Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job” or nose reshaping surgery, provides an effective and safe aesthetic solution to people who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose. While the patient is considering rhinoplasty procedure, their first step will be to schedule a detailed consultation with the surgeon.
The consultation provides both the surgeon and the patient with a chance to create a personal rapport, determine candidacy for a particular rhinoplasty technique, and initiate the planning for rhinoplasty surgery.
Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding locations.
The surgeon reviews the patient’s health records, enquires about the medications the patient may be using, asks whether the patient smokes, and address their questions and concerns. It is vital that the patient is forthright about sharing information with the surgeon. Reserving key information can increase the risks of complications during the procedure.
If a patient smokes, it is not necessarily a disqualifying factor. However, the patient will need to quit smoking for at least a few weeks before and after the procedure. Furthermore, specific medications can inhibit the recovery process. The surgeon may suggest safer options, if available. The surgeon will carefully assess the patient’s nose. They will evaluate the shape, skin quality, tissue quantity, and the condition of the septum.
Determining Goals of the Surgery
After the surgeon deems the patient eligible for rhinoplasty surgery, they will try to understand the patient’s health related as well as cosmetic goals from the procedure. The patient may want to carry photos of their desired nose to show to the surgery when considering rhinoplasty for aesthetic reasons.
Planning the Surgery
Cosmetic surgeons usually encourage patients to participate actively in the surgical planning process. The two will work together to create a comprehensive treatment plan. The surgeon will make recommendations to the patient depending on their personal goals and physical attributes. Such information may include:
- Type of rhinoplasty that will work effectively for the patient
- Technique suitable for the patient’s requirements
- Results the patient can anticipate
- Financial implications of the procedure
- Risks and complications associated with the surgery
- Anesthesia and surgical venue options
- Preparations before the surgery
- Post-surgical experiences and expectations
- Display before and after pictures of previous patients
- Address any questions or concerns
Questions to Ask
The patient should openly ask any questions that they may have during the consultation. They must clarify all concerns and doubts prior to arriving at a decision. A responsible surgeon will address all concerns in sufficient detail to ensure that the patient makes a well-informed decision.
Testimonials and Images
Some surgeons encourage patients to review as many before and after pictures of rhinoplasty procedures during the pre-op consultation. Their objective is to make sure that the patient comprehends the potential outcomes and develops realistic expectations.
Transparency is the key here. Patients don’t always get transparency but in the plastic surgery category of the health care industry transparency is key. Honorable surgeons such as Dr. Keyes want patients to feel comfortable with their decision and even if their words carry some weight nothing can really replace a crisp picture.
Digital technology makes this possible. The amazing website of this practice shows the excellent results in rhinoplasty (and other surgical categories as well) that has been achieved. This means that a patient can apply what they see on their screen to themselves enabling them to visualize how this surgery will look on them.
This make it easier for any patient to be comfortable with the decision they make regardless of what avenue they decide to take.
The patient may request the surgeon to show testimonials of former patients of rhinoplasty and learn about their experiences. Furthermore, the patient should discuss aspects such as insurance, costs, and financing with the surgeon during the pre-operative consultation.
Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA.
Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.