Dr Eric M. Joseph Saved my Nose, Third Nose Job!, January 7, 2015, 9:57 pm
Ok, this a lot to read, but you need to hear it if you've lost hope in finding a rhinoplasty revision doctor. I started my nose trial and error's by getting a bump removed by Dr. Fodero, in Livingston, NJ. For background, I wasn't blessed in the nose department. People said it wasn't that bad, but it's not how I felt and all the bullying in high school didn't help anything. Dr Fodero's work was a little bit messy, he didn't totally botch me, however it wasn't great work either. Improvement yes, but Dr Fodero kind of made my nose look more crooked and there was still a slight bump . I guess he shoots for subtleties and that may work for some's taste. I did a lot of research, talked to a girl who went to him, saw mostly good results, so I went with it. I don't think he's a butcher in any sense, but it wasn't what I was looking for either. He may have improved his techniques since, but I wouldn't know. Moral of this segment, when you think you've done all the research in the world, do more! Some people love a doctor and get a good result, others don't. Be very picky and make sure your aesthetic matches the surgeons you choose.
My 2nd revision was with a surgeon outside of the US, although he improved the appearance, I still wasn't satisfied.
Ok, now about the man who saved my nose! Heaven sent Dr. Eric M Joseph. My revision cost around $9,350. The surgical center was covered by my insurance, although I think it depends on which surgical center you go to. After much grief and loss of hope, seeing good and bad reviews about almost every surgeon, Rhino revision surgeons, whoever, I wanted to give up on getting my revision. I had consulted with Dr. Le in Baltimore for the revision. It was a good consult & I think he has an artistic eye for perfection, however I didn't know how I felt about using ear cartilage grafts. Dr Le likes to use ear/rib cartilage grafts, and I understand some cases may need them, but I feared the warping aspect that is possible with grafts years down the road. Go on a few consults to get different opinions, I was happy to hear Dr Joseph say the ear/rib cartilige grafts were kind of unnecessary. I went back to my search for good results on Realself, MakeMeHeal, and found a girl with a similar situation as me. Third nose job, unsatisfactory previous surgeries . Judging from the pictures and her amazing story, it was enough for me to make a consult. Seriously, out of all the reviews, I'm lucky to have found her(Prisky on REALSELF). Dr Joseph is super friendly and hilarious. He is very confident in what needs to be done, & clearly has much reason for it. I booked surgery during the consult, I was ready! The pre - op consult was also great, we did more simulations, I asked my million paranoid questions, showed him my CT scan, etc. He gave me Arnica to start a few days before surgery. I've never been given stuff from doctors, so this was cool to me. The surgery happened in a surgical center, all of the nurses were sweet and caring. I prefer surgical centers way much over hospitals, you don't have to deal with as much, it's less of a hassle, so it's a major plus in my eyes. The day of surgery was great, he marked me up and we had our final words about what was being done. Recovery sucked but wasn't horrible, no pain just some discomfort. I didn't need the painkillers. Breathing only out of your nose for a week always sucks. Key to recovery is to lay on a foam elevator triangle( got mine from makemeheal.com) & propped pillows underneath during recovery to keep the swelling down. I take it a step further with one of those neck U pillows you get at the airport, this way you don't accidentally smush your face while sleeping, don't want to risk your result! Yes, this is psychotic but the effective way of keeping your head still while sleeping. The aftercare package was amazing, tons of cotton, peroxide, snacks. The bag it came in was covered with nose drip pads taped all along the bag, so you could conveniently just rip one off every time the previous one got gross, no messing around with tape and gauze when your fresh outta surgery. Again, I lovvvveee the amount of extras you get with this doctor. The bandaging was cool & legit, he uses a metal piece to hold the bridge in place while you heal up. Bandages came off today, stitches hurt a bit coming out but eh gotta deal. Totally loving the result, my nose now looks straight as anything, it's shorter and more upturned, but JUST the right amount. This man's tip work is the best. He was big on making it skinnier, which I agreed, so it's pretty swollen all around. His aesthetic for what is an attractive nose is on point. He did an AMAZING job at giving me the cute, feminine nose I've been chasing for years now & fixed all the past surgeons work. It got even better when I was given a make up bag with 2 brushes, a color correction palette for bruising, chapstick, and bunch of other goodies. Yes, this sounds like the surgery/doctor fairy tale story but it kind of was for me, they are kind of the best surgical staff ever! I may be posting pictures when I heal up more. If you are looking to revise your nose or it's your first time doing a rhinoplasty, save yourself some time and $$$, consider Dr Eric M. Joseph. If you are from NJ or from the East Coast, or further, just make the trip. I traveled all over for results I didn't achieve and this time I traveled locally and got what I wanted...lol. Thanks for reading, hope this helped some of you. Feel free to reach out to me, I will do my best to do updates.