Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Generally, rhinoplasty is suitable for individuals who:
- Are in good physical and psychological health
- Do not smoke (or plan to quit at least two weeks prior to surgery)
- Do not have an uncontrolled medical issue that could increase the risks of surgery or impede healing
- Have a positive attitude about surgery
- Have reasonable expectations of the results (i.e., expect improvement but not perfection)
- Are pursuing surgery of their own volition
Dr. Abdullah works with teenagers seeking rhinoplasty; however, he prefers to wait until the teen’s nose has fully developed before moving forward with surgery. (This typically occurs around ages 14-15 for girls, and 16-17 for boys.)
The Rhinoplasty Consultation
Dr. Abdullah consults with candidates one-on-one to determine whether they are suitable candidates for rhinoplasty. If you’re considering rhinoplasty, Dr. Abdullah encourages you to schedule an appointment with him to discuss the procedure. The consultation is a great opportunity to accomplish several things.
During your consultation, Dr. Abdullah will talk with you about your reasons for seeking rhinoplasty and your expected results. He will ask you to identify the aspect(s) of your nose that you dislike and to describe your desired cosmetic outcome. If you think it would be helpful, you may bring in a picture of your “ideal” nose, or ask to flip through some before-and-after rhinoplasty patient photos. Dr. Abdullah discuss having reasonable expectations of surgery — for example, he will explain that while it is not possible to perfectly replicate a celebrity’s nose, he will work with your natural nose structure and make noticeable improvements. He will also inquire about your health history, any medications you currently take and whether you have had any previous surgeries.
If Dr. Abdullah decides that you are a good candidate for surgery, he will draw up a treatment plan that addresses your concerns about your nose. He will explain the procedure in detail and may describe the techniques that he plans to use. If you have any questions about his approach or the procedure itself, you are encouraged to ask him.
After you’ve scheduled your surgery date, you will receive detailed instructions on preparing for surgery. These instructions will include steps like:
- Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and certain supplements for two weeks prior to surgery
- Quit smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery
- Make arrangements for someone to drive you home from surgery and stay overnight with you