Trust needs to be earned and kept, and if you’ve experienced a poor result from rhinoplasty surgery, then you’re probably having trouble even considering trusting another surgeon with your nose. It makes sense to be wary—you’ve already gone through one surgery and you’re facing another. Getting it right the second time is extremely important, and finding a surgeon you trust to correct the problems with your nose can seem daunting. Rest assured that there are many talented facial plastic surgeons in the US with the skills to make improvement in the vast majority of revision cases. But how do you find the right revision surgeon—a surgeon you can trust?
First Steps: Considering Your Primary Surgeon
When it comes to revision surgery, choosing your original surgeon is not often the best choice, for obvious reasons. But this is not always the case. Sometimes, a poor result from an initial rhinoplasty is no fault of the surgeon’s, or there are other circumstances, like the changes are minor and you trust your original surgeon to correct the problems. Often, going to your original surgeon for a revision is cheaper than choosing a new doctor—or even free, but cost should be the last priority on your list when it comes to your revision rhinoplasty. In some cases, it does pay to consider your original plastic surgeon for revision, but you should be extremely careful of taking this option.
Choosing a New Specialist: Think About Experience and Reputation
Revision rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult plastic surgery procedures to perform, and finding a plastic surgeon with the right qualifications can be very easy or very difficult, depending on where you live. The most important qualities in a revision specialist are experience, past outcomes, and reputation. Revision specialists should be board certified and committed to giving each patient a natural-looking, custom result. Keep in mind that the best plastic surgeons are also very honest about the limitations of revision surgery and will let you know what you can expect from the surgery.
Communication: A Vital Element
Your surgeon can’t read your mind, so speak up about anything you’re unsure of, and be transparent about your goals and concerns about the surgery. Your revision surgeon will need to customize a procedure to suit your needs, so it is important that communication is open and clear between you.
You can’t trust a surgeon until you get to know them. Developing even a minor rapport is key to both communication and building trust. Your consultations will be telling in this way—if the surgeon you are meeting with does not make you feel comfortable and in good hands fairly quickly, it’s probably a red flag. You should use your consultation time wisely and come prepared with your most important and pressing questions about your procedure.
Patience is Key
Sometimes, it’s not easy to find the revision surgeon who is right for you, but have patience. There are many talented revision specialists in the United States, and even if you have to travel a bit to find the right one, a beautiful result typically makes the process well worth it. Do your research carefully, and never settle for a surgeon you do not trust.
Starting Your Search
If you’re ready to start thinking seriously about your revision rhinoplasty, then it’s time to get started on your search for a surgeon you can trust. It is more important than ever to make the most of your consultations—compile your questions beforehand, and do not be afraid to speak up about what you want and need from surgery. Remember, you should never move forward with the procedure unless you feel comfortable and confident about the outcome, particularly for secondary surgery.
Dr. Andrew Frankel is a world-renowned Beverly Hills rhinoplasty revision specialist, offering beautiful, natural results to patients who have experienced disappointing results from a previous rhinoplasty. If you would like to discuss your options for nasal surgery with Dr. Frankel, call the Lasky Clinic today at 310.552.2173 to schedule your consultation.