It can be exciting- the promise of change or nerve...
It can be exciting- the promise of change or nerve racking when you enter into a procedure of one you have already experienced. Revisions are unique because now as the patient you have probably done more research this time around, but with so many doctors out there it’s hard to know who is truly good! This can add to our fear, because now we know just enough to be dangerous! You know what you don’t want, which is as important as knowing what you do! That’s where I was.
I researched a lot of doctors and this time around I wanted an artist. Someone I thought would look to find the balance in my face. No doctor is a miracle worker, but a skilled plastic surgeon can bring out the balance in almost any face. Balance is what makes us the most attractive, in my opinion.
My past Rhinoplasty with another doctor left my face out of balance and I felt unattractive.
Dr. Grigoryants examined my face during my consultation and mirrored my thoughts in speaking with me about what his observations were and of course, he listened to what my desires were.
I am so happy and I am only 21 days out of surgery! The projection, shape and balance with my face are amazing to me- so thankful to have chosen and been in his skilled hands. I love my new nose!!! I look forward to the next several months as my swelling reduces even more.
Pain was minimal, recovery has been pretty smooth. I would recommend this Doctor and his staff to anyone! He really is an artist who understands the face. Many can call themselves a plastic surgeon, but not all have the artistic skill to achieve the best results, believe me- I have been through it and endured those bad results for almost three years! That can really affect your confidence.
If I ever need other procedures, I will return. In the meantime, if you are researching – I can only tell you, I am so glad this is where I chose. Look at his gallery of before and afters, these pictures tell you the story- Best in the biz
Pics before revision and after
Close up profile pics
My nose is about 29 days post op (revision). I know its a little bit upward projected right now, but in time this will come down- probably six months or maybe a full year to really see a noticeable change.
Post op 1 month
Hardly ever do un-retouched pics online, but nose is shaping a little different every day. I have been getting these little tingles randomly, they are sudden and pronounced. Not sure if that is nerves in my nose, re-connecting or something? Funny, I'll have to ask the doctor about that. In the morning I tend to have more swelling- nose looks different at different points in the day. Really want to stay away from alcohol, if possible- I am sure that will set me back as far as de-swelling?
Post op appt
Saw Dr. G for my 1 month post op appt. First off, I brought my hubby with me- it was his first time in the office. As we left he was so impressed at the office and staff, he even said he would consider getting something done! If you know my husband, you would know this is not the way he is at all, so he must of been truly impressed, LOL!
Anyway, it wasn't a long appt- Dr. G looked at my nose and felt very good about it's progress. He is looking for the tip to soften a bit more, it is still hard and touching it can be a weird sensation. I have accidently hit it a few times and there is nothing like doing so, that makes you aware of the fact you had a surgical procedure! I have anxiety about hitting it or getting hit in these initial months post op!
I remember after my first rhinoplasty, my young son accidently hit my nose with a toy he was swinging, that was the worst! My eyes watered so bad and then I worried that the hit moved my implant. So, I just try and be careful and be aware to avoid such incidents until healed.
It was great having that reassurance after seeing the Doctor that all is going according to plan. I am not scheduled for another 3 months. I will keep trying to post pictures. Truly see changes on what feels like a daily basis. Feel like my nostrils are becoming less visible and maybe the tip is coming down, little by little.
Last night a bothersome suture finally came out of my nose on its own
Haha- please ignore that last sentence in my last update-
meant to delete it before saving :)
I’ve definitely had some range of emotions with this procedure. I don’t want to give the impression that this is the easiest and breeziest experience of all time and re-reading some of what I’ve written, I fear having done that.
The reality is that yes, I feel like a whole new me and because “I” am rather happy with the results- I fall on the positive side of how I feel post-op. BUT, don’t be surprised at the rollercoaster of high’s and low’s that can occur even if you “really like” your results! It’s not all rainbows and spring flowers, even if you are happy!
For instance, I find at times, I’ve been really needy of confirmation from others. It’s not enough that I like it, I want others to say it’s good. I begin to doubt my own ability to be objective. So, when several family members and friends say it looks good, but then my spouse says I think it is too high or I’m seeing too much of your nostrils…then that makes me doubt my results.
Everyone is going to have their opinion. Features that some people may really like, others may not find the least bit attractive. This is when you have to try and be happy with you and realize that no procedure is going to be an absolute key to positive self image- if you don’t value your own opinion!
13 Jun 2013
2 months post
Seems like one of the most common issues I read on here and my own personal experience is with the upturned (pig-like) nose - seeing your nostrils when you're not use to it and the swelling that comes immediately after surgery and for several weeks post op. It is easy to freak out when you are the one dealing with this! What I have tried to keep in mind is that the body's natural response to trauma is to send more blood to the affected area, which is going to increase the size and not be the same shape that it would be without the blood occupying the space. You are not going to look the same as you do even a few weeks after! This is the hardest thing, I think to reconcile in your brain- no matter how I tried to be calm about it- I was still a little worried. There needs to be a section on Real Self that speaks only about swelling and best methods people have used to reduce it!
1 month and 14 days post op
14 Jun 2013
2 months post
Still getting tingles, not as frequently though. Drank some wine over the last week, but may taper all drinking down because it causes too much facial swelling the next day! Getting use to my face....somethings I really like, some things still a little- meh......time will tell! May get some skin work at some point- don't want to overdo it, just refresh myself a little.
1 month 1/2
17 Jun 2013
2 months post
When does the whole self photography thing become an issue? lol...I think I better be careful, but one it's embarrasing to have someone else take these picture updates and two, I still can't believe I did it- so I am self documenting- to see the changes from where I began! One thing is I am not photoshopping these pics- and if you know me, you know that is something I never do. Control freak, yes. So, for me this is kinda raw, but I do want others out there to see the real, so they can judge for themselves.
Ok, so time is flying we are at 1 month and a half. I have begun wearing sunglasses and not being as worried about someone hitting my nose. I think the tip is coming down a bit, I believe. So, this makes me happy- I was worrying about the distance between the base of my nose and upper lip. I do notice that most younger looking and what I consider beautiful looking women- seem to have shorter distances. These little nuances are important to know ahead of surgery to telll your doctor, because once it's changed- it's not an easy fix.
I am happy to read numerous reviews on here regarding Dr. G. I feel like I made a great choice.
Anyway, here are some new pics from yesterday. :)
Almost 2 months!
26 Jun 2013
2 months post
I haven’t been on here in a week or so, my bad! So much going on! My kids went overseas, work and just stuff going on!! Anyway, wanted to update you on the progress. So, nose continues to get those random crazy tingles- I welcome them because in my mind they are the swelling reduction signals- at least that’s what I believe! My nose is settling into its shape and those tingles are hopefully just the blood and nerves adjusting to their new home! I will take some picture updates and also find more pre-surgery pics to post, hopefully this weekend.
I have to continue to say, this was by far my best surgery experience that I’ve had. Dr. G seems to become very vested in his patients, at least for the moments he is interfacing with you, you feel like you are the most important person in the world. I never got the feeling that he was on his own agenda. He is major smart and for some reason I feel like this is more than just what he does for a living- I hope people understand what I’m saying, trusting your face to someone is a BIG deal. That is why real experiences on this board are so important to read about.
If you can save yourself from a revision, please do it. Research, research and then research some more! Revisions are way more expensive and you generally have less options because now the Dr. is limited to the tissue he has left to work with. I was so depressed after my initial surgery and was left to those feelings for a few years- t’was a nightmare!
There are still a list of things I’d like to do, now, working on skin-chemical peels because what’s the use in getting one procedure if other aspects of your face aren’t up to par? I’ve been plagued by bad skin my whole life and it torments me that I passed it down to my gorgeous younger son. As soon as he comes back from overseas we might venture back to Dr. G’s office for a skin consult.
So, new pics this weekend. Have a Happy 4th!!
2 months and two days!
So swelling is still present, some days it looks fuller than others....I'm thinking about re-taping at night, starting this weekend. It probably a little like training your nose. Another weird thing is most people who even know me- don't seem to realize I had anything done! In my brain, I feel like it should be apparent, but no one calls it out.
Happy 4th, looking fwd to some updates from people on here. Hope everyone's surgeries go well!
Haven't updated in awhile...Quick one!
17 Aug 2013
4 months post
So, it's been about 4 months and noticed today that my nose has dropped a bit more. Very subtle, but definitely a bit lower. The process is a rollercoaster- I hope people go in with their eyes open about the recovery not being predictable. Some days your nose will be what you wanted and others you might feel it looks a little odd. I was worried about my nostrils- felt they were too apparent...but, starting to feel like they fit my face a little more. I trust Dr. G...he saw my nose before the real swelling took place. Patience is the name of this game. I think I went in thinking that one day I would be before and the next day I would the after and none of that swelling stuff inbetween!
8 months- Checking in!
13 Dec 2013
8 months post
So, I feel kind of guilty because I haven't been on here in a little while. It's been about 8 months since my surgery and my face continues to change! I think my nose tip has dropped while I wasn't really paying attention to it. In the initial time frame post -op, my awareness was very high on a day to day basis, looking for signs of changes. Those odd tingles have really subsided and some of the stiffness that I felt between my nose tip and upper lip has also softened! I think most of the stories I read on here are from people upset about the pig like projection of the tip- but the nose changes as it heals and what it looks like a few months after, is not what it will look like a few months after that! It gets better, don't get discouraged! I will post pics later when I get home. Happy for all the people who have made decisions to do what they want to feel better about themselves. We are all works in progress! One thing, I found that might be kinda weird and I'm not sure if others have experienced it....but, the whole process of the anticipation of the surgery, having the procedure done and the recovery - is kind of like a high. I know, people are gonna judge this...but, I can understand why or how some people get addicted to the whole surgery thing. You feel like that next procedure is going to make you amazing. In the meantime, I've had a few filler injections done to my cheeks. I don't want to get out of control and will often go to those bad plastic surgery sites to remind myself that this is what happens when you take it too far. I don't want that to happen- hope I can do just enough to look refreshed, but still like me! Anyway, don't let me forget to upload pics so you can see what the 8 month version of my nose looks like! Take care!
Updated pics 7/8 months post op!
13 Dec 2013
8 months post
All new pics-
He is skilled, more of an artist who understand facial balance! It's not about having the skinniest nose or cookie cutter feature. It's about having features in proportion on your face and body! Everything was more than I could have expected!.