Selecting the right surgeon for you is one of the biggest challenges youíll face when electing to have rhinoplasty performed. There are several national organizations and many state and local organizations where talented, certified professionals band together to offer the public a safe place to find competent, honest rhinoplasty surgeons. One I mentioned earlier in this text was the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) a respected organization that provides listings of professional surgeons around the country as well as all the information one could possibly need in getting help in selecting the right doctor. Another one is the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).
Online sources, your local library or even your family doctor can help you find the listings and certifications of registered physicians in your area to talk to. Ultimately, itís up to you to decide who to trust to do the work on your nose. Interview as many doctors as you can until you find the one who understands exactly who you are and what you want and is willing to do the work on the budget that you have in mind. Many doctors have waiting lists so time is obviously a factor. If for some reason you feel a need to have the work done quickly then a large number of doctors, who may be booked for months in advance, will not be the right ones for you. If you have the time to wait for the right doctor then you have a wider group to choose from .
Probably the best way to find a doctor is to ask people, friends, who they know who might have had some work done on their faces. Youíll be surprised at the response. People you wouldnít have dreamed would have had plastic surgery will suddenly come forward with their stories. And best of all, if you didnít know they had the work done, it was probably excellent work. Most people donít want a drastic change to their faces. They want some irregularity fixed, some aging reversed or some childhood trauma finally taken care of. If you canít tell the work was done, if the person has no complaints about the price he/she paid, the treatment he/she received, and most importantly, about the look and feel of the finished product, then this is most probably a doctor you want to talk to about working on your nose. The best advice youíll ever receive about plastic surgery, about choosing a doctor, about altering your appearance for the better is to do your homework, ask questions, and donít rush into anything.