Surgery Scheduled October 4th! - Beverly Hills, CA

I am a 26 year old female, mostly of German...

I am a 26 year old female, mostly of German descent. Large noses run in my moms family. My grandmother, mother, and I all have the exact same nose. I have wanted a nose job since I was young. My nose has always been a bit large for my face and I can remember when kids started to make fun of me in elementary school. It was never anything too bad but definitely always stuck in my mind.

When I was 22 I had a great job and had saved up a good chunk of money but decided at that time that I wanted to do implants instead (I have written a separate review for that for my amazing Dr in Minnesota) now that I am 26 I feel I'm finally ready to go ahead with this procedure.

I live in New York and while there are many doctors here I didn't find anyone that seemed consistent enough in their results and patient reviews and that I felt comfortable with. I opened up my search nationally and I found Dr Ghavami. His accreditation as well as amazing patient results, and wonderful reviews made me feel confident that he was the right one for me. I've searched every corner of the Internet to find every good, and bad review I could find. It was comforting to see that the only real consistent negative points I could find were about wait times in the office. If that's the worst problem there is, then I'm fine with that! I know how important these reviews are to those who are trying to find a doctor and research the procedure they want so I will try my best to be as detailed as possible and answer questions as I go.

I have my consultation booked for September 12th which will be done over the phone. I took photos and emailed them to the office. I have also scheduled my surgery already because he was booked up until October already and I didn't want to wait too long so I paid a deposit to hold my spot. I won't know the actual cost until after the consultation but in general it ranges from 11-15k I believe.

What attracted me the most to Dr G was of course the amazing results but also his method of performing the surgery with minimal recovery compared to a lot of other experiences I've heard about. I know of course each case is different but I trust his experience as well as his recognition in the plastic surgery field by his peers. I am excited for this change in my life and can't wait to share it with everyone here as well.

Congrats on scheduling your surgery! You might want to check out this post with questions to ask your surgeon. I hope this goes really well for you and that you get fabulous results. I'll be following your journey!

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2 weeks out from surgery!

Can't believe the time is going so quickly and I'm only 2 weeks from surgery! I am getting my lab tests done tomorrow (a bit late but thats the soonest I could find time to get in!) the total cost ended up being 12,500. I bought my flight to LA and I will arrive on the 2nd of October. I'll meet with the doctor on the 3rd so he can personally inspect my nose and then on the 4th will be surgery day! I will upload my before photos here. He said that a majority of the work that needs to be done on my nose is very fine tuning, tip refinement, not so much bridge work. I do not have a bump on the bridge on my nose, just overgrown tip cartilage and a slight droop. Can't wait to get there!!!

before pics

Sending you wishes for good luck and quick healing! I am a fellow patient of Dr. Ghavami. The first few weeks are not fun, but it will all be worth it. :)
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Thank you! Did you have a rhinoplasty as well? I am doing well on the pain meds for sure just the annoying gauze taped to my face haha
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good luck on your surgery!!! keep us posted.
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surgery is done!!!

I had my surgery this morning and I am now home on the couch. The surgery center is beautiful and everything is state of the art. The nurses and anesthesiologist are all amazing and so nice. I went to sleep and next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery. The nurses stayed with me the whole time and we talked about everything from traveling to our pets until I was ready to get dressed and go home. My face was numb so I didnt feel much. Once I got in to the car the pain definitely became more noticeable. Traffic sucked and the pain got worse so it felt like an eternity to get home. I took pain meds immediately (2 pills) and 45 min later was still in considerable discomfort so I took one more. that did the trick. I had some soup and took the rest of my meds. I have a follow up appointment tomorrow morning. My eyes are definitely black and puffy. need to ice them more. will add some scary photos lol
Hang in there! you will love it
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Thank you!! I can already see my profile has improved so much!! I can't wait to see it!!!
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Some photos! I can ready see an amazing difference!!!

Profile view shows much smallest and refined nose underneath!

So happy already!

Woww looks significantly smaller already!!!
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Thanks! I'm in love with it so much already
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Wow! So happy for your profile already. :)
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Day 2 pic

Wow! I feel like we have similar 'before' noses... hope someday I can have your 'after' nose! :)
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Well I am excited to see the final result! It's hard to imagine what it will look like exactly with this cast on but I can tell I think I'm going to love it!! Are you also looking at dr ghavami? I would highly recommend him!
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I wish I could go to your dr!! Too far away! But your results... simply amazing! All the bad reviews really scare me but yours gives me hope!
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Arnica crazy!

I am so nervous that the bruising under my eyes will take a long time to go away because I tend to bruise easily elsewhere on my body and many times it can take a long time for them to go away so I am applying arnica gel around my eyes constantly. Like every other hour lol. Anyone know if its possible to apply too much arnica? I cant imagine it would hurt to apply a lot continuously. I just really want the bruising to be gone as much as possible before I fly back home to New York. Surgery was yesterday the 4th and I go home on the 14th. Anyway, everything else seems fine. I have been taking my pain meds every 3.5 hours to avoid any wearing off and discomfort. I ate normally today although I couldnt really taste much. My nose is constantly draining and I have to change the gauze pad taped to my face at least every hour. I had my post op appointment today and she showed me how to clean my nose and said I shouldnt need the gauze pads after the end of tomorrow. thank goodness! The constant running of bloody mucous is icky :-( She also said to switch from icing my eyes to a hot compress with witch hazel. I put about 10 cotton balls in a bowl with the witch hazel and microwaved it then placed one on each eye until it cooled off then switched to another hot cotton ball and so on until I used them all up. well thats about it for my day 2. Hoping tomorrow I see some gradual change in the bruising and it will start to turn from red to more green/yellow which will mean its going away! I've never been a patient person haha
It looks like your healing quite nicely! Even at day 2, you don't have much swelling around your eyes. I will admit, I got a little scared when I saw the pic right after surgery. Were the shiny/purpley bulges coming from under your splint black eyes/bruising/blood filled??? I was so happy to see you posted another pic from the next day and they weren't there....what was this? Did the Dr. drain them or did the fluid come out on its own? I'm having surgery next month so for my own edification I had to ask.
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Another thing, I think most bruising is gone within 10 days. If its not completely gone, it'll be light enough that you can cover it with makeup and look presentable in public. Hang in there!
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The doctor didn't do anything between day one and day 2, the color definitely wasn't as deep on day 2 so I guess it drained on its own. I've been wearing this drip pad constantly and changing it every hour so I've definitely had a lot of drainage (ew). The color seems to be pretty red still and there is definitely swelling but I think the swelling will stick around a lot longer than the bruising will.
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Day 3 pictures- looks pretty much the same

I started my arnica craze yesterday applying it around my eyes every hour or two. It take a a few days to notice a difference an not much else has changed. I suspect day 2-4 will all be about the same but hopefully by days 5-8 I will notice some reduced swelling and improvement in the color around my eyes. I cleaned my nose with peroxide and bacitracin this morning, popped some more pain pills applied my arnica and back to bed.

Day 3, swelling down, panda face

The swelling has definitely gone down, the cast on my nose is loose around the edges where my cheeks used to be swelled up. The bruising is changing and looks like it may be getting better but very slowly. Hot compresses, cleaning, and arnica all day.

I can taste a little again!!

I am 4 days post op and the arnica craze I'm in obviously must be working because the bruising is definitely changing. The dark reds are lightening up and turning more green/yellow. Still icky but that means it's going away! I also have started to taste food just a litttttle bit! After not tasting anything for days any amount is welcomed!!
Wow. It looks SO good and the splint isn't even off! I have my surgery booked for Oct. 30th and I want to show my PS your beofre and after since I think my nose is similar to yours.
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Thank you!! I saw your pics you posted and you're right we have somewhat similar before noses. Which doctor and where is your surgery scheduled for? I'll be updating my pics daily until the splint comes off which is this Friday. I can't wait!!!!
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I am having my surgery here in Calgary, contemplated going to LA but decided after seeing this surgeon to go here. Can't wait to see it with the splint off!
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My splint fell off

Wow you look so beautiful! your new nose really brings out your other gorgeous features! really looks great :)
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Thank you so much! I am really happy so far. Can't wait to see how it progresses as I heal
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Congrats on ur new nose.looks really good I am so happy for u :)
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Bruising under my eyes getting better but nose swelling is getting worse?

So I am 6 days post op today. My splint fell off yesterday and the doctors office said it is fine that it is off. I love how my nose is starting to look but it looks like the swelling is actually getting worse! I know the splint is supposed to keep the swelling down and that it might increase a bit when it came off but damnit I am impatient haha. I am hoping this won't last much longer than a week or two?!
Lookin good! :)
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Lol I totally missed the splint fell off pics!! You look great aleady wow!!
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Haha thank you so much! I'm still very swollen but excited to see how things look as that goes down :)
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One week since surgery, appointment today.

Went in to get stitches removed and everything checked today. I realized why I couldn't taste anything! They pulled out 2 plastic tubes about 2 inches long, one from each nostril. Didn't really hurt but it felt strange! As soon as they were out I could breathe wonderfully and I could SMELL AND TASTE AGAIN! Hooray! Anyway, they snipped out the stitches which hurt a little but not bad. They taped up my nose and told me to keep it like that for a week (replacing the tape as needed) this will help the swelling go down. Overall feeling good!

Dermablend makeup is AMAZING!! Photos!!

So I've been healing for 8 days now and I still have dark purple bruising under my eyes. It has improved a lot but still very noticeable. I am taking arnica pills so I decided to try and put makeup over the bruises so I can go in to public and feel normal without people staring haha. A friend of mine recommended dermablend. I got the redness concealer, regular concealer, and the body concealer and voila I look NORMAL! It completely covered the bruises! I am so happy ;)
Wow, excellent results for just 8 days! You look great!!! So refined and natural
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Going home to NYC today

I've been here for 10 days, now 9 days post op. Bruising almost completely gone but still a tiny bit left. I feel great though and am just taping my nose to keep the swelling down.
Thank you thank you thank you for this review!!! I am also in the market for a new nose. I am also of German descent with a big German schnoz that is too big for my face. I think I'm gonna check out this doc some more! Thanks! You look amazing!!!
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You look amazing! Very natural results. And I'm impressed with Dermablend
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A month later

Hi everyone, it's been well over a month since I had my rhinoplasty done and the healing is coming along so well! It did take some time for the residual darkness under my eyes to go away but that has always been an issue for me even presurgery. My nose looks amazing. To clean it I have been soaking cotton balls in hydrogen peroxide and stuffing those in my nostrils to let them sit there a few minutes. This dissolves most of the hardened mucuos and then I can take a qtip with hydrogen peroxide and clean each nostril out gently without having to apply too much pressure inside. Other than that the feeling is still coming back to the tip of my nose it hasn't quite come back 100% yet. That's pretty much it! I've attached a photo :)
You look amazing ! I am sooo very happy for you! I am scheduled for surgery with same Dr. in march and am scared because there were a few bad reviews- but he is amazing as far as anyone who has posted pictures, so I am not sure what to think . any input would be sooo very helpful.
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I wouldn't let a few bad reviews scare you away...any doctor out there will have patients who may not be happy with their results for one reason or another but I suspect that these patients had unrealistic expectations to begin with and would not have been happy anyway. I love my results and couldn't be happier. People can not tell I have had plastic surgery it looks so natural! Just talk over all of your concerns with him he is very open and understanding and will tell you everything he can.
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Thank you thank you thank you soooo very much for your fast and honest response! You are not only beautiful on the outside but obviously on the inside as well. I feel much better after talking to you- if you have time I would love to email you...my email addy is cityapplecity@gmail.com- I am going to surgery soon and having your encouragement is sucha blessing! I am sooo happy for you! And thank you a million times again!
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4 months post op! pics!

I am 4 months post op. The healing has gone very well. I don't notice much difference with swelling but I suspect that is a slow and gradual change that would only be noticeable if I compared photos. I love the way it looks. My nose still feels a bit "numb" on the inside but it continues to regain feeling over time. My breathing is the best it's ever been too which is great.
You look great! How come it's cost so much though?
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Your result is fabulous
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Hey, Im from ny too! thanks so much for writing this review and including pictures, the results look great! I just had my consultation today with Dr G over the phone and it was about 10 minutes or less.. how long was your consultation? He definitely sounds like he knows what hes talking about but he did not let me speak at all throughout the entire conversation... if you can let me know via email, i would really appreciate it. It's really important that I choose the right doctor, and after today, I am skeptical on whether I want to book him.
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