Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty Changed My Face/Life/Health - Toronto, ON
- updated 10 months ago
I had a cosmetic rhinoplasty and septoplasty on...
- 11 Nov 2011
I had a cosmetic rhinoplasty and septoplasty on August 10,2011.
I had been unhappy with my nose for a long time for the following reasons:
- too big for face (too long, too wide)
- dorsal bump/hump
- hanging columella
- crooked nose
- deviated septum that caused problems with breathing, nose bleeds (quite severe at times for my entire life), irritation, runny nose, pain, sinus headaches and pressure.
- hump is gone!
- nose is slimmer (I am still swollen but lateral osteotomies helped to slim the nasal bones)
- columella is no longer hanging
- I can breathe (septum is no longer deviated)
- Most of all, I dont have to hate the way I look because of my big ugly nose. I no longer fear that people are staring at my nose. I am aware that this may sound quite shallow to some of the readers, however, unless you suffer from a large, deformed nose, you will never understand how lucky you are and what a sense of relief it is to have a normal looking nose post-op.
I hated my nose so much that I didnt want to see it again (i.e., I didnt want my new post-op nose to resemble my pre-op nose whatsoever) Now - when I look in the mirror I do not see my old nose and I feel a sense of relief and a great sense of happiness because I am very satisfied with my new nose.
None. Except, if you dont have patience - rhinoplasty, the open type in particular, has a long recovery period. Although I am 3 months post-op and I have healed very well, I am still swollen and still have a long way to go.
Overall: I am very happy. I think the pictures speak for themselves
Hi everyone, I am just updating a few pictures...
- 23 Nov 2011
I am just updating a few pictures. I am now 3.5 months post-op. Here are some pictures.
Dr. Oakley Smith is an amazing and very skilled surgeon. He went above and beyond exceeding my already high expectations. People often describe me as a perfectionist and I am very happy with the way he was able to transform my nose. I actually found Dr. Smith through RealSelf. I wanted a rhinoplasty for a very long time, but I knew that I had to choose the right surgeon or I would be risking a deformed nose, and a revision rhinoplasty. After reviewing his pictures and answers to other members' questions, I felt quite confident in him and decided to book a consultation. To be honest, I didnt see any other surgeons for a consultation. I was so very confident in Dr. Smith that I knew after the consultation that I wanted to proceed through to surgery with him. Sometimes you just know when something feels right, and, in this case, I went with him and I didnt feel the need to get another opinion of another doctor. I immediately felt comfortable with Dr. Smith. He was very helpful from the time I booked the consultation all the way through to before and after the surgery in answering my questions. I never felt rushed during any of our appointments. Also, in the above star ratings for Wait Times, I only gave Dr Smith a 4, which in this case is a positive thing. He is such an excellent, skilled and professional rhinoplasty and reconstructive surgeon that he is in a very high demand, and therefore there is a longer wait time to book the surgery. However, the wait time is nothing compared to the years I lived with my ugly nose and I was willing to wait for the best. I have heard of other surgeons booking cosmetic surgeries within 2 weeks of the consultation - be aware because this obviously means that they are either rushing through surgeries or have very few patients. Overall, he is an amazing surgeon and I could not imagine a better result. I am very happy that I found him and selected him as my rhinoplasty surgeon.