I was one of those people who couldn’t rely on their nose to provide enough oxygen. There was a cosmetic defect too – a little bump in the outline of my nose, which wasn’t dramatic at all, but being a woman makes it count.
Last year, I came across an article about the side effects of not getting enough oxygen with your nose – besides nasal congestions, snoring, worse flu and allergy experience, there was one side effect that made me act - affecting condition of your heart.
Making a decision was just the first step. Finding the right surgeon was a much harder mission. I created a spreadsheet to support my search. I analyzed everything I could find online: articles, reviews on multiple platforms, interviews, and Before/After pictures. That’s how Dr. Jewel Greywoode got to my Top 3. And then I read an article: I felt seen: North Carolina woman thankful for surgeon who braided her hair before she underwent surgery. That was it. I knew at that point that he wasn’t just a great professional with impeccable reputation, but also a caring person with a big heart.
My functional rhinoplasty truly changed my life. After my nose was free of all tissues, I inhaled deeply for the first time and got blown away by the amount of oxygen and different smells. If I knew how it would change my everyday life, how much easier everything will become (hiking, running, walking) - I would have done this surgery many-many years ago.
The only thing I wish someone told me before was how much of a positive affect it would have on my life and how easy the recovery would be. It sounds unbelievable, but I was able to start joining and participating in my work calls 3 days after the surgery.
Last but not least, I look in the mirror much more often now. Dr. Greywoode helped me become a princess. I stopped counting how many times I got complements on my nose shape.