Tips for Communicating with Your Rhinoplasty Surgeon
Patient-surgeon communication is a critical aspect of plastic surgery. Being able to clearly communicate your concerns and goals with your surgeon will help him or her develop a treatment plan that achieves the best outcome.
Here, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami shares some tips on communicating with your rhinoplasty surgeon.
Do Your Homework
Doing your homework before your consultation can make the discussion with your surgeon more productive. We recommend you take some time to research rhinoplasty, including what to expect before and after the procedure and when to expect results to become visible.
You should also the take the time to research your surgeon’s background. View his or her before-and-after photos of former rhinoplasty patients so you can get an idea of the results you can expect.
Breaking the Ice
You will feel much more confident speaking with your rhinoplasty surgeon if you feel comfortable around them and trust their expertise. Before sitting down to discuss your goals for rhinoplasty, take the time to get to know your surgeon. Ask them about their credentials and experience. You should also ask to take a tour of the surgeon’s office. Since you will be in regular contact with a surgeon’s staff before and after your rhinoplasty operation, it’s essential that you feel comfortable around them as well.
Ask Pointed Questions
Once you have become acquainted with your surgeon and their staff, you will feel much more relaxed and ready to have an open and honest discussion about your reasons for pursuing rhinoplasty. Come to your consultation with a list of questions you want to ask about rhinoplasty. No questions are off the table. After all, your nose is the most central feature of your face. Ask as many questions as you like until you feel completely certain about your goals, your plastic surgeon, and his or her treatment plan.
Bring Photos to Your Consultation
Visuals can better help you communicate your cosmetic goals with your plastic surgeon. Bring photos of individuals with noses you like. Be sure to select photos of individuals of the same ethnic background as you, and with a facial structure similar to yours.
If you still find yourself struggling to communicate your concerns and goals with your surgeon, it could be that he or she is just not the right fit for you. This is okay. Rhinoplasty is major surgery and it is worth taking the time to meet with as many doctors as it takes to find one that is best for you.
To learn more about rhinoplasty from one of Beverly Hills’ most requested plastic surgeons, Dr. Ghavami, please schedule a consultation by calling (310) 275-1959 today.