Plastic surgery is not an easy field of surgery for surgeons to be successful, and rhinoplasty is probably the most difficult routine plastic surgery performed worldwide. As an extremely popular procedure, most plastic surgeons do offer rhinoplasty, but some surgeons take it a step further, only performing facial procedures, and in the case of true specialists, offering only rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. This is partly because it takes so long to master the art form that is rhinoplasty. So what does it take to make a rhinoplasty successful?
Factors Under Patient Control
Fortunately, there are some steps patients can take to help improve their chances for a successful procedure. Some of these factors include:
Surgeon’s Experience, Skill & Reputation
This is the most important factor in the eventual outcome of a rhinoplasty procedure. As indicated, rhinoplasty is an extremely difficult surgery, and only a specialist has dedicated enough time, energy, and talent into the process to produce reliable results for a wide range of patients. Patients should do extensive research on potential surgeons, only consulting with board certified specialists, and being extremely cautious when making the final decision about who to trust with the procedure.
Only through effective communication between doctor and patient will the patient’s goals for surgery be met. It is important for patients to be open and honest with their surgeon, but also listen carefully to any advice offered and work with the surgeon to come up with the best solution. Today, tools like digital imaging and photographs are helpful for encouraging open and effective communication, but they can’t do all the work. Patients and doctors must still work together to come up with a clear plan for surgery.
Rhinoplasty can accomplish many different goals, but it cannot work miracles, and patients need to have realistic expectations about their eventual results, depending on the degree of improvement that needs to be made. Expecting significant improvement over perfection help improve the chances for a successful rhinoplasty by setting goals that are attainable, rather than setting the patient up for unmet expectations.
There are some pre-operative restrictions in place to help make the surgery go smoothly and protect patients’ safety, including no smoking for several months or weeks before the surgery, no alcohol several days beforehand, and restrictions on medications and supplements in the weeks leading up to the surgery. Patients need to follow all guidelines to help prevent complications, and also need to be honest about absolutely all current medications and supplements.
Proper healing is essential to good results, and while following guidelines during recovery may be difficult, patients must be diligent in aftercare efforts to help prevent complications. Poor healing can create complications and a poor aesthetic result, so care following surgery should not be takin lightly.
Factors Out of Patient Control
Unfortunately, there are some aspects of the rhinoplasty process that patients simply can’t control. These include:
While this can be discussed prior to the procedure, the patient has no control over the surgical process itself. As long as a lot of thought and research went into surgeon selection, however, this should not be a problem.
Complexity & Difficulty of the Issue
Noses come in many different shapes and sizes, and each issue is somewhat unique. The more work a nose requires, the more potential there is for issues during and after rhinoplasty procedures. More extensive and complex rhinoplasty procedures can produce dramatic improvement, but complications may be more likely to occur.
Genetics influence most aspects of our lives in some way, and rhinoplasty is no exception. Each patient’s nasal cartilage and skin quality is different, and has to do with the patient’s generic makeup. Weak cartilage and unusually thick or thin skin can make an already difficult procedure even more complex.
Variations in Healing
Despite diligent patient efforts, there can still be variations in healing following rhinoplasty, and these can create unexpected results in some cases. Typically, the variations are minor, as long as the patient is doing a good job of following instructions, but it is possible for complications to occur during this stage.
The first step in moving forward with rhinoplasty is scheduling consultations with potential surgeons. You should only meet with board certified specialists, and it is important to prepare for your meetings carefully, as you will want to use this valuable time wisely. Consultations allow you to get to know potential surgeons, discuss your goals for surgery, get a preview of your results, and ask questions specific to your situation.
If you would like to speak with a true specialist about your rhinoplasty options, there is no better choice than Dr. Shervin Naderi, a facial plastic surgeon who devotes nearly all his time to the art and science of rhinoplasty. Dr. Naderi is known for his success with complex cases, and has helped many patients unleash their confidence and self-esteem with beautiful, natural rhinoplasty results. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Naderi in Herndon, VA (703-481-0002) or Chevy Chase, MD (301-222-2020), call either location today.