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Rhinoplasty (Nose Job): Alexander Cosmetic Surgery San Diego, California (CA)
OVERVIEW RHINOPLASTY CHIN RESHAPING CHEEK ENHANCEMENT FACIAL IMPLANTS LIP ENHANCEMENT EAR RESHAPING
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BECOMING INFORMED

Choosing Your Surgeon

There are several important factors to choosing a surgeon, including recommendations from friends, personality, physician training and board certification, and experience.

Referral from Friends: Many prospective patients find confidence if they have a close friend or other trusted individual who has already undergone a successful procedure. This is often a good first step in making a decision. However, not all patients know someone who has had surgery. Most of our patients are referred by satisfied friends who have been our patients.

Personality: It is important to develop a good relationship with a surgeon, where communication is easy and trust can be developed. A patient needs to feel intuitively that they are in good hands with someone they can trust. Bedside manner is important.

Training and Certification: In years past, only plastic surgeons performed cosmetic plastic surgery. However, in recent years doctors from many different specialties are more commonly performing cosmetic surgery procedures, including ear, nose, and throat doctors (also known as otolaryngologists and facial plastic surgeons), dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and gynecologists. Only a surgeon who has completed residency training in an accredited training program can become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. There are many boards, and it is easy for patients to become confused or assume that when a doctor says they are “board certified,” it all means the same thing. BE CAREFUL! Learn more about the significance of board certification here.

Experience: Finally, consider the physician's experience, the most important factor in making a decision. As with all professions, expertise is directly proportional to experience, meaning the total number of procedures performed. Medical literature illustrates that biggest predictor of success in surgery is volume, in other words, the number of times that a doctor has performed a procedure.

If the doctor is recommending a specific procedure, how many has he performed? How often does the surgeon perform this procedure?

While board certifications and training are important, a surgeon's experience with the procedure itself is more important. Don't hesitate to ask pointed questions about recommended procedures.

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THE CONSULTATION

To ensure the most natural looking results, it's imperative for a surgeon to recommend the procedure which most appropriately matches the patient’s needs and to offer realistic expectations for post-surgery outcomes. When you meet with a surgeon, you should expect a full discussion of the surgically appropriate options for your face, which is uniquely yours.

A good surgeon goes through a series of examinations and observations that are individual and dependent upon your specific situation and goals, but also factor in the surgeon's expertise, training and experience. Be wary of the “one-size-fits-all” approach. This is particularly important because as medicine has advanced, patients have more options available.

The success and safety of your procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries

We may also:

  • Examine and measure your face
  • Take digital photographs for computer imaging
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of reshaping your nose
  • Discuss likely outcomes of nose surgery and any risks or potential complications
  • Discuss the anesthesia options available

Because every case is unique, the only way to accurately determine which procedure is best for you is to consult with Dr. Alexander. Computer imaging can be a very helpful communication tool for the doctor and patient to ensure that the verbalized desires of the patient are compatible with what Dr. Alexander thinks is possible surgically. Expectations can be evaluated to see if they are reasonable. Imaging is done to help communication. It is not a guarantee of results.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR SURGEON

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
  • Were you specifically trained in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure?
  • If so, at which hospitals?
  • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state recognized accrediting agency?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
  • What surgical technique is recommended for me?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled?
  • How can I expect my nose to look over time?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my nose surgery?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?
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