We help people understand what a good local service needs. Our goal is to no longer let ill practices take advantage of customers, so that is why we have created guidelines for finding a good rhinoplasty surgeon.
Look for a surgeon who is certified in ear, nose, and throat surgery so that they understand the functional portion of the nose, i.e., breathing dynamics. Search for a surgeon who has completed an additional fellowship or residency in facial plastic surgery and is board certified by the Medical Board of Facial Plastic Surgeons. Find a surgeon who has performed thousands of rhinoplasty surgeries and has demonstrated in their office a before and after photo gallery or on their web site. Even in the hands of an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon, the touchup rate is still approximately 10%. It is important to make sure that your surgery will take place in a center that is certified by one of the main accrediting agencies, such as Medicare, and that a board certified physician anesthesiologist will be in your attendance during your anesthesia. Also, look for a surgeon you have good repoire and clear communication with. It is also important that the patient has realistic expectations going in to this type of surgery.
When choosing a surgeon, it is so important to do your research. Many patients do not realize there is a difference between Facial Plastic Surgeons (experts in the Head and Neck) and General Plastic Surgeons (experts in the body). Researching reputable facilities and surgeons credentials is a must. You can also ask to speak with previous patients to hear about their experience.
1) Find someone who has a particular interest in rhinoplasty. I would only select a surgeon who has a true passion for this operation. This will help ensure that they have more than a basic understanding of rhinoplasty.2) Find a surgeon who also addresses the airway. Even if you have no airway concerns, you may end up with breathing problems if the surgery is not done with the airway in mind. I make it a point to improve the airway in every single patient. Surgeons who understand the airway also have a much more intimate understanding of nasal anatomy and dynamics.3) Choose a surgeon who has had advanced training in rhinoplasty. Not all surgeons were well trained in rhinoplasty. I would ask your surgeon specifically about this.4) Your surgeon should be comfortable with both the endonasal and external approaches.5) Don't forget personality and bedside manner. While the surgeon's skills and artistry are most important, you want to have a surgeon who is accessible and will patiently address all of your needs during the postoperative period. This is too often ignored by patients.Keep in mind that these are merely my opinion, but I do feel that these are good guidelines to follow.