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20 Years Old and Finally Decided to Undergo Rhinoplasty! - Perth, Australia

This is my first post in the realself community...

This is my first post in the realself community and is hopefully a good way to introduce myself to you all. I'm a 20 year old female living in Perth, Australia. Ever since I started puberty I have been deeply bothered by the bump in the bridge of my nose and most specifically by my bulbous, undefined tip. I feel like my nose is a very unflattering element on what could be considered a generally attractive face. I would love a thinner more defined nose tip from the front and a sharp and straight profile with a slightly more upturned tip. I'm terrified by the prospect of having surgery on my nose and then hating the outcome. I have told a few people about my decision to undergo rhinoplasty and they have all said that I'm crazy and that my nose is fine, but I of course do not agree with them. So what do you all think of my nose? Am I right in thinking that rhinoplasty could be a fabulous opportunity to improve my looks and self confidence? Sorry that the pictures are very small and discrete but I'm a bit frightened of posting my face online.

Had my first consult...

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I had my first consult with a potential surgeon and I left feeling very confused and slightly saddened. The surgeon really seemed to know his stuff, but I found his bedside manner to be a tad too abrupt for me, which is odd because I'm not usually bothered by that sort of thing. It turns out I have a deviated septum, wide nasal bones, wide-ish nostrils and (too my complete shock) rather thick skin. My dream has always been to have a petite, more defined nose and this new knowledge of thick skin pretty much puts an end to all of that. Having researched all last night, I'm now really frightened that no matter how nicely the cartilage beneath and bone are defined, I will end up with a nose that is possibly even wider and bigger than the one I have now. I don't heal well and tend to bruise and swell for YEARS rather than days weeks or months, so this has just really upset me a lot. The worst factor is that when all the costs are added up, I will be paying around 13,000 (I don't have private health insurance) for a procedure I'm not even sure will do me any visual benefit. (Is 13,000 much more than normal? - I didn't realise it would cost more than 10k!)

Please, please, please anyone with thick skin who had work on their nose tip would you tell me about your experiences and maybe even show me photos? I would appreciate it so much because I'm so sad right now I'm starting to think it's not worth it.

And anyone in Perth or really anywhere in Australia, if you could recommend great surgeons you have been to I would really appreciate that as well.

Overcoming my fear

So it has been about a month since my consult and last post. Over the past month I have been extremely confused about my feelings. After my consult I felt pretty gutted - knowing that I have thick skin and could never expect really nice definition was a big issue for me, because the bulbousness in the tip of my nose has always been the biggest problem I see. I hate how blobby, wide and undefined it looks, particularly in photos, and it has made me truly fearful to ever be in pictures or go out of the house without make up and contouring. For this reason I wondered for a while if it was even worth my time to have this procedure done. I have seen a number of before and after pictures of people with thicker skin and in a lot of these photos the nose looks even wider and more undefined than before!

Recently I was talking to a friend about my worries and how I wasn't sure I wanted to spend this much money if I couldn't be guaranteed that I would get a better result. She then asked me, 'Will you ever come be okay with your nose though? Will you ever be at peace with it being the way it is?'. I realised the answer was a definite no. My nose has been the one great source of low self esteem and worry for the last ten years and I know that it will never go away. I will never be okay with it. I said this to her and she said 'You know what to do then.'

Therefore... it is decided. I will undergo rhinoplasty because the fear of having a less than ideal result is less than the paralysing fear that I experience every time I see a camera or a photo of myself, or I sit down next to someone in a cinema or lecture theatre. The photos I have seen of my preferred surgeon's results show profiles which are absolutely gorgeous, however I have not been thrilled by the view from the front. None of the nose tips look any thinner or more defined in the after photos - mostly they look quite boxy - think Blake Lively or Jennifer Aniston. If money wasn't such an issue I would think 'get a better profile and functional breathing now, then get the tip revised later' but this isn't really financially suitable or logical. I don't know if I should stick with this surgeon and hope for the best regarding the nose tip or prolong my waiting but look for someone whos tip results look more aesthetically pleasing.

If anyone has any more advice or suggestions I would truly appreciate them. I am so grateful to everyone who has reached out to me and shared their experiences and wisdom. You are all wonderful xxxx
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Just read the thread of comments & saw the name Dr.Imani....well I just had a rhinoplasty by him 6 weeks ago. I understand your comments about his abrupt bedside manner because that was my thoughts initially. After a several consults with him & having him perform my surgery all I can say is that he is extremely professional which just comes across as arrogant. He really is a nice person & knows exactly what he's talking about. I feel he did an amazing job on my nose but I won't see the proper results for another few months because I'm still quite swollen. What you have to remember is that he is an ear, nose & throat specialist aswell as a cosmetic surgeon, therefore not only will he produce a lovely nose for you he'll also make sure your nose is constructed to fully function as a nose should. His price for me was also $13,500 which I thought was extreme in the beginning but when you're dealing with something that is in the middle of your face for the rest of your life I thought of the saying 'you get what you pay for' & in my book he's worth every penny. Anyway you've got to make sure you're ready because it is an emotional roller coaster esp when the cast comes off & you're extremely swollen, however rest assured it does go down. Mine has gone down a huge amount in the last 6 weeks but I still have about 6 months before the tip gets more definition..patience & trust!! He really is a great surgeon.
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Hi! Thanks so much for your feedback. I guess I was always expecting my surgeon to say that they could give me everything I wanted and fulfil all my hopes and dreams - and then when he was so blunt about realistic expectations I felt pretty deflated. But having reflected on this I know I should be so grateful that he was so honest and professional. I haven't heard a single bad word about him and I'm sure he will be my choice of surgeon when I finally find the funds to go through with the procedure. I'm sure that the first few months will be horrifying for me - I swell up and bruise twice as bad as anyone I know so I can only assume I will look pretty ghastly for a while, but I'm sure it will heal with time. I'm not very good at being patient so I know it won't be easy.
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Don't worry about thick skin! All it means is that it will take longer to heal and sit around the new cartilage and bone, you can still have a very petite and feminine nose. Pre op, I remember worrying about every little thing and I asked my surgeon at every consult and pre-op consultations to double and triple check if my skin was thick, now post-op, i completely forgot he even said that. I didn't dislike my nose as much as you sound to, and i actually came to peace with it and accepted it as my nose and somewhat liked it, but the opportunity arose where I had the chance to get it done, and it is the BEST thing I've done. If you dislike your nose as much as you say you do, i encourage you to do it. All the fears and anxieties are completely normal and I have felt every single one. 2.5 months post op I am me, but with a much nicer nose. Most important thing is being really confident you have chosen the right surgeon for you. If you would travel to Sydney, Dr Nettle does very refined tips. I went with Dr. Shahidi but he does the more 'boxy' nose you mentioned in your post, although I personally think he is just amazing!
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Hey, thanks so much for the advice! It's so good to get feedback from others with thick skin. I saw on your profile that you took your photos down. Any chance you would be willing to email me some before and after photos? It would be great to see your results! :)
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If your not happy with your nose then do it. It's not about other peoples opinions. Why live with a bump on your nose that is bothering you?. I say go for it.. I wish i did at 20. I was shocked to when my surgeon told me i had big nostrils aswell considering i always thought mine were cute rounded and on the small side so i can totally relate LOL. (its the whole once the bone and tip is fixed they will look large so they must be narrowed, and i do want a perfect nose not one that looks half way done.). There is no way your going to end up with a bigger nose they remove not add. I'm sure your nose is going to look very lovely. I'm from Sydney, NSW my surgeon fee is also just over 13000, with around just over 1000 back from medicare. I just had my second consultation with the same surgeon this week.. and i will have another one with him 2 weeks before my operation. My operation is booked on the 10th of December, mines a closed not an opened rhino job.
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You're right that theres no point living with something that upsets me, and I'm beginning to believe that again. I guess my issue is although I really dislike the bump, the thing I hate the most is the undefined nose tip. It's so wide and bulbous and the first thing I see in any pictures of myself. Being told I have thick skin terrified me because I wonder if there is even any point having the surgery if I may never have any greater tip definition. If I had never been told about the thick skin I'm certain I would have no doubts in my head that I was doing the right thing. I just worry it may look wider than before!
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It comes to a game of trust, none of us will know 100 percent what our noses are going to look like after, i do have trust & hope in my surgeon that he will do a great job and i'm willing to take that chance because i refuse to accept my current nose... so i personally would rather have a go, then no go at all and just be miserable about my nose which is really crazy come to think of it... It annoys me more so because it wasn't the nose i was born with due to accidents. i have this bump on the right side of my bridge being headbutted. I understand what your saying about your nose, i find it odd he didn't make you feel that confident enough that he could give you a more refined tip.. it's a shame you don't live in Sydney i would defiantly advise you to go to my surgeon. Find a surgeon who specialises in rhino... Your going to want the best you can find when it comes to your face.. look at the surgeons before and afters so you have an idea of his skills and book a consultation to whoms work was to your liking. Try and find a nose similar to yours for some before and afters.. or ones you like that have a similar face shape to yours... and take them to your consultation and he/she should tell you what is possible.. I also showed him ones that i hated.
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Also I didn't have any breathing problems so he didnt have to fix that like urs which probably doesn't help cost. I know what u mean about abrupt.. He told me my expectations were too high, and said most surgeons will probably refuse me including himself which made me really upset but think he was just trying to make me realise it wasn't realistic what I wanted. Second time I went back I was a little scared he was gunna be really blunt with me but was actually really good :)
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Also I'm sure u can claim some back if its to do with ur breathing x
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Hey I've just had surgery with dr imani a week ago.. I have really thick skin -like African thick he said.. I had a disaster job done in Thailand so had revision with him.. It's hard to see because its taped and still only a week. But he said in a years time it will look more like what I wanted.
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You have no idea how lucky I feel right now to speak to someone with thick skin who has had work done by the surgeon I'm most interested in! He basically told me I will never have the defined and sharper look that I was after, though he could still make visual improvements. My main question is - knowing now about the thickness of your skin, would you have decided to change your profile in the first place or would you have decided to live with it? Also, does my estimated cost seem extremely high to you or did he charge on the higher side for you as well?
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I didn't have a choice by that stage if I would have done it or not, I had a botched job done in Thailand, so wanted it fix know matter what. My surgeon in Thailand didnt even say I had thick skin or that I couldn't have the nose I wanted, I showd him a picture of what I wanted and he's like yep., little did I know it would be the biggest diaster of my life! Have had a worst 6 months of my life after it :( Regretting not getting it done in aus first :( I would maybe have re thort if I was told this from the start weather or not I would have gone through with it, I'm not sure. But wasn't until after my surgery he said he was amazed as to how thick it actually was so scares me alittle thinking I may never be happy with it. But It was something I always wanted to do, and if I didn't go through with it I would always be wondering. It's only been a week since my op so really hard to tell anything right now but will definitely keep u updates with pics. And yes that price Is what I paid, well actually alot more, 13500 for him ( revision is more) and 4800 for hospital and aneathist. So about 18000 all up plus the 5000 I already paid in Thailand :(
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How is everything with your nose going now? I saw your newest pictures on your page. Your profile already looks absolutely gorgeous, and considering how recent the surgery was and how much swelling you're probably experiencing, I'm so impressed! How are you feeling about the way it looks?
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Thought i would jump in here with the thick skin and seeing Dr Imani theme haha :) i personally think he seems great! i got told the same about my thick skin meaning achieving great definition isn't possible. i love that he told me that upfront and it made me trust his judgements even further. Perthgirl11 I have the exact same situation as you with the dorsal hump and bulbous tip and your nose is the nose that i have recognised as being the most similar to my own on this whole forum. yours is smaller than mine though and you have nice nostrils, i was told i would also need them taken in and my nose de-projected. will be keeping an eye on your posts :) goodluck!
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I can't give you any experience as I'm booked in for next month in SA. Mine is around the $6500 mark. I'd look in to some more surgeons if you're not happy with this one. I highly doubt I have thick skin, but I can tell you about my experience once I've had it done :-)
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$6500 sounds like a price I could only dream of! How much are you planning to change your nose? I'm kind of horrified by my estimated price - $13000 seems kind of insane for what I want done!
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You could always go to America too one girl here is getting revision there, she asked for discount and getting her boobs and nose for 12g
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I hope to have my tip lifted and just have an all over smaller, finer nose to match my face. I'm hoping this can be achieved!
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I'm getting my nose and boobs done here for just under $16k. I'd say with conversion rates, flights, accommodation and other expenses, going to America would probably work out to around the same price. But how nice would it be to recover where no one you know would see you and have a holiday at the same time! You wouldn't need to tell anyone what you're having done!
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I don't get the whole going overseas plan, unless you got plans to stay there for a year. What about after visions and check ups of your nose and all? My surgeon told me i have to see him every so and so months so he can see how process is doing, after care & checkups is important after surgery. I don't think we should cheap out on our bodies.. but yeah in saying that the price is now ridiculous high from back in the day for a nose job in Sydney, AU. you get what you pay for, otherwise will all be going to Thailand lol.
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Your bump is soooo slight and when it is brought down, know that you may end up with a wider bridge. Discuss your concerns with a surgeon and go on 3-4 consults. Good luck! I don't see anything worth surgery but I know how it feels to dislike your nose. Best wishes!
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Thank you for your honesty. I'm just starting to learn about all the potential issues I might have after, such as a wider bridge or tip. I'm definitely having second thoughts.
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your nose is much better than mine, so I would be very happy with your nose :-) If you go ahead with it I'm sure you would like the outcome as it looks to me that there isn't that much work to be done, only flatten the bump. The tip looks fine to me, but from the photos I can't get a good idea of proportions. I understand not wanting to post your face online :-) Good luck with your decision!
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Thank you for saying that :) Apparently i need my nose broken, nasal bones taken in, my deviated septum fixed and cartilage removed and defined says the surgeon I saw yesterday. :/
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Wow that seems a lot when your nose looks pretty good to me!
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