Are you thinking about cosmetic nose surgery? Are you embarrassed by the appearance of your nose?

If you are, you are not alone. Every year, more than 150,000 people have nose reshaping surgery. Broken nasal bones are the most common facial trauma. The obstructed nose breathing affects the sinuses and sleeping. Many people who undergo nose reshaping surgery have improvement of his/ her headache, sinus problem and sleeping difficulty. They become more energetic. It can also improve your self-esteem. You become more productive personally and professionally.

Five questions to ask your surgeon before nasal reshaping aka, nose job.

Is your surgeon board certified?

In choosing a cosmetic nose surgeon, it is extremely important that he/ she is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery or American Board of Plastic Surgery. As a double board certified facial plastic surgeon and nose specialist, Dr. Lee has extensive training in nasal reconstruction and techniques to improve breathing room in the nose in addition to cosmetic nose reshaping. He understands not only the aesthetics but also the functional aspect of the nose. Dr. Lee can improve the obstructed nasal breathing and enhance the appearance of the nose in the same setting. After all, what good is a nice looking nose if you cannot breathe well?

What is the experience of your surgeon?

Some surgeon may be good at certain procedures e.g. breast augmentation but not cosmetic nose surgery. Cosmetic surgery of the nose and face requires years of specialized training and fellowship. Dr. Lee had perfected his nasal sculpting techniques with personal in depth studying and workshops. Dr. Lee had been doing facial cosmetic surgery for the past 10 years. He was the Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at New Jersey Medical School until recently. He had successfully trained numerous physicians in New Jersey Medical School for cosmetic facial and nose surgery. He has done hundreds of noses for cosmetic reason, after nasal trauma and reconstructive surgery of the nose after cancer surgery. He has seen just about every scenario of difficult nasal deformity, acquired or congenital. He has perfected his techniques to handle the various deformities. His patients are extremely happy with the results both functional and cosmetic. Some of his works can be viewed on his website.

What is the philosophy of your surgeon and his/her aesthetic interpretation?

When considering nasal cosmetic surgery, you, as a patent, have to make sure that your surgeon has the same aesthetic philosophy as yours. Some surgeons have a cookie cutter approach to nose surgery which may not fit your goals and expectations. More often than not, Dr. Lee revises other surgeons’ work to improve breathing and refine the shape of the nose for his patients. Dr. Lee delivers a natural looking nose with refinement to achieve facial harmony. His work is available for you to review on his website.

Does your surgeon understand your realistic expectations and your concerns?

Dr. Lee attends to details and concerns of his patients from the moment you walk into his office until his patients are completely satisfied with the results. He personally talks to his patient and spends however long the time it takes to communicate with his patients. He uses computer imaging to communicate with his patients so there is an open dialogue between his patents and him. As a result, Dr. Lee knows exactly what are the expectations of his patents. Dr. Lee is honest to discuss with his patients whether the expectations are achievable or not. Dr. Lee has refused and would not operate on anyone whose expectation is unrealistic.

Is your surgeon available to you after surgery?

Most surgeon would leave most of the after surgery care to a nurse or medical assistant. Dr. Lee attends to details and concerns of his patients. He would personally call his patients on the night of surgery to make sure all needs of his patients are met. He would return all the calls from his patients himself. All his patients feel extremely comfortable every step of the way without any anxiety or doubts.

What is the downtime?

Most patients takes at least three weeks sometimes four after nose reshaping surgery. Most of them have gauze packing in the nose for at least one week. It is extremely painful to have packing in the nose after such procedure. Dr. Lee does not insert such gauze packing for the comfort of his patients. He has refined his techniques in nose sculpting so that there is minimal bleeding and swelling after the procedure. His patients can usually return to work within 10 days after surgery.

If you have further questions, feel free to come in for a consultation with Dr. Lee.