I chose Dr Noorman Van Der Dussen to perform my chin surgery (reduce vertical
height and feminize to create a more V shape) as after much research he seemed
to have the most experience and qualifications for this procedure.
With this type of surgery it is very important to chose a surgeon who specialises
in this area. Dr NVDD is a cranio maxillo facial and aesthetic surgeon which means
he has great understanding of how to manage both the bone and soft tissue for
the best outcome. I would advise against going with a surgeon who offers hundreds
of different procedures as they may not have the knowledge required to avoid
possible problems such as loss of sensation in the face/skin sagging.
Dr NVDD holds monthly consultations in London, which I attended. Dr NVDD is very
friendly, and I could soon tell that he totally understood what I needed/wanted
changing with the appearance of my chin. It was such a relief to finally have
someone understand what my issues were and he gave me total confidence that he
knew how to achieve my desired look.
From the moment of the first email inquiring about this procedure until present
day, my experience was fantastic. Dr NVDD's assistant Marije was very friendly,
helpful and answered any questions that I had. She really helped to make the
whole experience as stress free as possible.
Marije (the assistant of Dr NVDD) provided me a comprehensive list of travel
instructions/tips, so getting to the clinic in Belgium was no problem. For
those travelling for this procedure, I highly recommend staying at the
Notarishuis Beveren B&B as it is a 1 minute walk away from the clinic and
owned by the wife of one of the other surgeons at the clinic. They were very
helpful and it was nice to know they were used to hosting guests who were
travelling for surgery.
As I had general anaesthetic, my surgery took place in a local hospital. It was
very clean and modern and the staff were warm, kind and competent.
The day of my surgery was as stress free as possible! Dr NVDD came to see me
before surgery, he was so kind and reassuring, I almost felt like a family
member of his. I had virtually no pain after the procedure.
After I came round
from the anaesthetic I remember touching my lips and lower face to check I
still had sensation, and I was so happy when I did. I know this can be a concern
with this surgery due to the 'mental nerve' becoming severed, but Dr NVDD took
careful planning with x-rays beforehand and assured me he doesn't take risks
when cutting near this nerve. Within 1-2 weeks I had regained full sensation in
my lower face and lips.
I am now nearly 4 months post op and so far I am very happy with my results.
It has made a significant difference to my appearance and I am feeling so happy
that the results were just how I had hoped they would be! I am really glad I went
through with this surgery, even though it is a pretty daunting thought to have
bone removed from your chin.
For those considering this procedure I would highly encourage you to only go
with a cranio maxillo facial and aesthetic surgeon like Dr NVDD, it simply isn't
worth the risk of damaging the look/function of your face by going with a surgeon
who doesn't specialise in this area. Very happy I found this doctor, and I highly