Do you suffer from chronic nasal congestion, headaches and discomfort, snoring or difficulty breathing through your nose while exercising? These symptoms can impact your quality of life due to lethargy caused by lack of restful sleep, limitation of your level of exercise or activity. Alternatively, you may not suffer these symptoms, but you may be unhappy and self-conscious about the size and shape of your nose.</p> <p>If you are considering <a href="https://northeastplasticsurgery.com.au/brisbane/rhinoplasty-septoplasty/">nasal surgery (rhinoplasty or septoplasty surgery)</a> then the best person to speak to is a qualified surgeon with experience performing nasal surgery. In this article we discuss how to prepare for a consultation with your surgeon to help you gain the understanding and information you are looking for.</p> <p>
<!--more--></p> <p> </p> <h2>Preparing For A Consultation</h2> <p>Before you talk with a surgeon, have some questions prepared. Write them down to take with you so you don't forget what you wanted to ask, and take notes during the consultation in case you need to check details later. It might even be helpful to bring a friend or relative with you.</p> <p>Think about what your expectations from the surgery are. In Australia, doctors aren't allowed to use 'before and after' photos in their advertising, but they can provide them to you in a consultation. This can help you better understand the likely results. Some surgeons offer sophisticated computer imaging to show you how your nose will look after rhinoplasty. The issue with using such imaging is that an image which cannot be surgically achieved can be produced thereby giving the patient an unrealistic expectation. For this reason, the surgeons of NorthEast Plastic Surgery will focus on your own particular facial proportions and nasal anatomy together with your expectations in the context of what is surgically achievable which will provide you with more realistic expectations.</p> <p>What are your concerns about the procedure? Are you worried about complications or side-effects of the surgery? Your surgeon should provide you with this information as part of the consultation but if you have particular concerns make sure you discuss them with your surgeon as they can give you the answers you need. </p> <p>You should also consider asking questions about the surgeon's qualifications and experience, how often they perform rhinoplasty or septoplasty surgery, where the surgery will be performed and what the costs will include and if there will be any additional costs.</p> <p> </p> <h2>Understanding Expected Outcomes, Risks and Potential Complications </h2> <p>An important part of the consultation is for you to understand the expected outcome from the surgery but also to understand the risks, potential complications and limitations of the surgery. It is important that you do understand the risks and what they mean, so don't be afraid to ask questions.</p> <p>Complications from rhinoplasty may include difficulty breathing, nosebleeds, sinus infection, scarring or delays in healing, skin discoloration, poor circulation resulting in loss of skin and mucosal tissue, numbness, tingling or stiffness around the upper lip and nose, and septal perforation. It is important to bear in mind that the final appearance of the nose may not be appreciated for four to six months after surgery.</p> <p>The best way to reduce your risk is to choose a qualified surgeon with the training and experience to perform your procedure. The Surgeons of NorthEast Plastic Surgery have undergone rigorous surgical training and their expertise is the result of extensive experience in cosmetic plastic surgery.</p> <p> </p> <h2>Next Step</h2> <p>If you are <a href="https://northeastplasticsurgery.com.au/melbourne/rhinoplasty-septoplasty-melbourne/">considering rhinoplasty or septoplasty surgery</a> and have questions you would like to ask or if you would like to book a confidential consultation at a cost of $140, click below or call (03) 9088 5000 for the Melbourne practice or (07) 3180 3400 for the Brisbane practice. The Cosmetic Surgery Co-ordinators of NorthEast Plastic Surgery will organise a consultation with Mr Tansley or Dr Seneviratne who are highly qualified and experienced surgeons. They will assess your individual requirements and discuss your expectations in regard to the surgery.</p>
NorthEast Plastic Surgery has been designed to offer a bespoke and unrivalled cosmetic plastic surgical service of superlative standard and quality. Dr Seneviratne and Mr Tansley share their Australian and British plastic and cosmetic surgery experience in these educational articles.