If you’re considering rhinoplasty and are just beginning to look for a plastic surgery practice in the Chicago area, you may be a bit overwhelmed by the number of choices. Ideally, you have a close friend or family member who’s already had successful rhinoplasty and recommends a specific plastic surgeon. If not, though, I’ve outlined some essential steps to follow if you’re starting from scratch in your search for a qualified rhinoplasty specialist.
Do Your Research
Begin by going online to find plastic surgeons with the proper qualifications. At a minimum, be sure the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Check out the educational background, training, and rhinoplasty experience of any surgeon being considered.
A seasoned plastic surgeon who rarely performs nose surgery isn’t necessarily better qualified than a younger surgeon with plenty of rhinoplasty procedures under his or her belt. I’ve performed more than 2,000 rhinoplasty surgeries and have devoted much of my professional career to research that’s led to surgical innovations that create predictable, natural-looking results.
Browse Before-and-After Photos
Plastic surgeons specializing in rhinoplasty should have large catalogs of before-and-after photos that demonstrate the types of results they achieve. Potential patients should look at these photos to get a sense of a surgeon’s style and approach to rhinoplasty. Look for patients whose aesthetic concerns are similar to yours. It’s helpful to see that a surgeon has a long record of successful, attractive rhinoplasty results.
Have Clear Goals
Patients who come in for rhinoplasty consultations equipped with a list describing their aesthetic goals, along with examples of other patients’ before-and-after photos that closely align with their desired outcomes, greatly help ensure that we are on the same page moving forward. These goals and photos help steer the conversation, and I can assess the patients and honestly say if the goals are realistic and achievable.
All surgeons have a unique bedside manner — a way of communicating with patients that, ideally, creates a comfortable, trusting doctor-patient relationship. Even the most qualified and skilled plastic surgeon may not be a good fit if you don’t feel that they listen to your concerns and address them, or they aren’t providing realistic feedback about what you can expect from a rhinoplasty procedure.