After not being able to breathe for years it seems that my problem is getting worse, and so are my migraines. At night when I lay down my turbinates swell so bad that it's almost impossible to breathe! If I lay on one side the other side swells and vice versa, so tossing and turning all night and sleeping almost sitting up with lots of pillows basically sucks! Waking up with a headache everyday and feeling totally exhausted everyday of my life is not living and very depressing. After careful consideration and LOTS of research, I finally decided to do something about it and started looking online for facial cosmetic surgeons as I have also decided to have rhinoplasty as well. Hey they are already gonna be in there, might as well! Lol.
So after looking online and on this site (super helpful btw) I first decided to have a consult with Dr. funk in Houston, Texas. I am from Corpus Christi and was going by reviews and such from what I've read and obviously seeing his work online as well. Now remember my first and main priority is my breathing! The aesthetic part is second and probably wouldn't be having it done if I already didn't need to have my breathing issues addressed! But since I am paying a good chunk of cash for the rhinoplasty of course I want to make sure that I found a Facial Cosmetic Surgeon to address both of my issues at once and do a great job at both.
Everybody at Dr. Funks office was super nice and helpful as was he. I went in and told him my main concern was my breathing issues. He looked in my nose and told me he really didn't see that my turbinates were swollen and wasn't sure if it would help me to breathe much better after surgery. He said it might be a little better but not much. Then we quickly moved on to discussing my rhinoplasty and what I wanted. We went to his office and he started to basically draw or photoshop what I would want my nose to look like. But the whole time I was thinking, wait going to fast and what about my BREATHING??!! He was having a really hard time with his allergies as well that day or maybe my perfume aggravated him?? Lol not sure but I felt super uncomfortable and after a few more minutes then my pictures (before/after) were printed and I was sent to the patient coordinators office to discuss price and all. Again, everyone super nice there. I got home that evening feeling like that was really a waste of $225 for the consultation fee. Yes, the consolation fee is $225! Lol. I remember sitting at home thinking maybe I just shouldn't get the surgery, maybe nothing and no one can help me, maybe my turbinates were fine that day and it's not his fault, maybe this and maybe that!
After being miserable the next few nights as expected, I got back on Internet and started searching again. I kept coming across a name I had seen before and read great reviews on Dr Fred Bressler and saw some of his work online and figured I'll give it a shot! Had a bit of trouble getting into the right parking area and it was a very busy day on Fannin St. and I was just frustrated and going up to his office I remember telling myself... I must find something I won't like about this Dr. OR his staff or, anything, just ANYTHING! Lol. All because I was having a bad day and got a bit lost and all my fault! Ha Ha. I was like I will find something wrong with him or staff cuz I never wanna come to this busy area in Houston AGAIN!!
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I get up to his office and Jay the receptionist was super sweet and nice and if I lived in Houston we would probably be BFF's! Ha Ha. I was like darn it, I like the receptionist! Ok but I'm sure the Dr. will give me something not to like about him. (I'm a super picky person about people in general, so imagine with someone who's gonna work on my FACE!). Lol.
So I meet Dr. Bressler, I talk to him, he listened to all my concerns, saw that my turbinates were super swollen, saw how my right nostril collapses when I breathe hard, noticed I had a nasal bone spur(think that's what it's called) saw my septum was a bit crooked and was SUPER thorough with me! I was immediately in love with this Dr. that I knew I was gonna have to work on me and my breathing issues! I was like NO, NO! I wanted to hate this place, this Dr. and his staff!!! Bahahaaaa :) LOL. He spent quite a bit of time with me, was super through, listened to everything I said and how I wanted my nose, looked at pictures I took him, etc...
His nurse Carol and the other nurse there(can't remember her name sorry) were super sweet and helpful. When I was sitting talking with Dr Bressler I literally felt like I was talking and joking like with a friend! It was like omg, he is super cool and like a normal fun person and super down to earth! I instantly felt at ease and felt like I could be my joking talkative self with him cuz he seemed the same. Not like some Drs that are only business and that's it! That's always been uncomfortable for me cuz I'm really talkative and always joking so I was just instantly in love with him and even though he was a bit more expensive than Dr. Funk, I made up my mind that Dr. Bressler is who I wanted to work on my nose!! I got home that evening super excited and was like YES! He can help me and he saw my turbinate issue and all my other breathing issues!! I was super excited!! Very different from what I felt like after my other consult. I had one more consult with Dr. Bressler yesterday just to finalize things and I will be going in for my surgery next Wednesday Aug. 3. Super excited But a bit nervous as well. I will post pics as soon as I have surgery and let you know how it went and so on.
Ok sorry this review was extremely long, but this site and all its members that have posted their stories and reviews have helped me a lot so just thought I might be able to help someone as well.
Also again, not at all bashing Dr. Funk or anyone for that matter, just felt he wasn't able to help me, that's all. Everyone has different situations and experiences and just sharing mine is all. :)