| | Botched Rhino
I had my rhino/septoplasty with Dr. Shah last year. My friend had his done about a year prior to mine and the results were fantastic. For me however, the story did not end so well and I am still living in total frustration of what to do next.
To be fair... this was strictly "finesse rhinoplasty" and a septoplasty (basically to get insurance to pay for the bulk of it!). I had a very SLIGHT "bump" in my profile and just wanted to pare it down a bit and have an over all "sleeker" look to my nose. My nose before was "cute" and I was looking for something more mature and streamlined.
I had an open rhino, the procedure itself (i've been through more than my fair share!) was a piece of cake. Uncomfortable more so than utterly painful. Have your icepacks ready and pain meds as needed.
So, what do i like/dislike about my new nose?
Well for starters, it healed totally crooked. Before I had a slight bump. Now the bump really isnt there in the profile or oblique angle but from a "head shot " view my nose curves to the right . I went back to Dr. Shah several times, and was told it was just part of the healing process , it would go away blah blah blah. 10 mos later I was insistant that I needed further intervention. First, we tried to "file down" the bump on the right side of my nose. Didn't do a darm bit of difference. At this point I consulted w/ a Dr. Rodger Pielat (check the spelling on that one) and he agreed that I needed a Rhino Revision. I was horrified. They both chalked it up to "sometimes this happens".
So a few months LATER...i had ANOTHER procedure to rebreak my nose and attempt to straighten it out again. It is an improvement, but I don't love it. I am very particular about my looks down to every detail. I like the work he did on the tip of my nose, but it's not in harmony with the bridge. My advice, do your homework. Have multiple , MULTPLE consults w' different drs. I was confident in doing this procedure bc my friend had a great experience. I have also had breast aug and went with my "gut feeling" on the first doc and it was wonderful. I just assumed I would have another great experience.
At this point IDK what to do... my nose is "doable" now. But I wouldn't have paid thousands of dollars to have a different problem than I had before. I was just looking for a LITTLE improvement, which I did get but coupled w/ additional issues that were not present previously. If anyone is interested in seeing , send me a PM.
Last but not least, I now live on the east coast. I am right between Baltimore and Philly. (Someday) I would like to get yet another opinion on my "revision" (which was more like a mini revision...I was awake for the procedure ....and no it was NOT fun). Does anyone know of a GOOD rhino revision surgeon in either area ? I would like someone that only does faces/noses.
Thanks to all and good luck to everyone!!!