The fine art of rhinoplasty surgery
Lakeview Private Hospital rhinoplasty specialist, Dr Shahidi, has lost count of the number of rhinoplasties he has performed. “It is in the thousands!” he says.
Rhinoplasty is surgery designed to reshape the nose with the aim of improving the nose aesthetically and to correct any breathing problems.
According to Dr Shahidi “Despite being one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, rhinoplasty is one of the most technically difficult procedures. It is truly an art form and therefore choosing the ‘right’ surgeon is extremely important,”says Dr Shahidi.
Dr Shahidi recommends GPs choose surgeons with reputations for excellence. “It is the technical expertise and artistic skill of the surgeon you choose that will dictate the outcome of the surgery,” he said. While most rhinoplasty surgeons are trained in otolaryngology, and head and neck surgery, Dr Shahidi recommends referring to surgeons like himself who subspecialise in rhinoplasty and rhinology.
In addition to technical expertise, choosing a surgeon with a compassionate and caring nature is also very important according to Dr Shahidi. “The majority of patients are embarrassed to seek help for cosmetic reasons,” Dr Shahidi explained. “The nose in particular is something patients can be very shy about. They have often been teased as a child because of a large or unusually shaped nose, and been self- conscious their whole lives as a result.
“My treatment philosophy is to spend time getting to know the patients as individuals, understand their concerns and develop realistic goals. I have a dedicated and professional team of staff who assure discretion and support throughout the process. Usually we have two consultations prior to surgery which includes utilising our advanced computer imaging system so the patients can make really informed decisions about different procedures and outcomes.
“I am very proud of the work I do creating aesthetically natural and beautiful noses with healthy, functional airways. To see patients arrive with low self-esteem and health issues and to leave with confidence, ready to embrace life is very satisfying!” he said.
Dr Shahidi has received the highest qualification awarded to Australian Surgeons – fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). He is also a member of the Australian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and Australian Rhinology society.
Visit Dr Shahidi’s web site at www.drshahidi.com. To refer to Dr Shahidi phone 02 9419 5477 at the Centre for Facial Cosmetic Surgery, Suite 8, 12-14 Malvern Ave, Chatswood.
Article featured in Lakeview Private Hospital News- Autumn 2016