case by case, however each surgeon has his/her own individual “style” which may or may not appeal to you.
- 4. Check surgeons’ credentials, board certifications and online reviews. Customarily, rhinoplasty surgery is performed by Facial Plastic Surgeons and General Plastic Surgeons. Facial Plastic Surgeons are also trained in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and this training comes very useful when dealing not only with cosmetic improvement, but also with the correction of functional (breathing) problems.
- 5. Hopefully, by this point you narrowed your options to 3-5 surgeons. This is the time to start scheduling in-person consultations. A consultation is your chance to meet the doctor and his office staff, get a comprehensive nasal examination and discuss a specific plan for your surgery. Many surgeons also perform simulation photos of your proposed surgical result which, albeit never a full guarantee, can give you an idea of what to expect and may help you with your decision making. Remember – a surgeon may look great online, but if you don’t have any personal connection and trust to him/her as an individual, then maybe it’s worth to continue looking…
- 6. Hope this helps. Wishing you all the best in your rhinoplasty research! Rhinoplasty is generally a very rewarding surgery, and while any surgical process is a stressful one, please try not to loose the optimism and positive outlook along the way!
Alexander Ovchinsky, MD