I am so thankful for these boards and the many reviews that helped guide me through this process! I am scheduled for primary rhinoplasty and chin lipo for February 10th with Dr. Boahene of Johns Hopkins. I cannot say enough about how wonderful this mans work is, how kind, understanding and patient he is and how impressed I am with his work, credentials and staff. I know he is the doctor for me and feel confident we are on the same page with regard to my expected result.
Initially when I consulted with Dr. Boahene I only had the intention of having rhinoplasty surgery. I am a very confident women who just wants to refine her existing nose. Dr. Boahene is excellent and highly sought after for all facial plastic surgery, but for me it was a lock when I saw what he does with those seeking what's called an ethnic rhinoplasty. It's important that your nose suit your face and your heritage and I expressed that immediately.
As an African American I dont want a cookie cutter nose and more terrifyingly nothing resembling a Jackson! We were instantly on the same page. I want my wide bridge narrowed slightly, and some tip definition. Dr. Boahene is not a fan of implants and prefers using septal cartilage to build up my bridge. Upon his examination of me during my consult, I have plenty of septal cartilage since this is my first and hopefully only rhinoplasty. as a backup he would use harvested cartilage or rib and ear.
He felt strongly that I will get my desired result. I saw pictures of patients with noses just like mine with amazing results. Dr. B is of course board certified and even writes the exam questions or those seeking board certification!
Anyway, I had a second consult with Dr B for 3D photo imaging it was then that I saw I have a little hang under my chin from the profile view! Lol I was like, who in the hell is that? We then discussed chin lipo because I figure why not knock it all out in one fell swoop! Plus, I have friends on this board who have undergone lipo under local and experienced extreme discomfort. My chin lipo will be performed at same time I'm under general while getting the rhino to eliminate that! My chin area requiring lipo is very small, I've honestly never noticed it, I rarely gawk at myself on profile view, but should be a nice added improvement.
Because I had not obsessed over chin lipo and had focused soley on all thing nose in terms of research, I had a 3rd consult with Dr. B. He has been wonderful throughout this entire process thus far and didn't make me feel rushed. I am methodical and wanted to research before committing to the additional surgery and he was more than accomodating. Answered my questions and showed me results.
I was terrified of having skin sticking to bone and oth things I read about chin lipo while researching. He explained that that happens when too much fat is removed and that he always leaves a layer of fat to prevent that. I'm not explaining it as eloquently as he did, but again, didn't want that being my result! I will be sure to post pics and updates as my date draws nearer. My nerves are everywhere simply because it's major surgery! Anyone having one through this, about to embark upon it with me or anyone else that can offer words of encouragement, pre and post op advice etc feel free to post. Thanks!