Rhinoplasty is a significant surgery that can deliver miraculous results. Because the procedure requires a great deal of time, energy, and precision, it is important to ask your doctor the right questions. Below, surgeon Dr. Milind K. Ambe outlines some of the most critical questions to ask.
What is rhinoplasty and how can it help me?
First and foremost, you need to know exactly what the corrective procedure entails and what it can do to help you. Reviewing the steps taken for the reconstruction, then asking specific questions will allow you to be accurately informed. This also gives you a chance to assess a plastic surgeon’s confidence level regarding performance of the treatment. You want a physician that can answer your questions in way that you will be able to understand completely. They must also be attentive to your needs and concerns.
Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Virtually anyone who wants a corrective procedure performed on their nose is a good candidate for rhinoplasty. Whether your nose has experienced trauma, you have a respiratory issue, or you just want structural improvements, rhinoplasty can help. However, age can play a factor in who may qualify as a good candidate.
What, if any, age limits apply?
Because the nose continues to grow through adolescence, we recommend waiting to undergo a rhinoplasty until growth spurts have ended. However, we understand that formative teenage years can be traumatic when one has a protruding nose or birth defect. Rhinoplasty can also correct the look of your nose when it has been broken or if you have been in an accident. In these instances, there can be exceptions to typical age restrictions. Studies have proven that growth in the middle of one’s face tends to stop sooner than the rest of a teenager’s body which makes the procedure safe for females 12 years and older and males 14 years and older. Ultimately, Dr. Ambe makes decisions on a case-by-case basis to determine the best course of action.
What degree of training and experience should I look for?
Because rhinoplasty is a delicate procedure, it is important to know your plastic surgeon’s level of experience and what type of training and credentials they have. Before you proceed with any plastic surgery, make certain the doctor is certified by The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, or The American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as The American Board of Medical Specialties. Also, because most plastic surgeons are considered experts in a chosen specialty, it is helpful to know if they contribute scholarly research to academic journals or higher education.
Is Dr. Ambe certified and involved in academic pursuits?
Yes and yes. Dr. Ambe is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as The American Board of Medical Specialties. He graduated from an accredited medical school, completed a five-year program in resident surgery training and accumulated seven years of surgical training before opening his 7,000-square-foot facility. He is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The California Society of Plastic Surgeons, and The Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons. Furthermore, he has served as an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at UC Irvine where he taught others pursuing his craft.
How will you work for me to get the results I want?
When considering rhinoplasty, you need to know if your chosen plastic surgeon will deliver the results you desire. Typically, photos of previously completed rhinoplasties can be showcased with pictures taken pre- and post-op. However, it is equally important for the doctor to sit down with you, listen to your needs, and explain the process in detail, including what to expect when the surgery is complete. You also want a plastic surgeon willing to explain what kinds of preparations you should make before the surgery and what post-operative care will involve.
Do you have before and after pictures?
When choosing any plastic surgeon, it is crucial to look at their record of performance. A qualified and professional plastic surgeon is proud to showcase their work done on satisfied patients. They should have a portfolio for you to examine. We have an extensive photo gallery available to peruse on our website. We also have photos of our work in the office. While you are likely to have more specific questions for any potential plastic surgeon, these questions are a starting point for selecting the right surgeon for your rhinoplasty. Newport Beach is the home of Dr. Ambe’s reputable plastic and reconstructive surgical practice. Consider a consultation for surgery in our office.