How do you know if plastic surgery is right for you? As a patient, it is important to consider all aspects of the procedure including recovery time, general health, and a reasonable expectation of results. First, we ask patients to review before and after photos of actual patients to get an idea of what to expect, particularly in the early stages of recovery. After all, this is surgery and a beautiful, functional nose takes time. We also encourage prospective and current patients to do their own research. Our website has voluminous information about plastic surgery and is an invaluable resource for patients. These first few steps will reassure prospective patients about our expertise in rhinoplasty and make our initial consultation much more productive.
The first consultation is usually lasts about 30 minutes. We take patient concerns very seriously, even if the patient’s own analysis differs from that of the doctor. A consultation will include a proper history including detailed medical and psychological evaluations, as well as an anatomic examination of the face and nose. Other factors that may affect surgery of the nose are also examined including: skin thickness, dryness, cartilages thickness, length of the nose, previous traumas or revision procedures.
An examination of the patient’s state of mind is every bit as crucial as a physical assessment. During the psychological evaluation of the patient, certain underlying psychological manifestations need to be identified to avoid potential problems. Patient motivation and expectations are prime examples of material covered in the psychological profile.
We are very thorough during the initial patient consultation. We cover the actual procedures, involved risks, and set realistic expectations for recovery and then photographs are taken for analysis. Patients are encouraged to write down any questions they may have after the initial consultation and before coming for a second office visit for the pre-op work up.
Changing the look of your nose, face, or any other part of your body is a big decision. An in-depth consultation at our office, with our friendly professionals will help you feel great about who you are and who you are about to become!