Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job”, is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose. If you are considering rhinoplasty, there are 5 important questions you should be prepared to ask Dr. Chobanian during your consultation:
- Am I Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
The first question anyone considering a nose job should ask is simply whether a nose job can do what you want it to do. In other words, am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty? A nose job can be an effective procedure, capable of making drastic changes to the nose. But there are limits to what a nose job can do, and it is important to make sure your expectations match those of the doctor.
Discussing with Dr. Chobanian whether you’re a good candidate for a nose job will:
- Determine whether your health is good enough to endure a major surgery
- Determine whether your nose can be changed to fit your desired outcome
- Determine whether you are equipped to handle the necessary recovery after the procedure
- Help you decide which areas of your nose you want to change
- Help Dr. Chobanian determine the best technique to use on your nose
If you are not a good candidate for a rhinoplasty, its best to find out early during your consultation.
- Which Technique will be Used?
There are two main techniques surgeons typically use during a rhinoplasty procedure: open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. Each has it’s own advantages and disadvantages, depending on what outcome is desired.
During an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made along the columella (the soft tissue between the nostrils). The tissue of the nose is then pulled up and over the cartilage of the nose, allowing surgeons access to your “open” nose (hence the name). This is often a preferred approach if you are interested in significant changes made to your nose.
During a closed rhinoplasty a small incision is made inside the nostrils, and Dr. Chobanian will then perform all of the necessary work through that small incision.
The extent of the nose procedure you are considering, as well as whether you want to remove or add volume will help Dr. Chobanian determine which approach is best for you.
- Are You Board Certified?
Ask Dr. Chobanian about her board certification and educational background. Dr. Chobanian is board certified in head and neck surgery and otolaryngology, and completed a fellowship in facial and plastic and cosmetic surgery.
- Can You Show Me Before and After Photos?
It’s important and perfectly appropriate to ask Dr. Chobanian to see before and after photos of procedures she has performed, specifically:
- Before and after photos from various stages of recovery
- Before and after photos that use the same basic technique that will be used for you
- The most recent before and after photos possible
- Before and after photos from revision procedures as well as initial procedures
- Would You Consider Additional Rhinoplasty in the Future?
Although most people intend to have only one rhinoplasty procedure, the results are often are not perfect. Approximately 17% of all rhinoplasty patients end up getting a revision rhinoplasty some time down the road.
Even though that is a relatively low percentage, it is still important to consider the possibility of additional rhinoplasty procedures, and to think through the expectations for your initial procedure. How will you feel if you need a second procedure to correct something? Dr. Chobanian would be happy to discuss with you the revision rhinoplasty procedures she has performed and her policy on revisions.