While there are many surgeons out there who specialize in rhinoplasty and who have the training and experience to back them up, there are also a number of doctors who aren’t trained or aren’t qualified to perform rhinoplasty. An unqualified doctor will usually raise a number of red flags, either before or during your consultation, which will let you know that it’s a good idea to run in the other direction.
The Surgeon Has No Demonstrable Experience
Practice makes perfect and the more procedures a surgeon performs, the better he or she will be at performing rhinoplasty. Look for a surgeon who not only has many surgeries under his or her belt, but also one who does the procedure on a regular basis, at least several times a week.
You also want a surgeon who has experience performing the type of rhinoplasty you’re after. If you’re going in for a revision rhinoplasty, you want a doctor who’s performed secondary or revision procedures in the past, as the technique is slightly different than it is for a primary rhinoplasty.
Your Consultation Is Over Quickly
The consultation with your surgeon is a bit like a first date. It’s a time for you to get to know each other and to see if moving forward with the surgery is a good idea. At the very least, your surgeon should take the initial consultation seriously and should be able to answer any questions you have.
Asking and answering questions during the consultation is a two-way street. If your surgeon isn’t asking you questions, that’s often a warning sign. He or she needs to know your medical history, to determine if you’re a good fit for the surgery and he or she also needs to know what you’re hoping to get out of the procedure.
Another red flag that a surgeon isn’t up to snuff? If he or she doesn’t even bother to do the consultation, but instead sends in an assistant or nurse to do it. You need to meet your doctor before you let him or her operate on you.
The Surgeon Isn’t Board Certified
Training and experience are just two parts of what it takes to be a qualified surgeon. You also want one who is board certified by an official medical board, such as the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Board certification verifies that the surgeon has completed a certain level of training and has demonstrated an ability to perform the surgeries as well as a deep medical knowledge. When talking to a potential rhinoplasty surgeon, ask about board certification, then feel free to verify that information with the appropriate board.
You Feel Pressure to Have More Procedures
When you go in for a consultation with a plastic surgeon, it’s his or her responsibility to recommend a procedure that will provide you with the most benefit. For example, in some cases, a surgeon might recommend chin surgery instead or in addition to rhinoplasty, as the size of your chin affects the way your nose looks on your face.
But, there are cases when a surgeon will try to upsell or get you to have more surgeries or procedures than you need, all to benefit the bottom line. Be wary of a surgeon who encourages you to try Botox when you ask about a rhinoplasty or who keeps pushing various procedures, even after you’ve said you’re not interested.
The Surgeon Promises More Than He or She Can Deliver
Not all things are possible with plastic surgery. Both surgeon and patients need to have reasonable, realistic expectations before signing up for the procedure. If a surgeon makes grand claims about the results of your surgery, telling you you’ll look like a certain celebrity or that the surgery will make you look perfect, be very wary.
No surgery will make you perfect, and a responsible surgeon shouldn’t be getting your hopes up. If what the doctor promises sounds impossible or more than you could possibly expect, you’re better off seeing someone who has a more realistic viewpoint when it comes to what rhinoplasty can and can’t do for you.
If you are looking for a rhinoplasty surgeon who won’t raise any red flags, consider Dr. Jeffrey Epstein. Dr. Epstein is triple board certified and specializes in performing nose surgery. He regularly performs up to five rhinoplasties a week. To learn more about Dr. Epstein, call his practice for a consultation today in either Miami or New York City. Call (305) 666-5884 to reach the office in Miami or (212) 759-3484 for an appointment in New York City.