One of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery, rhinoplasty is offered by surgeons all over the country. Asian rhinoplasty is not as prevalent, but it is still available through hundreds of different practices.
How can you be sure that you are choosing the right surgeon to perform your Asian rhinoplasty?
Here are a few things to watch for while you do your research.
Education and Credentials
To be a licensed doctor in the United States, you have to have received a minimal medical education and at least one year of post-graduate training. Every reputable doctor has at least this. Most surgeons go on to become board-certified, which involves going through a residency program followed by a rigorous course of examinations. Being board-certified means that a doctor is qualified in his or her specialty and has been verified as such by peers.
This is the base line to begin your research for an Asian rhinoplasty surgeon. If you are looking at a “doctor” who doesn’t show that he or she has a board-certification or a medical license, stop looking immediately. Having the education and these credentials doesn’t guarantee that a doctor is especially skilled or talented, but it will give you a place to start.
When a surgeon specializes in a procedure, it means that he or she has a greater level of interest and skill in that procedure than other surgeons. Rhinoplasty is one of the few plastic surgery procedures that can be subdivided into specialties. Revision rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty, and nonsurgical rhinoplasty are all types of rhinoplasty subspecialties. Asian rhinoplasty is a subspecialty of ethnic rhinoplasty, and not every rhinoplasty surgeon has it. Check your surgeon’s specialties to get an idea of their skills, because this usually means better and more consistent results than those from surgeons without a specific specialty.
This is one of the most effective ways of seeing a potential surgeon’s ability and skill set. Most surgeons have before-and-after pictures available on their practice websites. If not, you can ask to see them when you meet with the surgeon in person. Take the time to check out their results to see if you like their work.
One of the key components of the Asian rhinoplasty surgery is your overall experience with the doctor. Does your doctor communicate well? Do you feel safe having them perform the surgery? Do they take the time to really assess your nose and come up with an individualized plan for surgery? You can find out how other patients felt about a surgeon by reading patient reviews through individual practice websites or by checking out forums like RealSelf. If you find a doctor with hundreds of positive patient reviews, you’ll have a good candidate for your research.
After doing all of your extensive research, it’s time to make an appointment for your patient consultation. This is the most important part of the decision making process because you’re getting to meet the doctor in person to ask questions, and address any concerns. How you feel about this doctor at the end of your consultation will be a major influence in your decision to get your Asian rhinoplasty from them. If you don’t feel confident, comfortable, and safe with a doctor, don’t feel obligated to go through with the surgery. It’s your nose, and you should be completely secure in your choice of a surgeon.
The Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist
Dr. Paul Nassif has been a rhinoplasty surgeon for over 20 years and currently practices in Beverly Hills, CA. He specializes in all forms of rhinoplasty and is considered to be one of the leading experts in rhinoplasty around the world. His primary goal is to provide comfort and care to his patients while giving them natural-looking results. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Nassif, check out his practice website or call (310) 275-2467 to schedule an Asian rhinoplasty consultation.