Are You a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
If I am fortunate enough to see you and discuss your concerns about your nose, you will have to meet three criteria in order to be a candidate for rhinoplasty:
- Your nose must have a problem that can be corrected. Some noses, fortunately very few, have abnormalities that cannot be reliably improved upon. It is tough to alter the appearance of a nose with very thick skin. Large noses can be made smaller, but small noses are very difficult to enlarge.
- You must have a healthy relationship with your nose. You must have a reasonably accurate appraisal of the specific problem with your nose as well as an appropriate estimation as to how the abnormality affects your life. You can expect to have an improved sense of confidence and self esteem as a result of correcting an identifiable abnormality with your nose. You cannot expect cosmetic nasal surgery to radically alter the quality of your life. The vast majority of the patients I see about their noses pass this test.
- You must be healthy enough to have outpatient surgery. Some major health problems preclude a patient from having cosmetic surgery without too much attendant risk. I will have to sort through your health history when we meet at our Las Cruces office to make this determination. I do not offer cosmetic rhinoplasty to smokers unless they quit completely for 6 weeks prior to surgery due to attendant increased risks of poor healing.
If you feel like you meet these criteria, contact our cosmetic surgery office in Las Cruces, New Mexico. We offer consultations, and look forward to helping you meet your goals.