Tips for choosing a plastic surgeon for your nose and beyond

October 10, 2011

Tips for choosing a plastic surgeon for your nose and beyond
Tips for choosing a plastic surgeon for your nose and beyond

A “nose job” or rhinoplasty is a common procedure among people of all ages - from teenagers to adults. In fact, last year, it was the second most common cosmetic surgical procedure conducted on patients aged 18 and under, and the third most common surgery among those aged 19 to 34. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), more than 133,000 individuals underwent rhinoplasty in 2010.

Those who choose to undergo this procedure often feel like their nose is too big, crooked or wide for their face. Many often have an idea of what they would like their nose to look like and seek out a surgeon who can help them get the nose of their dreams.

While many doctors may perform nose reshaping surgeries, experts say it is important that patients take their time and do some research before committing to a plastic surgeon to ensure the best surgical outcome. Scheduling a consultation with two or three doctors is usually recommended.

As is important for any other cosmetic surgery procedure, patients should ensure that the doctor is licensed and board-certified. According to NoseResources.com, "board certification means that the doctor successfully completed an approved educational program and met certification requirements, including an examination to determine his or her ability to provide quality medical care."

A surgeon that is a member of a national society like ASAPS will not only be board-certified, but will most likely have significant experience performing cosmetic procedures.

Other considerations include where the surgery will be performed and what hospital(s) the surgeon has privileges at, as this means he or she is approved to perform surgical procedures at an accredited facility. In addition, according to NewBeauty.com, "all hospitals require that doctors with privileges carry malpractice insurance, whereas in some states, there is no mandate for an individual physician without privileges to carry insurance."

Because patients are interested in getting the best outcome possible, they should view before and after photos of individuals who have undergone similar surgeries as well. They may also ask to speak with previous patients.

And, as always, a surgeon who thoroughly answers a patient's questions and shares his or her vision for the outcome is crucial.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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