When I was 23 I had a bad car wreck and hurt my nose so badly that the septum was visibly crooked. At the time, I couldn’t afford Rhinoplasty surgery, so I put it off. I hated my crooked nose. Friends said they didn’t really notice. But I did. It never stopped bothering me. Over the years, my breathing got worse until I couldn’t breathe properly out of my left nostril. I kept thinking “next year I’ve got to get this fixed.” Years passed. My 43rd birthday came and went. Twenty years with this nose. Last summer I was in a position where my deductible was met for the year. The insurance company agreed to pay for the functional part of my nose to be fixed. That’s called a septoplasty. I would have to pay for the cosmetic part, but I was long overdue for a new profile.
I was referred to two surgeons. The first surgeon had me sitting in his office for 90 minutes before his nurse came and got me. He spent less than 5 minutes with me in consultation. I felt disappointed. The second surgeon was Dr. Constantine. From the minute I walked into the reception area, I felt at ease. Like family. His staff was so accommodating and he was so personable. He spent a lot of time with me and declared I was going to be a challenge, but he was confident he could make me happy. In retrospect, one of the funniest things that happened was during the consultation. I brought in pictures of the nose I wanted. In a nice way, Dr. Constantine said I would look ridiculous with those noses on my face. Most doctors will give you what you want, but that’s not always the best thing. He said he would give me a nose that was perfect for my face and he would never put his name on something that wasn’t fantastic. I knew I couldn’t go to anyone else and get a better feeling.
The surgery went well. It wasn’t painful at all, just a little uncomfortable the first couple days. Within a week, I could breathe and put on makeup and I was a whole new person. Over the first few months my nose continued to slightly change as the swelling subsided. You have to be patient because things continue to get better. What advice would I give to someone considering rhinoplasty? Go right to Dr. Constantine. Don’t wait. I should have found a way to do this years ago. But then I might not have met Dr. Constantine. Things happen when they are supposed to. I believe in Divine intervention and he’s an angel.
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