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Choosing the Right Surgeon for Your Rhinoplasty

October 15, 2014 | Rhinoplasty

woman touching noseRhinoplasty, also called nose reshaping or a nose job, is the second most popular cosmetic procedure in America. Those who consider a nose job might suffer from breathing difficulties because of a deviated septum, a broken nose that needs correction, or a nose that just doesn’t fit their aesthetic ideal. Rhinoplasty is one of the few procedures that often incorporates all of these factors at once, requiring a balancing act to achieve beauty, symmetry, and functionality. It demands a surgeon who has a high level of training, years of experience, and a naturally artistic mind. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the right surgeon for your rhinoplasty.

The Right Training

Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex procedures because it involves such intricate tissues and structures in a small area. One minor adjustment can have a major impact on the appearance of the nose or the nasal passages that affect breathing. Because of this, as well as uncontrollable factors like the patient’s ability to heal, rhinoplasty has the highest rate of revision even among the best plastic surgeons. However, patients who take the time to choose a surgeon who is properly trained will significantly reduce their risk of needing revision surgery.

The most important sign of proper training for this procedure is board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Certification by this particular board ensures that the surgeon has gone through a high level of testing and years of rigorous training in all standard cosmetic surgeries. Before receiving certification, the physician must have their medical degree, state license, and at least five years of clinical general surgery and plastic surgery training. The ABPS also limits credentialing to surgeons who maintain an ethical standing in their field.

The Right Talent

While the nose is in the center of the face, it should not be the center of attention. Because of its location, the nose can easily detract from the other facial features if it is too large, asymmetrical, or misshapen. The right surgeon will have the artistic eye necessary to maintain the unique beauty of an individual’s nose while balancing it with the rest of the features. The surgeon must also consider the individual’s skin thickness, bone structure, and amount of tissue available while creating a new shape. When choosing a surgeon, consider their passion for aesthetics and ask them to show you before and after photos of recent rhinoplasty procedures they’ve performed. The right surgeon will have plenty of photos to share that showcase their beautiful results.

Dr. Agullo is ABPS Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and has extensive experience performing the rhinoplasty procedure. To schedule a consultation, please call our El Paso location: (915) 590-7900 or our Las Cruces location: (575) 520-5041. You may also fill out our online contact form for more information.