Real Patient Testimonial:
Some quick background: Prior to my revision rhino/septoplasty with Dr. Anil Shah approximately 1 year ago, I had been modeling on a very infrequent level and got booked for only about a photoshoot a month, largely due to the huge amount of time I had to dedicate to contouring my nose before photoshoots and because I couldn't ever take shoots where I'd have to come in with a fresh face (no makeup). Today, I’ve been chosen to represent major brands (including from Microsoft and Mercedes-Benz) and average about 3-4 shoots/week, if not more. People have even compared my nose to that of the Miss Venezuela Miss Universe 2017 contestant and you can see in the photos the resemblance is definitely there! Needless to say, I'm absolutely thrilled with the results and if I had the choice to go back in time, I'd do it again in a heartbeat with the same amazing team, only sooner! When I started modeling about 3 years ago, I was unsure of if I could ever really turn it into a career because my features just didn't fit me without makeup, but I enjoyed modeling so much that I decided to at least look for a doctor with a proven track record for producing results in revision rhino/septoplasty with the highest care taken for both functionality and aesthetics. Not only would s/he have to open up my airways, but for the surgery to be worth it, I'd also need to have my nose slimmed and my very bulbous tip refined. At first, after contacting about 15 or so doctors, I thought it was impossible to find a physician that was skilled enough to craft a beautiful nose while still correcting the breathing difficulties that persisted after my first surgery ~12 years ago to fix a deviated septum. Finally, after researching RealSelf reviews and photos for about a year and a half (!!) I stumbled upon Dr. Shah's amazing results at equally amazing price points. I was excited to take the surgery decision seriously, but the only thing was--he is located 4.5 hours away from me (a totally different state) so I was worried I'd have to keep looking because the entire trip would take about 9 hours just driving time. Luckily, Dr. Shah holds all his patients' satisfaction and comfort at highest regard, and his team promptly set up a remote Skype appointment with me, where he could tell me his initial thoughts on what could be done. After that first virtual appointment, I was ready to make the 4.5 hour drive into the office for an in-person consultation and was ecstatic to find out my seemingly impossible goal was an actually possibility at an unbelievable value (definitely the most affordable of all the doctors I had talked to). Maybe the best thing about Dr. Shah is he is never in it for the money. In fact, he gave me several options, one of which was to do nothing. After seeing the virtual predicted results, I was absolutely certain I wanted to get the surgery, but was so appreciative that he didn’t try to pressure me into anything. The whole staff was so supportive of me and always kept a completely clear and open line of communication with me be it face-to-face, email, or via phone. Leading up to the surgery, they gave me all the information I needed to have the perfect pre-surgery prep and an amazing recovery, and the surgery and recovery went so smoothly I almost couldn’t believe it. For follow-up appointments, he and his team worked with me to do virtual appointments and if I had to come in, they were very accommodating of my time and drive. What’s amazing too is that even when I have to make multiple facial expressions, my nose looks perfect in every shot and never loses the integrity of its shape or it’s feminine profile. Now looking back at everything, I am 100% certain I found the dream team! Needless to say, I decided to move on with the surgery and it remains one of the best decisions I've ever made for my career and relationships (my makeup routine has been slashed from a few hours to mere minutes and most days I don’t wear makeup at all). I couldn't be more grateful for the time and confidence Dr. Shah and his team have given me back. His expertise in acheving the perfect aesthetic and experience in challenging cases coupled with his incredibly reasonable rates (trust me, I shopped around for 2 years so I know!!) have made him now my go-to physician for all things from skin care to filler, even with the 4+ hour drive both ways. Even when other models have talked about getting procedures done, there’s only one team I recommend—Dr. Shah and his team!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a best method of hump removal? Which do I prefer?
They all have their merits and hump removal is based on patient’s anatomy. Surgeons should vary their technique to accommodate their patient’s goals. Consultation is important.
Can you create a perfectly smooth dorsum?
Palpation of the bridge almost always has some little irregularities. Visual appearance is most important of the nose as is function.
Will making my nose wider improve my breathing?
A wider nose does not necessarily breathe better than a narrower one as the nose is extraordinarily complex. There are many parts of the nose which contribute to breathing and the sensation of breathing is highly subjective. How breathing feels to a patient is perhaps the most important.
Can these techniques be used to straighten a crooked bridge?
Yes a combination of these techniques can be used along with others to straighten the nasal bridge.
What are some controversies of nasal hump removal?
A common issue many patients have after a revision or even some primary rhinoplasty is excessive width along the middle portion of the nose. The vast majority of rhinoplasty surgeons will utilize large bulky grafts which may not help all patients functionally or even aesthetically. Dr. Shah has developed a technique to maintain a natural line without creating excessive bulk along the middle portion of the nose.