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9 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Rhinoplasty

  • 3 years ago

By Angiemcc

Several years ago I had rhinoplasty (and a few years after that, revision rhinoplasty). Here's a list of things I wish I had known about before my surgery. I hope it helps anyone considering a rhinoplasty themselves.

1. There is no such thing as the perfect nose – it’s likely that you’ll still find flaws (a tiny bump here, an uneven nostril there) even after a nose job. Try to keep in mind that you’re going for improvement, not perfection

2. You’ll look mummyish for the first few days post-op – Expect a splint over the bridge of your nose, possible packing in your nostrils and a pad taped under your nose to catch drainage.

3. You’re not supposed to wear glasses/sunglasses for the first month after rhinoplasty – This is so the nasal bridge can heal correctly.

4. It’s possible you’ll feel almost no pain after your rhinoplasty, especially if you stay on top of your meds – You will, however, be tired and possibly queasy.

5.  A nose job might make breathing more difficult than it used to be – Even though I had a deviated septum fixed at the same time I had rhinoplasty, my breathing was significantly worse after the procedure. Since I hated the look of my nose so much, the surgery was still worth it to me.

6. Many people won’t notice you’ve had anything done – This can seem bizarre, considering that your nose has just been reshaped and you’ve spent a week recovering, but it’s true. Most folks are too busy thinking about their own noses. Or eyelids. Or double chins.

7. There’s a good chance you’ll have an irritatingly nasal twang to your voice for weeks or even months after the procedure.

8. Right after your new nose is revealed, you may feel a sense of disappointment or even horror. Once my bulbous tip was corrected, I felt like a pug. My nose was actually much improved, but when you’re used to a certain look, a tiny bit of dysmorphia can occur when you see your results. You don’t look exactly like yourself and that can feel strange.

9. Plastic Surgeons can sculpt your nose and make it look better, but within limits. It’s fine to provide your plastic surgeon with photos of noses you like, but keep in mind that all surgeons have to work within the framework of your face, not Paris Hilton’s.

If you have any questions or concerns about your rhinoplasty, please feel free to send me a personal message.

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Hi I'm getting my nose done tomorrow and I'm really scared and nervous this is first time I do such a thing, I want to ask you my nose isn't that bad but I need to do some changes and I have college after 8 days you think I could go to college without feeling tired ,?? And could I wear make up in my 3 day ? To cover up the swollen ??? Please replay
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Three days is pretty tight to cover the bruises. I would've been able to go to classes on day 8, yes. But everyone is different. You are a day or two post op now. How are you feeling?
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Thank you for great tips:) Ill keep u updated :)
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hi everyone, I had my nose job done 4 days ago and although the internal gauzes are removed i still cant breath from the nose and I also have some nasal secretions. Does anybody know when i will be able to breath normally?
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Four days isn't very long into recovery, but do ask your surgeon if this is normal for you. Good luck and please let us know how you continue to heal.
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hi im due to have my surgery in 1 weeks time.and really starting to feel the nerves now any advice plz.
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Just try to relax , as it gets closer to surgery day you might start having doubts but rest assured that once it's over you'll be so glad you went through with it. I was very nervous before surgery and they had to give me medicine to relax me but once that kicked in I was ready to go, waking up I was a little disoriented and felt some pain but the pain medicine through my IV helped greatly.
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hi bb2010777 sorry for late reply.thanks for your advice.On my second week post op and everything went great.cant believe how scared I was.felt no pain and had the littlest bruising.Just wish id of done it sooner.only thing I will say for anyone reading this nostrils inside felt raw and sore.but was just like id blown my nose too much like a really bad cold.but apart from that great.
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Great tips! Thx a bunch!
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Great tips! excellently done.
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So, I have been really considering getting a nose job (its been one of those things that I would like, so, for example, I would prefer it if my nose was smaller on one side but ive not been overly bothered) but recently I have been really considering getting it done. I have to say, by researching this over the internet it really gave me a confidence boost. It just seems like SO many people get a nose job even though there was nothing wrong with their noses in the first place (Im a believer of ''do what you want'' and if getting a nose job made / makes you feel more confident ABSOLUTELY GO FOR IT) but for me personally it was a real confidence boost to say, so many people think they have imperfections yet they really don't. For your information im 25 years old, when I had a bad horse riding accident at 16 years old (the age most girls are more worried about their looks than they ever will be) the hospital doctor held my face by my chin, looked at my nose as he twisted my head side to side and asked ''is your nose normally this bulbus?'' I didn't think it was until then, that stuck. I believed him. He was wrong, and as I said after seeing all the feeds I have read where I genuinely think people didnt need nose jobs. I now feel confident that I dont either. Hope I haven't hated on anyone as that's not the reason for my post, its hopefully going to give people more confidence in their natural noses. Im not sure how my family would have reacted to me changing my appearance so drastically too, I wouldn't want to upset them. #loveyourself #weareallbeautiful #ifyouwantanosejobthengetone #confidence
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This is good. I would add: 1) don't look in a mirror for two months unless you suspect an infection or serious bump/pain, because all your tissues and the contour of the nose will be swollen, so you must mentally prepare yourself for that (don't get a rhino two weeks before a big event!); 2) realize you will ABSOLUTELY not be swollen for merely a month and it's really unfair so many surgeons parrot that line. 3) do not trust your surgeon to inform you of everything that will happen to you--read all consent forms well in advance and ASK. (Too many awful reviews of patients being negatively surprised by excess cartilage, bad rotations, etc.) Ask how your tip will look at first and what you should call him for, if you're worried; ask if he will use grafts and what type; ask if s/he will do minor revisions, be there when you have an infection, be there if you suspect you'll need conservative kenalog injections, if you need him to look in your nose with an endoscope. 4) realize your tissues--vascular system, blood vessels--need a lot of time to resettle. Don't overmassage or pinch; I've seen Youtubes that recommend "massage methods" that are useless or even dangerous. 5) arnica gel helps with bruises and is a great (gentle) massage gel I chose a surgeon I wish my gut was telling me not to go with because he did my first rhino and it was one of the biggest regrets of my life, not only because I didn't feel good, but when something went wrong, he blew me off happily. This is your body and the rest of your life; there is no such thing as taking it too lightly. I wish I could get a year of my life back and have come to this forum to inform myself about open rhinoplasty; I underestimated how hard it would be.
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hi irsi, I too had a similar problem with my surgeon not being there to really help when i had bad reactions to meds. I felt like they weren't as supportive as i thought they would be. I'm only 6 weeks out and i don't like my nose, my Dr. said i have only 20% more swelling so that didn't help me because i think that's not enough of an improvement and my nose is upturned too much... i wish i would have read your post before going through with my surgery.. Im debating revision now... Just note, you are not alone :-)
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Sorry to hear you're going through this! I hope it gets better. Honestly, I don't think 6 weeks is long in at all. Thank you for kind words. Did he offer a kenalog injection or anything else?
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He hasn't offer me any injections or anything supportive advice really. Its seems that he's holding onto the notion that my nose is "an improvement", but its totally not what we agreed upon and it doesn't fit my face so I haven't seen this improvement yet. I was left with a wide and upturned nose, up turning a wide nose makes it look larger, and one of my nostrils seriously sits lower than the other, which I have to wait 6 months to fix :-(. I was soo bummed when he said there was 20% more swelling to go down. Im hoping for a miracle to happen at this point.. thanks for the support :-)
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I would like to know....your explanation to number 7. Do you have an irritating nasal voice now? Is this a comment from experience?
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It is from experience, but the twang went away. I never got that after my second rhinoplasty, so I'm thinking the first doctor just wasn't that good.
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Thank you so much for your reply! I am a news announcer-so it's one of my major concerns. I'm very confident in my plastic surgeon, and he assured me, I may be nasally at first, but it will go away with healing. Thanks again!
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Super helpful advice. I had my rhinoplasty April 3, 2014 and I couldn't agree more with you. I think I went through every single one of them. One key point is also lots patience. You need lots of it because you will drive yourself crazy when looking in the mirror. You will get a sense disappointment like you stated. I was one of them I drove myself crazy and everyone for that matter. You need a good amount of time to recover and in the long run I'm sure you will all love your new nose. Good luck to the future candidates... :)))
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@Kmellow13 -I got my rhinoplasty done on May 6, 2014 and I would really appreciate your help. I just feel horrible! I am going through the regret phase right now. I still have swelling and my nose is swelled up as well. How long did it take before you felt pretty again?
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I'm sorry to hear that! It's been a few days since you wrote this. How are you doing now? Swelling can take quite a while to subside. Weeks to months. I know it's so hard to wait.
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Hi, I am sorry to hear that you feel that way. My regret stage lasted for about two weeks after the cast was removed, and I didn't feel like myself till about the 5th week. I couldn't stop looking at myself and saying "What have I done?" My nose looked horrible to me, even though it seemed people didn't notice much difference; but there was quite some difference. It was huge and it looked like an alien. Getting used to my new nose was a bit hard for me. But the minute I stopped looking at the mirror I got less crazy and started to like my nose. I'm close to my 2 months and my nose looks better and different every week. It's still swollen here and there but it's getting there. I can't say it's perfect but it has been a big improvement from my before nose. So trust me I know how you are feeling and let me tell you you're not alone. Just give it some time and don't worry that in no time you'll be and feel ok. If you have any questions, as many as you like feel free to ask me anything. I'm not an expert but can talk to you from experience... I hope your feeling better :)))
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I'm getting a rhinoplasty July 21st and will be going to a wedding august 9th, and then college orientation is the 19th of August. Will I still be extremely, obviously, and noticeably swollen? Thanks!
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During the first two weeks after surgery there is quite some swelling. But it also depends on what procedure/s will be done to your nose. By the third week to a month is when more of the swelling gradually subsides. Around this time for most is when you start feeling like your yourself again, just with your new nose... Good luck on your surgery hope all goes well! :)))
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