A Surgical Do-Over
When the primary rhinoplasty procedure has gone wrong or is subpar, the Revision Rhinoplasty Surgeon in New York is your patient safety net. He or she is the person who will do their best to undo the mistakes of a previous surgery and get you positive results.
Facial plastic surgeons who offer cosmetic nose surgery in their private practice know how difficult secondary procedures can be. They're much more difficult and complicated with revision rhinoplasty and it takes a special facial plastic surgeon with a long and proven track record to do the job right the second time around.
The Right Surgeon, the Right Procedure
Knowing how and where to find the right revision rhinoplasty specialist in New York is a challenge in and of itself. Not every nose surgeon is qualified to do revisions due to a lack of experience, training, or both.
Your primary care doctor may be a good source of referrals. The Internet is also a good place to start shopping around for the most qualified surgeon.
Once you've identified one or more candidates, go the next step and see whether they are the real deal. The best surgeons usually have multiple board certifications. These certifying agencies often include the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Don't just take the doctor's word for it. Verify his or her credentials, as well as their performance record.
Experience - and Then Some
The most qualified surgeon will also have many years of experience with revision rhinoplasty and solid proof of good long-term results. The proof is in the before-and-after photographs and the number of positive testimonials found on the surgeon's website, including word-of-mouth referrals.
The surgeon not only has the supporting references and the credentials but performs a significant amount of corrective procedures each year. You most certainly don't want the surgeon to make the same mistakes - or worse - because you chose an inexperienced surgeon.
Do you like your surgeon? More precisely, do you connect on a personal level? It's an important intangible for building cooperation and, more importantly, trust in your surgeon. If you are not comfortable with the surgeon's personal manner or style, you may feel equally as uncomfortable going into surgery. Your surgeon of choice is able to put your fears to rest, discuss the different techniques at his disposal, and be able to explain each in sufficient detail.
It's OK to be Nosy
The surgeon will understand your desire for proof of his ability to perform secondary rhinoplasty. It's your nose and appearance and the surgeon's reputation that are on the line. So be choosy, ask lots of questions during the personal consultation and leave knowing that you have come to the right place.
Dr. Philip Miller is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with offices located at 60 East 56th, Third Floor, New York, N.Y. Call (212) 750-7100 for a personal consultation.
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