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Your Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) Consultation

Your Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) ConsultationThe initial step in the rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery procedure for the patient will be to schedule an in-depth consultation with the nose surgeon.

This consultation offers the surgeon and patient an opportunity to develop a personal rapport, establish candidacy for a specific rhinoplasty technique, and start the planning process for the nose reshaping surgery.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides rhinoplasty to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.


Medical Evaluation

The surgeon will review the medical records of the patient, enquire about the medicines that the patient is currently using, understand whether the patient is a smoker, and answer any questions that they may have regarding the nose surgery. On their part, the patient should honestly reveal all pertinent information to the plastic surgeon.

Smoking does not necessarily disqualify a patient from receiving rhinoplasty. But the surgeon will require that the patient commit to quitting smoking for a specific duration pre and post-surgery. In addition, particular drugs can disrupt the healing process.

The surgeon may recommend safer alternatives, if available. The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s nose by carefully assessing aspects such as the skin quality, shape, available tissue quantity, and the state of the septum.


Establishing Surgical Goals

Upon ascertaining that the patient physically qualifies for rhinoplasty, they will determine the patient’s cosmetic or health-related goals. During the nose reshaping consultation with the surgeon, patients can carry images of the type of nose they desire.

It may not be possible to create a replica. But these pictures will help the plastic surgeon understand the patient’s goals better and incorporate these into the customized surgical plan.


Planning the Procedure

A responsible surgeon will encourage the patient to participate actively in the planning process for the nose plastic surgery. The patient and surgeon work synergistically to develop a comprehensive surgical plan. The surgeon will offer the patient recommendations based on their individual goals and physical characteristics, including:

  • Rhinoplasty type most suitable for the patient
  • The technique most appropriate for the patient’s needs
  • Expected results from the surgery
  • Expenses associated with the rhinoplasty
  • Risks associated with the nose surgery
  • Options for anesthesia and surgical facilities
  • Pre-operative guidelines
  • Information on expectations and experiences post-op
  • Display before and after rhinoplasty pictures of previous patients
  • Address any questions or doubts


Questions to Ask

The patient should unhesitatingly ask any questions or express any concerns that they may have during the pre-op consultation. Before deciding to go ahead with the rhinoplasty, they must clarify any doubts that they may have regarding the procedure.

A committed and astute surgeon will spend sufficient time addressing the patient’s concerns in-depth to enable them to make a well-considered decision.


Testimonials and Pictures

During the pre-operative consultation, some surgeons display before and after nose surgery pictures of past patients to help the new patient develop realistic expectations from the procedure. In addition, the patient may ask the surgeon to share testimonials of previous rhinoplasty patients to learn from their surgical experience.

Focused cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other towns and neighborhoods in The Golden State for rhinoplasty.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

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