A week ago I did a rhinoplasty on a very lovely and determined young lady. I first met her in 2010 at the age of 22, when she was a student and waitress. She came to see me from New England because I did a rhinoplasty on a relative of hers and “loved” the result. She was very eager and determined to have a rhinoplasty, but couldn’t afford the surgery and was going to do this on her own. Over the past 3 years she sent us checks starting at $200 every month.
More recently she graduated and is working in her chosen profession. Since then the checks were more in the $400 range. Finally she called 2 months ago and booked her actual surgery. The balance was paid and she came down with her mother for surgery, who also remembers me from the previous rhinoplasty.
Even though I have done thousands of rhinoplasties, I felt more pressure than usual for this young lady since her surgery was three years in the making. The rhinoplasty went very well and her nose looked great on the table. We can usually tell how a nose will turn out when the surgery goes exactly according to the pre-op surgical plan and how it looks right before we put the cast on and swelling begins. She is also getting married late next spring, so she should look great by her wedding pictures.