I had to apologise for the delayed post of my journey due to unstable and slow internet I had for the past couple of weeks and from moving to one place to another.
For years I have been researching on how to improve the aesthetics of my nose. I have got a typical Asian nose which was stout, the bridge was low and the nares were visible. Also, my chin was weak due to being receded. As a man it really does make some difference on your confidence.
I found Dr. Montien's name though one of my many researches. His name kept on popping up and so I checked and found good patient reviews. I was convinced. I sent an inquiry (email) about the procedures I was planning to do, and received a quick response through one of their correspondence in Australia, Karin. Karin communicated me though SMS and answered my questions. She helped me set-up my bookings and follow-ups.
Day 1 - Flew in to Thailand and finally met Dr. Montien for the consultation. And believe me, the consultation was tougher than I thought. Dr. Montien was so realistic he made me feel scared of not getting my surgery done. I had to gather my thoughts and use my convincing prowess. But I understood why he did so. He wanted to make sure that you stick to realistic results rather than getting consumed by your ideas of beauty influenced by social media. So I have convinced him. I told him my preferred nose: nice tip, alarplasty and height on the nose-bridge. I told him, I don't want a turned-up nose (a little miss piggy). He said, he would focus working on the tip to build a strong foundation and give a lift on my bridge using my own cartilage. But no alarplasty, no explanation given.Finally, he would work on my chin to harmonise my face and took some photos. Outside the consultation room I was instructed by Aisa all the necessary things to do before the surgery. No food, no drink after 2400, in my case 0200 as I had the surgery at 1100. I was driven back to my apartment.
Day 2 - I was picked-up by their driver early in the morning and admitted to the hospital for the surgery. The hospital was clean and does not look like a hospital at all. The room was spacious, with remote controlled curtain, 2 plasma teles and ensuite bathroom. The nurses were very nice and polite, IVPC was inserted for IV therapy. Thirty minutes before the surgery, the nurse asked me to take off my underwear and urinate. They wheeled me in to the operating theatre, inquired about my medical hx, allergies, confirmed that I have fasted prior. They made me comfortable and assured me everything will be fine. Then Dr Montien came in and went through to remind me regarding the protocols of the surgery. Lied on the operating table and went to sleep. After seven and a half hours, I woke by nurse calling my name. The surgery had finished and they wheeled me back to my room after a while. They served my first food and the nurse helped me ate. I went to sleep again.
Day 3 - I was nauseated from the medication. But surprisingly I was not in too much pain. I started eating breakfast, and had lunch by myself. I was a bit puffed on my face but not as dramatic as I was expecting. Although the cast over my nose was a bit uncomfortable and the dripping too.The nurses came around every half an hour to check my vital signs, check the IV and put some antibx.
Day 4 - Felt so much better than the other day. I started walking in the room and urinate. Still a bit puffed so they gave me cold compress. At lunch time, Dr Montien came around and explain to me post-op care. He said the surgery went well and he spent an extra one and a half hours on the surgery as he had to harvest the best cartilage and really went in details with his creation. By 1400 I was discharged. They gave me pain medications, antibx, NS for irrigation, antibx ointment, two pcs of syringes and some Q-tips. They also gave me an instructional material on how to care my chin and nose. Shower can be done but no wetting on the cast for the next 3-5 days.
Day 7 - I went back to the hospital to have my nose stitches and chin stitches and cast removed. My face was still puffed but no significant swelling or bruising around my eyes.
Day 9 - Nose cast removed. Dr Montien explained that this will not be the final form as the nose will continue to dyswell for another 6 months to a year. He checked on the inside of my nose and said me it was clean and continue to irrigate my nose 3 times a days and cold compress it.
Week 2 - No apparent swelling, except the tip being stiff and bigger than the rest of the nose. Went back to my normal routine of taking Vit C, B-complex. I used wet cotton pads to cleansed my face as the incisions are still sensitive and stiff.
Week 3 - I was 75% dyswelled and could move my alae and upper lip. I can tolerate normal food this time. I added Vit Zinc as I have read it helped with inflammation and swelling of the skin along with Vit C and B-complex. Hydrated myself a lot and ate fruit to help with my bowel.
Day 29 - Last consultation with Dr Montien and i could tell he was very pleased with the result and told me I was healing surprisingly well. I could see the form of my nose, although it is not straight as it was leaning a little bit on the left. But Dr Montien said i just have to keep on guiding it including the bump on the upper dorsal graft and would resolve it self in due time.
Result: I am very pleased with the result. He gave me nice nose.Thank you Dr. Montien.