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Are You a Good Candidate? Questions to Ask Before a Rhinoplasty


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by Dr. Steven Wallach

A lot of people are unhappy with their nose and feel that they would look better if they undergo rhinoplasty. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are over 200,000 rhinoplasties performed annually. With people able to improve their overall look as well as their confidence because of rhinoplasty, more and more people are interested in it. Here at our New York cosmetic surgery practice, we want to ensure that patients are good candidates for the procedure before having surgery. Here are questions that help you find out if you are a good candidate or not.

Are you healthy?

Like any surgical procedure, it is important that you are in good overall health. Dr. Wallach will perform a thorough assessment to determine if you are fit for surgery.

Are you over 15 years old?

Nasal surgery is performed on people who are 15 years old and above as this is the time when the nose is already fully developed.

Are you psychologically fit?

You have to be psychologically fit to be considered a good candidate for rhinoplasty. You need to think numerous times before making a decision whether to have a nose job or not. Below are tips to keep in mind when considering surgery.

  • Consider rhinoplasty if you wish to boost your level of confidence.
  • Do not convince yourself that you need a nose job just because of peer pressure.
  • Do not make a decision if you are in the middle of a personal crisis. If you just lost a loved one or you are in a relationship that is experiencing tough times, focus on resolving issues first before even thinking about having surgery.
  • Only make decisions after researching about the procedure and understanding it fully.

Do you have realistic expectations?

The surgery will not give you a “perfect” nose. In fact, there is no such thing as a “perfect” nose. The procedure aims to give you a natural-looking nose that is in harmony with the rest of your facial features. Most individuals are good candidates for rhinoplasty. To find out if you are a good candidate or if it is best to delay the procedure first, set an appointment with Dr. Wallach by calling 212-861-6400. We look forward to hearing from you!

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