Hello everyone, thank you for taking the time to...
Hello everyone, thank you for taking the time to read my question! I had a rhinoplasty procedure performed 2 weeks ago to build up the bridge of my nose (I'm part Asian). My surgeon used cartilage from my septum in a closed procedure, and healing was quick, painless, etc. My issue is that I now have a very clear outline of the cartilage implant on my nose. I will go back to see my surgeon in a few weeks, but in the meantime I wanted to ask if this very noticeable bulge is a result of swelling, or a poorly-done surgery?
So the hard outline of the cartilage implant never...
So the hard outline of the cartilage implant never went away, or even faded. I waited 1.5 years and ended up going to South Korea and got a revision done--the surgeon took out my cartilage and added a silicon(e?) thing instead. I was worried about the silicone, but it's been great so far. Again, it was painless, although the recovery was uncomfortable. Not nearly as uncomfortable as the first one though--my first surgery had had some issues and my doctor had packed my nose pretty intensely. Removing packing is not fun.
I got my revision surgery in January of 2011, so it's been about year and 3 months. It was quick and my recovery was fast--I woke up from anaesthesia and was talking and walking and ate a huge dinner with a big ol' bandage on my nose. Right after my first surgery I had to be carried to the car and nearly threw up from nausea and couldn't leave my house for 3 days. Not sure what it was about the anaesthesia this time.
Sorry these new photos are so bad but I can't get better lighting right now. The tip of my nose is rounder/bigger than after my first surgery, but I think it's probably some scar tissue and nothing I can really do. I also have some lumps on either side of my nose that make it look wider, especially in pictures, but again, I think it's just the way my body healed itself and I'll just have to deal. The visible implant is gone, thank goodness--that was my main concern. And the bridge of my nose is still higher than it is naturally, which I also appreciate.
I'm definitely still healing a bit though. My nose is still a little sensitive if I bump it.
Thinking back, it is upsetting how poorly my first doctor treated me. I actually never saw him again after my surgery--I scheduled two follow-up appointments and the nurses always said that he went home sick just before I arrived for my appointments. I had photos taken each time but was never able to talk to a surgeon, much less my own. I tried to give Dr. French the benefit of doubt, but thinking about it now, he probably knew that he botched my nose badly and didn't want to see me. I didn't do anything else, though--just waited a year and a half hoping for improvements, and when there weren't any, I went to find a more skillful doctor. I wouldn't have wanted a surgeon who had already messed up on me try again!