Rhinoplasty ranks among the five most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the US, with over 200,000 surgeries performed in the year 2013 alone.
The procedure should be preceded by a detailed consultation process to ensure successful results. For an effective consultation process, there should be transparency and trust between the surgeon and the patient.
Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides rhinoplasty to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding communities.
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will try to understand the patient’s reasons for seeking rhinoplasty and the aspects of their nose that bother them.
Moreover, the surgeon will inquire about relevant information regarding the patient’s current medical condition and past health records. On their part, the patient should honestly reveal this information to the surgeon for a safe and effective rhinoplasty procedure. This is not the time to hold anything back.
This is not the time to be circumspect. The communication needs to flow both ways.
At the time of the consultation, the surgeon will want to understand the patient’s innate aesthetic goals and desires for their nose and face.
Upon fully comprehending the patient’s cosmetic needs, the surgeon will develop a customized surgical plan which will incorporate the patient’s unique goals to develop highly satisfactory results.
Current Health and Nose Structure
The patient should arrange for their medical records to be sent to the surgeon’s office directly from the specialist or hospital ahead of the consultation.
They should also inform the surgeon if they presently suffer from any health condition such as neurological issues, heart disease, or an autoimmune condition, or if they have any known allergies.
The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s nasal and facial structure, including the thickness and quality of the skin in the nose area, and the availability of cartilage and bone to make changes.
Combining Rhinoplasty and Chin Surgery
For some patients, the surgeon may recommend chin augmentation plastic surgery along with the rhinoplasty. This will help create more complete outcomes and balance out the facial features.
The patient should ideally enlist all prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements that they are presently taking.
They should also discuss their lifestyle behaviors such as smoking and drinking honestly with the surgeon, and follow their guidelines for the sake of their own safety.
Questions about Costs
The patient should openly ask the surgeon any questions that they may have at the time of the consultation to be able to make an informed choice. A dedicated surgeon will offer detailed answers to the patient’s questions to provide them with clarity on the procedure.
The patient should also ask the surgeon any questions that they may have regarding the rhinoplasty costs. Various factors can affect the cost of rhinoplasty for an individual patient.
The patient should ask the surgeon to share the overall costs of the nose surgery along with the payment and financing options available to them.
Pictures and Testimonials
During the pre-operative consultation, some surgeons will encourage patients to view rhinoplasty before and after photos to develop realistic expectations from the surgery. The patient may also ask the surgeon to show them testimonials of their previous patients who have received rhinoplasty surgery.
Female cosmetic 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.