Choosing the best rhinoplasty (nose job) surgeon for your San Francisco procedure is perhaps the most important step you’ll take in your plastic surgery journey. As you trust your face to someone else’s hand, you want to make sure that person is as qualified and experienced as possible, and also that they care about you and will support you each step of the way.
How can you be sure you are making the right choice? In this blog post, I will share a few criteria to look out for as you research potential rhinoplasty surgeons near you.
Check for Excellent Credentials
Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is essential, as it represents the highest standards of training, surgical skill, and ethics. Some surgeons have the rare distinction of being certified by multiple boards. On my path to becoming a triple board-certified plastic surgeon, I refined and sharpened my specialized skills to offer my patients the very best rhinoplasty techniques and results.
Memberships in professional medical societies such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons also reflect peer approval and an ongoing commitment to excellence in the field of plastic surgery.
Browse Rhinoplasty Before-and-After Photos
Look through potential surgeons’ online photo galleries to determine whether the results you see align with your goals. Ask yourself whether the results appear natural, flattering, and in harmony with the rest of the person’s facial features. If your surgeon does not have an online gallery, ask to see photos during your consultation.
Start your research by visiting our rhinoplasty before-and-after photo gallery.
Look for Extensive Experience in Rhinoplasty
Plastic surgeons are qualified to perform a wide range of cosmetic procedures, but many choose to specialize in a smaller set of surgeries. Choose a surgeon who frequently performs rhinoplasty, has performed a large number of rhinoplasty procedures, and has experience working with people from various ethnic backgrounds.
The more dedicated rhinoplasty experience your surgeon has, the more practiced they will be in creating attractive results, no matter how complex the procedure. Learn more about the importance of creating individualized results in this related blog post.
Read Real Patient Reviews
Patient reviews and testimonials give you an unbiased perspective into a surgeon’s personality, the experience of working with their practice, and how happy patients typically are with their results. Pay close attention not only to what patients say about the way they look after their experience but also what they say about the way they feel.
Meet for a One-on-One Consultation
Once you have done your research and narrowed your search to a couple of surgeons, schedule consultations with them, whether virtually or in person. A consultation isn’t a commitment; it’s your opportunity to meet the surgeon, get a feel for their approach, and learn what results they believe they can achieve for you. A consultation will give you a much better feel for whether your potential surgeon is, in fact, the one for you.
If you would like to learn more about choosing a plastic surgeon in San Francisco, please contact us online or call (415) 441-1888.