Rhinoplasty Do Your Research and Take Precaution
Some people jump into major decisions without giving it any more than a second thought. And there are some people who will obsessively do their research first before to find out everything they need to know before making a move.
I’m a person who falls under the second group.
It is typical for me to prepare for even the simplest decisions I make in my life, so you can just imagine the amount of effort that I poured into my decision to undergo rhinoplasty. I basically spent hundreds of hours online researching rhinoplasty surgeons both in Chicago and the entire United States. I also went to chat rooms, reviews sites and forums to talk to other rhinoplasty patients and learn from their experiences. Once I had equipped myself with all this information, I decided to take the leap and have rhinoplasty surgery. Unfortunately and much to my surprise, despite all my research and preparation, I ended up putting myself in the hands of the wrong surgeon. I was so disappointed with the my rhinoplasty results that I lost faith in rhinoplasty and surgeons.
It wasn’t until many years later that I came across the great Dr. Shah who performed my revision rhinoplasty and saved me from my disastrous results. Today, I could not be happier with my nose, and learned some very valuable lessons about research process along the way. Unlike standard reviews online from supposed experts, everything I have to say comes from years of my own research and firsthand experience. Although I initially ended up in the hands of the wrong surgeon, I learned from these experiences, and my research ultimately led me to the right surgeon, Dr. Anil Shah. He not only improved my breathing but gave me the beautiful nose I had always wanted. While I couldn’t be happier today, the last thing I want is for anyone else to experience what I’ve had to endure. And so I want to share my research journey to finding both the wrong surgeonand the right surgeon, in hopes that I can help others avoid the same mistakes that I’ve committed.
2007: The Beginning of My Rhinoplasty Research Journey
My research on rhinoplasty began as early as 2007. Once I made the decision to undergo rhinoplasty, I was determined to learn everything there is to learn about the procedure and leave no stones unturned. However, what I discovered during this whole process was quite disturbing. Many board certified plastic surgeons performing rhinoplasty had their surgical training directed towards the entire body with a relatively small portion focused on the face. However what’s even more disturbing is that Internists, Dermatologists, OBGYNs, and other medical specialists have entered the field of “Cosmetic Surgery.” Yet, the fact is there is no such specialty as “Cosmetic Surgery” as there is no residency program dedicated towards this discipline. They simply need to take a weekend course to become a “Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon.” Ask your self this question: Would you want a “Cosmetic Surgeon” with a background in OBGYN and weekend crash course is cosmetic surgery opertating on your nose? Or would you prefer a plastic surgeon, with 5 years training in surgery, but mostly of the body operating on your nose? The answer should be neither! The surgeon with the best training for rhinoplasty is a facial plastic surgeon who spend 6 years after med school to training devoted specifically to the face. However, my research taught me that because rhinoplasty is both functional and cosmetic, you should only consider someone who is both a board certified facial plastic surgeon and an ENT specialist. A surgeon that is double board certified will have significant depth of training and experience in the anatomy of the nose, face and neck, as well as cosmetic plastic surgery techniques.
After narrowing down my choices to only surgeons who were double board certified as an ENT and facial plastic surgeon, I then spent hours reading hundreds of patient reviews online. After all, it’s not enough to know that the surgeon has good credentials. More importantly, I wanted to know how happy the surgeon’s patients were with their results. The surgeon who performed my first rhinoplasty was both an ENT and facial plastic surgeon, but also had many positive reviews. When I joined rhinoplasty message boards and forums, most of the reviews I read had nothing but good things to say about this doctor. Please note, I never spoke to any REAL patients facetoface, which I now know was a mistake. Given my surgeon’s credentials and many positive online reviews, you can just imagine how excited I was for the operation. After years of being frustrated about my nose, I was finally going to have a chance to change it. It was like a dream come true!
So you can just imagine how horrible I felt when the results turned out to be disappointing. With the amount of research I did in preparation for the procedure, I did not expect to be so unhappy afterward. I was also baffled since the surgeon had all the right qualifications and so many great reviews. How was it possible that he could do such a bad job? What did I do wrong? Even though he offered to fix my nose for free, I had absolutely no faith or trust in him and turned the offer down.
2009: Second Chances in Rhinoplasty
After my horrible experience with rhinoplasty, I sincerely thought that I will always be unhappy with my nose and that my “beak” was simply my fate. It never even crossed my mind to go for a corrective or revision rhinoplasty. This was until I had the opportunity to talk with people who went through the same experience that I did.
By this time, I have been seeing a talented doctor named Dr. Anil Shah for regular Botox treatments for my jaw, due to teethgrinding and TMJ. I began to chat with some of his patients during my visits or while sitting in the waiting room. Coincidentally, several of these patients have also undergone rhinoplasty with the very same surgeon who performed my procedure and like me, they were also dissatisfied with the results. What really captured my attention was when I discovered they chose Dr. Shah for revision surgery. This definitely came as a surprise. I always admired Dr. Shah for his Botox treatments but I never really knew he performed revision rhinoplasty. And the most amazing part of their stories is how happy they are with their corrected noses.
Needless to say, this gave me brand new hope. I then began another round of rhinoplasty research, but this time I only focused on Dr. Shah. Keeping in mind what I’ve learned from my first rhinoplasty experience, I warily visited review websites and forums. However, I was blown away by the number of Dr. Shah’s former patients who immediately became his avid fans.
2013: Rhinoplasty the Second Time Around
For a 2 full years, I continued quietly researching Dr. Shah behind the scenes. This time, I put more weight on REAL patient reviews rather than online reviews. While Dr. Shah did have so many great online reviews, so did my first surgeon, and the mistake I made with him was never speaking to actual patients. Finally, in 2013, after having the opportunity to meet many happy patients in person, and having gotten to know Dr. Shah for the past 4 years, I decided to bring up the topic of revision rhinoplasty. During a routine Botox appointment, I told him how I have undergone rhinoplasty that turned out to be a disappointing and terrible experience. What I remember the most about that initial conversation is how genuinely interested and sincere Dr. Shah was while listening to my story. This was definitely something new to me because with my first surgeon, I never really felt like I had his full and undivided attention. On the contrary, I felt like just another patient he had to see quickly, because he had another patient waiting in another room. This is the complete opposite of every appointment with Dr. Shah. What’s really amazing is that Dr. Shah performed 308 rhinoplasties last year, putting in in the top 1% of plastic surgeons in the nation. yet, he gives you so much personalized time and care that you will feel like you’re the only patient he has.
Needless to say, after my eyeopening conversation with Dr. Shah, I wasted no time in booking my official rhinoplasty consultation. Although I never imagined that I would ever go for rhinoplasty revision surgery, I felt like it was somehow meant to be that I would meet Dr. Shah’s rhinoplasty patients and learn about the second chance that they had thanks to Dr. Shah.
As I was about to leave Dr. Shah’s office, another twist of fate happened. I came across yet another patient who underwent rhinoplasty under the very same surgeon who performed mine, and who also felt devastated with the results. And like me, she was also turning to Dr. Shah for revision rhinoplasty. After our conversation, another woman who overheard our talk also approached me. Although this woman did not use my primary surgeon, she was also treated by a supposed rhinoplasty “expert” from Chicago. We ended up swapping stories about our disappointing rhinoplasty experiences and how we felt like we could never trust another surgeon again. But unlike me, this woman had never met or consulted with Dr. Shah. Instantly, I remembered the first time I spoke to one of Dr. Shah’s revision rhinoplasty patients in his waiting room. History does repeat itself, but this time, it was me who was giving advice to a botched rhinoplasty victim. I immediately advised the woman to book an appointment with Dr. Shah.
My rhinoplasty journey was long and it certainly wasn’t easy, so it’s my sincere hope that others can learn from my many years of research and past mistakes. It took me over 7 years of research and suffering from a failed rhinoplasty before I finally found my revision rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Anil Shah. However, having had the opportunity to do extensive research, speak to his actual patients and undergo the procedure myself, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I am in the best of hands. As you do your own research, please remember that rhinoplasty is the most challenging and complex cosmetic procedure for any surgeon to perform. This means if you want to get it right the first time, you cannot simply settle for merely a great surgeon, but you must seek an extraordinary and gifted surgeon like Dr. Anil Shah.