hilaryoc on Realself
a year ago
10/11/2021, 07:18 AM
A week ago Dr Steiger performed a rhinoplasty/septoplasty on me. The decision to proceed with surgery was made after years of consideration and many, many consultations with plastic surgeons and ents between New York and Florida. Beyond having insecurities with the physical appearance of my nose, I was having functional difficulties as well. I had previous trauma and would wake up with headaches daily and constant sinus issues that ents explained to me stemmed from my deviated and impacted septum.
Even though I had more than enough reasons to do the surgery, I was held back by fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of the outcome, fear of anesthesia…. just irrational fear. I am leaving this review for anyone who may be in a similar predicament. Dr. Steiger was my answer. From the day I initially met Dr. Steiger I realized he was different and his process was unlike others. I was surprised to learn he did most of his surgeries under twilight anesthesia (conscious sedation). He explained to me he felt this offered patients a better recovery. This was appealing to me as I am someone who comes out of general anesthesia very nauseous and sick.
He also informed me he wouldn’t pack my nose which alleviated other fears as I had heard that was the most uncomfortable part. Overall, I found Dr. Steiger’s approach and bedside manner to be very different and exactly what I needed to ease my fears and feel comfortable putting my life and appearance in his hands. He really took the time to make sure I understood what was achievable aesthetically and that we were on the same page with my expectations.
Beyond being compassionate and understanding he is truly talented in his work. I won’t see the final results of my procedure for quite some time because of swelling, but what he has done to change the aesthetics of my nose is unbelievable. When I woke up from the surgery I could breathe again - it was incredible! When I first met Dr. Steiger he was very open and honest with me - his transparency allowed me to feel like I could trust him more so than previous doctors who weren’t so forthcoming about the possible outcome of my rhinoplasty.
Dr. Steiger told me my nose was complicated and my desired result may not be achievable or realistic. This was three years ago. After that consultation I felt bummed and went on to see many other surgeons who offered similar opinions or even ones who said they wouldn’t operate on me at all. I even saw a plastic surgeon who said I would need to bring an ent in on the procedure to fix the septum issues I had while he corrected the cosmetic portion.
All of this lead me back to Dr. Steiger who was able and willing to take on the entire procedure himself as an ent and facial plastic surgeon - he checked all the boxes and his experience and training were exactly what I needed! It took me a few years to mentally follow through and commit the surgery, but in those years that I consulted with other surgeons it solidified that he was my perfect fit.
I am beyond thankful for his work and the way I was treated throughout the process. His office staff is incredible and have always been helpful and quick to resolve any type of question or concern. His nurses are genuine and caring which really goes a long way for someone who is struggling with fear pre op and discomfort in post op. I read every single review left for my doctor before my surgery and they are all exactly how I found him to be. In a time where filters have distorted self image Dr Steiger has given me my confidence back.
I hope that sharing my experience helps someone who is in the position I was. I will continue to return to Dr. Steiger in the future for all other anti aging and preventative needs (laser, injectables) and will refer everyone I know because I am that confident in his talent and abilities. He is the only person I trust with my face. Thank you Dr. Steiger and staff this was life changing for me.