I had my operation for rhinoplasty with Matti on the 23rd! I've been researching rhinoplasty surgeons for a long while, but felt Matti was the one for me. The reviews on Real Self prompted me to go have the initial consultation with him, so I thought I'd give something back to the forum that helped me gain the knowledge and confidence to make the right decision!
So a little bit about the consultation, I read a couple of reviews about Matti saying they felt a bit rushed in the consultation, I personally never experienced this at all, I was actually surprised at how long he did spend with me given I heard the consultations can sometimes be quick. He was always more than happy to answer all my questions. I took my boyfriend with me who asked plenty of questions too. I would advise taking someone with you to the consultation, I think it helps, especially if you forget some of the questions you were planning on asking, they can help you out. Me and my bf felt very comfortable with matti and we didn't feel rushed in the slightest.
I felt happy with the morphs he produced, but I did ask him to make some changes, I wanted to keep some of the projection and for the tip only to be reduced only a little. If you're in that consultation and you're not 100% satisfied with the morphs, definitely speak up and get him to change it, he was more than happy to change mine. It's important to discuss this part in detail, you want to be on the same page as your surgeon so he knows exactly what you want achieved. I had a second and third consultation with matti, and I felt he knew exactly what I wanted changed so felt confident about the surgery.
All the follow up consultations are free you don't have to pay again or anything for any future consultations pre op or post op. I've heard from others the aftercare is very good. Matti and his team have always responded to my enquiries quickly. When I've experienced the aftercare properly (I am only 6 days post op) I'll review that in more detail. Matti said he will see me on the day of the operation, which he did, and we discussed the changes being done to my nose one last time, although he knew, I voiced my desire again for a nose that doesn't lose too much projection, conservative changes etc.
I had septo rhinoplasty at the Weymouth hospital in London. Pricing as follows:
Matti fee: £5000
Hospital Weymouth £1750
Matti said if I only wanted minor rhinoplasty, just having my kink taken out, it would only be 1/10 difficulty and would only charge me £1000 for his fee. However when he did the morphs, the difference was so much better with septo-rhino, lowering the bridge, reducing the tip, and correcting my deviated septum that I decided the additional cost was well worth it.
Weighing up the good vs the bad
It took me a long time to finally choose a surgeon, as soon as I saw a bad review I was immediately put off. I've come to realise all surgeons have the odd bad review, and a lot of the happy patients don't always come back to write about it. You have to weigh up the pros and cons when choosing a surgeon because from my research they all have their pros as well as their cons! For me Matti outweighed the bad with the good. Me and my bf got on really well with him, he's a lovely guy and I really did feel very confident on the day of my surgery that he would try his best to give me a good result.
Weymouth Street Hospital
Weymouth Street Hospital is lovely, look it up on google, is resembles a hotel more than a hospital. My anaesthetist Dr Edward Burdett was fantastic! He came to talk to me before the operation and was very calming. I also experienced no sickness and felt very good after the operation and was able to go home shortly afterwards. If you have your operation with Matti, I highly recommend you ask for Edward Burdett to be your anaesthetist.
My only negative thing to mention about the Weymouth street hospital was that one of the nurses acted fairly incompetent and was rather annoying. For example when changing my bandage around my nose she pressed too firmly on my nose and it was very uncomfortable and hurt, I had to brush her off, it didn't feel like she was supposed to be doing this! My instinct was right because another more senior nurse changed my bandage and her technique didn't involve pressing hard on my nose at all! So if they do this tell them to stop as it's not necessary and caused me unnecessary pain. I would still recommend the Weymouth street hospital because I don't think this is usual practice and I just got unlucky with this one nurse. Everyone else was fantastic!
I experienced virtually no pain after the operation, me and my bf were both amazed as I had virtually no swelling or bruising, I feel like matti has done a very careful job. I reacted well to the anaesthetic, as I felt pretty good afterwards, I experienced no sickness as some people have mentioned. I did have a very dry mouth when I first woke up which was probably the worst part, I found it difficult to drink as I couldn't really swallow properly, but this soon clears up when drinking little sips, don't try to drink too much too quickly, as I did, as you will choke a bit! As I was feeling well and I live in London and close by to the Weymouth street hospital I was keen to get home and I left a couple of hours after my op.
6 days post op
I had slight bruising and swelling around the eyes on day two and now it's pretty much disappeared! I still have my cast on, I can see the projection hasn't been reduced too much, yeyy! That was my main fear as I personally like noses that have a bit of projection as it creates the angle I find aesthetically pleasing. So I'm very happy about that! I feel Matti really listened to me and delivered me a good result. The new shape of my nose looks really great, the tip looks better, but as I still have my cast on, it's too early to say for sure! My only concern is that the area between my upper lip and nose appears to have increased, making it look slightly longer, I would rather it didn't have this appearance. I have read elsewhere this can be down to swelling and usually the appearance will change over time. (Update - after cast off, the area between my lip and nose no longer looks elongated, my nose has settled back down into place and everything looks good)
Cast off day!
Firstly the nurse who does the cast offs for Matti is bloody fantastic! I was a bit nervous as I've read reviews about it being the most painful part. I'm not sure who was taking their casts and stitches out, but she did it so carefully that it didn't hurt at all! So please don't be too concerned about getting your stitches out if you're a matti patient! She commented that it was a lovely nose and handed me the mirror and I was just so happy. I had prepared myself not to like my nose on cast off day because they warn you about swelling and I often hear people hate their noses at first and then love them, but it was love at first sight. I'm delighted, over the moon, ecstatic! It's everything I asked for :) and it resembled the morphs we did together. My boyfriend was just so pleased I was pleased! He's over the moon too!
I think due to little swelling I was able to see the nose more clearly. Since cast off it has swollen up slightly and I have some slight bruising on my bridge but this was to be expected.
I will update again in 6 weeks after my next appointment with matti and post more pictures, hopefully with a bit less swelling! At this stage I am very happy, delighted in fact! I would definitely recommend having a consultation with Matti if you're considering him :)