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Factors that lead to Nose Surgery Satisfaction

Dr. Philip Miller

May 21, 2018

image showing female patient before and after her rhinoplasty surgery, resulting in an improved nose line. As the old saying goes, the customer is always right. But is the customer always happy with the final purchase? When it comes to cosmetic rhinoplasty, some estimate a general satisfaction rate of around 75 percent, which is pretty high given the complexity and difficulty of nose surgery. Many skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeons in New York will report an even higher satisfaction rate.

A few millimeters off target can significantly alter the intended effect and require revision rhinoplasty. The American Society of Plastic Surgery estimates 5 to 10 percent of all nasal surgeries are redone for various reasons, and that number is often higher for facial plastic surgeons who are less skilled.

Still, facial plastic surgeons report a high satisfaction rate among their patients and it all centers around the first, all-important consultation with the patient. It is far more than a routine “meet-and-greet” rap session. It’s the essential starting point whereby the plastic surgeon is able to determine exactly what the patient wants and the patient can understand what the doctor can deliver. Once a mutual understanding and practical guidelines are set, it makes for a happy and trusting relationship between doctor and patient.

Doctors note that a satisfied patient is one who has a good idea about what he or she is looking for in cosmetic nose surgery and is able to communicate his or her needs and desires in an honest and straightforward manner to the cosmetic plastic surgeon. A satisfied patient is also a stress-free patient. So, it’s up to the facial plastic surgeon to put the mind of the patient at ease with a thorough description of the surgery process from the first incision to the first week of the patient’s recovery period and beyond.

When the surgeon is fully aware of the patient’s reasons for being in the doctor’s office, the surgeon is then able to get a reliable sense of the patient’s short- and long-term goals. That, in and of itself, is essential to patient satisfaction. The patient’s goals, however, must be reasonable and both practical and efficacious – yielding the intended or desired results. Otherwise, the patient becomes a good candidate for a surgical do-over.

Moreover, a satisfied patient is one who is mentally and emotionally balanced as defined by prevailing societal norms. If the patient seems “out there” with his or her expectations or is showing signs of body dysmorphic disorder, that is a red flag for the plastic surgeon. The patients must also understand the potential complications that can occur.

Finally, many patients satisfied after having their first nose job are those who didn’t feel as though they were pressured into having the procedure by the surgeon. No one likes a high-pressure salesman. And it’s no different when it comes to cosmetic rhinoplasty. To learn more about rhinoplasty, visit

Your first consultation is the foundation for a successful and positive outcome, which usually translates into one happy customer.

Dr. Philip Miller is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with offices located at 60 East 56th, Third Floor, New York, N.Y. Call (646) 791-3025for a personal consultation or read more about rhinoplasty.

Next, read all about Rhinoplasty for Older Patients.

Dr. Philip Miller

Focusing exclusively on the face for more than two decades, double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Philip Miller blends art and science with innovation and skill to provide thousands of patients with impeccable results. He is known for pioneering the NatraLook methodology for rhinoplasty, facelifts, neck lifts, and other cosmetic procedures for the face.

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