Tomorrow, September 8, 2013, I will be having a rhinoseptoplasty with Dr. Westreich. It is my first "huge" surgical procedure (in comparison to wisdom teeth surgery lol), and it was one of the biggest decisions of my life. I have a deviated septum, which makes it difficult to breathe. My nose has collapsed on the left side, and is completely blocked on the right. I have dealt with my deviated septum for a few years, hoping and praying it would fix itself. It never happened.
Just like millions of people out there, I'm not a fan of my nose. I think it's big, and when I smile, it takes over my face. There is also a small bump on the nasal bridge. While my nose isn't hideous, I've grown to dislike it more with each passing day. Overall, I think my nose would look better in a smaller (thinner) version. I did not want anything completely radical, but rather a change that is small, subtle, and most importantly unnoticeable.
I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Westreich on July 17, 2013. Immediately after entering the office, I was greeted by his office assistants, Lauren, and Aussie. They were attentive, and kind. And of course, Dr. Westreich was great. He listened to my concerns, and generated a post-procedure image of what I could expect. After looking at the post-op/”after” images, I felt that I looked so different, and left the office feeling a little dejected. I was clearly overwhelmed, and was not really sure what I wanted anymore.
After showing the “after” picture to my friends and family, they initially thought it was the “before” picture. I was relieved. While, I didn’t immediately fall in love with the “after” picture, I realized I just needed time to identify whether or not it corrected my concerns, and if I could ultimately live with this decision. After looking at the “after” photo a few times, I began to fall in love with it. It was exactly what I wanted; I just didn’t know it at the time.
Also, during this time, I felt that I needed more options, and researched other doctors. While I was impressed with quite a few, I found myself always going back to Dr. Westreich. There’s something about Dr. Westreich, just like there’s something about Mary. One week later, I scheduled my rhinoseptoplasty.
The first time we tried to schedule surgery, I found out that my insurance denied my request. It took a few weeks for them to approve it, with Dr. Westreich’s team sending in documents, and fighting for my cause. I am incredibly grateful.
Breakdown of the Fees & What I Actually Paid –
Consultation $250 (Cash & Credit Card)
Procedure $5,250 (Care Credit)
Anesthesia $700 (Debit Card)
OR $1,100 (Debit Card)
Total: $7,300 (Out of pocket expenses.)
The procedure was estimated at $16,370.00. Insurance covered $10,870.00. Insurance did not include the consultation fee, extra hour of anesthesia, and OR.
Lauren gave me a quote of $7,000. She was off by $300, which isn’t bad, since it wasn’t her fault and the hospital changed their anesthesia/OR fees.
I should also mention I had pre-surgical testing one week before my surgery date. I waited 4-5 hours, which was brutal. They gave me a physical, and cleared me for surgery. Now that I think about, it was the paper work that took the most time.
My surgery takes place at 11AM tomorrow morning, and I have to be there 2 hours earlier. I am excited more than nervous. I honestly can’t wait until they take off my cast the following Monday. My ability to think way ahead is pristine, haha.
Today I wrote a very long email to my best friend who will be taking care of me after surgery. It was about a page and a half of pure directions. She called me after receiving it, and couldn’t stop laughing. Apparently, it was funny. I will be posting this up later, maybe ya’ll can get a kick out of it. :P
And of course, if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask me! I know I didn’t cover much, but if I can help you, I will gladly!
I will be in bed, hopefully after watching Dexter... I guess if I’m not, you’ll know it! Good night realself! Upwards and onwards!