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!
Hello Anil, I hope you had a good day. Thank you again, I’m really thrilled with the results from our last office visit. Please enjoy this treat that I picked up in San Francisco, it’s one of my favorites. I hope you and your family enjoy.
Dear Anil, I just wanted to thank you from the very, very bottom of my heart for doing such a wonderful job on my nose and ear. I have been self-conscious about both of these abnormalities since I can remember and was constantly teased for being different which has held me back from living a more fulfilled existence. I never wanted to pursue a career or do anything that required my face to be shown in public before these procedures and now I feel like a HUGE burden has been lifted off of me and now I finally feel free. Now I feel confident when I have my picture taken or when I have to speak in front of people. You have given me such an incredible gift, to be able to live my life and be a productive and present person who is no longer held back by fear or self-doubt. I respected doctors in your industry before, but after working with you, this respect has been taken to an entirely different level. Thank you for being so gracious and kind during the whole process. Your warmth, friendliness and great sense of humor made a difference, and your passion for what you do is undeniably reflected in your work. I am incredibly honored and lucky to have had you as my surgeon for both procedures. I was very nervous about what the results would end up being but I could not be happier!!! Hope you have a great summer! I’ll be living in the Gold Coast of Chicago for an internship through August so maybe I’ll see you sometime on the street! Take care and thank you so much again! .
Dear Dr. Shah. This is a long due note of thanks and appreciation for giving me once again a look I am very satisfied with, and a refreshing sense of confidence. After being sick for a whole year, I am very glad I treated myself with a visit to year office last month for some filers, and I am very glad I did. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. As always, the results of your impeccable work and expertise are amazing. Again, thank you.
Thank you Dr. Shah and staff, my son Danial is a is healing well. Again Thank You for your professionalism and healing touch.
Dear Dr. Shah, A quick note to say hello from Italy ! Thanks to you I look & feel beautiful! I thought you’d enjoy this postcard, as several doctors did an analysis of the celling of the sixteenth chapel and found that Michelangelo included detailed anatomical paintings (embedded in the ceiling) With best Wishes.
Dear Dr. Shah and Staff, I want to thank you for the beautiful job you did on my nose and my face. Results are way beyond my expectations and I couldn't be happier with them. Dr. Shah, you are an exceptional surgeon and a wonderful man, every time I was coming to your office i had a feeling that all of the staff are there only for me and that I have my personal doctor. You have my gratitude and respect in ways i cannot possibly put words to. Thank you!
Dr. Shah and staff, Thank you for making my surgery experience so pleasant! I LOVE my new nose… it’s the perfect nose for me!
Dear Dr. Shah, I am enclosing a little something to let you know how much I appreciate your patience and kindness throughout these past few months. I have the utmost faith in you and feel that you are not only a surgeon – but truly an “artist” as well. What a wonderful yet rare combination! I am thanking you in advance – so “cheers” to my beautiful outcome!!!
Dr. Shah, I just received your thoughtful gift. I can’t tell you how pleased I was that you remembered me at this holiday season. I'm coming to see you Dec. 31st with (name withheld). I got something for you too, in Mexico. When I saw it, I just had to get it for you. My best to you and your family. See you soon!