I have been researching to find someone who can do my Revision
Rhinoplasty to fix my nose which is deviated from the top, while the
cartilage in the middle was removed (barely any left) and that led to
tip and bottom part of nose collapsing.
My journey started with visiting Charles East (over a year ago) who
suggested an Ear graft but I did not feel he gave me the confidence.
The next in line was Basim Matti who suggested Rib graft. He showed
me morphed images (so did Charles) but what strike me was the letter he
posted after consultation where he mentioned that I have thick skin and
all kinds of things which he never mentioned at the consultation. I felt
that was a bit misleading and hence I decided to move on
Third doctor in line was Iwo Gwanmesia. He is very polite and super
informative. My only issue with him was that he is not specialised for
face. I felt for revision, this would be too much. I just didn’t feel
Following him, I met Julian Da Silva. I am not sure why (maybe he was
super tired that day) but he felt like he was nodding but did not show
interest. He also recommended donor graft which I was not comfortable
with. He also mentioned that he would not show me photos. This made the
decision for me for him. He was charging the most but did not make me
feel I was in good hands
I decided to then move on to Europe and consulted Pietro Palma in
Italy. He was very good in listening and took my photo. He told me that
he will use Rib but really scared the life out of me about possible Lung
Puncture. I still wanted to see him but then I emailed him about
showing me some photos and what could the possible outcome be (since he
refused to show me something to give an idea). The issue I found was
that every email I sent him (about 4), regardless of whatever I asked
him..He would come back to say you should be very sure about this
surgery and consider this surgery as very risky. Now I know you have to
be ethical and inform your patients but I did not understand why he
would bring this up on every email. Anyway, I short listed him still.
The next was M.F.Noorman who again was very helpful and suggested
Rib. The only issue was that he drew on my photo about what he wants to
do but then he did say that I cannot confirm the outcome and I felt his
age and few reviews I read online that put me off.
Then came Nolst Trenite. He was very calm and confident. He gave me a
mirror and told me what I want but he suggested Ear graft. Now that is
where I wasn’t sure (majority have said Rib). The other reason was that
many people brought the age factor and hence I was a little put off.
Following that a friend recommended David Kim from US. He did morph
images and said Rib. I would use him but then all this travel to US just
to first see him in person (we had a video call) was something I would
do if I was totally hopeless in Europe.
Finally, I met Lucian Ion (After 3 months wait just to see him). He
showed me morphed images, told me he will use Rib but he was very calm
and cool. I will have a video call with him in January. I asked him
about Lung puncture issues but he was quite confident but at the same
time said that it can happen. He said Rib is better for me than Ear as
it’s a revision and result would be better.
I think after all this research and travelling all over, I guess it
seems that he fits my checklist (i.e. images to give me an idea), is
local (London) and also has amazing reviews. Plus, he has an ENT
Also, the score between Ear graft recommendation against Rib graft recommendation is in favour of Rib.
The next date he has in April 2017 for surgery. I will provisionally book it, but I would love it if anyone has any feedback.
I am obviously super nervous and my last surgery was in 2004 which did not go well.
Please if there is any advice or if you think I have missed a trick, let me know.
I am about to put my fate in Lucian’s hand. I just don’t know but compared to the rest, he seems to be balanced.
I also hope this provides you all some insight into the doctors around Europe.
Fingers crossed! Hope this time it will work out right and the doctor I have chosen will make it right (or close to right)