It really changed my life!! I love my new nose :)

I wanted to write this review to encourage those...

I wanted to write this review to encourage those who are thoughtfully considering this procedure. This year I finally went through with my rhinoplasty, I'm in my early twenties but I've wanted this for years.

For the first time ever, I actually feel feminine! It's changed my life completely.

I waited until I found a surgeon that I really liked. Looked at many before and afters, and was active on sites like makemeheal.

So far it's only been a few months, and every month it gets smaller.

This has been my experience:

General anesthesia, when administered well, is not too bad. I didn't vomit after surgery. I was a little aggressive coming out of it, I was told.

I had no pain following the surgery.

I wore a cast for a week. It was gorgeous when the surgeon took it off.

Then it swelled A LOT. It looked awful. I thought it was honestly going to remain this way, but now it's really starting to resemble the cute, small nose I had when the cast first came off.

So far, no complications of any kind. I took antibiotics for a week after surgery, and I did some taping as I was instructed by the doctor.

My sense of smell was affected adversely, I'll update on this in the coming months.

But my singing voice really improved and I can breathe!! so this was an additional benefit.

I hope the final result is exactly what I pictured. We'll see!

It's now October and WOW--I can't believe it's...

It's now October and WOW--I can't believe it's been almost 6 months since the surgery.

I feel like a completely different person. I'm so happy. I deleted almost all my before pics but I found a few the other day, and I don't even recognize my old self!!

Since my nose is both shorter and smaller, it's really changed the proportions of my face. I'm seriously ecstatic!! The amazing thing is that somehow my surgeon managed to make the skin itself look thinner, I honestly forgot how my nose used to be a bit bulbous. The biggest difference is when I smile, my nose doesn't spread out anymore.

I'm hoping it will look even better in the next 6 months. I'm so happy I did this!! I am so much more confident and I have no trouble looking people in the eye anymore. It has really changed my life.

Hi!! It's been 7 months since my surgery. Wow--the...

Hi!! It's been 7 months since my surgery. Wow--the recovery really is long. I have seen a dramatic change in the last few weeks. I really recommend being patient--you won't believe how much swelling can obscure your result.

My upper lip is no longer tight. I really thought I was going to have a permanently tight upper lip but over the course of this year it's totally gone away. My sense of smell is probably 80% recovered--that was another worry of mine.

My nose projects much less than before, and now it looks good in both flash and natural lighting. I am much more photogenic. It's so much straighter and shorter. It's amazing how my nose used to rule my life and now I hardly ever think about it.

I saw some people I hadn't seen in a year and they said I looked different but I don't think they guessed that I had plastic surgery.

The only problem I am experiencing is that I seem to have an very small implant on my tip that is visible at times. No one has mentioned it, but I notice it sometimes. I'm worried that it was placed too superficially or something.

Anyway--I have gotten in the habit of sleeping on my back so I usually keep my head elevated. I don't really tape my nose. Nor do I massage.

I still swell when I exercise so I have been taking it easy.

Dr. G is really a wonderful man. I wish all people who were seeking rhinoplasties would consult with him. He is rather low key but he is AMAZING. I can't even stress enough how well he understood how I wanted to look. I am so glad he didn't raise my bridge like I asked, I'm also glad he narrowed my nostrils without doing an alar base reduction, and I'm glad he didn't touch anything but my tip. Not to mention all his staff are incredibly trustworthy---really the gold standard. If I could put this much faith in all doctors I would get a few more procedures done!! For the first time in my life I love taking photos and I feel confident enough to attract the guys I really want. I'm so glad I found his practice.
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

I think I was lucky, but I got a lengthy consultation with no wait time. I felt like we communicated well, although he was a bit aloof. I felt comforted by his confidence. He even called a nurse that cared for me after the surgery! He was very kind. I did not hear from him much after the surgery though, I am from out of town.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 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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Oh I viewed your post a while and I agree, your result was lovely!! I keep getting requests for photos so I may try to put something together soon...the problem is that I have gotten rid of most of my before photos since I really disliked the length of my nose. I'll do what I can though, I can really vouch for his skill. My nose was hard and bulbous, especially in photos and now it is very cute! I don't have a sharp tip, but I asked for more of a button nose and that is what I ended up with. I'm thrilled.
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I'd love to see your pictures. I've heard such great things about this guy. if I were closer to California he would've been who I'd gone with in a heartbeat, but I lucked out a lot with the surgeon I chose as well. I had some swelling later after the cast came off too, totally normal. Glad it's going back down. Grigoryants is a true artist!
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please show us before and after pictures. thanks!
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I'll do what I can...there may be some old photos of my nose lurking around somewhere. I deleted most of them because I really didn't like my nose (it really wasn't that bad...but still.) Either way, I will post photos of the result.
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Hooray! I'm really glad this went so well for you and that you love your results. Thanks for posting your experience here on RealSelf!

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It was much easier than I thought it would be, actually. I had never had any kind of surgery before so I was really scared! I was aware of what to expect and very prepared for the months of swelling, though so that may have helped. The surgery itself really was a breeze (or maybe I just wanted it that badly.)
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