Tomorrow is the big day!
ALSO - if any of you have instagram, I post a lot more often on there. *Removed by RealSelf staff as this part of the update doesn't adhere to community guidelines*
It's so nerve wracking/exciting. I've wanted this since I was like 16 years old. Today I have to call in to find out my surgery time and run out to get some last minute things. I think the thing I'm going to miss most is not being able to work out since I'm such an active person - But I'm sure in a few weeks I can get back to it.
As for this post I'm going to tell you all exactly why I chose my doctor & the important things I went over to finally make my decision. For any of you going through consolations and/or thinking about getting a rhinoplasty here is exactly how I came to my conclusion.
I've been researching into rhinoplasty for over 4 years and only really took it seriously and more in depth within the past 2 1/2 years. I've researched the shit out of it.
I finally decided to book my consultations - and for those of you who are in this process pick at least 3 surgeons, or more before you make your final choice. Each surgeon has a different out look and perspective and technique. Also - you need to know what YOU want done to YOUR face so that when you get to their office and consult with them you can tell them exactly what bothers you, what you want fixed etc. You should pick a surgeon in who you trust. Also take a look at their photo galleries of before and after work they've done, reviews online or from others who've had it done, other peoples experiences with that surgeon. RESEARCH THE SURGEONS FULLY IN DEPTH BEFORE BOOKING YOUR CONSULTATION. You are paying to see them - so research them.
Once I found my top 3 surgeons I then made a list of about 25 questions I was going to ask each of them. This was everything from: are you board certified, how many years have you practiced rhinoplasty, how many revisions do you do of your own work, can you achieve my results, etc.
I first saw Dr. Philip Solomon - I can not say anything good about him. I read a lot of reviews, some good, but most were iffy in the way that he rushed his consultations - didn't seem to care about his patients etc. I still booked an appt however because I thought his before and after pics were quite good. When i went in I was literally in and out of his office in 3 minutes, maybe less. After paying $175 bucks. I felt so confused, he didn't answer anything and didn't want to address anything on my nose besides the bump which I didn't like. I've heard from other people he is just after your money and I could not agree more. BIG NO.
Dr. Richard Rival was the 2nd one I saw - I liked him. Very personable and caring. However - I just didn't like his approach. He is known for very conservative and minimal approaches in which he mainly keeps the nose to look the same and only takes off what he really thinks is necessary. Just removing my bump isn't my only concern. So that was a no.
Dr Oakley Smith was actually the final doctor I visited and from the moment I met him we clicked. He spent at least 40 minutes with me even when other patients were waiting to make sure all my questions were addressed and I felt comfortable. I had 2 consultations with him before booking my surgery and he made me feel as relaxed as possible and made sure I understood everything in great detail. He sketched out and drew my nose, showed me exactly what he would do, what he hopes to achieve and was very honest with me. He answered all 25 of my questions plus more, always replied to my emails even though I know he's a busy man and made me feel not confused at all after leaving his office.
If any of you are in Toronto or Ontario - I would highly recommend him. I have yet to have my surgery but so far I think he'd be a great choice.
AS OF NOW -
I am shitting my pants lol. I am honestly so nervous!! But so excited to finally be able to do simple things. Like wear nice hats, have my hair up in a pony tail without feeling like my nose is the most prominent feature on my face, etc.
I will update tomorrow after surgery!
SEE YOU ALL WHEN IM ALL BRUSED UP.