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39 Years Old - Traveled to Lebanon for Good Results - Beirut

I've always been interested in getting a nose job,...

I've always been interested in getting a nose job, but just scared. I'm from Australia and my sister did hers here and it was unsuccessful, leaving her with a wider bridge, a collapsed left nostril and tip leaning towards the left. She paid AUD $11,000 and got it redone with the same surgeon for free (minus AUD $6,000 hospital fees). Her final results are better than before but she still had the tip leaning towards the left with a nostril depression. After this experience I was put off, however I came to this site and saw that people did get good results. I did my homework and understood the risks involved. I contacted a few doctors from Thailand and Lebanon. I searched their credentials and their before/after patient pics and went with Dr Charbel Medawar. His style show natural looking results that suit individual faces, not having the same nose on every patient. I asked him for a 'softer' look for my face and my eyes. My eye hoods were uneven with one droopier than the other, and the tip of my nose bulbous. I was happy with his communication with me. I made an appointment with a surgery date to follow. When I arrived at his office in Beirut, Lebanon ... I had also asked about other procedures, which he refused and deemed unnecessary and he said he only liked to do surgeries he was confident in getting "perfect" results. That itself made me very comfortable with my decision.

I did the surgery Rhynoplasty and Blepharoplasty on the 12th August with an overnight stay. The Doc came at night and explained to me that the surgery went well (I also have Thrombocytopenia, which causes a low platelet count) and he did my surgery with a 70,000 count. They did the blood tests beforehand to make their final decision. So glad it was a yes.

I've heard of the great healing properties of raw foods, so I've been literally on raw juices pre surgery 2 days and will continue this process till I feel it's no longer beneficial to me.

Day 7 - removal of eye and nose sutures.

Yesterday evening (day 7) I went in to get my sutures removed. I'm so glad I got the nose stuffing removed the day after surgery. I was so anxious about the removal of these stitches that I felt I was having severe anxiety all day in waiting. When I got to his office, the whole process of removing the sutures to cleanup was a piece of cake. In my mind I felt so silly for worrying. I have to say I am so pleased with the results. My nose is so natural looking which is the look I was going for. I wanted my rhinoplasty to give me softer looking features and that's exactly what the Doc delivered.

Note: I believe that doing the fresh juicing this whole time in recovery probably helped speed up my recovery. Dr. Medawar told me I was his first patient that had very little buildup of nose crust post surgery. I was breathing through my nose since day 2 of the post surgery. I do also believe he's a very skilled surgeon in that he must have done a great job with little damage to the surrounding areas. Having the Thrombocytopenia condition which means I have a tendency to bleed excessively and heal really slow shows the doctors great skills in being success with only a 70 thousand platelet count. I'll add photos of day 7, all no makeup ... and when I get a chance I'll put one up as my usual self all fixed up.

time to get out...

I am still considering this a vacation so I decided to go out. I didn't tape my nose, but it's 5am in God video and I'll tape it when I very back. The doc said about 3 weeks worth of nose taping! ... The tape had made the skin on my nose hurt when peeling off, so I'll try keep the tape on for two days or so at a time.
Dr. Charbel Medawar, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Very professional. Communication was great and with a clear understanding of how to explain the procedure he envisioned for you via email or phone if necessary. I highly recommend him.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Love your smile! Even with bruised eyes you are still smiling! Happy Healing your nose looks fabulous!
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Looks great! Makes me want to get mine done but I am too scared of anesthesia and of the end result
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I read your profile ... I don't think I'm brave enough to watch my nose getting worked on. I believe general anesthesia for me was a good choice. Will you be taking a local anesthetic? Good luck dear! .... Hope your results are great!
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You look lovely already!
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Thank you lovely xx
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Your nose looks gorgeous!! I also have Thrombocytopenia and my platelets are about 80 thousand on a good day and just to have the surgeon approve I had to have them at 100 - so I had to have a platelet infusion before the operation, and treatment before that.
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Thankyou lovely! .... yeah they do things a bit different overseas. I lived in the US many years and now in Australia. ... If I were to get my rhinoplasty there, they would of made me do all that you did to get the surgery approved. I really couldn't afford to go through that so I went this route, so glad I did though!
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Congrats. You should see great things from your raw foods also
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Thank you .. yeah I'm a total believer, especially after this experience! When I went to the pharmacy/chemist right after in the same building, the ladies are so taken by how quickly my swelling had gone along with the bruises. I've decided to continue juicing for another week with at least one meal vegan in the morning. That shouldn't be too hard because there's so much yummy foods like tabouli and hummous etc ... :)
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It sounds like you are taking great care of yourself. Thank you so much for sharing on RealSelf! What is it like being in Beirut?
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Thanks angiemcc ... I would have to say that everything about Lebanon is very easy. Almost everyone speaks American English very well or have a french accent in their English. Commutation was easy, I'd just call a taxi on 1514 (local) and get dropped off. Every one is quick to remind you it's no big deal walking around with bandages because apparently so many locals and foreigners come here to get their surgeries. I'd recommend staying in the Beirut downtown areas until 1 week post op before doing the tourist attractions.
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Speedy recovery. Can't wait to see your results. Thanks.
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Thank you Zooster! ... even though it's only 7 days, I can pretty much see my final results now :)
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