How to Choose a Rhinoplasty Surgeon in NYC

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | July 28, 2016, 7:17 a.m.

If you’re looking to change the shape, size, or general appearance of your nose, one thing is for

sure—you will need a skilled rhinoplasty surgeon. This can be a tall task in New York City. There are

thousands of plastic surgeons, so how do you choose the right one for you? Follow these three tips to

find the rhinoplasty surgeon that best fits your needs.

1. Research the surgeon’s certifications

To make sure your rhinoplasty surgeon is highly qualified, do some research with the plastic surgery

certification agencies. The American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic

and Reconstructive Surgery are two of the most widely used certification boards. Certified plastic

surgeons are educated and experienced in the most up-to- date medical skills and treatments.

2. Double-check the surgeon’s experience

Has your rhinoplasty surgeon actually preformed any rhinoplasties in the past? This may sound like a

silly question, but there are plenty of dishonest plastic surgeons in New York City. They may claim to be

experts in rhinoplasty, but in reality, they’ve only preformed liposuction or—even worse—they’ve never

preformed plastic surgery. Be sure to verify your surgeon’s experience and ask to see before/after


You’ll also want to check with New York’s state medical licensing board. This agency will have records of

your rhinoplasty surgeon’s medical license, along with information on any malpractice suits or

disciplinary actions involving the surgeon.

3. Reevaluate your gut feeling

Do you trust your rhinoplasty surgeon? Make sure you’re looking beyond any guarantees or gimmicks.

You should ask plenty of questions and look out for anything that seems amiss. If you have a nagging

feeling in the back of your head, it’s probably best to keep looking for another surgeon. The right

rhinoplasty surgeon will answer all of your questions and make you feel secure in your decision.

The wrong rhinoplasty surgeon could spell disaster for your nose. Be smart about your decision! Be sure

to give yourself plenty of time to choose the right surgeon. Ask questions and do your research. In the

end, you’ll be able to form a trusting relationship with your surgeon and be confident in your new look.