Plastic Surgery Forum & Message Board at PlasticSurgerySpot.com

Plastic Surgery Forum & Message Board at PlasticSurgerySpot.com (http://www.plasticsurgeryspot.com/)
-   Nose Surgery (Primary & Revision Rhinoplasty) (http://www.plasticsurgeryspot.com/nose-surgery-primary-revision-rhinoplasty/)
-   -   My story. (http://www.plasticsurgeryspot.com/nose-surgery-primary-revision-rhinoplasty/2130-my-story.html)

TRC 11-14-2010 04:34 AM

My story.
 
When I was 16 years old, I finally was able to convince my parents, through surgeon diagnosis, family counseling, and psychiatry sessions that a rhinoplasty would be the surgery I needed to correct a birth nose that had the appearance typical of a male with Fragile X Syndrome and developmental growth problems; a nose that was wide, flat, extremely bulbous, droopy, and saddled. which was unnatural for my family backgrounds and caused me constant bullying in and outside of school. I was forced to go with a local surgeon, who after promising me that the surgery would be routine and conservative, amputated almost all of the cartilage in my extreme nose, giving me the nose Michael Jackson achieved through four surgeries, with my entire right nasal chamber collapsing, and the left side of my nasal structure leaning inward in it's place. The effect was that I walked around looking like an alien for a year, and my nose was so complex that most every surgeon in my town had no clue what to tell me nor did they think it was possible that a case as severe as my result could be fixed.

With this surgery, I had the deformities as follows:
Pollybeak
Saddling
Tip Bossea
Pinched Tip Point
Fully Collapsed Right Nasal Bone And Dorsal Wall
Crooked Left Nasal Wall
Inverted-V Deformity
Retracted Collumella
Right Nasal Chamber Breathing Issues
Voice Changes
Severe Sinus Pain
Severe Structure Pain
Unsymmetrical Nostrils *not noticeable but worth a mention*

About two years later, I traveled across the country to see a revision rhinoplasty specialist who specialized in "finesse reconstruction" with grafting and this surgeon also had trained under famous names and schooled in prostegious universities; he also had extremely diverse galleries, some of the most numerous in revision rhinoplasty, and he also belonged to a board that required being on multitudes of other rhinoplasty boards - overall, he was the doctor for me...or so I thought. I chose to have a revision with this doctor, and the results were again a disaster. This surgeon lined my entire nose with rock-hard ear grafts that have made my nose entirely immoble, and what's more, is he did not fix a single issue wrong with my native cartilage structure - he simply took 3 hours to line my entire malformed structure with grafts and grafts only, and then he cut the surgery short. He admitted to me in words (and on the surgical report) that grafting was the only procedure done, and that NO change, not even small, was done to my original structure for breathing or aesthetic support; this was important because this surgeon had planned only minimal grafting with mostly structural manuevers. To this day, my primary result shows directly in the middle of a sandwhich of thick grafts, and my nose literally looks like it was ran over by a truck.

The deformities I currently have:
Pollybeak
Saddling
Pinched Tip Point
Fully Collapsed Right Nasal Bone And Dorsal Wall
Crooked Left Nasal Wall
Inverted-V Deformity
Crooked Collumella
Right Nasal Chamber Breathing Issues
Voice Changes
Severe Sinus Pain
Severe Structure Pain
Unsymmetrical Nostrils *not noticeable but worth a mention*
Inflamed And Extremely Over-Sized Cheekbone Grafts
Extreme Scar Tissue
Constant Runny Nose

Because I have been training to be an actor, and have worked with successful actors with a family business since my elementary school ages, this appearance has destroyed my entire career, as well as my social life; I cannot socialize without people asking me what happened to my nose or if I had gotten in a car wreck since the last time I'd seen them, I can only imagine what the entire country would say if some casting director was foolish enough to actually put me in a film. Worse than any of that, my entire social life has gone down the drain, every friend I once had, even through my primary surgery, has completely left me and they've explained that they simply aren't comfortable being around me because of the way I look. Even as extreme as my primary surgery was, my revision truly made me look even more like a monster, my nose is permanently the size and shape of a dented football, and sadly, since I'm only 20, socializing is really all I have to be happy, as all people my age do. Everyone I know is in college having the time of their lives, or active in their social and sex lives, yet I'm going through rhinoplasty revision misery, and it's one of the worst things I could have ever imagined happening to me. Physically, my nose doesn't feel any better than that, nor is my severe sleep apnea ever grand.

But I do have hope, and I'm hoping to solve this soon as possible (it's been roughly two years since my revision.) and right now I am only considering Dr. Solieman + Dr. Litner for at least what could probably be a moderate improvement, I trust no one else as I have had extremely negative consultations with other surgeons who are also regarded as the best. I have not seen or talked to Dr. S&L yet, but one thing that bothers me is I read on a recent post on here where the Moderator seemed to know of a negative experience involving Dr. S&L. It was mentioned that they are very involved with self-promotion and all, but with researching them, it hardly seems that they do this more than any other surgeon (possibly even way less) and I have never heard of a bad experience from them on any website that I know of. But I only wish I knew for certain if there was one. Hopefully I can get some really good suggestions on this forum!

P.S. For anyone who may have thought Dr. S&L's galleries were once a little wonky (I thought so too at one time!), you should really check out what they have done with the galleries since. There's almost as many revision results as rhinoplasty results, and they all look superb, except a few that qualify more as just small improvements that may need a touch-up. Based on every result on the website, I would be satisfied with their ability enough to know that even if the surgery needed a touch-up, they'd be the guys to take care of me until the end, and in this extremely corrupt field, that sounds like heaven to me. They also have a great blog where they show three examples of how extremely close the results are compared to the morph photos (they look exactly the same, no lie!) and yet they are very modest about it. My last revision surgeon applied to every bit of this in the exact same fashion, though, so the most important thing is to truly make sure the surgeons at hand have never had a bad result...I'm hoping that Dr. S&L haven't!


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:27 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.5.2 © 2010, Crawlability, Inc.