Life-changing Rhinoplasty - Sydney, AU

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My rhinoplasty experience has been life changing. ...

My rhinoplasty experience has been life changing. At my two appointments with Dr. Nettle we agreed a very subtle change, so subtle in fact that he assured me no-one would know. He was quite pleasant but overconfident and although he went through the risks, was quite flippant about rhinoplasty being a very minor procedure. I stressed many times wanting a very natural result and explained the importance of keeping as true to my original nose as possible - I am very private and also liked many aspects of my nose and wanted to maintain them. This was not a problem, he assured me. When the cast came off, I was distraught and mortified that my nose had been altered, overhauled and pared down so dramatically - there was not one aspect of what we discussed that had been fulfilled. Things were changed that we had never even discussed. My nose is now asymmetrical, arches to one side, thin, pointy and artificial looking and the scar underneath very obvious. Life has not been the same since that day. Whilst I could write pages and pages on my experience and how terribly something like this affects someone and their family, my motivation for writing this is not to spite him, upset and angry as I am, but to just ensure others are aware that this is a huge decision and to be prepared if it doesn't turn out as expected.
Sydney Plastic Surgeon

Unfortunately, I have not one positive thing to say about my experience. I am utterly devastated by what he has done and gave him my honest feedback on the situation(why it happened? how it happened? its affect on myself and family). Although he has apologised, he blames my overdone, botched result on the 'vagaries of surgery' rather than anything he has done. He did not like my feedback or assessment of the situation and will now not revise what he describes as a 'difficult case'. I'm not exactly sure what a surgeon expects when a patient gets such dramatically different results to what was agreed but he says I have been derogatory so he will not revise my nose - though he created this nightmarish situation for me. I feel such aggressive excision of cartilage by a surgeon of this level of experience has most likely been due to miscommunication, carelessness and adding his artistic licence in surgery, regardless of our conversations and my wishes. The kindness described by others, I have not experienced - his behaviour and lack of care and empathy after his mistakes have been very upsetting. It is all too easy for surgeons to blame bad results and unhappy patients on unrealistic expectations, body dysmorphia or some psychological issue but I am just a normal, every day person hoping to have had a small change and have been left utterly broken by what he has done to my nose - I wish I had never stepped foot in his office.

1 out of 5 stars Overall rating
1 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
1 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
1 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
1 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
1 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
1 out of 5 stars Payment process
1 out of 5 stars Wait times
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