12 Days Post Op - Great Results - White Plains, NY

First, I need to thank all people that shared...

First, I need to thank all people that shared their experience on this website -- it was so helpful to me. I would like to share my experience hoping that I will provide some useful information as well.

The reason why I opted for rhinoplasty is that I never liked my nose even though it does not have an egregious flaw. It just never felt right for my face: a small dorsal hump, a bit long, a bit wide in the tip but the worst part is how it looks when I smile – it will just change it’s shape, becomes droopy, with flared nostrils and the hump and the wide tip look even worse. This probably makes it sound worse than it is, I like how I look generally but I will just avoid smiling on pictures and as I got older ( I’m 35 now) the nose seems to grow and change for the worse so I decided that I will just fix it. What prompted my decision is the results I saw on this website of some revisions that resembled my case.

I live in NYC so I met a bunch of celebrity surgeons and I felt comfortable with most of them, I even scheduled a surgery with one, paid the deposit and then opted out which was not the smartest thing to do. The price I was quoted was anywhere between 13,500 to 18,000+ which I can afford but it still felt so expensive a price for my vanity…But I was sure that I want this, I just decide to wait and meet a few more surgeons before I made my decision.

Then I came across a few review of Dr. C and before I even met him I had a good feeling about him – so many genuine stellar reviews and such amazing results.
So when I called to schedule my consultation, I already scheduled my surgery date, this before I even met Dr. C. Anyway, I met him 2 weeks later and this was also my pre-op.
I felt so comfortable with him and his colleagues, I loved the results of the dozens before and after pictures that he showed me.

I initially wanted several changes on my nose but all of them subtle; since my flaws are kind of obvious, most surgeons recommend changes before I even try to explain what I want which does not bother me the least; Dr. C recommendations were quite appropriate, but more aggressive then what I originally planned but I decided to trust his taste and experience completely, I went for a change and I was prepared to see a different self after the surgery. Yet, I was hoping to be back to work in a week with nobody noticing.

The surgery, 2 weeks later went well, I went to the office early, I was not nervous at all. The nurse and the anesthesiologist made me feel so comfortable, 5 minutes later I was awake. I already had black eyes and swollen. I remained in the office a few hours before my husband came to pick me up as they would not let me go by myself. The doctor came out of surgery to say good bye and to tell me that the surgery went well and that he decide to ‘tuck in’ my nostrils which I hoped won’t be necessary as it leaves external scars (and I had a closed rhinoplasty otherwise).

I was very embarrassed to show up in my doorman building all in bandages and bloody (my nose was still dripping blood), but oh well, a small price to pay. Next few days were tough, I guess I had high expectations for the recovery but it was painful. I took painkillers non stop for the first 4 days and I spent them mostly in bed, icing. What I found indispensible, were the 4 ice gel packs that I ordered from Amazon. I also got the swiss therapy mask which was good but not as efficient as the ice gel packs as the relief will last only a few minutes. I also got the instant ice packs (24 for $15 also on amazon) as sometimes just didn’t feel well enough to got to the fridge and change the ice packs.
I abided by all recommendations, slept in a recliner, took arnica montana, vitamin C and bromelain, and iced constantly for the first 3 days. I had much more severe bruising and swelling than almost everybody that posted pictures on the website, but by the 6 day I looked much much better so I think all of the supplements helped.

The cast came off on the 7th day; the profile looked so nice (the change in the profile always looks good after the cast is off) but my front was too swollen, yet, I was very happy as the structure was there and I knew the swelling will subside soon.
But I was very scared when I looked in the mirror a few hours later: the swelling between the eye got worse to the extent I had a small ball there that made me look monstrous. It took 2 days to see this subside and the tip looked a bit thinner.

I am 12 days post surgery now and I am loving my results. I know that it will get better but I am happy even if it doesn’t. My nose still droops a bit when I smile but I don’t mind it anymore. Overall, a smaller nose, a nice profile curve, a much more refined tip and far less drooping when I smile. I love it! And it now looks so natural on my face. The tip is raised just a bit and I believe it makes me look younger. Today is my first day back to work and nobody noticed. I think the scars on the sides of my nostrils are visible but with make up you can hide them and I will deal with them later.


For confidentiality I will not post full pictures but I will post partial pictures tomorrow and I can email you more info if you are interested.

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The swelling seem to have subsided except for the...

The swelling seem to have subsided except for the tip. The tip looks asymmetrical from the front, it's visible on the last picture; at this point I don't think it's the swelling...well I'm slightly worried, I hope I don't have to go through a revision.
Another problem - as I had external incisions to reduce the size of the nostrils, the wound on the right sight has not healed yet, I think there is an infection which I can not seem to fix with over the counter medicines...I'll have to go and see my doctor

The infection on the the external stitch on the...

The infection on the the external stitch on the side nostril has not been resolved. I saw my doctor a couple of days ago and he said that it's nothing, he checked for stitches but said that ne didn't see any. Anyway, the same problem persist. I'm so frustrated, I am going on a three week trip, will be mostly in remote places with no hospitals nearby...
I still think there is a stitch or something else causing the infection but it is probably deeper so I may need xray. I will not be able to fix this before my trip so I hope it doesn't get worse over next few weeks. I doubt that it will get resolved by itself as it has been a month since the operation now

It has been almost two months since my surgery. My...

It has been almost two months since my surgery. My nose is not numb any more, I hope that the tip will get a bit more refined with time but even if it doesn't I will not be too disappointed. What I am disappointed about is that tip dropped over the last three weeks and now it droops again when I smile.

Ok, today was my 2.5 month post-op with Dr. C....

Ok, today was my 2.5 month post-op with Dr. C. What I though was an infection was a stubborn disolvable stitch that took a while to fully disintegrate. My scars look much better, they are barely noticeable. My profile looks very nice. I have some slight asymmetry which Dr. C. will fix with fat if necessary after the sixth month post op. Still some swelling to go in the tip but the results should be close to final. I wish my tip remained more elevated as it were in the first 2 weeks but oh well, I remind myself I was not chasing perfection but a significant improvement which is what I got and I am enjoying my new nose.

Ok, it has been almost six months now and at this...

Ok, it has been almost six months now and at this point I only have good things to share. I had a closed rhinoplasty -- hump removal, bridge narrowing, tip narrowing and rotation as well as alar base adjustment. I liked my results all along, but there were aspects that I was worried about like some asymmetry in the upper part of the bridge, the scars around the nostrils were not healing properly and the tip was still a bit droopy. Over the last 6 months though, my nose continue to improved and i am surprised that some significant changes must have occurred in the last few weeks, my nose looks now better than ever. I am really happy and relieved that all of the above concerns do not apply to what I am seeing now. I guess I should not have dismissed the advice to be patient and wait long enough to see final results. I was not completely satisfied around month 2 and i was contemplating even a revision as I was thinking that the changes after the 2nd month should be too minor to make a difference but it turned out not to be the case -- subtle, yes, but definitely significant changes that make a difference will continue to take place between month 2 and 6...so be patient!
White Plains Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Ciardullo is very experienced. He has operated more than 3,000 noses and he has been voted top US surgeon many years in a row, yet he remains so modest. He doesn't advertise or write many publications, he didn't even had a website until last year but Dr. Ciardullo has built an incredibly successful practice just by word of mouth. This is what impressed me the most and made me feel comfortable that I am in good hands. His staff was very helpful and extremely supportive, they made the whole experience flawless. But at the end it's all about the results, and my results are amazing!

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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How is your nose doing? It looks great from the last photos! I am having minor changes done too (besides the septoplasty), my nose changes when I smile too and I hate it. I hope my results are good like yours with Dr. C! Getting nervous!
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Hi, I still love my nose, the profile is still fabulous but I am thinking about going back for a minor columella tuck. I will see my doctor tomorrow and see what can be done about it. I am super picky I know, it's a minor defect but if it is easily fixable, i will go for it. I trust my doctor a lot, he knows what he is doing.
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In the last picture you posted, you mentioned that you were unhappy with the tip rotation and that you liked it better at 17 days post-op. Did the rotation of the tip go back to its initial position (after cast removal)? Does your nose now look more like it did in the weeks after the surgery?
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You and your new nose look great. Can you please post some recent pictures? I am considering Dr. Ciardullo and really want to know how his work does in terms of the recovery process. Thank you so much for sharing your story.
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Thank you for your update. It gives me hope and faith that things really do change over the next few months :)
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hi that's exactly what happened with me i also love my profile tip looking 2 months post op rather than 4 months it was more raised but now it's just staight really dont know why
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Your nose looks great...My nose was different on one side before the surgery and it is still different after the surgery. I never even realized the one side was indented before I went to Dr. C and he pointed it out (there were so many other issues I was concerned with)! Read some of the revision rhinoplasty stories on here...so many people wish they left well enough alone. It will change as time goes on. I am 2 months post op. It is actually bigger in the morning and smaller in the afternoon! I guess sleeping with my head down, the swelling/fluids accumulate during the night. Dr. C possibly wants to fill in the right side of my nose with a fat transfer, but I don't think I am going to do it because I don't want to push fate and it really looks so much better than before.
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Dr. C suggested the same thing (fat transfer) if the asymmetry is still there in a month or two. I also probably won't go for it unless the indentation deteriorates. I like my nose much better than before so I am not really disappointed that it is not perfect, and it is still evolving so I am hopeful it will get better.
My nose also varies in size from morning to afternoon but it used to do the same before the operation. I think it is normal to have fuller face in the morning (lips, cheeks usually look nicer and fuller when I wake up too:)
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Well, I think it is something I can leave with; I don't think it is swelling at this point, I think the bones healed incorrectly,, maybe the cast shifted. I am more concerned about the infection on one of my external stitches
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Im having exactally same problem. My doctor said there is no infection its all swelling. It will go away. But I dont whant a crocked nose or one nostril diferent than the other. How you doing??
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There is still some swelling but my nose looks slightly 'straighter' the last two days. However, I don't think the asymmetry is caused by swelling only, my nose will probably end up being slightly skewed but it still looks much better than before so I can live with this!
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focus on the postive. ur nose loooks much better! if u didn't say anything people wouldnt notice it is asymetrical. plus did they work more on one side then the other. could still be swelling. they say it takes months to see the final result. It looks Great so far!
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thanks for posting! Your nose looks amazing! I have my appointment with Dr. C. next Monday, and I'm glad to hear that he can fit people in for surgery so quickly! I'm hoping to get my nose done as soon as possible considering I go back up to school mid-January. Glad everything has gone great for you!
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You got a beautiful result! As far as the tip being asymetrical, it's so minor that if it were me (and it is me, as mine ended up a bit asymetrical after all healing was complete) I'd leave it alone. It leaves you with more of a natural beauty.

I always thought of going back for revision, but after all these years (mine was 20 years ago), I've learned how perfect a slightly imperfect nose can be. The hump I had, which I always hated, is gone; he removed excess cartilage to thin it out, and yes, it's a bit asymetrical. What I can tell you is, years later (just went to my HS 30th reunion!), no one can tell I had one. People just said, "Oh my gosh, you look so great!". (unless of course they were talking behind my back, which I don't think was the case).

What you ended up with is a beautiful nose that exactly fits your face. You were already beautiful; your new nose simply enhances it; makes it more so.

Great result. Love it.

I think your surgeon did a superb job!

Oh, and my surgeon, too, cut from the outside (in between the two nostrils) to get inside. There was a definite pink line there for about a year, which has completely faded. You'd have to take a magnifying glass to see it now. :)
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Thank you! I really appreciate your words! And I agree, unless the asymmetry ends up being totally egregious I will not go for a revision; I just want to take care of the infection as I'm going on a long trip in 10 days...
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Nice! ur profile is deff. a lot different. glad u are happy with the outcome
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Hi! Your results look great! I have a few questions for you:

1. Did they recommend that you sleep in a recliner?
2. Was your surgery 2 weeks after your pre-op?
3. Do you know why the cost was $6100? I've head his standard price is $5700
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He actually didn't recommend a recliner specifically, you can sleep elevated with pillows, I doubt that there is any difference as soon as the head remains above the heart level. And yes, my surgery was 2 weeks pre op which was also my first consultation. I rushed it as I knew I won't have another opportunity for a while as work would be really busy.
The price includes the blood work which is not covered by insurance.
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I have been so busy with work lately, I am going to post pictures over the weekend.

As for breathing, I am back to normal; I was able to breathe through the nose 2 days after the cast came off, which maybe earlier than what some other people have reported.
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There is on negative aspect that appeared over the last two days as swelling is mostly gone from the bridge -- my nose looks slightly asymmetrical as the lower part seems skewed to the left…I hope it’s just uneven swelling…still looks nice though
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Thank you for posting!!! Can't wait to see pictures :D How's your breathing?
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Thank you. Yes, my sense of taste was off for the first week or so. Hope that you are recovering well and that your results will be great
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I just had a rhinoplasty and septoplasty done myself. Glad to hear everything went well for you. How was your sense of taste after the surgery? Mine is not so great
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Thank you for posting your experience here on RealSelf! I'm sure you ARE helping others looking to get rhinoplasty, too. We'd love to see your partial pictures! You've got me so curious with your description of your nose. (So hard to visualize without the pics).

I'm glad your results are what you'd hoped. it sounds like you did your homework and it payed off!

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