The patient should always feel comfortable with his or her physician and have a good understanding of the goals and objectives prior to undergoing any treatment or procedure.
At the initial consultation, Dr. DeRosa will ask the patient to express his or her desires/goals for surgery. It is important for the patient to be candid about any other medical conditions or history that may impact an optimal result. Next, Dr. DeRosa will perform a detailed history and physical examination and discuss her impression and recommendations with the patient. During this consultation (or anytime thereafter), patients should be sure to ask any unanswered questions and voice any concerns.
During a rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. DeRosa studies both the function and appearance of the nose.
She also takes into consideration any other factors that may need to be addressed either before or during the surgery. For example, for a patient who has a small chin and a large nose that sits too far from the face, she may recommend a chin implant as an adjunctive procedure to the rhinoplasty. Alternatively, she may recommend an allergy evaluation to optimize nasal breathing. At the completion of a rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. DeRosa uses photo imaging to demonstrate potential changes that could be made to the nose, which often also allows improved communication between the patient and doctor.