Every year, advances in technology make rhinoplasty more accurate and predictable. With the right plastic surgeon with experience and skill, and the right facial conditions, your nose can be reshaped to flatter your face for a lifetime. But it’s not simple. Dr. Roy David a San Diego facial plastic surgeon warns, “rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult cosmetic surgery procedures performed, 20% of my rhinoplasty surgeries are for revision rhinoplasty, so be selective when choosing your surgeon”.
“Getting a nose job”–it sounds so casual, like an everyday occurrence. It’s true that over 200,000 are performed each year. But it’s not a simple surgery. In fact, it is one of the most difficult of all cosmetic surgery procedures. That’s why it is essential that you choose the best rhinoplasty surgeon available.
Here are four tips to help you find the best rhinoplasty surgeon.
Know What You Want
Decide what it is you don’t like about your current nose. Find photos of people with noses you prefer. This is your starting point.
It is important to remember that a nose that looks wonderful on someone else may end up looking awkward on you. When it comes to noses, one size doesn’t fit all.
The right facial plastic surgeon can help you refine what you want in a nose, explain what is possible and help you decide on the right look.
Look for Experience and Expertise
Because of the way the nose is formed, rhinoplasty requires a facial surgeon with highly specialized skills. The doctor you choose should be board certified in plastic surgery or otolaryngology, which is ear, nose and throat surgery.
Research websites to make sure the surgeons you are considering meets these requirements. Check with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for a list of local qualified doctors.
Check for reviews from previous patients. You can find these on the physician websites, consumer medical websites and sites like Yelp and Google+.
When you go in for a consultation, ask to see rhinoplasty before and after photos. You can learn a lot from these because these are real-life examples of the doctor’s handiwork. Pay special attention to patients who had rhinoplasty on a nose that looks like yours currently does. Does the after photo look attractive?
Use Computer Imaging
Work with a surgeon who uses computer imaging technology. This lets you see the possibilities before surgery. You can digitally try on specific nose shapes. The imaging is approximate, not exact, but it helps both you and doctor know what you would like and what fits your face.
Both you and the doctor will better understand before surgery what you are trying to achieve. It is important that both of you are on the same page, agreeing on mutual goals and expectations.
Trust an Expert
Dr. Roy David, M.D. is the San Diego facial plastic surgeon with the training, experience and skill you need to perform your rhinoplasty. Thousands of happy patients over the last 10 years attest to his caring, surgical skill and aesthetic abilities. Prior to his medical career, he was a paratrooper and medic.
He is double board certified, by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. He is part of the elite group that has completed the highly regarded Fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery through the AAFPRS.
A specialist when it comes to cosmetic surgery, he focuses exclusively on the nose, eyes, face, neck and scalp. He takes great pride in making a positive impact on his patients’ lives.