Rhinoplasty, Deviated Septum, Turbinate Reduction Surgery - Washington, DC
For medical reasons, I had my septum straightened...
The splints were left for 1 week after surgery. They caused me to be extremely congested. I went in to see Dr. Chaboki, before my one week post-op appointment, and he cleared up the mucous that was making me congested. Pain was minimal and I ended up taking a few over-the-counter tylenols during the whole week. I bruised very minimally (nearly unnoticeable). Before and right after surgery, I watched my diet very carefully avoiding excess salt. I also took lots of vitamin C (no idea if this did anything). I followed Dr. Chaboki's advice about post-care and had no issues.
After my splints were removed, my nose was extremely swollen. On the recommendation of Dr. Chaboki, I started to take Arnica montana (orally and topically). This helped reduce my swelling, I believe. I continued to take it for 2-months after surgery. For me, the biggest issue with healing was my breathing. The air was going into my nose cold and creating a burning sensation. I found that instead of elevating my head back, elevating it forward helped (possibly to increase the blood flow?). I also used saline spray very frequently to help alleviate the symptoms. My nose continued to feel cold and burn for several months after surgery. The healing has been slow, but I can see the progress. I am approximately 6-months post-op now and have residual cold and burning sensations. I only use the saline spray as needed.
I only visited Dr. Chaboki. I never saw any other surgeons, even though he encouraged me to do so. I felt at ease with Dr. Chaboki. Before my procedure, I was looking for someone who had a conservative approach to surgery and who wasn't going to give me a nose, like every other nose. Dr. Chaboki met my expectations and I felt that I didn't need to look any further. He is also a trained ENT physician, so in addition to his facial plastic surgery expertise, he has a solid understanding of the medical needs related to the nose. This was another draw to Dr. Chaboki. Dr. Chaboki is a very calm and attentive physician. His work is meticulous and he is extremely skilled. I had a lot of work done on my nose and nobody recognized that I had done anything different to my face. I believe that this is the hallmark of an excellent surgeon. While waiting in pre-op, several of his staff members came and told me about their /or their family member's experiences with Dr. Chaboki's work. They were all impressed by his skill, especially to use closed surgical techniques.