Surgical procedures always have their risks, but choosing a doctor doesn’t have to be risky. This is especially important when you are planning to have rhinoplasty. There are few parts of the body that are more prominent and visible. The nose is also extremely fragile. Consequently a poorly trained doctor with little experience can easily compromise the nose both cosmetically and structurally.
It is for this reason that many of the rhinoplasties performed each year are revisions to correct a previous operation.
To get the right surgeon for you, and to have the desired outcome, there are several things to look out for:
- Is the doctor board certified in the area you want surgery performed?
- Look at some before and after pictures of what the surgeon has done for other patients. Are their results similar to what you’d like to see with your face?
- Talk to previous patients or read some testimonials. What were their experiences like?
- Schedule a consultation. Make sure the surgeon listens to your ideas. If they are in keeping with what he or she thinks, are you a good candidate?
Dr. DeJoseph Has the Credentials, Experience, and Specialized Training
A cosmetic surgeon is not the same as a plastic surgeon. Cosmetic surgery can be performed by most licensed physicians, even with little training. But to be a plastic surgeon the physician must be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
If you are considering rhinoplasty, whether for the first time or for a revision, consider triple board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Louis M. DeJoseph. He is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, medicine was often the topic of conversation at his family’s dinner table. His father was a cardiologist and his mother a nurse. From a young age Dr. DeJoseph would often accompany his father to his practice and follow him on rounds at the local hospital. This experience and upbringing instilled in him the life-long dream of also becoming a highly respected doctor. After graduating Cum Laude in Molecular Biology from King’s College in Pennsylvania, he studied medicine at Penn State. As a medical student he became enamored with plastic surgery’s ability to piece people back together and give them back their selves. Dr. DeJoseph also thinks that the amazing thing about plastic surgery is its ability to match someone’s outside to their inside: “on a day to day basis we get the inner person to shine on the outside.” By helping patients feel good about their appearance, their quality of life is improved.
He believes relationships are important in plastic surgery, because the choices are so personal. Even though many find it to be the right choice for them, there is still a process in learning about the procedures available. During the initial consultation he strives to provide the necessary information in a relaxed atmosphere so that patient is comfortable enough to be candid and open with their questions and ideas. Computer imaging will be used to help patients “try on” the procedure and see what the possible changes will look like. The goal is always to establish a trusting relationship from the start to allow for open communication to achieve the desired results.