Primary Rhinoplasty...BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE. Houston, TX

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I've disliked the way my nose looked ever since I...

I've disliked the way my nose looked ever since I was in elementary school. I had a Persian nose with a large hump, droopy tip, and wide nasal bones. After years of contemplating and saving up money, I finally decided that I wanted to get this surgery. I researched many surgeons in my area, and scheduled a consultation with Dr. Athre. He was very personable during the consultation and gave me lots of valuable info about my nose and what to expect from a rhinoplasty. Sandy, his patient coordinator/cheerleader, pressured me to put a deposit of $200 to secure a surgery date. After a few weeks of contemplation, I called the office and told Sandy that I wasn't ready to commit and would like a deposit refund. Instead, she insisted that I get the surgery and even knocked off $1,000 from the price. I caved and set a date for surgery. He was the first and only surgeon I had a consultation with before scheduling my surgery (BIG mistake). Dr. Athre did give me thorough pre- and post-operative care instructions which did make the healing process easier. The actual surgery was a breeze; the most discomfort I felt came from the packing that I had in my nose up until 5 days post-op. When the cast came off, I was overwhelmed. Dr. Athre put on quite a show to try (keyword: try) to convince me that the results were perfect. I actually did love my new sleek profile but immediately noticed the unnatural ball-like tip of my nose but I also knew that rhinoplasty is a waiting game. So I waited... At 3 months post-op, I noticed that the width of my nose was still as wide as it was before the surgery, but Dr. Athre assured me it would go down after several more months. At 5 months post-op, I noticed lines down the sides of my nose. After doing some research, I came to the conclusion that I had an inverted-V deformity. This was confirmed by 14 surgeons on realself (See my profile for link to the question I asked). Dr. Athre flat out denied I had an inverted V, which he and I both knew he was lying to my face. His demeanor completely changed when I told him I was unhappy with my nose. Instead of addressing my concerns, he dodged them and rushed me out of his office, telling me to come back at the 9-month post-op mark and all of my problems will surely go away...yeah right. I am now at 8 months post-op, and my inverted V has become so severe and visible that I have become depressed, self-conscious and unhappy. The tip still looks ridiculous too; like a marble was shoved into the tip of my nose. I am currently in the process of looking for a more experienced surgeon to fix these careless mistakes. My only advice for anyone looking to have a surgery done by Dr. Athre is: RUN, don't walk, as FAR AWAY as you can from this doctor. His key phrase to use with apprehensive patients is "just trust me" (I've read this in others' reviews.) Well, trusting him was the biggest mistake of my life. Please do your research before making any decisions on who to have a rhinoplasty with. Don't be intrigued with the free consultation, and the low prices. You get what you pay for, and in this case, I'm paying for a severly deformed nose, months of depression/anxiety, and waking up every day regretting this surgery because of Dr. Athre.
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Athre is personable and will instantly make you feel at ease; he knows how to talk the talk. Unfortunately, saying and doing are two different things. My rhinoplasty surgery resulted in a severe inverted-V deformity which could have been avoided if the procedure was done with more skill and expertise. His demeanor changed the instant I told him I was unhappy with my results. I wish I never stepped foot in his office.

1 out of 5 stars Overall rating
2 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
1 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
2 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
2 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
1 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
3 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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