The Importance of a Thorough Rhinoplasty Consultation
Vancouver rhinoplasty specialist and facial plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Buonassisi explains the importance of the pre operative consultation. Other than the surgery, the consultation is the most important part of a rhinoplasty experience.
This is where I learn what the patient is looking to achieve. It is also where the patient learns about what is physically possible. By using computer imaging, I can talk to the patient about what degree of change will make them the most happy. This is also a bit of a negotiation, in that there are things that can be done physically, and things that can’t.
If we can come to an agreement during the pre operative consultation about what the nose is going to look like and what is realistic, it helps immensely with the expectations post operatively. When we make various degrees of changes to the nose, you can often see what that might do to other facial features, and I think it is a very important part of the process to let people know what to expect.
Once their photos have been imaged and changed, I’ll often show examples of other patients who have their similiar nasal features, as they can see what it looks like in a live person. As part of the consultation, it’s very important for me to outline the potential medical and cosmetic risks of rhinoplasty to the patient. I also want to make sure that they’re healthy and will be able to tolerate this type of procedure.