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Marissa – Los Angeles Rhinoplasty Patient UPDATE


My name is Marissa, and I’m gonna be having rhinoplasty surgery by Dr. Rawnsley in two weeks!

There was a time when I thought I had the cutest nose and then few accidents happen – softball soccer other activities – and it started to look a little different than what I remember looking like. You can look at pictures and you look at your friends, man I wish I’d looked like them too. But the reason I waited for so long to finally schedule the appointment or even have a consultation is because everyone I saw get rhinoplasty got the same nose, they got the same exact cookie cutter, overly pinched, overly scooped out. Like you looked at them and you knew that they’d had a nose job and I wanted to find someone that made something different on every single person that that fit their face, they could have been born with it. I don’t want someone to look at me and know that I had it done.

My grandfather is a surgeon, he used to work at UCLA, he recommended Dr. Rawnsley to me. I went on to Dr. Rawnsley’s website. I found a blog. In the blog post it talked about the math and science behind a nose job, that it’s not just artistry, that there are layers that can go into it to making sure everyone gets the right look for themselves. Reading that blog made me feel comfortable enough to pick up the phone and make that phone call and come in for that appointment and that I could trust someone and tell them that I wanted them to figure out what was right for me not just what they’d already done before.

The first time at Dr. Rawnsley– it was for my consultation, and I felt a lot calmer than I expected to. I had been a really nervous to come in. I was scared that I was going to be told that I had to look a certain way or that certain things were gonna happen. Instead he just examined me, made sure I didn’t have any underlying issues that were gonna be making the surgery difficult, let me talk to him about what it was that I wanted, and then he showed me different versions of what could work and we discussed what it was that we both had as an end goal. Being a part of the decision-making process made it feel like this was a no brainer this was the only choice to make was to come here.

During my consultation with Dr. Rawnsley he did computer imaging i sat right next to him I watched him sculpt my face from the side, from the front, or I should say my nose, from the front and from the side, and he showed me what I could look like after surgery. He discussed why he was doing certain things and I was giving him my input and we made a partnership and we kind of created a plan for what I could look like after surgery was done and I trusted his eye and his opinion so much. I mean there wasn’t anything I wanted to tweak, he did such a great job.

Two weeks before surgery, I’m honestly a little nervous, I have ups and downs. There are days where I stare at myself in the mirror and I imagine what I’m gonna look like. My husband took a photo of me last week and it was from an angle where I’m looking down and you can see the way the sun is hitting on the hump right here “it’s like oh my gosh two more weeks and it’s gone, two more weeks and it’s gone.” But then I wake up and there’s that moment of fear because I mean it’s a surgery and I’m getting up and I’m going in and I’m gonna have something done and I’m gonna be gone from work but then I look at that before and after a photo and then I just got really excited again and I and I can’t wait for it to be two weeks from now. I drove by on the way here today and it’s like oh my gosh just two more weeks.

Hi, I’m Marissa. I had just had rhinoplasty with Dr. Rawnsley seven weeks ago today and I think I look amazing.

I’m really happy. I stare at myself in the mirror all the time. I take pictures. I go to the side of my camera, I go to the front I mean I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many selfies before in my life.

When I woke up from surgery I didn’t have any pain at all. I woke up and I was tired I was lethargic, we’ll say, but I wasn’t in pain. Everyone had told me I wasn’t gonna be in pain. Dr. Rawnsley told me this wasn’t a painful procedure, but I mean surgery, you think it’s gonna hurt a bit, but I was completely fine. I spent a week at home off work with a cast on my face just watching TV eating snacks and then exactly one week after surgery I came in and had my cast removed. It was the day I’ve been waiting for. Finally got to see what was under there. Everything I didn’t like about my nose was already better. I knew it was a little swollen it was just from surgery, but it was it was night and day improvement already just one week after surgery. I was worried that I was gonna go out into public and people would know I had something done. I didn’t want to be that person that they were like “oh you you’ve had work done.” But I’ve gone out and I’ve seen my friends and I’ve been kind of actually waiting now for them to be like “oh my gosh, look at your nose, you look so wonderful.” But no one’s known, instead it’s been “you look so pretty, is this new makeup? is your hair different?” that they know something’s different they know something’s better but they don’t know what it is. And then when I point it out they look to me in they go “wait, turn your head,” and they all do the same sound, “ahh, you look so good, it looks so good.” It just makes me feel so happy that it doesn’t look fake because they don’t know it’s there, but it just, I guess it looks like me but better. It’s cute, it’s adorable, it, it looks like– when you look at other people everyone’s noses are different, and then you can see those other ones that look all the same.

This one just looks like the one that I should have gotten from birth and I had to go see Dr. Rawnsley to pick it up.

Andrea – African American Rhinoplasty – UPDATE

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Hi, my name is Andrea and I’m a student and I came to Dr. Rawnsley for a rhinoplasty.

The main reason I want to get a rhinoplasty primarily is my profile I have a bump when you when you’re looking at me. Most of the time I don’t notice it but if there’s a photograph I can see it very clearly and if you’re looking directly at me just the width I feel it’s so dominant on my face it kind of washes out my other features.

At the beginning I think it was photographs or this weird awareness of my nose at all times whether it’s when I’m talking to someone or if I see my reflection I’d immediately feel self-conscious. Over time I think I’ve become a bit more comfortable with it, but then looking back I still couldn’t get rid– of well I was– I looked confident but I wasn’t. I felt uncomfortable like I could– I knew something was different. It would bother me.

I did a lot of research when looking for the proper surgeon. Dr. Rawnsley was my decision in the ending primarily because he’s a leader in his field. His before and after photographs were great. His experience is the best and this is one of those things you want the best of the best. My face is something that everyone’s going to see, I can’t really hide it, so I want something that I’ll feel comfortable with and feel confident and I chose to go with someone that I also feel comfortable and confident with.

I am four days away from my surgery as of now and I’m nervous and very excited.

I feel confident that I have Dr. Rawnsley. I almost feel blessed that I found him, so I’m really excited to go in and I know that it’s going to be really great.

It has been a year since my surgery and I have no regrets. The surgery was really smooth. It was a lot faster than I had anticipated they gave me warm blankets before I went in which was really wonderful.

When I got out Dr. Rawnsley was right next to me so it was as though nothing happened, he stood I mean throughout the whole thing. One thing that I also really like about Dr. Rawnsley is that none of the adjustments are too extreme. He’s all about a natural result. He doesn’t look at you and think, okay I’m gonna make you look like this, he wants you to look like the best you you can possibly look like. And I really appreciate that because the responses I’m getting aren’t, oh, you did something to this area of your face. It’s more the overall look of my face is maybe brighter.

The whole reason I had the surgery done was to make myself more comfortable in my appearance.

I definitely didn’t feel comfortable in photographs, I would compensate with wearing makeup and trying to adjust things the best that I can. It feels good for myself to feel confident in the way that I look.

There will always be things that you want to change or you’re not certain about and it’s not some– it’s not the end-all be-all, it’s not like you get it done in the whole world is different. It’s more you get it done and you look at yourself and you think that’s how I feel I would look.

None of us are made to look exactly like anybody else and it feels really good to be me and look the way that I look and feel really proud of that.

Dr. Rawnsley on Revision Rhinoplasty UPDATE

Rhinoplasty is a difficult surgery to do well. Revision rhinoplasty is even more difficult because you have to deal with a lot of issues that you don’t have to deal with in fresh tissue. You have scar to deal with, you have unknown deformities, you have to be a skilled technician, a skilled surgeon. I have done a lot of revision rhinoplasty. I fixed a lot of people’s problems having been faculty UCLA for many years teaching this to other students, to fellows, you get a lot of experience that’s invaluable for for fixing these kind of problems. The other thing is just volume. For rhinoplasty you just need to do a lot of it to be good at it. Same thing with revision rhinoplasty, you just have to have a lot of experience to know when you face certain situations what to do because there are a myriad of different situations to face. I think for all those reasons people seek me out for revision rhinoplasty.

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Dr. Rawnsley on What To Expect Before Rhinoplasty UPDATE

Rhinoplasty is a really common procedure, especially in my practice. And a lot of patients have thought about it for years before they ever take this first step really to to make it a reality. And when you’re shopping around looking online, it’s really important that you find somebody for this very important decision that you feel comfortable with and that you like the results and you feel confident in.

A lot of what’s going to happen when you come to see me is getting to know me, me getting to know you, knowing what your desires are what you want you, talking about the functionality – because the nose is a breathing organ, and we have to address all those concerns. And then aesthetically to understand what you like. I oftentimes ask patients whose nose they like. I’m not going to give you that nose, but it gives me an idea of their aesthetic and the face they kind of identify with and it’s the way we can start that conversation. And then of course we talk about- we take some pictures of you, and I’ll use digital imaging to sort of morph things and show you what I think in my expert opinion, would look the best for you. And it’s also a great opportunity for us to kind of look at you, your picture your face together, as almost like a third person, and to for us to look and morph and decide what we like and what works and what doesn’t work.

So that’s a real important process as well. You’re going to get to know our office staff, you’re going to get to know Suzanne– you’ll probably know her well by the time you come in. And I just want you to feel that all your questions are answered, that you understand what the process is going to be, you feel comfortable with that. I’ll send you those email pictures just so that you can look at them and decide whether that’s something that you like. And when I see you again in consultation, because I always see you a second time prior to surgery, you’ll have thought about this, you’ll have questions and thoughts that we can address, and we can change our plan slightly if we decide to. So that it’s a really important process and it’s one that I think people hesitate to committing to because it’s new, it’s surgery, a big event and should be a very positive event for you. So I hope that’s the case for you when you come to see our office.

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