Months leading up to surgery: His office staff were very friendly and took the time to answer all my questions. This was especially impressive once I finally went to his office the day before my surgery and realized the phones in his office ring almost non-stop!
Pre-Op: Dr. Grigoryants' office was very busy, but everything was very organized and my appointment was right on time. I appreciated how humble his office is - other plastic surgeons I consulted with had over the top decorations and designs, but I appreciated that it was Dr G's work that sold him, not a swanky office. He was friendly, and very to-the-point at the pre-op appointment. He was clear about what he could, and could not, accomplish with rhinoplasty. Overall, I felt confident in his abilities and felt excited for surgery the very next morning!
Surgery & Post-Op: The nurses were very friendly and comforting to chat with while waiting for surgery - it was over an hour of waiting time in pre-op, so be prepared for some waiting - however, the friendliness of everyone helped calm my nerves while waiting. After surgery, I was nauseated, but felt much better after taking Zofran, and my pain was minimal. After an hour, the nurse helped me get dressed to go home. I would definitely advise wearing something that you can zip up, or step into, as it was nice to not have to put anything over my head and nose after surgery. The evening after surgery, I mostly slept, but coca-cola and graham crackers were life savers the first day! I don't drink soda normally, but Coke was great for nausea, and the graham crackers can melt in your mouth so you don't need to chew. The nurses put ice in a glove for my face and that felt great, too. The night before surgery I bought a body pillow from Target to help prop myself up, and I am so glad I did! It definitely helped me stay upright comfortably throughout the nights I had my cast on.
Cast Removal: It has now been 9 days since surgery, and 3 days since I've had my cast removed. When I woke up the day after getting my cast off, my nose felt much more swollen than it had the day the cast was removed. The swelling seems to be worst in the morning and lessen throughout the day. It has helped me to very gently press along the bridge of my nose, and gently squeeze the tip. You can search "rhinoplasty massage" on Youtube and find a video. It's very subtle, since my nose is so tender still, but it seems to help with the accumulated fluid. Just to note - the tape you put on your nose at nights after cast removal leaves a TERRIBLE sticky film on your nose. I searched online for products and found Detachol was commonly used for post-rhinoplasty. However, I ended up having a GREAT solution at home - lemon essential oil. I put a few drops on a Qtip, ran the Qtip over my nose, and the stickiness was gone! However, be sure to wash the essential oil off right after you apply it, as it is very strong without a carrier oil. If anybody else has any other solutions for this nose stickiness that worked for them I would love to hear! I've also heard about the skin on peoples' noses changing drastically after rhinoplasty -- does anybody experience this and find a way to help with this?
I wanted to say thank you for all of you that have written a RealSelf review on Dr. Grigoryants' page - the reviews have been so helpful throughout this entire process and I am so grateful for all of them!