Plastic surgery is not only a means to provide the patients with a new appearance, but it also increases their self-confidence and changes their outlook on life.
For this reason, it is understandable that new patients are typically excited to begin their cosmetic surgery process as soon as they can. However, it is important for patients to assess their options properly before they schedule their surgery.
Rhinoplasty or nose surgery is an intricate procedure, which should only be performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon for best results. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides rhinoplasty to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.
The patient should ideally create a list of questions before seeking an appropriate plastic surgeon for their rhinoplasty.
Understanding which areas to evaluate can help them select the right surgeon for their specific requirements. Patients will want to choose a surgeon with the right credentials and experience, preferably a plastic surgeon with board certification from the ABPS.
The patient should also consider a surgeon whose fees are affordable to them. They should be comfortable with the surgeon’s overall demeanor and bedside manner. Would the patient like to work with a plastic surgeon who is more affable and makes them feel at ease? Or, someone who is more clinical and has a business-like approach to the surgical process?
Is the patient seeking a nose surgeon who will provide them with guidance on the most suitable rhinoplasty techniques for them or one who offers the same one-size-fits-all nose reshaping technique to all? Evaluating these aspects before a consultation with a surgeon is vital to ensure that the patient makes the right choice.
Apart from listing the questions that the patient wants to ask the surgeon, they should also understand how they would like their surgeon to answer them. This understanding will enable the patient to determine which surgeon may be most suitable to their specific rhinoplasty needs.
Choosing the Right Surgeon-Checklist
- What are your qualifications, experience, and background?
- How many years of experience do you have in the area of plastic surgery?
- How many plastic surgery procedures have you performed to date?
- Is it possible to view some before and after rhinoplasty photos of your previous work?
- Am I a good candidate for a nose reshaping surgery? If not, what alternative procedures do you recommend?
- What are your policies on revision procedures in case I am unhappy with the outcome?
- What are the estimated costs of rhinoplasty at your practice?
- What ancillary costs will I have to bear?
- Where will my rhinoplasty procedure take place?
- What are the specific risks associated with nose surgery?
- How long will it take for me to recover from the surgery?
- What does the recovery phase involve?
- How long will the results sustain?
In addition to the above, there are other questions that the patient can ask a potential plastic surgeon. At the time of the consultation, the patient should freely ask the surgeon any questions that they may have regarding the surgeon’s background or the rhinoplasty procedure.
Choosing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
The patient should establish whether the potential plastic surgeon is American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certified. The ABPS certifies surgeons based on strict criteria, including a certain minimum number of years of training exclusively in the area of plastic surgery.
Do Your Research
Undergoing nose surgery involves a significant time commitment, and healing from the procedure also takes time. While the patient is ready to invest time in the surgical process, they should also set aside adequate time to conduct thorough research on the procedure and surgeon beforehand.
It is important for the patient to be upfront as well as judicious. The decision to undergo nose plastic surgery can be one that is life-changing for the patient, and they should try to get the most from their consultation to ensure that their decision is the correct one.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.