Very Complicated Asian Rhinoplasty Revision (Goretex Removal and Rib Graft) and Can't Be Happier! - Melbourne, AU

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I had my original Asian (close) rhinoplasty with...

I had my original Asian (close) rhinoplasty with gore-tex implant (bridge) and ear cartilage (tip) about 8 years ago from a famous Korean doctor. Never really happy with the results regarding the tip being far less defined than I would like it. Over the years, the Gore-Tex had shifted to one side and made my nose looked very deviated. The reason I had lived with it for so long is because I read horror stories about Gore-Tex implant removal and understand the huge risk associated with the procedure. However after seeing myself in many photos with cooked nose I decided I need to do something about it.
I live in Brisbane where choice of plastic surgeons isn't as great. I extended my search radius to the entire Australia and was determined to find the best surgeon in the country who will take out my 8yr old Gore-Tex implants/Ear cartilage and then build me a new and improved one. After doing loads of researches online, I found Dr Greensmith, who was famous for separating the conjoined twins. I contacted his clinic and booked a Skype consult, I was very impressed with his warm personality and his not so over promising approach regarding what he can do and can not do. He suggested using rib graft as new implants rather than re-use the ear cartilage as it is too soft for my Asian thick nose tip skin in order to build nice tip profile. We also discussed there might be needs to have my nostrils tucked in or adding a chin implants to enhance the overall look but he said will need to assess that in person. I was very happy with the consult and didn't want to waste any more time "interviewing" other surgeons to make the final decision.
His assistant Lee was really helpful getting all the paper work done quickly. I flew to Melbourne 2 weeks later for the surgery and met with Dr Greensmith in person the day prior. He was super nice and patient, answered all my questions. We designed the nose that I wanted in the 3D software. He also assessed my chin and nostrils and suggusted it wasn't necessary to have a permanent chin implants and the nostrils decision will be make AFTER the rib graft implant on the operating table. It is going to be open rhinoplasty and I was really concerned about scaring but Dr Greensmith promised him being a perfectionist, he will handle stitches with highest possible standard (and he definitely fulfilled this promise).
The operation went smoothly for about 4 hours, I didn't have lots of pain or bleeding immediately after I woke up. I stayed in hospital for one day and went back to my hotel for the remaining week. The pain on my rib weren't too bad I was able to walk around from day 3. There was no pain on my nose at all. I checked and photographed my nose every day, it did look quite ugly with all the splint, tapes and stitches.
On day 6, I went back to the clinic to get the splint/stitches removed by Andrew. The nose looked very straight so I was happy about that. However it looked really huge due to swelling. Andrew assured me that the swelling will go down in a few weeks’ time. I was a little worried about the swelling and having to go back to work on 2 days later. I thanked him and Lee and flew back to Brisbane on that day.
Upon return to Brisbane, it took me about 6 weeks for 70% of swelling to go down (I did the taping for about a week) and now 5 months after the surgery, my new nose looks awesome and so natural. It also become a little softer too compare to 5 months ago. I got loads of compliments with my new look and it has been life changing. The incision healed and aligned perfectly no scars or any evidence of my nose being cut open. I am really glad that I chose the best rhinoplasty surgeon in this country for my super complicated revision with removal of goretex implant and rib grafting. I will be attaching some before and after photos.

Gore-Tex implant out of my nose...

Gore-Tex implant out of my nose...
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon

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