Dallas plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist Dr Rod J. Rohrich recently gave a talk at The Aesthetic Society’s Rhinoplasty Symposium on management of difficult rhinoplasty cases.
Rohrich’s presentation offered insight and professional guidelines based on his extensive experience with complex and especially challenging rhinoplasty patients, according to a media release.
“Rhinoplasty is in a class of its own within plastic surgery. Not only are you responsible for the surgical planning and performance of the rhinoplasty or revision, but also have to be keenly aware and sensitive to how every patient’s unique situation and circumstances may affect that person’s self-esteem, identity, and long term quality of life.”
— Rohrich, who sees a relatively large number of rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty cases
Speak Openly About Risks and Limitations
In his presentation, Rohrich advises rhinoplasty surgeons to have open and candid conversations with each patient about the risks and limitations of rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. Rohrich recommends that surgeons should question the patient carefully to make sure they clearly understand the patient’s goals, but also be prepared to turn down patients who may have unrealistic expectations or misconceptions about what is achievable through plastic surgery.
“You must be clear about what you can, and perhaps more importantly, about what you cannot do,” he adds. “Never promise what you cannot deliver.”
Use Digital Imaging
Rohrich also encourages the use of digital imaging as part of the rhinoplasty consultation, a service he offers in his own practice in Dallas. Patient photographs are edited to visually show a patient what they can reasonably expect as a surgical outcome. Imaging can be useful not only for helping the surgeon communicate what they expect the outcome to be, but also to help the patient make their final decision, the release continues.
“We remind our patients that the imaging is educational in nature and not a guarantee of the surgical outcome.”
“It is vital to educate patients on all aspects of the procedure, but never try to sell them on the procedure, Rohrich concludes. “Ultimately, the rhinoplasty surgeon needs to provide the patient all of the information they need to make an informed decision for themselves.”
[Source(s): Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, PRWeb]