Getting the Nose She Wanted
JacquelineLike so many people who get plastic surgery in New Jersey, Jackie wasn't looking for a drastic change that would turn people's heads. On the contrary, she really wanted a nose that no one would notice.
"I didn't want it to look like a very severe nose job," the New Jersey resident says. "I just wanted to take the hump down."
The "hump" Jackie mentions is a dorsal hump, a common irregularity that gives noses an arched look. Jackie, now 23, said the hump bothered her throughout adolescence. Being a teenaged girl with a nose that everyone seems to stare at isn't much fun.
"I've wanted to get my nose done for probably about 7 years now," Jackie says. "I just felt really self-conscious because of it."
Large noses run in her Italian family, she says, but she still felt everyone was looking at her nose. Jackie decided the time was right for a nose job, or rhinoplasty, after graduating from a New Jersey university. She started extensively researching the procedure and plastic surgeons online and came across Dr. Bidic, along with a few other doctors.
One Consult Was Enough
Jackie scheduled 2 consultations with plastic surgeons. She met first with Dr. Bidic, and then promptly canceled her second consultation.
"Honestly, from the moment he walked in, he made me feel comfortable. He's down to earth, and I really felt like he cared about me."
During the consultation, she says, she was able to get a sneak preview of her own results through computer imaging. Her surgery was scheduled within a month, and Jackie recalls getting "a little nervous" right before the operation.
"Dr. Bidic took the time to put me at ease. I really appreciated that."
'They Don't Even Notice'
The 3-hour surgery, an open rhinoplasty in which a small incision is made on the strip of skin separating the nostrils, went smoothly. Dr. Bidic was there when Jackie woke up in the recovery room. "His bedside manner is excellent."
As most people who've undergone rhinoplasty know, there's some discomfort during the recuperation. But Dr. Bidic had prepared her for the recovery. About 2 weeks after the surgery, she attended a social event. Asked what her close friends think of her new nose, Jackie says, "To be honest, they don't even notice."
"That's what I wanted. Dr. Bidic did exactly what I wanted him to do."