Prepping for your rhinoplasty consultation: 3 useful tips
A rhinoplasty is a reconstructive cosmetic procedure geared at improving the aesthetics, balance, and functionality of your nose. A successful rhinoplasty begins with a thorough consultation, and the success of this first meeting depends on how prepared you are to both ask and answer a range of questions. Here are 3 important tips on how best to prep for your rhinoplasty consultation.
- Know your medical history
Your surgeon should be aware of your medical history and other relevant health information. Don’t be shy with your answers—even information that may seem irrelevant can be very helpful in providing you with the best outcome possible. You may be asked about any current and past medical conditions, drug allergies, previous medical treatments, your dental work history, current medications, vitamins and herbal supplements, usage of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, previous surgeries, reactions to anesthesia, past nasal injuries, and breathing or sinus problems you’ve experienced—to name a few.
- Know what you want and communicate it
Communication is the first step toward a successful rhinoplasty. As a patient-to-be, it’s not enough to know that you simply don’t like your nose as is. Your rhinoplasty surgeon will want to know what you don’t like and how you would change it, particularly if your rhinoplasty is being performed for cosmetic reasons. After your surgeon thoroughly examines your nose, he will be able to tell you whether your vision can be fulfilled as you imagine it or not. It’s important to have realistic expectations and be open to what your surgeon has to say.
- Prepare questions
Remember: your consultation is exactly the time and place to get answers to any questions you may have about the procedure, your results, your recovery, your surgeon’s credentials and experience level, and anything else. It’s a good idea to write out a list in advance so you aren’t scrambling to remember anything at your appointment. Some questions to consider asking:
- Are you board certified?
- How many years of rhinoplasty experience do you have? How many nose jobs have you performed?
- How often do you do revisions of your own work? What is your revision policy?
- Will I need an implant for my surgery?
- Have you worked on patients with noses similar to mine?
- Do you have before and after photos of noses like mine?
- What are the potential complications and risks of my rhinoplasty?
- What type of anaesthesia will be used?
- How much will my procedure cost? Do you offer financing?
- How long until I’m able to go out in public?
- Will I have scarring? What about aftercare?
- How long will it take for me to book my surgery?
Why choose SpaMedica in Toronto
Rhinoplasty patients at SpaMedica in Toronto benefit significantly from Dr. Mulholland’s extensive 20+ years of experience performing successful rhinoplasty surgeries. His dual certification in both Plastic Surgery and Ear, Nose Throat (ENT) Advance Head and Neck Oncology uniquely positions him to achieve the best possible outcome for his patients. Dr. Mulholland’s rhinoplasty revision rate is 1-2%, and these consist mostly of the correction and filing down of a small dorsal bony fragment following an osteotomy. At your consultation, Dr. Mulholland will review your procedure with you using a computer simulator, so you can even assess the look of your new nose before deciding to proceed!
Book a consultation at SpaMedica in Toronto today to get your questions answered and to ultimately make the most informed decision possible about your prospective rhinoplasty procedure.