Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?


A good candidate is someone who is most likely to have a pleasant and safe experience and obtain a favorable result. In considering whether you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty surgery, the following factors are worthy of reflection.

Medical considerations

As with any surgical procedure, it is important to ensure you are medically fit and prepared for surgery. Your surgeon will usually ask about your general health, medical history, medications and allergies. Patients undergoing rhinoplasty surgery are often healthy and no special pre-operative tests are required. A simple routine blood test, performed at a local clinic near the patient’s home is all that is required. If there are any chronic conditions such as diabetes, some adjustments may need to be made to the medications being taken before and after surgery.


Rhinoplasty can be performed starting at age 15-16, when the nose has finished its development. Advanced age is not considered a hindrance to surgery. The important factor is not age but the person’s health.

Psychological Considerations

As important as being physically healthy for surgery, it is equally important that you be psychologically prepared. Your decision to undergo rhinoplasty needs careful consideration. Below are certain tips that may guide you in making the decision of whether you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty should be considered if your goal is to achieve an improvement that will enhance your self-confidence and sense of well-being. You should not engage in the process if you are convinced or pressured by friends, colleagues, or even loved ones.

People who are in the midst of a personal crisis such as a relationship conflict or the loss of a loved one are not in a position to make a clear decision regarding surgery. It is best to delay such a decision until any turbulence or problems in your personal life are resolved.

Patients who make impulsive decisions regarding esthetic surgery are less likely to be satisfied with the outcome. Take time to consider your decision and research the topic. A thorough understanding of the procedure is more likely to lead to a positive outcome. A positive mindset regarding your surgery is also important. Although it is completely normal to experience some degree of apprehension, you should feel comfortable with your decision and with your surgeon. If you do not, it is important to discuss this with your surgeon or seek additional opinions.

One of the most important considerations is whether you have realistic expectations. The goal should be for an esthetically pleasing nose that does not display the signs of having been operated, but rather fits naturally with the rest of your facial features. Expert rhinoplasty surgeons can achieve marked improvements, but perfection is not usually possible nor does it necessarily look most pleasing.

The Bottom Line

Most people who decide to undergo rhinoplasty are good candidates, and are likely to enjoy a positive outcome. Occasionally, however, patients are not good candidates for rhinoplasty. In such instances, an honest and ethical surgeon should advise you against undergoing surgery.

Our Approach

After a pre-operative evaluation to insure you are healthy, Dr. Samaha and his staff explain, in detail, the steps to follow before the surgery, what will happen on the day of surgery and instructions following surgery. Although these instructions are also provided to you in written form, Dr. Samaha prefers to communicate this information verbally as well to allow you the opportunity to ask questions. On the day of surgery, these instructions are repeated by the nurse, and another written copy provided.

For every surgery he performs, Dr. Samaha’s approach is to obtain a pleasing esthetic result while maintaining a natural apperance and avoiding the “operated” look. A successful surgery is one where people can see there is an improvement in your appearance without being able to identify what was changed.

Dr. Samaha concerns himself not only with his patient’s nose but rather with the person as a whole. This allows him to make more appropriate recommendations to satisfy the patient’s goals and wishes. In the majority of cases, patients are excellent candidates for rhinoplasty and Dr. Samaha feels confident he will be able to help the patient achieve his/her goals. Occasionally, however, a patient is not a good candidate for surgery for many reasons including life circumstances or unrealistic expectations. Dr. Samaha will discuss this with the patient in an open and frank manner.

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