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"Patients' Choice Award" by Vitals.com
Dr. Sam Naficy has been awarded the "Patients' Choice Award" by Vitals.com - a website dedicated to rating the quality of physicians across the country. Out of 720,000 physicians, only 5% received this honor.
CASE OF THE MONTH
Seattle rhinoplasty surgeon Sam Naficy, MD performed this rhinoplasty procedure to help refine the tip and reduce the hump on the bridge of the nose. The patient also had a deviated septum which was corrected at the same time as the rhinoplasty.
See the before and after results here
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SEEING WHAT YOUR NOSE COULD LOOK LIKE AFTER A RHINOPLASTY?
Seattle rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Sam Naficy can perform computer simulations to help you visualize the potential outcome of rhinoplasty. Check out this link for more details about rhinoplasty simulations. Also, if you are wondering whether you would be a good candidate for rhinoplasty, you may submit your photographs to us for a virtual consultation.
DR. SAM NAFICY VOTED TOP SEATTLE PLASTIC SURGEON FOR THE FACE
Voted by his medical peers for his expertise in rhinoplasty and facial cosmetic surgery
Questions to Ask
Here are some questions that may help you find a facial plastic surgeon who is right for you:
For comparison purposes, here are the answers to the previous questions, as they pertain to Dr. Naficy.
1. How long have you been in practice?
Dr. Naficy has been performing facial plastic surgery for over 12 years, which represents a great deal of experience.
2. How many of these procedures have you done? How many did you do last year?
Dr. Naficy performs many face lifts (100-150 per year), rhinoplasty procedures (200-250 per year), laser skin resurfacings (over 100 per year), and eyelid lifts (over 200 per year).
3. Have you been invited to teach a course in your specialty on the subject of this procedure in the last two years?
There is a huge difference between attending a course, and being asked to teach a course. Dr. Naficy teaches a course in facial plastic surgery and rhinoplasty every year, and the course instructors are viewed by their peers as leaders in their field.
4. Have you written any scientific papers on the subject of this procedure?
Dr. Naficy has written many articles in medical journals and has been a contributing author for medical textbooks. He has written a major textbook on plastic surgery of the nose.
5. Have you lectured on this subject at a major medical institution?
Presenting lectures along with running a busy medical practice can be a challenge. Dr. Naficy continues to lecture at a number of courses and meetings at a local, national, and international level. He is a clinical assistant professor of Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of Washington.
6. Do you have patients I could contact who have had you do this procedure on them?
This is one of the most important questions on this list. If a doctor isn't willing to give you names and phone numbers of satisfied patients who have expressed a willingness to share their success stories, something is definitely wrong. Dr. Naficy would be pleased to provide contact information for patients who would be happy to talk about their experiences.
7. How many doctors or doctors' family members have you operated on in the past year?
Doctors know who is the best in various specialties, and in Seattle, few doctors do facial plastic surgery on as many physicians and their families as Dr. Naficy does. The medical community has voted him one of Seattle's top facial plastic surgeons.
8. Do you have before and after pictures of patients you have operated on that I could look at?
This is probably the most important question to ask. If the doctor does not have any pictures to show you, or if you find the results unattractive, you should look for another doctor. If you're having nose surgery, ask to see a number of before and after photos.
9. Do you have before/after photos of patients' incisions?
Dr. Naficy is very skillful at hiding incisions carefully. The mark of a good face lift is when the surgeon hides your incisions so skillfully that the only person who can detect that you have even had a facelift is your hairdresser. This may be why Dr. Naficy has a reputation among Seattle 'high-end' salons as the facial plastic surgeon with the least visible incisions.
10. Are you board-certified in facial plastic surgery? Cosmetic surgery? Otolaryngology? General plastic surgery? Dermatology? Ophthalmology?
Many well-qualified doctors from different specialties perform facial plastic surgery, and no one specialty board is a guarantee of strong expertise. What board certification means is that the doctor took a test years ago after completing a residency program. Translated, this means you shouldn't make boards the sole criterion of your doctor search. However, when a doctor is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS), you can know that he/she has credentials that are one step above the other boards. A doctor must already have passed ABMS boards in either otolaryngology or plastic surgery in order to even qualify for ABFPRS boards. The board certifications that reflect a surgeon's experience in nasal surgery are the ones in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology. Dr. Naficy is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
11. If the procedure is to be performed in your own operating suite, do you also have privileges to perform the same procedure in a hospital?
Hospital privileges indicate that a committee of other physicians has monitored a doctor's surgical practices and rated them appropriate. A doctor may not have sought privileges, or he may not have been overseen because he operates in his own office. Although Dr. Naficy routinely does surgery in his own operating suite, he also has operating privileges at all major Seattle area hospitals.
12. Do you have an appointment to a medical school and, if so, how actively are you involved?
Many doctors who are on the faculties of medical schools are respected in their specialties. Dr. Naficy holds a faculty appointment at University of Washington School of Medicine. Every year, Dr. Naficy is involved in lecturing and teaching dozens of other doctors interested in gaining advanced skills in facial plastic surgery.
13. What special honors have you achieved in your field?
Dr. Naficy was chosen by his peers as one of the best facial plastic surgeons in Seattle. He is a noted expert in nasal reconstruction and has authored one of the only two existing textbooks in the field of reconstructive nasal plastic surgery. Dr. Naficy also graduated #1 in his medical school class at the University of Washington.
14. Do you consider yourself a perfectionist?
Any plastic surgeon who is not a perfectionist is in the wrong field. In the operating room, Dr. Naficy motto is "Don't stop working until it's perfect".
15. How often do you have to redo the work you've done on your own patients? Does this occur 5 percent of the time? 10 percent? 20? 30?
Most good doctors occasionally have to redo a procedure and, in fact, most perfectionist doctors want to redo a procedure that is less than perfect. It is important to distinguish between minor touchups and major revisions. Dr. Naficy rarely ever does a minor or major touchup with eyelid and facelift procedures, and has a very low (2-3%) of minor rhinoplasty touchups. Dr. Naficy is often asked to revise rhinoplasty surgery done by other doctors.
16. How many malpractice claims have you had in your career?
Many plastic surgeons have been sued, and some have settled out of court. Dr. Naficy has never had a patient file a lawsuit nor has he made any settlements.
17. Have your privileges to practice medicine in any jurisdiction ever been suspended, revoked, voluntarily relinquished, or subject to probation or any conditions or limitations except medical records?
Don't choose a plastic surgeon whose work has had limitations placed on it, or who has had privileges revoked. Instead, you want a surgeon who has an impeccable reputation. Dr. Naficy has an excellent reputation; and has never been reprimanded, limited, or suspended.
18. Have you ever been denied, suspended, limited, terminated, or denied renewal in any membership, professional privilege, participation or affiliation with any clinic, hospital, health plan, or other institution? Or have you taken a leave of absence for reasons related to use of, or dependency on, alcohol or drugs?
Dr. Naficy has never been denied, suspended, limited, terminated, or denied renewal. He has never taken a leave of absence. He has not had any of the problems listed above.
19. Where is the surgery performed?
Most cosmetic surgery is performed within your cosmetic surgeon's office. Surprisingly, what is known as "office based surgery" is still relatively unregulated. On the other hand, obtaining the distinction as an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) demands the highest standards of technology, quality and safety to meet the highly regulated standards imposed by various certifying agencies. Our Ambulatory Surgery Center holds the coveted distinction of being Medicare certified. Requirements for Medicare certification are the most rigorous of all other certifying agencies. Surgical procedures performed in a Medicare certified ASC are not considered "office based" since the certified facility has the same standards imposed on it as most hospital-based surgical facilities. This translates into the highest safety available during your procedure at our ASC. It is advisable to ask your surgeon about his/her operating facility, and whether it holds certification - Medicare certification being the toughest standard to achieve.