Before you can have your Asian rhinoplasty procedure, you need to have a consultation with the Asian rhinoplasty surgeon. The consultation is more than just getting to meet your doctor; it’s essentially an interview between you and the surgeon. You’re trying to decide if this doctor is the right doctor to alter your nose, and they’re deciding if they can take you on as a patient. To prepare yourself for this process, here is some general information and tips about the consultation.
Despite common misconception, most plastic surgeons are not in this business just to make money. A good surgeon won’t choose to operate on any person who walks through the door because, as a doctor, they’re legally and ethically responsible for the patient’s health and safety. A great surgeon takes a personal interest in their patients and makes the best decision for them, regardless of how that decision impacts the surgeon. This means that occasionally they have to turn a patient away.
The consultation is there so the doctor can make a determination on the patient’s eligibility. Generally speaking, if you are in good physical and mental health and over the age of 16, you’re a good candidate for Asian rhinoplasty. Sometimes there may be other things that prevent the doctor from accepting you as a patient, but most people fall within the acceptable guidelines.
Gather the Right Information
When you meet with the doctor, they’re going to have a lot of questions for you about your overall health and medical history. Bring this information with you so you can be prepared to answer questions. Have your personal doctor provide you with a written medical history so you don’t have to remember every sinus infection you’ve ever had or when you broke your nose in a basketball game. You should also make a list of all the medications, vitamins, and other supplements you’re taking, including how much and how often you take them.
The doctor will also ask you what your goal is for the surgery. Have an answer ready for that, too, by bringing in pictures of what you’re looking for. If you injured your nose in an accident and want it to look like it did prior to the incident, have some pictures available. If you want to completely change your nose, bring in pictures of noses that you like. The noses you like may not always work with your face, but the doctor will at least get a sense of what you’re looking for and can start working on incorporating that into the surgery.
Ask Lots of Questions
If you have never had an Asian rhinoplasty before, there is a lot of information to learn about the procedure. The more you know, the less mysterious everything will be. Before heading in to your consultation, make a list of any questions that you have about the surgical process, the recovery, the facility, and even the doctor. Don’t be afraid to ask about your doctor’s training, expertise, or credentials. A good surgeon won’t shirk from those questions and will even encourage them. Their goal is to make you a satisfied patient, which means helping you to understand the process and to feel comfortable with them as your doctor.
Once the doctor has spent some time talking to you and getting to know you as a patient, they’ll perform an examination of your nose to determine if they can help you achieve your optimal results. This usually involves looking at the outside of your nose to see how it’s structured. Depending on the issue at hand, the doctor may also need to use an endoscope to view the inside of your nose or take a facial scan to see the structure as a whole. If you know of anything that could limit the doctor’s ability to perform the surgery, you need to inform them so that they can decide how best to work around it.
If the doctor decides to take you on as a patient, they will need to take pictures of your nose from all sides. Don’t worry, these aren’t glamour shots. They’re meant to help the doctor plan out the surgery and give him a visual of your nose when you’re not physically present.
Scheduling an Asian Rhinoplasty Consultation with Dr. Nassif
If you are interested in learning more about our consultation process or would like to schedule a consultation, you can contact our office by phone at (310) 275-2467 or toll free at (888) 385-0066. You can also leave us an email through our Patient Contact Page on our website.