My nose will be more symmetrical and feminine - Rhinoplasty - Seattle, WA

I hope that after Rhinoplasty, my nose will be...

I hope that after Rhinoplasty, my nose will be more symmetrical and feminine. I have a bump on my bridge and a section of cartilage on one side that doesn't match the other. Dr. Portuese explained that technique that he will use to address my concerns. My understanding is that he will take a cartilage graft from another part of my nose and use this to fill in that area on my bridge that appears to have underdeveloped bone/cartilage. My initial consultation was approx. 5 months ago, so I look forward to talking with Dr. Portuese again before surgery.

Today is day 4 post surgery and I am feeling good!...

Today is day 4 post surgery and I am feeling good! The surgery went very well, It was a smooth process and I felt like I was in good hands. The team of people taking care of me during surgery were so friendly, kind and calming which really dissolved my anxiety. I felt very loopy right after the surgery and rested for most of the day. I had a good appetite, but couldn't taste anything!! I should have eaten spinach or some other health food that I don't like the taste of, because i wouldn't have noticed! :)

The last few days and today, I am very swollen, particularly on the side of my face where the graft was done. I have some under eye bruising as well, but this is to be expected.
When I looked at myself in the mirror for the first time a few hours after the surgery, I was happy to see that my face still looked like me!What a relief. From the front view, my upper lip is slightly lifted, exposing my top teeth, but I am certain that this will go down as the swelling subsides. I am trying not to worry too much about the outcome until the swelling comes down.I get my nose bandage removed tomorrow! I am excited to see what my bridge looks like without the bump.

All in all, I feel good about the outcome. I have read enough reviews to know that its better not to get too excited about how things look so soon after surgery, while I'm so swollen. But from what I can see so far, I am happy that I have undergone this procedure.

7 Weeks Post-Op :)

I feel that enough time has passed post-surgery that I can confidently say that my new nose has exceeded my expectations and I feel absolutely no regret for going through with Rhinoplasty. I am actually amazed at the improvement to my nose and how this was even possible to achieve.
The swelling has come down substantially and I can really see the difference that this surgery has made to the shape of my nose and how it fits with my other facial features. The bump is gone, there is symmetry and my features are much softer.
I recently visited with friends who didn't know about my surgery and they didn't notice a difference, which is precisely the reaction I was hoping for. I still look like myself, only feeling much more confident knowing that my nose is no longer dominating my facial features. I no longer cringe when I see myself in pictures at different angles.

I was nervous to go through with this procedure for the same reasons as many people on this forum. I spent hours researching and reviewing other peoples experiences to try to calm my nerves.

The bottom line is that I am so glad that I went with Dr. Portuese and would recommend him to anyone looking to undergo this complicated surgery. The whole process was smooth and comfortable and worth every penny. He is experienced and talented and his staff are top notch.

The first 3 weeks after surgery were scary and quite unsettling during the major swelling and I will say that I had moments where I was terrified when I looked in the mirror, wondering if I had made a mistake. It really is a game of patience. You have to be patient for the result, but also for the general recovery. It is uncomfortable to breath, sleep, talk, etc. But after 2 weeks, the bulk to the discomfort goes away. The way my face looks now when compared to 4 weeks ago is drastically different and this is all due to swelling and healing. I really want to stress the importance of not making any judgements until the 3 week mark ( at least) I wish this was stressed to me more before going through this, because I would have spent less time obsessing!

I will eventually post before and after photos after 6 months once everything is completely settled.
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon

After some extensive searching in Canada, I've decided to cross the border and see Dr. Portuese for my Rhinoplasty. He specializes in the procedure and has a large number of before and after photos on his webpage, which cover a range of noses! I have been thinking about having this procedure done for years because I feel that my nose is very prominent and overshadows my other features. the result is that I feel the need to wear a great deal of dark eye makeup to compensate. When I met Dr. Portuese for a consultation, I felt that he understood my concerns and was thorough in answering my questions about the procedure. I feel that my expectations are realistic, I'm looking for an improvement that will compliment my facial features. I was impressed with the amount of time Dr. Portuese took with my appointment and his assistant, Janet, has been wonderful in answering questions I've had leading up to the procedure. I am excited and a getting nervous since it is so close to the surgery day!

5 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
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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Any update or photos for us? :)
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Thanks for starting your story on RealSelf! How are you feeling at this point?

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Thanks for asking, Angiemcc! I'm feeling good, I'm sleeping a lot, but not complaining :) I'll keep you posted.
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I am in Vancouver BC and am looking at crossing the border also for a rhinoplasty. I was wondering if there was a specific factor that helped you decide to go to Dr Portuese? I have been looking at his website and I am also impressed with his before and after pictures. Just wanted to get your thoughts.
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Hi clay 1971, I went for consultations here in Vancouver before seeing Dr. Portuese and I was blown away at the difference in how much time and detail Dr. Portuese took with my appointment compared to the others. He has so much experience with Rhinoplasty, which I think is very important in selecting a surgeon. I felt more confident and comfortable with what he told me. I agree, the before and after photos are impressive and cover a range of nose shapes and sizes. I would recommend meeting with him and see how you feel.
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