44 Year Old Female is Reeeeally Glad She Did It! - Vancouver, BC, Canada

HI everyone! I had rhinoplasty 20 years ago in the...

HI everyone! I had rhinoplasty 20 years ago in the small town I was living in at the time in Alberta. I was thrilled at the results then because I didn't know better lol (there was only 1 plastic surgeon in town) and he got rid of the hump I had on the bridge. Well, for the last decade or so I have noticed my nose looked kind of unnatural and funny. It had a double break point they call it and my nostrils were quite visible which I did not like and overall it still looked pretty big. So after raising three kids to their tweens, it was Mommy's turn to do something major for herself. lol I am reeeeeeeally happy with the results so far!!! The doctor I went to was veeery experienced and knew exactly what he needed to do to rectify what the other doctor had done. (The previous doctor had put cartilage in strange locations which made my profile look sharp and pointy in 2 spots.) My current doctor here in Vancouver, softened my profile, reduced the overall size and minimized my nostril size. I looooove it!!! And the photo I am showing you is from only 1 week post-op!!! So, it is still swollen in the photo and it will settle down even more and be even tinier. I am thrilled and look forward to prancing around the neighbourhood with my new nose for the "next" half (and more I hope!) of my life!! lol

AT 21 DAYS POST-OP!!!! And really LOOOOOOVING my nose!!!!!!

OMG you guys i am soooooooooo happy i did this!!! WOOHOO! -sorry, as you can tell i am quite pleased! -i can't thank my surgeon enough for making my nose look sooooo natural and great (sorry i think so at least....lol :) ) which was a very difficult surgery- he had to remove all this strange cartilage placement, had to control my excessive bleeding (i lost 1/2 pint of blood) and the surgery took 2 1/2 extra hours- anyhow, i am really happy- here are some new photos- the doctor said at 6 weeks my nose will be 90% of how it will look permanently- so i will post final photos then guys- thanks! :)

21 DAYS POST-OP -shrunk even more I think! I love it!

MORE BEFORE PHOTOS

Sorry guys. Hope you are not getting too sick of my updates! lol

BEFORE NOSE

21 DAYS POST- OP (AFTER NOSE) FACE-ON

Dr. KEN DUBETA

Dr.Dubeta is HANDS DOWN the expert and master of perfection for any facial plastic surgery you may need. I can confidently say this not just from MY OWN experience having had 3 surgeries with him, but from the many many patients I have seen walk in and out his offices, both before and after over the last 8 months. Do not be put off by his picture portfolio in his office, with old photos from the last 2 decades, which I have read some people criticize and said they were scared away by it. Who in the world cares if the photos are from several years ago? The results of his work are what count, silly people. All of the "after" pictures are natural looking. Unlike many doctor's who display modern photos with fancy computer software and in over the top offices, but their work is subpar. Dr.Dubeta does not have to try to impress (aka persuade or trick) people by having a slick modern office etc. The only thing you should care about in regards to a surgeon manipulating your most important features visible to the world (your one and only face) is the SKILL of the surgeon. And Dr.Dubeta is THE PREEMINENT master. You will find NO ONE BETTER THAN him, I guarantee it!!! He gets referred all the most difficult situations, both medical and cosmetic, which happen to go together. And this is why he is booked solid at hospitals and in his private surgical clinic. I feel so grateful I found him and had the good fortune to receive his fine work. And I hope you have the same good fortune!

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
5 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
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Did he do any grafting? It looks amazing! Sweet relief for you :D
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it looks great...Amazing work by your doctor, congrats :)
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Congratulations!  I love happy endings.  
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Looks great! Very well done.
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Wow! very beautiful nose! really happy for you. I am sure it will get a lot better.
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Thanks for your encouraging words. The last surgeon also seems to know exactly what is wrong with my current nose. He is the first surgeon to address all my concerns. He has some before/after photos on his website. But I will ask to see more photos when i visit next time and maybe request to speak to some of his rhinoplasty patients. Enjoty your new nose my dear.
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That's sounds like a great plan. I'm glad you get a good feeling in that doctor's skill and expertise. Definitely go with your smarts and gut. Keep me posted okay? You WILL be happy again with your appearance okay? Don't worry, you'll see. You're already taking the steps towards that. And thanks again for the compliments! :)
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Looks very good your photos and so little swelling too! :) What did you have done the first time? Did they break your bones either time? Any discomfort/tightness/breathing changes? Chris.
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Hi Chris! Thanks much for the compliments. You know I don't know if my 1st surgeon broke my bones the first time but I DO KNOW that he chiselled the hump down on my bridge so much apparently that he chiselled TOO MUCH and had to take some of the cartilage he had taken out and put it artificially back in- my 2nd surgeon saw this in the X-ray. He said it is a common mistake of a young plastic surgeon (and my 1st surgeon was indeed young) - you know I do not recall my post-op AT ALL from my 1st surgery- Soooo long ago for this aging brain lol- so sorry- but for this surgery, yes my nose feels very stuffed up, very narrow, hard as a rock and puffy at the end (which the doc said is how an internally unhealed nose feels- when your nose tip feels soft and pliable again, it is healed inside)- and also tender- however, it was much worse at the beginning- I'm so happy with the results that I don't mind- I hope you get the results you want too!
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I forgot to add that I am inssssaaaanely itchy inside my nose- right from the get go but especially the stitches dissolving are driving me crazy!!- i want to scratch so badly- but once again, i DON'T really mind because i am soooo happy with the results-
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How is your recovery coming along now? Is your nose still itching? Breathing good? Cosmetic changes?
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Beautiful!
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Thank-you sooo much!
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It's hard to believe that's after just one week! You look beautiful. Thank you immensely for sharing your experience on RealSelf.

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Thank-you!! This all makes me feel so good about myself!! I appreciate it everyone!! :)
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Your nose looks darling! Lucky you!!! I am happy for you.
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You are sooo sweet Suko, thank-you!!
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Congrats on your new nose. My story is a bit similar to yours. I had a rhinoplasty 13 years ago but I was never satisfied with the results. The hump wad removed but my nose became wider and the tip is big. Overall the nose is too big. I kept putting off the idea of having a revision rhinoplasty for many years. But every time I look inthe mirror I hate what I see. Nowadays I even hate to take photos. I decided I want to fix my nose and I have been to around 5 surgeons. I like the last doctor I consulted though he does all kinfs of cosmetic surgery. I plan to go back to him to ask more questions and to do computer images. Is your surgeon a nose specialist. My first doc claimed he wad a nose specialist and had excellent before and after photos but my results were terrible. I am happy for you and thsnks gor sharing you story.
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Hi Zooster! Thanks for your message. I'm sooo sorry to hear you had a disappointing result too and are not happy with your nose. But the GOOD NEWS is that you are going to do something about it and feel good about yourself again. That's what counts! :) My Plastic Surgeon: Dr. Dubeta in Vancouver, BC, Canada is not necessarily a NOSE specialist but he specializes in the FACE only, which was important to me. And most of his work do happen to be nose work and eyes work. There seemed to be a lot of P.S. who do EVERY KIND of surgery (body and face) and this did NOT APPEAL TO ME. (My first rhinoplasty was done by one of those generalist plastic surgeons and look what happened. Lol) It is reeeeally smart of you to go to many surgeons to find the right one. Good for you. I did too. And what worked for me is that with Dr. Dubeta, he did NOT NEED ME to tell him what to do. He knew IMMEDIATELY why it was not the best for my face that could be created. He ordered an x-ray and his suspicions were confirmed that the previous P.S. had used a lot of cartilage implants to create those weird projections. Therefore, I liked his work first of all, but I also like how he was soooo experienced, (not a young P.S. fresh out of University like with my 1st rhinoplasty) but I ESPECIALLY liked that HE knew what my nose needed to look it's best. Because I certainly couldn't tell him I'm bad at that sort of stuff! Anyhow, so good luck okay? Please keep me/us posted!
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