I had the typical Asian button nose and I've...
15 Jul 2013
6 months post
I had the typical Asian button nose and I've always wanted more defined outline. So after research...I decided to go with Dr. Solomon. He is very straight forward and professional. I enjoyed our first consultation. I told him I like my nose`s shape but I wanted a higher bridge and showed him some pictures of ideal Asian noses. He nodded and told me it will look good on me. I always believed to go with the best surgeon I can find since I value their expertise and professional options.
On the 2nd consultation, he took before pictures of me and it was fairly quick. His office is always packed with patients..it's very common to go in way pass the scheduled appointment time. I suppose that's a good sign since so many other people trusted him.
On the day of surgery, I was kinda nervous. He came in and ensured me everything is going to be great. However, he asked me one question that almost made me faint....
He asked me if I want my nose tip to be higher....we have never discussed to alter my nose tip. And I've never thought I need it or it's needed in order to achieve the result I wanted. It is not the kind of discussion I can have 10 mins before the surgery..I could barely think straight...After Dr. Solomon saw my expression, he told me he will not do anything on my nose tip..
The actual surgery was breeze since I was under full sedation. When I woke up, everything was done. I barely felt any pain. After I was sent home, I never needed to take a single pain killer that were prescribed for me. There were no bruising as well. Dr. Solomon is very skillful. I had a painless recovery.
On the day to take off my splint, I had a nervous breakdown after seeing my nose. I had a curved up Asian button nose before. 7 days post surgery, my nose looked like a lion, connected straight from my forehead down to my nose tip. It completely changed my nose shape...I know was swollen severe and it's not Dr. Solomon's fault, but my mind just wasn't prepared for it. Dr. Solomon comforted me by saying I need to give it up to a year to see the full result, he can always take it out if I'm not satisfied.
Recovery - the first 3 months were the worst...not physically, but mentally... learning to like my nose again and not being depressed were the biggest challenges. The only saving grace were my optimism and knowing that revision can be done after a year's time.
6 months post-op: The swollen on my nose bridge has subside, even thought I haven't fully learned to love it. At least it no longer depresses me and I start to like to see myself in the mirror again. There are two things stresses me out still....
1)There is a bump on nose, Dr. Solomon said it's still swollen and will become better in time. And since we've only raised my nose bridge but didn't touch my nose tip, my nose looks going downward from the bump which bothers me a whole lot.
2) You can see from the front view that my nose is slightly crooked. I told myself it is the scar tissue inside my nostril healing...it will be better in time...I am keeping my fingers crossed.
In a year's time, I`m going to have to do a revision. I now know that in order to retain my slightly curved up nose shape, I need to raise my nose tip as well my nose bridge. I wish this was brought to my attention during my consultations so I can mentally prepare for it and have it done with my Rhinoplasty altogether. I know Dr. Solomon is a skillful surgeon but it`s hard for him to know exactly what Asians want for our noses. To him, I didn`t even need a nose job. I had double eyelid surgery done in China. It was a breeze to explain to my surgeon what I want. He already knew what I like, could almost finish my sentences. So most likely my revision will be done in Asia.
Advise of getting Asian Rhinoplasty in Toronto: Not recommended unless you`ve done extensive research on what you want and is confident that your surgeon knows exactly what you want.
18 Jul 2013
6 months post
I'm going to see Dr. Solomon next Tuesday to put some filler in my nose tip.
Hopefully that will cover the nose bump for a little while till I get my revision done next year. I do like the new improvement on my nose since the surgery. But I can't live with my current nose...Not after the cost of my surgery and all the mental adjustments I had to go through. So revision need to be done. At least the tip of my nose needs to be raise up. Anyhow..I will post new photos after getting fillers next week.
Filler with dr. Solomon
17 Oct 2013
9 months post
I was a bit nervous hence the rhinoplasty wasn't as successful as I've hoped. I wanted to put in a filler that will last me half a year till my revision can be done.
Scheduled appointment for 12pm, didn't see dr. Solomon till 2pm. Room full of people. Dr. Solomon was running around none stop. I kinda feel bad for him being so busy n when I finally saw him, he hasn't had lunch yet. However what happened in the next 5 mins thoroughly upset me.
As soon as he came in, he recognized that the nose bridge is too high. I talked about getting filler on tip but I told him it has to be some filler that can be dissolve within 6 month. He touched my nose and told me ok then went out right away. The whole conversation lasted about 3 mins. Then after he came back, he handed me a responsibility waiver n asked me to sign before putting in filler..at this point, he hasn't even explain to me what filler he is going to use. I've trusted him once and ended up with an unacceptable result. At least I want us to spend time to talk about different options and make him understand what I want to achieve before filler happens. But he just left me the responsibility waiver and went to talk to the next patient!!!
At that point, I feel like a cash cow and nothing more. I understand he is busy, but each patient deserve his full attention when he is present. Even he does surgery every single day, to each patient, this is still a life changing experience he can not treat lightly.
I was very upset for what just happened. So I left without saying anything. He might be experienced, but I've come to learn the only dr. who cares n listens are the best kind. Otherwise, the result will be either unsatisfactory or looked all the same on everyone. No one wants to be a piece of factory product.
Revision done in Korea. Recovering now.
17 Oct 2013
9 months post
Hi everyone! I'm so excited that my revision is finally done. Very happy right now. Today is just my 2nd day of recovery.
The old implant by dr. Solomon was taken out. I just want to show everyone how ridiculous the implant was shaped. And the bump on my nose was cause by a split on the right side of the implant as you can see in the picture. Not swolleness dr. Solomon had tole me previously. My Korean surgeon told me he has never seen an implant shaped like this.
I hope my experience can be a lesson for everyone. Best of luck on your surgery too!
Another review posted for Revision in Korea.
Thanks for everyone's well wishes! It has been 4 months post-op. And I love the result.
I just posted a new review for Dr. Chung, my Korean surgeon.
My journey is done. Best of luck on yours!
Somehow my review for Dr. Chung, Rex clinic from Seoul, Korea disappeared....
Below is side by side picture of my initial rhinoplasty done by Dr. Solomon and revision done by Dr. Chung.
My revision costed $7000 USD.
For those who want to go Asia for plastic surgery, my advice is to search online. There are many forums available for people in the same situation. The information is vastly available. Do your homework. It's actually not as scary as you think. I've easily made many friends in the hotel during my stay in Seoul. People are more sociable and supportive when they are in the same boat. =)
Best of luck!
My Korea revision review posted.