There are many types of plastic or cosmetic surgeries out that that you can have that will change your look. One type of surgery that can really change your look is rhinoplasty– surgery of the nose. If you are unhappy with your nose and how that central body part looks and affects your overall look, you might consider rhinoplasty.
Dr. Daniel Becker is a world-renowned surgeon who specializes in Rhinoplasty. He is the Founder and Medical Director of the Becker Rhinoplasty Center, as well as Clinical Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rhinoplasty is one of his primary interests and is a major focus of his national and worldwide education and research efforts. Dr. Becker has published over 100 articles in the medical literature with a special emphasis on rhinoplasty. He is the author/editor-in-chief of 4 textbooks on Rhinoplasty.
What to Ask in a Rhinoplasty Consultation
Rhinoplasty can be a challenging and complex cosmetic procedure. It can also be beneficial and more than worth the effort if you wish to change the appearance of your nose because of genetic issues, accident-related injuries, or personal issues with its shape, alignment, or impact on your overall facial features. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it’s a procedure that help patients enjoy better “facial harmony” by altering the proportions of the nose Today, we’re going to focus on what to ask when you have a rhinoplasty consultation at Becker Rhinoplasty Center.
Are you board-certified?
A reputable surgeon won’t mind if you ask about their board certification or ask if you can verify it. The two main certification sources are the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Also, ask about maintenance of certification status to confirm that your surgeon has remained current with training, techniques, and general knowledge of rhinoplasty.
How many rhinoplasty procedures do you normally do each year?
According to allaboutrhinoplasty.org, an average American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery specialist performs about 6-12 rhinoplasties per year. If you go to a clinic specializing in this procedure, however, this figure will likely be much higher.
How many revisions do you typically do?
Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure, so it’s not unusual or unheard of for revision procedures to be necessary. There are also times when patients are not fully satisfied with the results. The national average with revisions is about 30-50 percent, although many revisions are simply done to fine-tune results. Revision, in general, tends to be rare if you work with a skilled and experienced surgeon and provide as much detail about what you have in mind as possible during your initial consultation.
What is your preferred surgical technique?
Mayo Clinic notes that rhinoplasty may be done inside the nose with small incisions, between the nostrils, or at the base of the nose. Bone tissue is typically reshaped or removed. This is also true with the softer tissue known as nasal cartilage that gives the nose its shape. In some instances, a deviated septum is also corrected.
Today, it’s common for minimally invasive techniques to be used. Under certain circumstances, however, a traditional open rhinoplasty may be recommended. During your initial consultation, your surgeon can give more specific details about what techniques will be used to achieve your surgical goals.
Can I see the results virtually first?
Many cosmetic surgeons today are able to show patients what the outcome of their procedure will likely be before any work is done. This is done with specialized software programs that use current patient photos to show how nose alterations will change overall facial symmetry and harmony. By viewing computer-generated morphs based on photographs taken of your nose and face, you’ll also be able to determine if your desired changes are what you really want to be done.
Can I see before and after photographs of patients?
Most rhinoplasty surgeons will have a portfolio of patients that includes before and after photos. Ideally, it should showcase a broad range of procedures to give you a better idea of what kind of results can be expected. Because of confidentiality issues, you may not be able to directly contact former patients, but you can always look online for reviews or comments posted by patients of your preferred surgeon. Again, a reputable surgeon shouldn’t mind if you do this.
Are my expectations and goals with rhinoplasty realistic?
This may be a hard question to ask if you absolutely have your heart set on certain results, but it’s important to get an honest answer to this question during your initial consultation. A reputable surgeon will give you an honest assessment based on what you hope to achieve and what you want done. This doesn’t automatically mean rhinoplasty won’t be right for you if your goals are a bit too lofty. If this is the case, more appropriate suggestions may be made to increase your odds of being satisfied with the results.
What will I need to do after surgery?
It’s just as important to have a good understanding of what you’ll need to do as you recover from rhinoplasty. Typically, this means having a nasal splint and/or nasal packing in place for a week or so. There will also be some swelling and bruising, but this is normal and temporary. It may take up to a full year to see the desired results if your procedure is more complex. You’ll get more specific post-surgery instructions once your procedure is performed.
Making a Decision:
When you’re ready to get started with the process of exploring your options with rhinoplasty, schedule your initial consultation at Becker Rhinoplasty Center. We’ll take the time to answer your questions so you can make a well-informed decision about what’s right for you.
Contact us today to set up an appointment.
Here’s a video of Dr. Becker explaining a rhinoplasty consultation!
And another video with Dr. Becker explaining the post-op recovery from a rhinoplasty surgery
About Dr. Daniel Becker:
Dr. Daniel G. Becker, Founder and Medical Director of The Penn Medicine Becker ENT & Allergy Center, is a highly trained, board-certified specialist. Dr. Becker graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1986 and was awarded a full merit scholarship to attend the University of Virginia Medical School. In addition to Medical School and Residency training at the University of Virginia, and board certification, Dr. Becker completed an additional one-year fellowship. His fellowship was a prestigious Nasal and Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship with Dr. M. Eugene Tardy and Dr. Dean Toriumi, two world-renowned surgeons.
Dr. Becker is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) at the University of Pennsylvania. Since Dr. Becker joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1997, the Department of ENT has been consistently rated by US News and World Report as one of the top 10 departments in the country.
More information about Dr. Becker!
–Specializes in Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty
–Dr. Becker’s subspecialty is minimally invasive treatment of sinus and nasal problems.
–Clinical Professor of Facial Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty) at University of Pennsylvania
–Top-Rated by US News and World Report, Philadelphia Magazine, South Jersey Magazine, Castle-Connelly, and others
–Author of 4 surgical textbooks and over 100 scientific publications on rhinoplasty
–National and International Lecturer
–Course Director/co-Director of the PENN Rhinoplasty Course since 1998
–Course Director of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery National Meeting, 2015
–One of only 3 doctors to receive the “Top Doctor” Designation for Rhinoplasty in Philadelphia Magazine in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and the only doctor to receive this designation for Revision Rhinoplasty in 2014.
–Philadelphia Rhinoplasty Surgeon 2019
–Top Doctors 2020
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