44 Years Old and Finally Ready for Rhinoplasty!!! - New York, NY

Found my doctor and surgery is scheduled for Oct...

Found my doctor and surgery is scheduled for Oct 18, 2014!! Excited and nervous at the same time. I will add to my story and post more "nose shots" as the surgery date gets closer. As you can see, I have a wide bridge and bulbous tip. At my consultation, my Surgeon said he would be narrowing the bridge and performing an alar reduction and tip work.

Two months to go!

Getting excited and anxious about my rhinoplasty. I think Im psyching myself out a bit. Maybe reading about all the things that could go wrong is not too smart. I need to go into this process with a positive mindset.

Recently I've been reading about how long the tip of your nose takes for the swelling to go down, and that has me worried. I am also worried about the alar base reduction scars. Arggghhhh. So much to worry about!!! : (

One month till surgery!

I have exactly one month to go and feeling super excited. I'm posting some before pics now. As you can see, I have a pretty big honker. Wide tip with no definition. When I smile it spreads and looks even bigger. Can't wait for the surgery!!! My pre-op visit with Dr. Kassir is next week. I'll let you know how it goes.

Pre-op visit - 3 weeks to go!

Today I went to see Dr. Kassir and had my pre-op consultation. We talked about some questions I had about the procedure and recovery. We went through the list of do's and dont's pre and post surgery and I got my prescriptions for antibiotics (tablets and ointment) and pain medication. I have to go buy the the over the counter items now (Arnica pellets/Vitamin C/Zinc/Bromelain).

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I got the orders for my surgical clearance so that I can get all the blood tests/scans done. I went ahead and made an appointment with my primary care physician for next Friday : ) I signed a bunch of forms and made my final payment. Its all becoming very real!!!
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

Consultation went smoothly and I'm feeling very comfortable with the surgeon.

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Best Wishes on your journey! :)
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Whoa...my nose looks a lot like yours, so I cannot wait to see your results! I will definitely research Dr. Kassir. I am considering Dr. Boahene in MD, but not sure yet. I wish you all the best for a safe and successful surgery.
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Congrats on your upcoming surgery. It will be here before you know it!!
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Good luck with everything. My surgery is 4 days before yours. We will be healing together. Did you get all your recovery supplies?
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Thanks Sunflowerslove! How exciting. Good luck to you as we'll. Can't wait to hear your story. I have not gotten my supplies yet, besides loads of lip balm :). I have a list of things, but I'm waiting till Friday, when I go for my pre-op consult. Have you gotten your supplies already?
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Yes I have everything I need. I'm ready to do this! October 14 is my big day!!:)
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Awesome!!! Just a couple of weeks to go then. I'll be watching for your post-op pics!!!
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Looking forward to reading your journey, I'm excited for you. Good luck!
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I'm considering Dr. Kassir for my surgery too. I wish you the best! Can't wait to hear from you and see your new nose!
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Thanks LaurenS. I will keep you posted. A little over 3 weeks to go for my pre-op appointment and 7 weeks till the surgery!!!
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I'm excited for you, can't wait to see the new you.
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hi had my nose done three weeks ago now and I was the same I wanted the new nose but was scared of the op and outcome.I can relate to how your feelings but trust me when I say this youll be fine there is nothing to be scared of!!.Have u researched your surgeon? xxxps this is coming from someone who suffers anxiety and has panic attacks and id dobit all over again.xx
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Hi, I'm glad you are happy you did it. Please share your before and progress pics. I actually had my nose done about 3 years ago, it wasn't a terrible experience but I felt like the doctor didn't deliver completely what I asked for and what he said he would do. I partly blame myself though, for trying to put all my eggs in the wrong basket. Here is what happened in a nutshell. I went to see an ENT doc for a deviated septum. I also had large turbinates so while discussing a Septoplasty and opening up my airway, I told the doctor I was also unhappy with the exterior, specifically that the tip was too balboous and the nostrils to big. He said he could fix that and told me how. My insurance covered the Septoplasty, but the rhinoplasty is cosmetic so I paid him for that $5000. He said he removed fairly large pieces of cartlidge and that it would come in and have a much more defined nose once it healed, which could take a year. He didn't pack my nose or cast it. I had a splint to protect the bridge for a week but that was it. When all was said it done, there was little improvement but not worth much. I told him I wasn't happy months after but he said wait a year before trying to do a revision. Here's the thing, why would I pay the same person more money and hope he can do better the second time. Bottom line, he's a good DNA doctor but no plastic surgeon. I got what I paid for. So now I'm just saving because a revision is gonna cost me more than double what I paid in NY and I want to find the right surgeon for me. I wish I knew about real self then.
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I have researched the surgeon and Im feeling pretty good about my decision. You see stellar reviews and then a few not so good reviews. I totally understand that not every patient will be 100% satisfied. I trust that my post op result will be better than pre-op (unless something goes horribly wrong), fingers and toes crossed.
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Do most surgeons use packing? I'm hearing some do, some don't. I also heard that not using packing could minimize swelling?
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Research and being confident in your decision is so important. Good for you and best of luck. Keep us posted.
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I believe it's up to the doc and decided on a case by case basis. What I have noticed by following top surgeons is that they tend to cast the nose. I'm thinking that may have affected my results. I'm thinking the cast may have set the nose to take take shape it should've been, but this opinion may vary. Something definitely worth discussing with your doc.
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Good luck and please keep us posted. I'm looking to have my revision rhinoplasty next year once I've found my the right doc and saved for it. Thanks for sharing your journey.
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Woo-hoo! Here's a list of pre- and post-op tips! Please let us know how your journey unfolds.
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Best of luck, keep us updated :)
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Thank-you!!!
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