Who Should I Choose for My Rhinoplasty?
If you live in or around the New York metro area, you must know how overwhelming it can be to have so many options! This problem doesn’t carry so many implications when it comes to choosing between the 5 Thai restaurants in a 3 block radius. It can be, however, a bigger point of contention when you are thinking about cosmetic surgery. Most people considering nose surgery start out trying to learn as much as possible about rhinoplasty and about potential doctors to perform it. Let’s start by discussing WHO should perform my Rhinoplasty.
Surgical Specialization in Rhinoplasty
For starters, one must know that not all Plastic surgeons work on all areas of the body and face. Therefore, a facial plastic surgeon specializes on the neck up. That means that a facial plastic surgeon spends all of his time performing procedures in the region you are considering. When someone is specialized in a specific area, they will likely have seen a variety of nasal shapes, ethnicities, deviations, desires and outcomes.
Secondly, having a background in Otolaryngology can give a doctor the expertise a patient wants in their surgeon. Otolaryngology or Ear Nose and Throat doctors, study those intricate structures of the face specifically. The nose is complex and more than just a physical feature of the face; it is also a key part of your respiratory system. Did you know that your septum actually goes as far back as your throat does? Having a nose specialist means your doctor can not only cosmetically enhance the nose but he can correct septal deviation, breathing impairment, sinus issues and knows how internal changes may affect the exterior appearance.
Commitment to Exceptional Care
In choosing your surgeon, you should feel extremely comfortable that your doctor is committed to giving you exceptional care. This starts at the consultation when the doctor should be comfortable answering your medical questions and explaining thoroughly (in language you understand) the surgical plan and expected outcome including possible difficulties or limitations. Each doctor’s recommendations may vary slightly so it can be confusing for a patient. This is why most patients choose the doctor they feel is being thorough and attentive to their personal goals, while informing them of realistic options. Exceptional care also includes being available after the procedure, following up with your progress and providing realistic expectations throughout the healing process.
Many patients may find it beneficial to check before and after photos to see if the doctor has a “typical rhinoplasty nose” meaning all of their outcomes look similar or if each patient seems to look natural, still having features that fit their face and ethnicity. Every honest Doctor will tell you they have a small amount of revisions each year, meaning that patients sometimes elect to have a secondary procedure to enhance functionality or appearance. Sometimes patients even choose to undergo a second procedure to work on parts of the nose that may have been recommended but not worked on originally. As a potential patient, knowing that your surgeon’s patients are happy with their results is great news!
Dr. Richard Westreich MD, FACS
Dr. Westreich has dedicated his career to facial plastic surgery and has been board certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. In over a decade of surgeries and well over a decade of training, He has developed a deep understanding of the internal properties of facial structures as well as the effect inner and outer surgical work has on the aesthetics of the nose. Recently, Dr. Westreich was recognized by his peers as a Top Doctor in his field for 2014. He is a reviewer for the American Journal of Rhinology and continues to be an educator at Mount Sinai, Lenox Hill, and Roosevelt hospitals. Dr. Westreich is committed to the happiness of each patient and looks forward to helping patients improve their quality of life through functional and cosmetic facial surgery.