Four days before my rhinoplasty surgery, I had another follow-up meeting with Dr. Shah. I was actually hesitant about booking this appointment since our first consultation was already very thorough. We had a full exam and we had a lengthy conversation about my goals, fears, desires and other concerns. In fact, I don’t think we left any question unanswered during our consultation. However, I suppose a big part of me just wanted the extra reassurance. To be honest, despite the fact that I positively felt like I was in the best hands with Dr. Shah, I wanted to make sure we were on the same page. As you already know, my primary rhinoplasty surgery (which I prepared and researched for) ended up being one of the most devastating events in my life. I wanted to do everything I can to make sure it didn’t happen again.
It was such a great feeling to know that Dr. Shah was more than happy to meet with my once again, and just four days prior to my surgery. Among many other things, going the extra mile, is what sets Dr. Shah apart from my primary surgeon and other rhinoplasty surgeons in the country. He understood how traumatic my first rhinoplasty experience was and he also understood my anxiety and need for support. For the second time around, we went over my morphed images. Dr. Shah also listened to any last-minute questions and concerns that I had and just like he did the first time, he addressed each one with patience and empathy.
I cannot stress enough the importance of trusting your gut in this part of the the rhinoplasty process! From my very first consultation up to this meeting four days until my surgery, I felt such a high level of confidence and trust in Dr. Shah that I never felt with my primary surgeon. With my first surgeon, even the first consultations we had always had a rushed quality about them, like there were other patients in other rooms that he needed to get to. With the way those consultation sessions went, I don’t think he would’ve entertained a request for an appointment a few days before the surgery.
Despite my gut feeling, I went ahead with the surgery anyway since the doctor had excellent credentials and amazing reviews. I realize now that those qualities are not enough if the surgeon doesn’t have genuine passion, concern and devotion towards his patients. Even if you found the most talented rhinoplasty surgeon in the world, the procedure outcome can still be terrible if he doesn’t take the time to listen to you.
In every meeting that we had, Dr. Shah was always attentive and present. After my botched primary rhinoplasty, I felt like I could never trust a rhinoplasty surgeon again. But Dr. Shah came along and changed all that. In addition to Dr. Shah’s amazing manner and ability, his friendly and helpful staff members never fail to make me feel at home and comfortable with every visit. This was something I was truly grateful for and left me feeling certain that I truly couldn’t be in better hands.