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.
Dr. Rizk's office is located on Park Avenue in Manhattan's premiere upper East side in a landmark pre-war building, a few blocks away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Guggenheim Museum. It is an artistically designed office with particular attention to detail, safety, cleanliness and patient comfort. Constructed by one of Manhattan's top architectural firms the office is unusual in that it not only has the latest advanced medical/surgical equipment, specialized ventilation systems to reduce infection, Gold seal JACHO hospital grade certification but also is meticulously decorated with original artworks and photography from masters like Picasso, Miro, Horst B. Horst, Ormond gigli, and Andy Warhol for the patient's enjoyment. In addition some of Dr. Rizk's sculptures are also displayed. Plastic surgery is an artform and Dr. Rizk's Park avenue center reflects his love of art and photography.
- A natural result with a rapid recovery using the most advanced up to date techniques (refer to book chapters/articles on latest techniques published by Dr. Rizk)
- 5-Star Experience in a supportive environment with the best pre-surgical and post-surgical care.
- Surgery performed at top notch hospitals (Manhattan, Eye, and Ear and throat hospital) and Dr. Rizk’s own JACHO certified office facility with state-of-the-art technology.
- Board Certified and experienced nursing staff specializing only in plastic surgery.
- Experienced and Board Certified Anesthesiologist.
Our surgical facility has attained the JCAHO (highest state organization to certify office facilities and hospitals) GOLD SEAL OF CERTIFICATION.
Park Avenue Facial Surgery is a surgical outpatient facility built to the highest standards that far exceeds those standards of most ambulatory surgery accreditation organizations. Our facility not only meets all building department and fire department requirements but also exceeds standards specified by OSHA and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). All medical staff members are certified in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support).
We only employ certified health care professionals with the highest rank. Operating room and recovery room nurses are either Registered Nurses (RN) or nurse practitioners (advanced nurses) specializing in plastic surgery with many years of experience in hospitals and ambulatory facilities. Each patient has their own nurse in recovery room (A 1:1 ratio between nurse and patient). We only employ board certified anesthesiologists who are MD's with many years of experience. We do not employ nurse anesthetists to give anesthesia.
Facial surgery of all types can be performed at our facility. The majority of facial plastic surgery procedures which include rhinoplasty, facelift, necklift, blepharoplasty (eyelift), browlift, neck liposuction, cheek and chin implants, otoplasty (ear pinning), laser surgery, and functional endoscopic nasal surgery may be performed.
DESIGN AND EQUIPMENT
The top architectural and contracting firm and top medical operating room design company worked together to create a facility which is both safe and aesthetic. There is a dual industrial strength air conditioning and heating unit with special filtration and humidification controls. The flow rates are very high to allow the most sterile environments. An emergency power generator allows for surgery to be continued for additional 5 hours in the event of a power failure and is able to support all the operating room electrical and anesthesia equipment.
Other unique features include a high definition endoscopic 3-D state of the art imaging system which is built in our facility and represents the future of minimally invasive rapid recovery facial plastic surgery. Piped-anesthesia gases to the operating room from a special built-in tank system allows room for many extra tanks for safety. Oxygen is built and piped into walls and is delivered to operating room and both recovery rooms. A central large capacity suction system also supplies suction to operating room and both recovery rooms. Both operating rooms and recovery rooms have a central built-in light system in addition to a fiberoptic xenon headlight system for extra safety. Special flooring system in the operating room is designed for maximal cleanliness. A large industrial strength hospital sterilizer is used, which has a special built in printer to print temperature readings which is then logged into a book daily to show that the temperature necessary for sterility was reached. Specialized sound proofing was used around noisy equipment to achieve the most serene, relaxing atmosphere possible.
Finally, all of our equipment is brand-new and not reconditioned. Anesthesia machines, operating room beds, recovery room chairs, light sources and all other equipment are all purchased new. We also routinely use warming blankets and mechanical calf compression machines for safety and comfort.
Dr. Rizk will sometimes do computer imaging as part of his consultation, especially from the profile or side view. However, sometimes he will not do computer imaging for revision rhinoplasty or from front view as it is too inaccurate. Dr. Rizk will usually discuss his surgical plan on sheets with diagrams of nasal anatomy only if he feels you are a good candidate for surgery. If Dr. Rizk does not feel you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty, he will obviously not discuss specifics of a surgical plan.
An office operating room facility which exceeds hospital standards is expensive to build, maintain, and staff. There is a fee charged to our patients for the use of the facility and this fee is separate from the anesthesia fee and the surgical fee. This charge is based on duration of procedure. This price is very competitive with hospital charges. The philosophy of our practice is to use our facility to provide you a safe, private, and high quality experience for our patients.
Every surgery has a facility fee which is in addition and separate from procedure fee, regardless whether it is done in Dr Rizk's Park Avenue Facility, a surgical center, or a hospital. A Facility fee is an operating room and recovery room fee. Dr Rizk's facility fee is comparable to a hospital facility fee but offers better 1:1 nursing in recovery room. Facility fees generally include equipment used during surgery (some of these are disposable one time use), the sutures, operating room labor such as operating room technician, circulating operating room nurse, recovery room nurse (1:1 ratio of nurse to patient in dr Rizk's facility). Dr Rizk's Park Avenue Surgical Suite is JACHO-Accredited, which is the highest hospital-level certification achievable, and the Midtown Surgery Center where Dr Rizk sometimes also operates is also JACHO-Accredited.Learn More About Dr. Rizk's Facility
Written by Dr. Sam Rizk