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Would Not Do It Again - Milwaukee, WI

I had a Rhinoplasty in October 2010 because I was...

I had a Rhinoplasty in October 2010 because I was always self conscious about my nose. It is a little wider than I would like as well as longer. In pictures my nose is all I would see so I always thought about getting a nose job but really didn't think I'd ever do it It was more of a thought in the back of my head.

I was at a charity event one day when a girl I knew said she had a nose job and how it was the best thing she ever did. I asked who she went to, did some research, made an appointment and got ready to finally do it. The surgery went well, I came out without much pain. The most discomfort I had was from the bandages and the inability to sleep with my head down. When the bandages came off I hated my nose. It looked bigger than it did before the surgery because the surgeon didn't change the length, only the width. The swelling added length and there was a slight bump that didn't use to be there.

The doctor was really into follow up appointments, so much that it got to be annoying because it was a 35 minute drive and I'd be there for 5 minutes. The surgeon actually asked me why it was so swollen, like I am supposed to know. The swelling has not gone down and it has been nearly 3 years now. I noticed I didn't really like the shape but since I have been avoiding pictures I really didn't notice how bad it really looks until I saw it a side view of it in a double mirror. There is a dent in the side, the nostrils look uneven and the tip is crooked. She mentioned that I had a deviated septum prior to the surgery but the nose job made that worse. I am not necessarily blaming the surgeon for my nose because people heal differently and I don't know whether it was her fault or the way I healed. I am going to a consultation for a revision next week. I no longer live in the same state so I can't go back to the original surgeon for the revision.

It's very frustrating to splurge on a surgery to make you look and feel better and you end up looking deformed and now have to spend even more to have it fixed. I would never have plastic surgery again if it weren't to fix a surgery that didn't go well.

Getting ready for revision

I went to a Las Vegas plastic surgeon for a consult and we decided to go forward. I am having it done next week Thursday. He said it looked like there was too much cartilage taken in the last surgery and my nose started to twist and droop. That is also likely what caused the dents on either side. There is now a hump that I did not have before. He thinks the last doctor did not evenly shape the bone so it resulted in said hump. I also have a deviated septum which is going to be fixed. He showed me pictures of what my new nose will look like and I like that he is focusing on what he thinks will look good, not just want needs to be fixed and what is easiest.

Surgery was Thursday

I came out of surgery feeling pretty awful. My eyes were burning, there was lots of pressure and pain on my nose, I felt very shaky and lightheaded and I wanted to drink 10 gallons of water. I didn't feel this rough after the last surgery but this one took over 5 hours. Recovery has been more difficult and I have not wanted to do much more than sleep. The problem is when I start to fall asleep I breath through my nose and it wakes me up. The first night I got about 3 hours of sleep, the next night 4 and last night finally about 7 but I wake up a lot so it wasn't good REM sleep. Today, 3 days in, I finally feel a little better but I can't do much much because I start to feel really congested. It's a little tougher the second time around. I can't wait for this splint to come off.

Very happy with revision

I added an update when I reviewed my surgeon but I decided to do it here as well. My splint came off yesterday. It is such a relief to have that thing off my face and those stents out of my nose. The stents being taken out was not fun but there was no pain. It just felt really weird and after I saw the size of those things I was so happy I didn't know how big they were before they came out. I think I would have been even more aware of them. The stents and the splints seemed to be more bothersome at night. It got to the point where I felt like I couldn't stand for them to be in there another minute so I'd close my eyes and rest and it would make it more bearable. My surgeon did a great job taking out the stitches. I didn't feel it at all.

As for my nose, it looks great. I am really happy with it. It's swollen of course but the shape looks so much nicer than my original nose and most certainly after the last rhinoplasty. My husband said it looked so much better than he expected for this stage in the healing process. He thought it would be bigger and all bruised like it was last time. I can't wait to watch it change into it's final shape. I remember last time being so disappointed so it's great to feel the exact opposite this time. But then I've been through this so I know it changes a lot over time.

I still have that sensation of having something on the bridge of my nose and that gets worse at night, but it's so much better than it was with the splint on. The week has flown by, I can't believe it was an entire week ago that I had the surgery. My surgeon is amazing and I am so glad I did my research!

10 days post op

My nose has not really gone down much in the last few days. I got a little anxious because I saw a slight hump on my nose and the last rhinoplasty actually created a hump I didn't have prior. It's very subtle and my husband keeps assuring me it's not at all noticeable and just swelling that will go down and how great he thinks it looks. It is a major improvement and I like it better right now better than both my original nose and my original rhinoplasty nose, I am just getting picky now. I looked at revision before and after pictures and I didn't think my nose would look as good as it does because they generally can't fix everything so I am happy but I want people to know that these changing emotions are very common.
Lorelle Kramer

She was very personable and thorough. I do not like the result but I am not sure if that just the way I healed. I moved out of state so she was not able to address my concerns.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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I am happy for you and hope to see your b/a photos soon. Congratulations!
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Thanks so much. It's a process that's for sure. I am not really comfortable with pictures but maybe after my eye swelling goes down and the scabs come off the front I will feel comfortable with posting an after photo.
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I wish you a speedy recovery. I hope you get satisfactory results this time. Thanks for the update.
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Thank you. It's been a rough few days. I can't wait for it to me over.
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Glad to hear you found the right doctor. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Thank you for sharing your experience on RealSelf! I hope you'll start your story on your revision as well. Starting your story pre-op can be a great source of support.

Rooting for you to get a nose you love this time!

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Thanks, I have my appointment Monday do I will keep you all informed.
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sorry for u,, wn i read ur review i smild because wn u said u dont take pics and wn u look in double mirror u find the imperfection,,, u describe my case,, i am also avoid pics and in last few months i dont stair at miror trying to avoid looking to ma nose after the surgery because i hate it,, but once i was looking to my teeth in mirror i find that my tip is crooked and discovered things that i didnt c b4,, wn i said that i smiled wn i read about u , thats not because this is somthing funny,,no,actually its so painful and i know haw u feel :( i want to have revision also ,, just knowing that i amnot the only person that avoid pics and that discovered the imperfections suddenly was strange to me,,i thought that i am the only one in the world who was going through this .. i wish u the best and hope we can soon wake up from this nightmare soon
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Thanks for your comment. I think a lot of people are going through the same thing. I got married in November and wouldn't look at my wedding photos. I had a small wedding in a Vegas chapel but still, people comment about how I have no pictures of my wedding in my house and I don't know how to respond. It's not just my nose, I seem to be obsess over imperfections when I see pictures of myself. Are you planning to have a revision as well? I wish you the best.
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i have the same problem..obsession over imperfections,, b4 the nose job i used to like myself just need to improve the look of my nose but loved other facial features , but after the surgery i used 2 look 2 myself in the mirror a lot,, and after a while i began to develop other complexes ,,and i ended by dont love my face ,, not only the nose like b4.. but also the chin,, the cheek ,,the mouth .. i know that it seems that i became crazy :D .. i dont know wht i need to love my face again,, anyway am planning 2 have a revision wiz act of god,, hope that improving the shape of the nose would bring me some of confidence that i lost in the last few months,, i didnt decide the dr yet,, from reading a lot of reviews and see many many websites i became more disappointed,, there are many fake reviews and many bad drs,, i like dr G but dont know if he gonna accept revision or not,, like sam rizk but he is so expensive and i dont trust him yet,, i feel that som of his photos is photoshopped,, now am trying 2 not focus on my nose and dont take pics
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I feel like I have gotten that way too, where I inspect other aspects of my face I now don't like. Some of it is aging, but I think it also has to do with the fact that we are staring in the mirror and looking at imperfections. It's hard to do research because not many people talk specifically about revisions. I found one here in Las Vegas that has does revisions and I really liked what he had to say. It's going to be $13,000 though. Yikes!
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who is the dr?
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The new one? Christopher Khorsandi.
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I am sorry to hear about your bad rhinoplasty experience. I had a nose op many yrs ago and was never pleased with the outcome. description of your nose sounds exactly like my nose. My surgeon offered to do a revision but I didnt trust he would be able to fix it given that revision I more complicated than the primary. You are generous that you gave this surgron 4 stars. If I were yiu I would give her 0 star for messing up the nose. Pls be careful when choosing your surgeon this time. I hope your revision will be a success. Btw I am also planning on a revision. Thanks for sharing your story.
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Thank you Zooster. I gave her 4 stars because she seemed to really be on top of things and I don't want to blame her if I just healed poorly. Good luck with your revision.
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That's sweet. Thanks and take care.
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You too. :)
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