23 Year Old African Rhino - Ann Arbor, MI
My nose is really unique and I've always hated it...
4 Months before OP
My pre-op appointment is rapidly approaching with the scheduled date for August 1st. I am vert nervous- my bf is the only one who knows I'll undergo a nose surgery-he is not in support of it but willing to transport so I guess that's better.
I'll keep everyone updated. I'm also concerned that people will noticed but as this point I don't care at all.
Overall impression: My assigned patient care coordinator is never there for me as she always use the excuse of " I had so many client. Well my thought is if you are too busy to be available to talk before surgery, what does that say about your availability after my surgery when I need you the most? Well I ended up changing to another one and I am proud of my decision.
The new girl I met with today was trying to rush through my pre-op appointment. She said " we will be done in 10 minutes" I was like oh no! I did not drive her for 2 hours and paid almost $8000 for this. She instantly saw that I was irritated and slowed her process down- I spoke with her for about 2 hours.
She answered all of my questions but I did not see the Dr. was I supposed to? The nurse did give me my prescriptions.
I'm honestly really nervous but I must do this!
They canceled my surgery!
Anyways after I made my concerns known, I received a call from the Dr today saying that he won't be doing my surgery because HE doesn't think I'm ready and this is policy. I explained to him that I won't just go through with something without asking questions, making sure they'll be available, making sure the support will be there. Regardless of what I said, he persisted that I wasn't ready and canceled my surgery.
I am very upset because I took days off school and work to make myself available for this surgery. I don't know why he nor his staff told me about this policy or why he would even let me continue coming to the appointments ( I was there three times) if he felt that I wasn't ready. I feel that the only reason why he canceled my surgery is because I was asking a lot of questions- not because I wasn't ready because I was!
Well I guess I'll just keep looking. I'm highly disappointed at this because of how excited, nervous, and happy I was to be finally making this decision after years of thinking about it. I can surely said I can't say positive things about them anymore. I highly advise against going to them for anyone who is thinking about it.
For now, I'll just have to keep looking for Dr. So Let me know if you know of any in my area!
Another consultation with M. Azhar Ali
So per recommendations of "toya8086" I'll go to see the above mentioned Dr. on August 22, 2016. I feel that my nose is honderous and because of that, I'll need a skilled Dr. who does not just promise but also believe that he can deliver the results I'm looking for. I am not looking for perfection but improvement. I'll keep all updated after my consultation but in the meantime if you know of anything please let me know!
Consultation with Dr Mae-September 2nd!
He did however, suggested that I/he use a cadaver cartilage( a deceased persons rib cartilage) to build my bridge. I agree but upon further research, I learned that it can relapse/or my immune system can reject it( not sure what this means?) after awhile and secondary revision may be needed- I don't have the money or time for that!
Are you all familiar with this? What are your thoughts surrounding using someone else's, a deceased person at that cartilage? Let me know!
Starting to think God does not want me to do this
I did it
Progress thus far: so I'm dehydrated a lot, I am not in a lot of pain as I anticipated and prepared myself for. My eyes are not swollen like I expected them to be. There's a bandage/napkin looking like white stuff covering my nose right now but not around the nostrils-I feel that this means he didn't do a good job? What do you think is this normal?
I've been trying to stay away from the mirrors as I don't want to have a mental break down. I'll remove the napkin looking like thing today and upload the pics. Let me know what you all think! But I completely hate my nose because I went from wide nose to piggy nose. Well I made my choice and now I must deal with it.
FYI: I'm completely medicated so this message me have grammatical errors so try your best to read it without judgements!!!!
Hate my nose. Wish I never did this.
My cast was off two weeks ago and this is what I look like after it-like a pig. I feel like I've messed up my face chasing vanity. Well I made my bed and I have to lie in it. I'm patient tho so hopefully I look better a year from now.
First, thanks to all of you for your words of encouragement. I seriously would have lost my mind if I was not reviving this much support.
Progress: I'm still very swollen- same days are better and some are worst. I've limit the amount to time I look in the mirror each day and this seems to help.
My nose is not where or look how I want it but I'm being patient. Today (9/23/16) I put in my make-up and I didn't look as piggy. Regardless of anything, I have hope that it'll look better. I'll just have to be patient-and trust me, that's not my best virtue.
Anyways I don't miss my old nose- I miss the way I use to look but I'm more comfortable this way.
My tip is still very swollen and I have minor bleeding but so far so good .I have a lot of make-up on now but I like it so far!
This week has been rough. I worked out, more like ran 3 miles the other day and my nose was so swollen that I had to go back on my pain meds.
One thing that helped my healing thus far is this cream called "Victago". As you know l, I am from Western Africa and you know we use that thing for everything- it truly works miracles. I've been using that and it has helped decrease my swelling.
I am still very much swollen but I have days where I love my nose and days where I hate my nose. I also have days where the inside of my nose itches a lot but I put victago around it and it stops.
I'll continue to update this.
I had the initial consultation in May and when I walked in, I felt welcome with Abby who is one of the patient care coordinator. She was really personal and shared her experiences with me as she too had several procedures done. When Dr. Malhotra walked in I did not feel supported or welcomed but he remained professional. I later returned to the office for a second consultation and felt so much better. I felt welcomed and have scheduled my next surgery for September 1st, 2016.