Advice on reputable Rhinoplasty surgeon who is good with Asian noses
I've been thinking about rhinoplasty for years! My main problem is that I have no nose bridge, but I'm near-sighted, that equals to having to wear glasses that never ever stays put. Of course, on top of the practical reason, aesthetically I'm looking for improvements upon which I already have: namely a slightly narrower base/nostrils. Nothing too dramatic, I still want to look like me after the surgery.
Finding the right surgeon, however, has been challenging. There are so many choices in LA, I'm not even sure where to begin. So far I've only been to one consultation, with Dr. Art Yu in Temple City. The consultation was pleasant, but I was mainly speaking to this lady who works with him, and I was only able to speak to him for about 15 minutes. I'm definitely looking to visit a few more surgeons before making my decision.
So far, the surgeons on my list are (based on the fact they specifically talked about Asian noses on their website):
Dr. S. Sean Younai - Encino
Dr. V. Grigoryants - Glendale
Dr. R. Ellenbogen - Beverly Hills
Dr. G. Keyes - Beverly Hills
Dr. A. Stone - LA (Century City)
Any advice on any of the surgeons above would be greatly appreciated. Furthermore, if anyone has other recommendations, I'm all ears.
Thanks in advance for all your help!
If Dr. Yu only spent 15 minutes with you I hope you didn't have to pay for that consult.
To me it seems like a red flag because if a surgeon doesn't care enough to spend time with a patient before the operation imagine how he could treat you after the surgery once he has your money. Just my opinion..
From prior research I've heard Dr. Ellenbogen has performed surgery on celebrities but I've also seen mixed reviews on him.
if you do the research you'll find that ellenbogen has a pretty awful rep that his staff helps to hide on the web
Thanks for all the responses.
I have attached two pictures of myself: one from the front, one sideview.
Any further advice would be greatly appreciated!
Re: Geoffrey Keyes. I would not recommend him from my two first hand experiences - primary and revision... People actually pointed out to me after surgery that I need to do something about my nose. Harsh. It's not super horrible or super obviously bad but I do get occasional weird stares which is bad enough. Depending on light and angle sometimes. I went back to him for a revision that actually made things worse. He also doesn't listen very well and definitely doesn't like doing revisions. He explicitly states he's an anti-perfectionist. On the upside he is pretty conservative (perhaps too conservative) and will not do a super horrible job but that really is nothing to brag about. Also he's a chairman of the california plastic surgery board now so he doesn't spend much time in practice. Also as robyne00 said he doesn't specialize in rhinoplasty but does all kinds of stuff - indicating he's more interested in income generation than doing amazing work for his patients. I was trying to think of something positive to say about him but I really can't. It's a tough job with zero tolerance for screw-ups so I don't feel bad for posting this here.
Also I noticed everyone on this board seems to be very positive about Thomas Le (in Maryland) so perhaps he's worth looking into. He's asian :) I don't have a first hand experience with him though so take this with a grain of salt. Also as people say don't limit yourself to your geographical area, although it seems you should be able to find someone good in LA. Also I'd try to find first-hand references if you can. Also if I were you I'd buy rhinoplasty surgery books, do your own research and try to understand how the surgery is done and what you think is the right thing to do. You have to understand your own cartilagious structure and ask questions about HOW the surgeon is planning to do the surgery. You can filter out a lot of BS that way. You can tell if the surgeon understands your nose structure or not. If he doesn't .. chances are you have to move on. You probably want to spend at least a year doing diligent research. Your nose is not going to get worse in the meantime but it easily can if you don't do your homework.
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