April 5, 2024

What Does it Mean to be a Candidate for Surgery?

What Does it Mean to be a Candidate for Surgery?

Dr. Buonassisiis a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon andrhinoplasty specialist with 20 years experience performing this procedure. In the above video he answers a common question, “What does it mean to be a candidate for surgery?".In "surgery speak" we often describe a patient as being a "candidate" for surgery. This isn't quite the same as deciding you would like to run for mayor and throwing your hat into the political arena. In the politics example, it is the candidate's own decision to run for mayor. Candidacy for surgery is a decision your surgeon has to make for you.

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Before we continue on with Dr. Buonassisi about surgery candidacy, we would like to mention that at 8 West Clinic, we believe at the forefront that educated patients are happy patients, and this is why Dr. Buonassisi has compiled his 20 years experience performing rhinoplasty into a must read eBook. This is an essential tool for anyone considering cosmetic nasal surgery. Download your free copy now.Have questions? Our team of experts is here to help. Speak to one of our patient care managers today by calling (604) 733-1669 or contact us here.

A Good Rhinoplasty Candidate

Here are the characteristics of a good rhinoplasty surgery candidate.

  • Must be healthy enough to have surgery safely
  • Must understand the benefits and risk of surgery
  • Must demonstrate realistic expectations of what surgery will do for them
  • Must have a physical feature that canbe changed with surgery

This last point is often the hardest for me to explain to a patient who really wants to have surgery, but isn't, in my opinion, a good candidate. I really dislike having to decline a patient when they are excited about the possibility of a cosmetic improvement. I try to explain as best I can that not all physical features can be successfully improved with cosmetic surgery. All surgeons are operating within the constraints of what is physically achievable and the laws of physics apply.

How is surgical candidacy assessed?

Through a consultation with a rhinoplasty specialist, which is in my opinion, the most important part of the cosmetic surgery process (aside from the surgery itself). Your surgeon should discuss your health history and medications, and gauge your comprehension of risks and benefits. Finally, your surgeon should have enough experience with rhinoplasty that they can judge if the feature you would like to change can be changedsuccessfully - to a degree that you will be happy with. Have they done this before and did it work? That's an important question to ask.

Are you a candidate?

Dr. Buonassisi's team of patient care experts can helpdetermine whether you are a good candidatefor rhinoplasty. You can submit your photos for a freepreliminary assessment or book a consultationwith Dr. Buonassisi today.

How Are We Doing?

Thank you to Dr. Buonassisi for taking the time to explain this concept. If you have found this information to be useful, or if you have any suggestions for improving it, please let us know. Leave comments, share and give us some feedback on how we are doing!

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