How to Get Started with Rhinoplasty? Your Consultation Is the First Step
Every journey starts with the first step. With rhinoplasty, your consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon is the first step you will take towards your desired nose shape. Top board-certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami of Ghavami Plastic Surgery discusses what to expect at your consultation.
When it comes to cosmetic surgery, every patient has a particular goal. Sometimes those goals are realistic, but sometimes they are not. If the rhinoplasty’s purpose is primarily functional (i.e., to improve breathing), Dr. Ghavami will discuss likely outcomes.
Dr. Ghavami will also take a medical history. While most people are good candidates for rhinoplasty, there are certain habits and health conditions that may preclude a person from undergoing the procedure, at least temporarily. For instance, smokers are not good candidates for most elective surgeries, as tobacco use interferes with healing.
Dr. Ghavami will ask about previous surgeries, allergies, medications taken and alcohol and drug use. Always answer these questions honestly. Not being forthcoming about your history could affect the outcome or endanger you.
Examination and Measurement
During the consultation, Dr. Ghavami examines your face and takes measurements and photographs.
Various surgical options exist for nose reshaping. The best procedures to achieve your goals are discussed and outlined step by step.
Options may include an open or closed rhinoplasty, each of which has its pros and cons. Dr. Ghavami may feel one option is better for you than another and should explain why.
Outcome and Risks
There are risks associated with any surgery. Dr. Ghavami will explain any potential risks so that you can make an informed decision about proceeding with rhinoplasty.
Questions to Ask
You should know where your plastic surgeon trained and what sort of certifications he or she holds. Make sure the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ghavami is a world-renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon who is known for his skill and history of delivering excellent rhinoplasty outcomes.
Patients should ask about the plastic surgeon’s areas of specialization. You want a doctor with a good record of performing rhinoplasties. Look at Dr. Ghavami’s before and after photos to get a feel for the results.
Ask whether the surgeon has experience performing rhinoplasties on people of your ethnicity. You want a surgeon familiar with the issues surrounding nose jobs on those whose appearance is similar to your own. You may also want to ask whether the surgeon performs more rhinoplasties on females or males, or vice versa, as that answer may affect your choice. Dr. Ghavami specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty and will preserve your inherited traits while also improving the appearance of your nose.
If there are complications, or the outcome is unsatisfactory, what are your options? Revisions are always a possibility with rhinoplasty, so it is essential to find out a practice’s policies beforehand.
What is the recovery period like? What limitations can you expect during this time?
What is the cost of rhinoplasty and are financing options available?
If you would like more information about rhinoplasty, contact board-certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami and schedule a personal consultation.