There is no magic formula or procedure that allows for perfect plastic surgery results that match each patient’s ideal outcome. This is especially true for rhinoplasty, one of the most difficult and customizable procedures available.
Rhinoplasty (cosmetic nasal surgery) is extremely popular, as many people do not like their nasal aesthetics and feel self-conscious about defects that are quite prominent, due to the nose’s position and importance in overall facial aesthetics. Because the nose influences facial balance so much, rhinoplasty can be a great way to improve the harmony and balance of the face—as long as patients maintain reasonable expectations.
High Rate of Revision
Despite the popularity of rhinoplasty, it does have a fairly high rate of revision, due to all the variables in play. Because of this, potential rhinoplasty patients need to be especially careful when it comes to all aspects of the process. Revision rhinoplasty is even more difficult than primary rhinoplasty, and no one wants to face another surgery after a failed attempt.
Make Yourself a Success Story
Don’t be one of the cautionary tales of rhinoplasty. There are many factors that influence the final outcome of the surgery, many of which are under your control. First, you can set yourself up for success by choosing the right surgeon. After you schedule your surgery, you should follow all instructions from your surgeon as closely as you possibly can, as proper healing depends largely on the patient’s effortsfollowing the procedure. Maintaining realistic expectations is also a big part of a successful rhinoplasty, even though it does not have any physical manifestation.
Managing your expectations can be very difficult when you’re caught up in the excitement about finally fixing an aesthetic issue that has been bothering you for years, but having realistic expectations about your results is key to your eventual satisfaction. Keeping an open mind about your results and realizing that it will take time for you to heal and get used to your new look will help ease the transition. In addition, you should never expect perfection from plastic surgery. While rhinoplasty can produce vast improvement, your results will never match the image you have in your head for your potential results, which is why keeping an open mind is so important. That doesn’t mean you should settle for poor results, but it does mean you should not let yourself dwell on little differences you may notice.
Previews and Consultations
Communication with your plastic surgeon is key to getting the results you want. While it is important that your surgeon create a look that will be in harmony with your other facial features, you should also express your preferences and make sure your surgeon is on the same page as you. This is why consultations with prospective surgeons are so important. They allow you to discuss your goals with each candidate, and get a preview of your results. Digital imaging is becoming ubiquitous in rhinoplasty preparation, and with good reason. It is a powerful tool that allows patients and doctors to plan procedures together. That said, patients should never assume that the results will match the preview. It is impossible to match these exactly, and digital images should be used as a guide and communication tool only. Prepare carefully for your consultations as you want to make the most of your sessions.
Choosing Your Surgeon
There are a few components to stellar rhinoplasty results: realistic expectations, diligent pre and post-operative care, and a skilled facial plastic surgeon. Of the three, your surgeon will have the most impact on your final results, and is a crucial component to your eventual satisfaction or dissatisfaction. Along with board certification, potential surgeons should also have extensive experience in facial plastic surgery, and in rhinoplasty in particular. Successful rhinoplasty involves making the nose functionally sound, aesthetically pleasing, and in harmony with the patient’s unique facial features.
Research and consultations are very important for choosing a qualified plastic surgeon. If you are looking for candidates in the Austin area, come to Buckingham Center and meet with acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham has a stellar background with the results to back it up. Call 512-401-2500 today to schedule your consultation.