Regarding the procedure, Had the initial Septo/Rhino in Dec 2011. It was apparent that the nostril arches were very uneven from early on. After about 4-6 months post-op, he began dropping hints that a revision may be necessary.
Jan 2013, revision sought to correct the orig procedure by doing another ear graft and this time, I was awake for the minor revision. Not pleasant...but the worst part was the cotterization of the ear. Anyway, the revision didn't go as planned either. The nostril arch that was way higher was now way lower and flat. Ughhh.
He had me use a large q-tip on a stick to try and tug on one of the nostils to stretch it out for a few weeks multiple times a day. He then began a series of about 4-5 silicone injections which were extremely painful to try and even out the arches. Once he started hinting about a 2nd revision (3rd surgery) I decided I'd had enough and decided to stop seeing him. It was looking good enough to me. And good thing I'm a dude because we're not supposed to look perfect. Imperfections make us look "rugged." Lol.
Ok, so there you have it. It was worth it, but maybe because it is all in the rear view mirror at this point. The anxiety over the procedures, the unknown costs, the long wait to see results, and the agony over the imperfections and those shots to the nose (ouch, like seriously surprised me!) make it hard to stomach on the front end of things. Luckily, I was only dealing with one scenario at a time. Had I known up front I was going to have to endure some of the things I did and for the time period I did, I might have said no. But I am pleased enough with the results.
Insurance covered much of the cost due to the septoplasty. $2300 out of pocket. Not bad huh?
Ok, feel free to ask any questions. I tried to keep this brief, but I'm sure I can conjure up some details. =)