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How do I Choose the Best Clinic and Surgeon to Perform My Rhinoplasty?

If you are considering having nose surgery, there are several considerations to keep in mind when choosing a surgeon and clinic.

First, it is very important that your surgeon be board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Surgeons with these certifications undergo rigorous training to ensure that they are well prepared to perform procedures such as rhinoplasty. A few surgeons are also board certified in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery. These surgeons have been trained to treat breathing issues and problems such as deviated septums, which can lead to a crooked nose.

In addition to possessing the proper board certification, your surgeon should have extensive experience not just in cosmetic surgery but specifically in nose surgery.

Moreover, your surgeon should have a track record of positive results – not just with standard procedures but also with complex cases and revision procedures. Your surgeon should perform rhinoplasty on a regular basis, preferably more than one case per week. He or she should also have a proven knack for aesthetics; you can assess this for yourself by viewing the surgeon's before and after photos.

Your surgeon should perform surgery in a clinic with state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D technology, which provides for increased precision and less downtime.

Price should not be a primary consideration when choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon. Plastic surgery is not something you can afford to skimp on. The bottom line: you want the most qualified surgeon to perform your procedure, regardless of price.

It is also important that you feel comfortable with your surgeon and the clinic he operates out of. During your initial consultation, observe the staff, the level of service, the surgical equipment and the surgeon's demeanor. If something makes you feel uneasy, trust your gut and walk away.

To begin your search for a qualified facial plastic surgeon, start by doing some research online. Read the biographies of several surgeons, as well as some peer reviews and patient testimonials. Also look into their credentials. It is also imperative that you view before and after photos of each surgeon's patients. Ask for additional examples in-office, because not all patients consent to having their photos posted online.

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