When is the best time to consult and advice on finding a doctor?

Q: When should I consult? Is 6 months too far ahead? Will the doctor go over details again before surgery? Is peak season December because of holidays? This is a question for the states, specifically Houston. I live 10hrs away but will visit cause of family. I decided on December because of the holidays but I do have a date. I’m choosing facial plastic surgeons only. I feel conflicted when I find before and after pictures from younger doctor better than a very experience 20+ years doctor.

A: The right time to start going to consultations is when you are mentally and emotionally ready to go through rhinoplasty.  As you mentioned, for most facial plastic surgeons the surgery schedule fills up quickly for summer and winter as these are the most popular times.

6 months is not too early as most surgeons will schedule another “pre-operative” appointment (which is the practice in my office) to go over all of the things you’ve discussed during consultation once more.  The pre-operative appointment an be made closer to the surgery date, so that you have an opportunity to discuss any changes before your surgery date.

About Donald B. Yoo, M.D.

Dr. Yoo is a board-certified surgeon, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation surgery (including blepharoplasty and facelift), and Asian cosmetic surgery (including Asian rhinoplasty and Asian blepharoplasty/Asian eyelid surgery). His office is located at: 120 S Spalding Dr Suite 315, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-275-2467.
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