Plastic surgeons at Toronto’s Edelstein Cosmetic recently pinpointed the key aspects of a pre-surgical rhinoplasty consultation process that achieves a higher rate of patient satisfaction.
“The initial consultation with a patient is as important as the actual surgery itself because it’s what allows plastic surgeons to determine the most suitable course of treatment,” Dr. Jerome Edelstein, Edelstein Cosmetic’s primary physician, told PR Web. “We have found that there are specific things that are absolutely necessary to do for a proper consultation.”
The second most popular procedure performed in North America according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, rhinoplasty is also considered one of the most difficult and challenging cosmetic surgical procedures to perform. Since the nose is in the center of the face, desirable results can be based on a change of mere millimeters. Due to the difficulty of the procedure, rhinoplasty has a higher rate of patients seeking revision than in other cosmetic procedures.
“Rhinoplasty is a total process,” Edelstein told PR Web. “The work done before surgery is often times more important than the surgery itself. Understanding patient needs and desires is the pivotal first step in delivering a satisfactory result. Rhinoplasty is known to have a revision rate of upwards of 20 percent. Our goal is to ensure a great outcome the first time around and reduce that rate to as close to zero as possible.”
Plastic surgeons at Edelstein Cosmetic outlined several key characteristics of a properly performed consultation process, including a frank discussion of patient concerns and expectations to ensure that rhinoplasty can appropriately meet their goals and of possible risks and side effects so that the patient can make a more informed decision.
The plastic surgeons also claimed that this consultation should consist of an in-depth review of the patient’s medical history to ensure the procedure’s safety and rule out any underlying medical problem that could cause aesthetic concern, a physical exam with bloodwork and an observation of the patient to ensure psychological stability and rule out Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Surgeons should also neither rush nor pressure the patient during the consultation.
“A thorough consultation has improved the rate of revision and satisfaction dramatically for our patients,” Dr. Edelstein stressed to PR Web the importance of a proper consultation process.
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