This review is a little different to the usual posts on RS. Unfortunately, I won't be able to document my journey from the very beginning because it's been two weeks now since I had my surgery and I won't be able to remember every single step/detail of the early stages. But, what I am here to do is try my best to share my experience with those who're a few weeks away from their rhinoplasty op or still deliberating which doctor to go with. If anyone wants, I will post some photos of my before and after because trusssstttt meeeee I know how crucial photos are to validate your story! This website helped in every single way when making my decision, and I definitely I hope that my post will be useful to some of you. Soooo, if you want to know more about my experience then please do interact with me, ask me questions and comment so I know that there are actually people reading this hahaa, and that I am posting for a purpose.
Two weeks ago I had my surgery with Dr. Grigoryants in Los Angeles, and I can tell you that I 100% made the right decision. In April, I contacted him by email (sent him photos of my nose from EVERY angle using my Canon because iPhones don't provide the best quality) and he got back to me within 48 hours, telling me exactly what he'd do with my nose and how much it would be. I told him what bothered me about my nose, which in my case was the hump and tip. BTW, to those who want to get a nose job but are always told that their nose suits their face, I FEEL THE STRUGGLE. That's all I heard when I was growing up and OK I didn't really have an issue with my nose from the front, but I hated my profile - the tip, the hump.. I disliked it since I was 14. Reading the Dr's reply, I knew instantly that he was going to be the doctor for me because I just had a good instinct… I know it sounds weird but sometimes you just know! He also mentioned that I would have a good result, and of course as a rhinoplasty patient-to-be that is all you want to hear haha! I then contacted his office to book my surgery but as most of you know Dr G is SO BUSY! The first available surgery date that was offered to me was in November this year, and that just wasn't possible for me. His wonderful office ladies offer to put you on the waiting list so that if there is a cancellation then you will be get a sooner date. I went ahead and put my name down on the list and had to call in once a week to check if there were any cancellations, but I took it to extremes and called once every two/three days. Finally, a space opened up for me (shoutout to the person who cancelled) and I was so overjoyed and excited! I went ahead and put down the deposit and my parents booked our flights.
In the midst of all the excitement, I was also beginning to turn into the most emotional person on earth lol. You could literally say "ew that's an ugly green you're wearing" and I'd burst into tears hahahahaa. I think people forget how big this process is, especially those around you who aren't actually going through it. As I was approaching the date, I was getting scared and emotional. If I could go back, I'd tell myself to CHILL OUT! and now here I am telling you guys to stop over-thinking it :). If you've done all the research you can and you're confident you've chosen the right doctor, then just trust that and be optimistic. My best friend was the only person I told from my friends. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with getting rhinoplasty!! I come from a Persian background aka I come from a world where getting rhinoplasty is like buying a brand new pair of shoes. The reason why I didn't tell anyone but my best friend and of course my parents is because I am quite a private person and I didn't want the fuss of family/friends calling and texting to check how I was. I don't regret it at all, my parents and best friend have been the most amazing support system and it was all I really needed. It's also been so amazing seeing my family for the first time and watching their little faces drop/ smile/ cry when they saw my new nose hahaa! definitely a confidence boost!
For two weeks before your surgery, you should avoid foods containing garlic, fish oil and herbs. You should also avoid supplements and vitamin E. The vitamin E thing was easy, but damnnnn avoiding garlic and herbs was super difficult when eating out. We definitely take garlic and herbs for granted in everyday life haha. If you do consume any of these then it'll make you bleed more, so it's best to just cross it off the list completely. I did take Arnica and Bromelain daily for one week before my surgery and, although some people say that it doesn't do anything, I think it definitely helped me. My bruising was very minimal but I did swell up quite badly. Everyone, including the doctor, was shocked over how little my bruising was.
I am an overseas patient so I arrived in LA on the Tuesday, met up with Dr. Grigoryants on Wednesday and had my surgery on Thursday morning. It all happened so quickly and I can't believe I actually went through with it. Overall, my duration of stay in LA was two weeks. For my pre-op consultation I prepared a list of questions and also made a document full of photos of noses I like. Ooo and my mother came with me to the consultation. Noses are so different and I didn't want to confuse my doctor so I tried to simplify each page by subheading them: "My Favourite Nose", "Dr. G Noses I Like", and "Noses I don't like". Yes, the second category was filled with some of my favourite noses of his patients that I took from this website. I thought that showing photos of his own patients would help me communicate "the look" I was aiming for because he knows/remembers exactly what he did to achieve the noses of the girls from the photos. I was so nervous about my consultation, but more so about meeting my doctor. It's crazy because you've spent so long reading about/ researching your doctor and then suddenly he's right in front of you haha. As soon as I met my doctor, my nerves immediately disappeared. I felt so relaxed and calm, and I cannot say this enough.. Dr. Grigoryants is one of the kindest doctors with an extremely confident presence that reassures you. He also has a great sense of humour which definitely made the whole thing less stressful/scary. I know a lot of people mention that they felt rushed at their consultation, but luckily I did not feel one bit rushed. He spent all the time needed and answered all of our questions. He's such an expert, he immediately discovered that I had breathing problems. To that day, I never ever knew my breathing was unusual and as soon as he pointed it out I noticed that he was right. When he saw the photos of my favourite nose, he said that her nose wasn't great and the tip was a little wide. To me and my best friend, the girl's nose was perfect and ideal but when he pointed that out, it proved to me that he's a perfectionist. I asked him whether he would be able to achieve a similar look for me, but he never gave me a solid answer. That is what I actually really liked about my doctor, he was honest and never made any promises. He said that my skin was leaning towards the thin side, which made me really happy. He took some photos of my nose and then my consultation came to an end :).
I was so excited on our way back to the hotel, I couldn't keep quiet. I am ever so glad I chose Dr G! I was in great hands and he has a set of skills that I believe no surgeon can match. It was definitely worth the travel and wait. (one sec, I'm going to sound like a commercial now) If you are looking for a rhinoplasty surgeon then I would definitely recommend Dr Grigoryants. My nose isn't perfect right now, because I am still soooooooooooo swollen, but from looking at photos of his other patients on RS, I know that it will get better as the months go by.
Here are some photos of my nose before surgery :)
Of course I'd love to keep sharing my story with you from my surgery to splint removal day and beyond, but please let me know if you'd like me to keep going and it's my pleasure to share it all with you. I will also post photos of my nose now with the future posts :).
Thank you for reading and sorry if I bored you!!