If you are considering rhinoplasty in Charlotte, your choice of surgeon is the most important single factor in the aesthetic quality of the result that you will achieve. At Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, we are proud of our reputation for surgical excellence, and for our close monitoring of our patients over the recovery period. Given the importance of your decision, it’s worth looking at what you can do to be confident you are making the right choice in a plastic surgeon.

What Are Goals for a Rhinoplasty?

Before you begin to search for your ideal surgeon, it’s important that you have a clear idea what your aesthetic goals are. Can you easily describe how you want your nose to look, or do just think that it’s “too big,” and you want someone to guide you?

Think about what you want to achieve and gather images. You can even find online resources and apps that allow you to test drive different shapes. Once you have an idea of what you believe will be most attractive for you, you can compare the work of various plastic surgeons.

Qualifications Are Vital

“Plastic surgeon” is a general term that refer to physicians with a range of training, skills and specialties. In the world of medicine, credentials aren’t just for show – they separate those who know what they are doing from those who really know what they are doing.
You should look for a plastic surgeon who is board-certified, ideally in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. This signifies that this is a true specialist in the procedure you need.

Results Say It All

Many rhinoplasty surgeons post “before” and “after” images on their websites. Reviewing these will help you see if the results that they are proud enough to share align with your personal tastes and the goals you have defined for your rhinoplasty surgery.

It’s important for the surgeon to have technical skills, but just as in any other art form, surgeons vary in innate talent and artistry. This is neither right nor wrong, but what’s important is that you have the chance to work with a surgeon who has achieved an extensive record of beautiful surgical results.

Meet the Surgeon

In addition to any medical issues, cosmetic surgery is deeply personal. The whole experience is more successful when you have an excellent rapport with your surgeon. As you may have experienced in other areas of your life, there’s no real way of knowing who is going to get along with who until you meet in person.

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, schedule a consultation to discover if you feel comfortable with the rhinoplasty surgeon and his staff. You may also have a chance to meet some patients in person and see real-world images of patient results.

Don’t Make Cost Your Only Guidepost

You may not be so wealthy that cost is not an issue, but don’t make cost the make-break issue in your decision. If you’re not happy with the results of your rhinoplasty, if you don’t truly love the way you look afterward, you’ll be facing that fact, literally, for the rest of your life.