Rhinoplasty is an intricate cosmetic surgery procedure involving several nuances to achieve the appropriate nose appearance and facial balance. A detailed consultation process will precede the actual surgery, which will allow the surgeon to create a customized surgical plan. The patient will have an opportunity to clear their doubts and concerns, and make a well-considered decision about rhinoplasty.
A dedicated surgeon will make an effort to educate the patient about rhinoplasty during the consultation, and answer all their questions accurately. They will also discuss the preparation, recovery, costs, financing and other practical aspects of the procedure. ABPS board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hisham Seify provides rhinoplasty to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding locations and cities in this part of Southern California.
One of the first steps in the consultation process will involve the patient’s inputs about why they want to receive nose surgery, and which aspects of their nose or facial appearance may be bothering them. The surgeon will also seek feedback on the patient’s existing health condition and past medical records. The surgeon will incorporate the patient’s feedback to create a rhinoplasty plastic surgery plan tailored to meet their unique cosmetic and health needs.
Cosmetic Goals of the Patient
At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will encourage the patient to share their personal cosmetic goals and desires with respect to their nose and facial appearance. This will enable the surgeon will focus on the patient’s specific needs, and thereby create more satisfying results in a less invasive manner. If the patient only needs superficial improvements in the nose, a closed rhinoplasty technique can be performed to minimize the surgery.
To save time, the patient may arrange for their health records from the doctor and the specialist to be sent to the surgeon’s office. During the consultation, the surgeon will review the records and examine the current condition of the nose, skin, bone and cartilage. An x-ray or other tests may be ordered in some cases. If the patient has an underlying health condition, they should clearly disclose it to the surgeon.
For their own safety, the patient will be required to inform the surgeon about all the prescription, non-prescription and recreational drugs, if any, which they may be currently using. They should ideally prepare a list in advance, which also includes the vitamins and herbal supplements, and show it to the surgeon at the initial consultation.
Questions to Ask
During the consultation, the patient should feel free to ask questions and clear all their doubts and concerns. The surgeon will provide detailed answers to reassure the patient and help them gain confidence about the procedure. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Seify receives patients from Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.
Images and Testimonials
The surgeon may present rhinoplasty before and after images during the consultation to help the patient develop realistic expectations and make an objective decision. Testimonials of past patients may also be shown to let the patient understand the procedure from the perspective of other patients.