Naturally, you want to be in the best hands possible when undergoing rhinoplasty surgery. Whether you are undergoing a nose job for medical or cosmetic reasons, it is important to do your research to select a plastic surgeon to whom you feel comfortable entrusting your appearance.
While there's no one “best” nose job surgeon, there can be significant differences in the quality of results based on the surgeon you choose. Therefore, you will want to seek out a surgeon with extensive training and experience. Select a board-certified plastic surgeon; this certification means that the doctor is fully trained. The best board certification levels for surgeons offering rhinoplasty are the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). Don't be afraid to ask your potential surgeon about their certification, their medical training, or how many nose job surgeries they have performed. Look for a surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty, rather than a doctor who offers many different types of surgery.
Plastic surgery is as much an art as a science. When undergoing rhinoplasty, the surgeon will be sculpting your nose to the desired shape. You'll want to take a look at before-and-after photos to make sure that the surgeon shares your sense of aesthetics. Discussing the expected outcome of your surgery during the consultation visit will help to ensure that you and the surgeon are on the same page.
Bedside Manner is Important
Perhaps as important as the surgeon's skill level is his or her beside manner. Do you feel at ease in the surgeon's office? Do you feel that the doctor has listened to your concerns and explained the procedure in enough detail for you to be comfortable? The consultation visit is your chance to get to know your prospective surgeon and decide whether you'd like them to handle the important task of reshaping your nose.
Cheaper is not better
Finally, do not choose your rhinoplasty surgeon based on cost alone. While many patients gravitate towards the surgeon offering the lowest pricetag, this can mean selecting a less qualified surgeon. The most experienced and talented surgeons are often able to command higher fees than their less experienced counterparts. Do not sacrifice your health or the aesthetic results of your surgery in order to save a few dollars. While you can shop around, do not use price as the deciding factor to determine which rhinoplasty surgeon is best for you.