If you’re seeking a rhinoplasty specialist for nose reshaping here in NJ, you should have no problem. There are many talented plastic surgeons here on the East Coast and in Northern NJ. You just need to find the right surgeon, a true rhinoplasty specialist, for you. After conducting a bit of research about the procedure and learning about the qualifications of local rhinoplasty surgeons, all you have to do is meet with one or more of your top picks. When you meet the right surgeon to help you along your rhinoplasty journey, you’ll know. You should take time to meet with only the most qualified plastic surgeons. The NJ rhinoplasty specialist you choose must have the following background.
What to Look for in a Rhinoplasty Specialist
Make sure that any NJ rhinoplasty specialist that you consider for your surgery has top qualifications, including:
- An excellent reputation plus licensure to practice in the state of NJ and no sanctions on record.
- Board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (www.abplsurg.org) and ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) in general surgery and plastic surgery. Board certification standards are much more stringent than the basic licensing standard needed to practice medicine in the state of NJ. Board certification requires exceptional medical knowledge and expertise in a particular specialty, along with lifelong professional development, remaining current with advancements in science, medicine and the latest surgical technology.
- Ten or more years of experience in primary and secondary (revision) rhinoplasty, including complex cases.
- Reconstructive rhinoplasty experience. Look for this, because it indicates that the surgeon knows how the nose should look and function, from the ground up, so to speak. These are the most complicated nasal surgeries, where you’ll find true expertise in advanced rhinoplasty techniques.
- A focus on performing rhinoplasty, devoting a big share of their time to nasal surgery.
- Maintains surgical privileges at a superior regional hospital (preferably a university hospital or medical center), because here you will find a surgeon who develops new surgical techniques, mentors others and demonstrates meticulous technique for others to follow.
Much of the above you can learn online, but some you will also want to verify when speaking with your Bergen County surgeon. Even when credentials are stellar, reserve judgment until you speak to the rhinoplasty specialist.
In-person Consultations with Top NJ Rhinoplasty Specialists
Your surgeon meetings should be very revealing and help you make your final decision about your rhinoplasty procedure and your surgeon. At this point, your list of potential surgeons should look pretty good with all the above-mentioned qualifications. (Although it may be a rather short list.) So all else being equal, you’re now looking to find a surgeon that you feel comfortable with and whose in-person persona matches the top qualifications on their CV. Here’s what to discuss, ask and evaluate–does your surgeon:
- Seem interested in understanding your rhinoplasty goals. Your surgeon should ask you plenty of questions, rather than only answering yours. For a successful rhinoplasty procedure, your surgeon must learn what you want from your surgery. As your surgeon begins to explain the best way to achieve the nose you desire, you should be able to tell that they’ve understood your needs. If the surgeon isn’t interested in what you want, they will likely just do the surgery they find easiest or quickest.
- Describe the surgical plan for you. You don’t want a surgeon who’s going to just wing it. The more you understand about what will take place in your surgery, the more confident you will feel as you go through with it. You’ll be less anxious when you know what’s going on and you will know what to expect as the outcome. If your surgeon doesn’t think your surgical goal is achievable, he or she should tell you honestly.
- Discuss risks and surgical complications. You want a rhinoplasty specialist who knows what can go wrong and is prepared to handle complications to prevent a poor outcome. Top surgeons have well honed surgical techniques and experience, so they know how to handle bumps in the road and this limits your risk.
- Have prior patient photos that appeal to you. Look at the photos and talk with your NJ-area surgeon to see if his aesthetic sense is on track and matches yours. Do the prior patients’ noses seem to be in balance with the other facial features? Or do they all look similar? (You don’t want a cookie-cutter result.)
- Answer all your questions, making sure your concerns are addressed.
- Outline all costs. As many follow up visits as necessary should be included.
- Provide trustworthy advice. You should get that feeling during your meeting. Choose a dedicated surgeon who is invested in your outcome. A blasé attitude could be a bad sign. It may sound corny, but you should get the sense that the surgeon wants the best for you.
What if You Don’t Live in NJ? No problem.
Your rhinoplasty specialist’s attentive staff will make it very simple to travel to NJ if you don’t live in the area. Traveling for rhinoplasty is fairly common among our patients. Coming in from out of state works well in typical rhinoplasty surgeries because only a few follow-up appointments are necessary after day one or two post-surgery. There is plenty of time between appointments after that. Furthermore, your dedicated rhinoplasty surgeon will always be available to you by phone whenever you have any concerns or questions during recovery.
You might stay in our overnight recovery center next door at the high tech Vanguard Surgery Center. You might opt to stay overnight at a local hotel with a relative or friend watching over you. If you prefer, our office can arrange a private-duty nurse for you and reserve a room at the nearby Hilton.
About Vanguard Surgery Center in NJ
This is our dedicated surgical center, located adjacent to the Cohen/Winters Maywood offices, providing the ultimate level of patient convenience. Our modern surgical suites along with attentive medical staff serve rhinoplasty patients daily. Before releasing you to go home (with your friend/relative driving you or escorting you to the airport, of course) your rhinoplasty specialist will conduct a post-surgery exam and provide recovery instructions to ensure that you are well-prepared to go home.
Aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, especially rhinoplasty, is our passion here at Cohen/Winters. We encourage you to contact us at our Bergen County practice for a no-charge consultation when you’re ready to learn more about rhinoplasty.