I made consultation appointments with 3 doctors in the BH/LA area. Dr. Rahban was the second surgeon I met with. After my consultation, I knew that he was the right person for me. Dr. Rady cares about his patients - and more importantly - he's honest and forthright about what he can and will not do. He's a perfectionist, a realist, an aesthete, and ultimately an artist. I explained to him exactly what I wanted – an improvement on my nose, but one that still looked like it belonged to me. I didn't want to completely change my face. He understood exactly what I wanted, explain to me in detail his strategy, and didn’t push me to do other procedures (another doctor I met with pushed so hard for a chin implant that I felt like I was dealing with a car salesman). After meeting with one more doctor, I made my decision and scheduled my surgery with Dr. Rahban.
My surgery and recovery were relatively painless. I say relatively because having your nose packed with gauze and breathing through your mouth is hardly a nice experience. However, considering my surgery was 3+ hours, and required bone breakage and grafts, I was completely in shock that I did not bruise around my eyes or nose. I had very slight green discoloring but that was it. Most people with major face surgery come out looking like Rocky Balboa, but I didn’t. Truly amazing. After six days, I returned to his office to remove the cast and packing and be evaluated. If you suffer from breathing problems, let me tell you this: nothing in the world feels better than the moment you get your cast and packing removed. My first inhale through my new nose gave me a feeling I can only describe as euphoric. Holy moly, I could breathe! Really, seriously, BREATHE. Straight up oxygen to my brain. It was glorious! When I finally looked in the mirror, I saw an improved me – still me, but with a nose that was more refined, a little more delicate, a little more feminine. He got me. He got what I wanted and executed it just as I had hoped.
It’s been almost a year since my surgery, and it’s true what he said. You have to be patient. To this day, I can wake up and find my nose really swollen (don’t eat MSG), and other days not-so-much. Throughout this year, I’ve learned a lot about patience and letting go. I’m happy with my nose – I know this because it’s no longer something I think about our obsess over. It’s a relief to feel that way after so many years of being unhappy with it. Dr. Rahban was the right doctor for me, and I’m happy I chose a doctor with integrity, honesty, kindness, and tremendous skill. His staff is also amazing and kind - particularly Sally – and are reflective of who he is and does. I know that if I decide to have any other procedures down the road, he will be my surgeon.
Thanks Dr. Rady!