A few years back, a good friend of mine decided to get a nose job. Rhinoplasty is not even new technology, definitely not in brisbane. People have been getting their noses altered for one reason or another for years. But then she asked, “What rhinoplasty Brisbane surgeon credentials should I look for to avoid complications?” and I realized that while it is fairly common, it is still surgery. Any one choosing to undergo rhinoplasty still runs pretty much the same risks as with other surgeries. And her question is actually valid.
So how does one choose a good nose surgeon?
According to the doctors themselves, the first thing you have to make sure of is that the plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He can also be an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon, also known as an otolaryngologist, who is additionally certified by the Board of Facial Plastic Surgery. This gives you the assurance that he has the basic competence to get the job done.
When you have found a certified plastic surgeon, find out how much experience they’ve had with rhinoplasty.
- How many have they performed before?
- Did they take additional trainings?
- How often do perform rhinoplasty?
- Do they even have admitting privileges in a hospital or privileges to perform the surgery in a hospital?
It’s an added bonus if they’ve had their work published in scientific journals or are actually teaching their peers how to perform the operation. Because then you can almost be sure that they’re good and legit.
Once you have made your choice, set up an appointment and ask to see their photos of previous surgeries. You want to make sure they’ve actually successfully pulled off the operation. You might also want to see if your goals align with their skills. Make sure that you stay frank and open about your motivation for the surgery but keep an open mind about what the surgeon may suggest and advice you to do.
Finally, check if the surgeon you decided to go for has the support of a good and experienced anesthesiologist and medical staff. Those two may not sound as important when you’ve found your rhinoplasty expert, but a less than stellar “supporting cast” means you also risk a higher complication rate.
Rhinoplasty is not overly complicated a process in general. But each surgery is different from another. For everything to work out as well as you hope, make sure you do your homework. Find the surgeon and team that are properly trained to handle the operation. Ensure that your expectations are properly set and that everything is done in appropriate facilities.