I Don't Look Like Myself Anymore. New Jersey, NJ
This was my third rhinoplasty and I am horrified...
23 days post op
3 Weeks Post Op and Need Answers.
So I went to my Dr today for a 3 week follow up. Although I am happy with the results I still have questions and concerns. I am feeling very swollen after a week on vacation of flying, drinking, and exercising - all probably a bit too soon. My columella is protruding and I'm concerned that it is going to stay like that. I asked if I should take steroids or ice it but they said no. They said that I can eat, drink, and exercise all I want as long as I'm not doing extreme sports or blowing my nose. My nose is still bulbous and I am so scared that it won't be as refined as I would like so that it fits my face better.
Thanks everyone, sorry I haven't replied sooner. Here is my story. My first septo/rhino was 10 years ago with Dr. Pastorek in NYC under closed procedure in twilight - yep, I remember the whole thing, ugh. The result was better but still very long and pointed downward. After waiting the 6 months I had him try to rotate the tip again which he said he could do in an office surgery - again, just being pumped up with cocaine, etc. The results were still not good which at that time he said that I must have body dis-morphia since he thought it was perfect. 8 years later I found Dr. Romita, again, another Park Ave. doctor who assured me that he could fix it by simply rotating the tip and it would be fully covered under insurance because my septum was still blocking my nostril. At the same time he had another surgeon, Dr. Irachi, repair an umbilical hernia that I had from pregnancy. Not only did the hernia repair not work but my nose was worse than before. So, I guess I got what I paid for! The following year I found Dr. Kassir. I loved all of his before and after pictures and wanted it to finally "work". He is very self assured and I believed that he could make a change for the better. He was sooooo nice and attentive and friendly during the consultation. When I went back to get the cast off for the reveal my husband and I were in shock at how different I looked. I was not expecting what I saw. That's not to say that it was bad, I just didn't look like me. I think the issue is that I always had a straight thin nose and now it is wider. Also, my top lip is visible and looks long. Anyway, it is now 8 weeks and the swelling is getting better. I am happy and am getting used to it. But I do want to mention that when I wasn't happy at the reveal and then at the 4 week follow-up appointment when I asked him about a concern that I had with my collumella he became impatient, frustrated, and walked away and refused to answer any of my questions. It was very unprofessional. However, if I am happy and grateful he is so proud of himself and only wants the accolades. For example, if I say "i love it!", he says "your welcome" lol. All in all I think Dr. Kassir is an amazing nose doctor, he is the only one who could do the job. And I suppose day after day of hearing people complain about their swollen results it must wear on him. BUT, I still believe that as a patient we deserve to have our questions and concerns answered and addressed.