What are Some Questions to Ask During a Rhinoplasty Consultation?

Rhinoplasty is a big decision. The nose not only exhibits a form, but it serves a function as well. When considering a procedure to make any changes to your face, such as rhinoplasty, our dedicated team of surgeons at Colorado Facial Plastic Surgery in Englewood, CO wants you to be as informed as possible so you can be comfortable with any decision you make.

We’ve put together a list of questions that we feel you should ask any prospective rhinoplasty surgeon during your rhinoplasty consultation:

What is the surgeon’s training background?

It’s critical to evaluate the background of the surgeon. Otolaryngology (ENT) training specializes in the head and neck with an emphasis on the nose, whereas general plastic surgery training does not. Further fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, including board certification, demonstrates the surgeon’s expertise and qualifications for this specific area.

Can any part of the procedure be covered by insurance?

Sometimes. Insurance may help with some of the coverage, aside from cosmetic changes, such as a functional issue that affects breathing.

Is there a portfolio of patients to look at?

You should be able to look at recent cases to see the surgeon’s work and if it fits your aesthetic. This also gives insight into the overall experience of the surgeon.

Can morphing or image manipulation be performed on my photos?

Although not a guarantee of outcome, morphing or changing photos using software to see what the desired outcome might look like is vital in the consultation process. Examples of such programs are Mirror® and Uniplast®. Visualizing what changes can be made possible is an excellent way to ensure your surgeon understands your requests.

What can I expect during a follow-up?

There should be a long-term plan in place for follow-up appointments. At these visits, the nose can be evaluated and managed to ensure an optimal result. The nose is slow to heal, and if asymmetries or breathing trouble develops, you want to know you have a surgeon who can fix it.

What happens if I need a revision?

Sometimes asymmetries or functional problems develop, which are not ideal. Most rhinoplasty surgeons wait a minimum of 10 – 12 months before fixing such issues to ensure full healing has occurred. If you happen to need a surgical revision, you will want to know if your surgeon will be confident to do it. Otherwise, you may end up needing to see another specialist.

Will my rhinoplasty be an open or closed approach?

A closed approach uses small incisions just inside the nostrils of the nose, known as marginal incisions on both sides. The surgeon then dissects the skin envelope off of the cartilage and bone framework. Modifications are made to the framework to achieve the desired shape. However, direct visualization is limited, and many of the changes are done by “feel.” An open approach adds one small incision across the base of the nose in the columella segment to connect with the marginal incisions. This approach allows for complete visualization and precision when reshaping the cartilage and bone framework. Consider asking about the pros and cons of each during your consultation.

How much will a rhinoplasty procedure cost?

First-time rhinoplasties tend to cost less than revision procedures, which are often more complex. The pricing can vary due to the uniqueness of each patient’s nose. This is why quotes are not likely to be given over the phone. An in-person consultation allows for a more complete picture and accurate pricing. Surgeon’s fees can range from $5,000 to 14,000 or more for rhinoplasty, with additional fees for the use of the facility as well as anesthesia. Individual pricing will depend on multiple factors, including the complexity of the surgery and the surgeon’s experience.

Will my breathing trouble be fixed with rhinoplasty?

The nose is not solely about aesthetics. Breathing is vitally important. An ENT training background ensures that breathing will be a major focus of the procedure in addition to the cosmesis. Although in no way comprehensive, this list of questions gives some food for thought during the consultation.

If you are considering rhinoplasty, contact us today for a consultation

If you are not entirely happy with the appearance and/or functionality of your nose and are considering rhinoplasty, we encourage you to contact our team of surgeons for a consultation. This highly sought-after procedure is one of the most performed cosmetic treatments with a high rate of success. At Colorado Facial Plastic Surgery in Englewood, CO, we specialize in facial procedures in the head and neck, with double certifications from the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery (ABOHNS) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). We believe in a personalized approach to treatment and will answer any questions you may have to appeal to your comfort level.

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