Rhinoplasty - Job Well Done! - Ireland
I decided a good few years ago that I would like...
- 3 Sep 2011
I decided a good few years ago that I would like to have this procedure done but I never had the nerve to actually do it. This year, the nerves pulled through. I always had an "issue" with the size of my nose and always wanted to have a smaller one and I also snored a lot and had difficulty breathing through one of my nostrils.
It was quite difficult to decide what surgeon to choose to do the op as there was very little information available. I sent a mail to the Medical Council of Ireland but they couldn't refer a surgeon to me. There was information about surgeons on the web but it all seemed very commercial to me. I went onto boards.ie but still couldn't decide.
Eventually, I decided to pick 3 reputable clinics in Ireland and researched the surgeons that performed there. The first one I went to was not specialised in Rhinoplasty but had carried out numerous procedures of that kind. My partner came with me for support. I came away with a feeling that this operation was such a simple one and I wanted it done there and then but my partner thought different. When I think back about the consultation, it was very blaise, pics of a nose were drawn on a piece of paper and the surgeon suggested to "take this out"..."pear this down"...easy peasy!! The surgeon said that after the op, that the nurse would take off my dressing in 2 weeks time...Surely he should be interested to see how it turned out!!
I made an appointment for my 2nd surgeon. He was a specialised ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon. He went through the seriousness of the op, how the nose may need to be broken during the op, the different ways of doing it (open or closed) and the procedure as a whole....I was starting to have second thoughts of the op altogether. This surgeon took photos of my nose and morphed them on the computer of how my nose should look after the full recovery (1 year). He was very honest with me, he encouraged me to still go to meet other surgeons so that I was sure that I wanted to go ahead with it and that I was confident of the surgeon who would perform it. This surgeon said he would be the one to take the dressing off, two weeks after the op and he would have numerous follow appointments with me until one year had passed. I came away knowing the full extent of the op and what it entails. The surgeon also informed me that I could get some of the procedure covered by health insurance which was brillant.
I went to the see the 3rd surgeon in a well know commercial until in Dublin but the consultation was all too rushed.
I decided to go with my 2nd surgeon...I had a gut instinct and I always go with it. I sent mails to him with a couple of questions I had, he suggested I come to see him again for a 2nd consultation. After this consultation, I was confident that I really wanted this done, I was happy knowing the full extent of the procedure, the swelling, some bruising and how I wouldn't be in pain but may have a sore throat. We booked the procedure for June, I had phone calls a couple of days before from the clinic preparing me for the op. The day of the op, I was put at ease by the nursing staff. I met the surgeon before the op and he reassured me all would be ok. I was brought into a little room so there was no scary operating room with big lights. Here in this room, I was put asleep.
When I woke up in my room, I had no pain whatsoever, my throat was a little sore and my mouth dry but I felt good. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The surgeon came to see me the next morning and said everything went great and he would see me in two weeks. I had slight bruising around my eyes which I could see through the dressing but I couldn't believe I had no pain at all.
After two weeks of hiding in the house, not seeing the outside world, I went to see the surgeon to have my dressing removed. I was very excited. After removing the dressing, he handed me the mirror and there was my lovely new nose. I was delighted with it...why hadn't I got it done before
My nose was peared down and a slight lump I had on the side of my nose was gone. The bulkiness at the end of my nose was gone and I had a beautiful feminine nose that suited my face. My nose did start to swell that evening, it went back to the size that I originally had but I was told about this. It would take 3 months for the swelling to go down fully and a full year before I saw the end results.
I have had 2 follow up consultations since the op and my 3rd is coming up in a couple of weeks. The swelling has reduced dramatically and I am delighted with the outcome so far. The surgeon takes photos every time I see him, it's great that I can see the before and after results.
I would say to anyone who ever had doubts about getting this procedure done, to go and do it. Although a serious op, it really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I would throughly recommend my surgeon, he was brillant, from his expertise, his patient care, his personal touch and after care. He was the deciding factor for me...and I'll never look back!!
My surgeon spent a lot of time with me, he was realistic about the results I wanted. He was very professional at all times. He put me at ease before the operation. He booked me in for operation at a time that suited me. I can't recommend him enough!