Dear Dr. Donath,
I just wanted to write to thank you for everything. It has been one year since my surgery and I continue to be so pleased with my results. I spent years unhappy with the size and shape of my nose, trying to convince myself that I should just “live” with it even though it made me very unhappy. I got used to it, but even after it no longer consciously bothered me, I would notice that upon meeting new people or taking photographs I would make a big effort to keep my profile out of view by looking at them head on, because inwardly I really hated my profile because of my nose. I came to a place where I felt I was an attractive person, but even though I was happy with myself, my nose took away from the rest of my face rather than complementing it. I finally got the nerve to see a couple of cosmetic surgeons for consultations, but after leaving each consult I would feel overwhelmed and pressured, and scared to go through with it.
When I finally stumbled onto your services, I was impressed with the confidence you had and the dedication you seemed to put into your training and skills. After speaking with you for the first time you immediately made me feel at ease, and not pressured in any way, while at the same time letting me ask whatever questions I wanted without feeling like you were getting “annoyed” with my million and a half concerns like some other doctors had made me feel. You answered everything knowledgeably and professionally, and you seemed like you truly cared about me as a patient and as a person, which is what finally made me decide to go through with the rhinoplasty in the end with you as my surgeon.
Since my surgery I have noticed a whole new confidence that I never had before! I was always a confidant person on the outside, but there was that little nagging bit that wouldn’t go away and I’d feel disappointed when I’d catch a view of the side profile of my nose. Now, I’m not worried about letting a date see me from the side, I revel in it, because I now LOVE my profile. My nose looks great, and it’s amazing how just changing the size and shape of my nose helped to make my eyes stand out more, balanced out my lips and made my chin more prominent, whereas before it had seemed slightly receding. All these other features were overpowered by my nose before, but not anymore. Not only does my nose now look fantastic, you took into account exactly how I wanted it to be and made it so natural looking that friends I had known for over a decade didn’t realize what I had done at first. (And as a huge bonus, I can now breathe far easier since you straightened out my deviated septum!) My friends would all ask me if I had changed something about myself, because they thought I looked fantastic, they just couldn’t put their finger on what it was. When I told them I got a “nose job”, they all told me how amazing it looked, and how natural! People that had previously told me they thought plastic surgery was for insecure people were now asking me for the name and number of my surgeon (you!) because it didn’t look like I had had anything “done”– it looked fantastic, beautiful, natural, and brought out the overall harmony of my face in such a subtle, yet significant, way. I am so happy with it that I tell everyone I know that I got a rhinoplasty done because I know they’d be so impressed with the before-and-after! I cannot thank you enough for everything, it is truly a gift that will be making me happy for the rest of my life! Thanks again!