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I have been considering getting a nose job for years, but have
never pursued it for fear of it a) not turning out the way I
want it to, b) being painful in recovery, and, somewhat c) for
sentimental reasons (it's my family nose, after all!). My nose
is sort of big, but I'm okay with that and I'm not looking for
an entirely new nose. I just want to have the sides of the ridge
of my nose shaved down a bit, so that it looks nice and smooth
from the profile view. I'd like to find a doctor that will
respect my desire and won't want to totally redesign my nose.
Has anyone had this type of procedure done, been completely
happy with it, and can recommend their doctor? By the way, am I
wrong in thinking that the doctor would not have to break my
nose just to shave down the sides, and therefore the recovery
would be less painful?
ready to take the plunge
As a test run to the actual surgery or even as a substitute, perhaps
you could try
one of the many dermafillers on the market - Restylane, etc.
They are temporary injections lasting 6 months to a 1 year or so.
They are often used to fill the lines on people's faces running from
the nose to the mouth or the sides of the mouth to the chin, but can
be used for a situation such as yours also.
Since you simply want to even out a bumpy nose, as opposed to doing
a size reduction, you could preview the results somewhat with the
filler. Perhaps, the filler would even be enough of an improvement
for you, to forgo the surgery entirely. By the way, I'm not opposed
to plastic surgery at all, I've had several procedures, but I always
like to do the least invasive procedure if possible. For instance, I
recently talked to a plastic surgeon about getting a facelift, since
I'm over 50 and have a some drooping of the chin area below the
sides of the mouth. I researched a number of physicians and liked
his work, and went to him ready to schedule a surgery date after he
evaluated me. He thought that I might try a filler between the
droopy area and the chin, and just round it out. So, now instead of
taking off work and spending thousands of dollars I might have an
alternative that will make me just as happy.
I had a nose job 15 years ago from a prominent plastic surgeon in
SF. He was great at cutting the skin but left a lot to be desired at
shaping the nose. My nose is not symmetrical. Subsequently I have
been assessing other plastic surgeons' work in the Bay Area. I think
you should be happy with Roland Minami in Marin.
Our 15-year-old daughter is having trouble breathing out of her
right nostril. We've been told that a plastic surgeon
experienced in Rhinoplasty can fix this, we'd like to find the
best in the area, does anyone have any insight? At this point
she's also pushing to change the appearance of her nose, if we
can't change her mind, we might need the job to be cosmetic as
well. Does anyone recommend an experienced plastic surgeon in
the Oakland area? Thanks much!!!
There is an absolutely superb cosmetic surgeon in Walnut Creek
named Dr. Behmand (www.drbehmand.com). He has loads of
specialized training in rhinoplasty and considers it, I think,
one of his favorite surgeries. He is very compassionate and
genuine, listens carefully, and takes excellent care of all
his patients. In addition to doing cosmetic surgery in private
practice, he is the head of plastic surgery at John Muir
hospital and teaches surgery at UCSF. I had surgery from him
and it turned out beautifully (not rhinoplasty). I felt
totally safe in his and his staff's hands. I am considering
rhinoplasty with him. If my daughter needed this kind of
surgery, he is the only dr. I would consider.
Good luck--I know preparing for a surgery like that on your
daughter must be very nerve-wracking!
JS in Lafayette
I would highly recommend my plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Cedars. (510-763-2662
and www.drcedars.com) I didn't have rhinoplasty but I found him to be just a
great, caring surgeon who really listened to me. And I'm very satisfied with
my results. Good luck!
I had a nose job about 6 yrs ago. It took a long time to heal
(after 3 weeks I still had severe bruising) and actually
''healed'' very crooked. My surgeon seemed to think I did
something to make it crooked and was rather rude to me about it.
He said he would repeat the surgery, but I felt like he was so
angry with me and I did not want to deal with the recovery
process again. As the years have passed, my nose seems to be
getting more and more crooked and I am seriously considering
having another surgery. Due to my last experience though, I'm
looking for a recent recommendation of someone REALLY, REALLY
good. I would appreciate some serious guidance! P.S. I know
the Dr. should be board certified and my former surgeon was
I am not being funny when I tell you that I looked at a picture
in People magazine of a singer named Ashlee Simpson and saw
before and after pictures of her nose. The new nose was so
beautiful and natural. Not at all weird looking like most
nose operations. The article said that a doctor in Los Angeles
or Beverly Hills named Dr. Raj Kanodia did the surgery. I took
note because I have a friend who has always wanted her nose
bobbed but was afraid of looking worse after the surgery.
You can probably access the nose and the phone number of the
Buena suerte Julia
I have had an exceptionally large nose all of my life (and been
teased about it mercilessly), but just yesterday, one of my
godchildren (whom i havent seen in about a year) said to
me ''you look different - your nose is longer.'' You know how
Anyway, i have toyed with the idea for about 10 years now.
Does anyone have any recommendations? I would at least like to
go in for a consultation if nothing else.
I had my nose ''fixed'' in 1989, when I was 29 by an L.A.
I didn't want my rhinoplasty to look obvious and it doesn't. My
insurance paid for it as it turned out I had a deviated septum.
Can anyone recommend a good plastic surgeon in the Bay Area who
specializes in nose jobs (rhinoplasty)? I've looked on the
archives in the network and it seems there are a lot of
listings for tummy tucks, but no nose jobs.
Also, is it typical to have to pay for a consultation, even
when you are still shopping around for surgeons and have not
decided on whether to have the surgery? I called Dr. Elizabeth
Lee's office to schedule a consultation (since she came highly
recommended by many on the Parents Network) and to find out if
she specialized in rhinoplasty; however, the receptionist told
me that it costs $150 just for a one-hour consultation. I was
somewhat shocked at this price, just because I thought a
consultation was an info-gathering meeting. At this price, it
seems like you have to have already decided on the surgeon and
the surgery and that the consultation is more like a pre-
operation meeting. I really don't want to spend this kind of
money just to ask questions; I'd rather save it for the surgery.
Please share your experiences. I've wanted this done for so
long, but the whole process seems so daunting.
Thank you for all your responses!
Nose Like a Rhino
I had my nose done 2 years ago and I am soooo glad I did it. My
advice is DEFINITELY go for it!! I used Dr. Albert Chow in SF
and really liked him. The surgery was simple and the recovery
very easy. I believe that I did pay $150 for my first
consultation with him, but that is put toward the surgery (which
was around $5K) if you decide to do it. Most doctors will do
that. In any case, during that first visit they took digital
photos and can show you with a new nose, new chin, new eyes,
etc. I thought it was worth the $150 just to play around with
that! However, if you are concerned about the $150 I would just
go to someone you are fairly sure about when you are feeling
sure about doing the surgery, then you'll know you can apply the
money towards that. I wish you luck - you won't regret it.
My Korean niece is 19 and she wants to get a ''nose job''. She
has a few ''ice pick'' scars from previous bad acne on her nose,
and is generally unhappy with the shape and size of her nose.
Her mother and I have tried to dissuade her (the scars can
somewhat be camouflaged with makeup) but she is determined and
is saving all her part-time job money for the operation. Does
anyone have a recommendation for a plastic surgeon that is
skillful in working with ''Asian noses''? Since my niece is so
set on getting her nose fixed, I would certainly want her to see
and be treated by the best there is - someone who has skill and
experience in Asian noses (I have heard this is important and
may be a specialty in itself). Also, someone who can treat her
nicely and sympathetically. Our greatest fear is that she will
go to someone who doesn't have the skill just because the price
is right. We are willing to help her have this done right, and
have looked through the AAPS and the Board Certified website,
but it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. Thank you.
Dr. James Romano (www.jromano.com), in San Francisco, is an
excellent plastic surgeon who does Asian noses. I saw many
pictures where he had ''popped out'' cheek bones and noses on
Korean and Pilipino faces. I also met a very young Chinese woman
who had had every bit of her face done: chin, jaw, cheekbones
and eyes. She looked like a fashion model: I found it extremely
disturbing, and went with a different surgeon. I have no doubts
about the man's skill and competancy, but question certain of
his aesthetic assumptions.
If she goes in, make sure to accompany her. It's very seductive,
having lots of people examine your face, be kind and then show
you pictures of your idealized self. If she has her acne scars
removed, that might be enough to make her feel better. Romano's
office does cosmetic dermatology. He's also really expensive.
You are very kind to help her do things correctly, even if you
don't think it's a good idea.
Chinless in Oakland
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