Protecting Your Nose after Rhinoplasty

Questions To Ask Your Surgeon Before Rhinoplasty

Here are some questions you should ask your Rhinoplasty surgeon before the procedure.

1: What inspired you to become a cosmetic surgeon?
How long have you worked as a cosmetic surgeon?

2: Do you have a board certification?
If so, which board and how long?

3: Have you ever received disciplinary action from the board or the state?

4: How many Rhinoplasty surgeries have you done?

5: On average, how many revisions of your own work do you have to perform?

6: On an annual basis, how many Rhinoplasties do you perform?

7: Have you performed this procedure on a loved one or family member, or would you be willing to do so?

8: Is there any reason I wouldn’t be a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

9: What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

10: Would you rather perform your procedures openly or closedly?

11: Are there any other techniques, perhaps newer ones, that I am not aware of?

12: Do you have a video of a rhinoplasty procedure that I could watch?

13: How long should I be away from work, school, and so on in order to heal properly?

14: What medications will you give me, and what pain medications do you usually prescribe?

15: What type of anesthesia do you employ during rhinoplasty?

16: May I see a portfolio of before-and-after photos, rather than just your perfect ones?

17: Where will the surgery take place?
Is the surgery center or suite accredited if the surgery will not be performed in a hospital?

18: Do you have hospital privileges, and if so, where?
Why not, if you don’t have hospital privileges?

19: Who will administer anesthesia, and what credentials do they have?

20: Do you have any suggestions for me to alleviate some of my discomfort and pain?

21: I have glasses.
Will I be able to wear them on top of the cast the day after surgery?
When can I normally wear my glasses?

22: I take (birth control, diet pills, antidepressants, etc.).
Will the prescribed medications or anesthesia cause any side effects?

23: What is your policy on revisions if my results aren’t what I expected?

24: Do you think my expectations will be met?

25: What if I change my mind and decide not to proceed? Will my money be refunded?

26: What should I do if I have an emergency the night after surgery?

27: If I need sutures, when will they be removed?

28: Are there any additional costs I should be aware of, such as lab work, postoperative check-ups, or additional medications?

29: If I have any questions after the surgery, how can I contact you or your staff?

30: What are your postoperative care policies?

31: Do you provide financing?
Do you anticipate receiving full payment up front?
Can I make payments in increments?

32: Will I require a graft?
If so, what type?

33: Will my nose be packed after surgery?
What kind of packaging do you use?
How long will this last?

34: Who will be in the recovery room with me, and what qualifications do they have?

35: How far in advance should a rhinoplasty, or a nose job surgery date be scheduled?

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    Seattle Nose Surgeon ®
    William Portuese MD
    Joseph Shvidler MD

    Seattle, Washington 98104

    (206) 624-6200

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