Closed Rhinoplasy with Dr. Grigoryants in Glendale
To say that I am happy I finally went through with...
I still can't believe that my rhinoplasty was completely painless. Maybe if I had done it several years ago when open rhinoplasty was much more common, I wouldn't be able to say that. Again, I feel blessed I found the doctor I did and I think the timing of the surgery was perfect for me.
After talking with several other people who had already undergone the procedure, (by different doctors, not Dr. G) I came across a few who described their rhinoplasty as painful and unpleasant. After learning about their doctor's techniques and technology, it is no wonder those people were in pain! Some of them had doctors who only perform open rhinoplasty, which to me is a big indicator that those doctors need to get with the times. Closed rhinoplasty is easier to recover from for the patient and leaves no visible scars. These people also had doctors who used a lot of packing, which they said was the most uncomfortable part. Dr. G does not use packing, but rather, a tiny, plastic internal splint that I could hardly feel. When your nose is already swollen internally from surgery, who wants packing?! Also, in 2013, I don't think any surgeon should be using stitches that have to be manually removed. Dr. G uses dissolvable stitches. My point is, I feel that going to him gave me as pleasant a rhinoplasty experience as possible, due not only to his skills, but also to the factors I mentioned above.
I played it cool as much as I possibly could during my cast removal, but there were a couple happy tears later that day. After a lifetime of hating my profile, I can not tell you how great it feels to look in the mirror and see a cute profile. Also, after a lifetime of hating my bulbous, long nose and the way it looked from the front, I now have a more defined, shorter, thinner nose. Despite these changes, I still look like ME. People who I did not tell that I was having rhinoplasty haven't been able to pinpoint what I've had done, which to me, is a great indicator of wonderful, natural looking surgery. They say things like "you look extra pretty lately, I really like your hair dark". I darkened my hair before surgery, hoping to throw people off about what I've had done ;) So far, it seems to have worked like a charm. People who know me best, such as family and close friends, can of course see the changes that were made, but they say things like "I already forgot what your old nose looks like". Success!
The crazy thing is, when I look at my own before and after photos, I see such a big/nice change, I think "ok, someone is going to ask me tomorrow if I've had a nose job!" Yet, because it fits my face so well and looks natural, I just keep getting complements on looking "great". One friend, who I have not told, told me last week "I swear you get prettier everytime I see you". This is exactly the outcome I had hoped for! I personally do not want people to notice the second they see me that I've had my nose done. They notice a nice change in me, and that is exactly what I had been wanting. I see the beautiful improvement in my nose every time I look at it, and that is what matters. The world just sees a happier, more attractive me.
Thank you Dr. G!