Q) I’m looking into getting a rhinoplasty here in Brooklyn, where I live, or in California. I’d like a surgeon who is also a great listener and who understands that I want a unique nose. What doctors would you recommend?
A) I recommend that you find a board certified plastic surgeon in New York because you live there. After a rhinoplasty surgery you will have frequent follow-up visits for at least a year. It is easier to follow up where you live than having to travel to a faraway surgeon. Also, I always encourage that my patients come and see me post-op when they have any questions.
I also recommend that you go to a surgeon who is a member of the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgery). A physician needs at least six years of surgery experience and training, with three of those years specific to plastic surgery, in order to be an active ASPS member. They follow a strict code of ethics and are required to take continuing education courses that include techniques on patient safety. Your surgeon should be able to work with you, as your partner, to achieve your desired goals.