Is it common to get turned away when considering rhinoplasty?

Here is a question that isn’t asked as frequently, but it can be an interesting one to discuss. In some cases, plastic surgeons may decide that you are not a good candidate for the procedure that you are looking to have performed. While uncommon, some plastic surgeons may even turn down a patients request for a procedure simply based upon a lack of aesthetic need. Meaning, a surgeon may decide that the issue you are attempting to treat does not warrant the risk of the procedure. There are a few reasons why you might be denied a procedure, as your overall health is always a priority for any surgeon.

The most common reason for denying a rhinoplasty would be that the patient has already had multiple procedures on the nose. Multiple procedures on the nose can increase impaired nasal circulation, increasing the risk of severe complications (Michael Jackson is a prime example). This could also be a sign that a patient may never be satisfied with the appearance of their nose. Patients may also be requesting the procedure for all the wrong reasons ( i.e. surgery to get a better job). Lastly, patients may have unrealistic expectations for their procedure, and will undoubtedly be displeased with the results.

At the end of the day, a patient’s health and safety will always take priority over a plastic surgery procedure. Since rhinoplasty is a procedure that delivers long-lasting results, it is crucial that the procedure be done for the right reasons, and that all factors are taken into account prior to performing the procedure. While it is rare for plastic surgeons to turn down potential procedures, it is done for the health, well-being and overall happiness of the patient.