After waiting 30+ years to change the appearance of my facial profile, I finally had the courage to undergo a rhinoplasty. I never had any type of surgical procedure perfomed before (not even a minor one) and I had never been placed under general anesthesia. Need-less-to-say I had a lot of concerns.
I performed many internet searches to find a well qualified surgeon; having dual board certification in both plastic surgery and otolaryngology was a big factor in my choice.
The doctor that I chose was 2 hours away, and I would have driven two hours more if I knew that I was going to be in good hands. Thankfully, I was and I am very happy with the results of the procedure!
At the first visit I told him how I felt about my profile and he took some pictures, which he up-loaded onto his computer. I was then able to compare my present nose, with a computer generated image of what it could look like based upon what I wanted. It was really amazing to see that picture and what I could finally look like! He then proceeded to discuss the surgical process and potential risks involved.
At the follow-up visit prior to the surgery he discussed what types of medications and foods I should avoid and wrote prescriptions (antibiotics, anti-nausea meds, and pain meds) that I may need. The antibiotics were a neccessity but it turned out I didn't need to take any pain meds except acetaminophen (Tylenol) or the anti-nausea medication.
The day of the surgery (which was about a month and a half after the second office visit) was an anxiety filled day for me. Luckily, Dr. J and the staff were there to reassure me that I would be in the best of hands and everything would be alright.
Everything went great, and I was sent home to recover for a week. Riding home from New Jersey that day, I couldn't believe that I actually went through with the surgery. It was a very good feeling but I felt tired and congested and couldn't wait for the week to pass so I could take the bandages off.
The following Monday I was back at Dr. J's office where he proceded to remove the stitches and the bandages. When he showed me my profile, I couldn't of been more happy...I knew I had made the right choice in him as my surgeon.
All in all I am very happy with my results and highly reccommend Dr. J!