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Albuquerque - Rhinoplasty - NM

Hello All, I am getting ready for my -...

Hello All, I am getting ready for my - Septoplasty, Turbinate Reduction, & Rhinoplasty. Geez... That sounds like A LOT, but I am pretty sure that they usually all go together. The surgery is schedule, 8/8/14, just a few days away, and I want to share my experience. Hopefully I will update daily with details and pictures.

2 Days Before Surgery

I can't believe I am only 2 days away from surgery. It really has gone by fast. I spent yesterday and today getting my apartment ready. My boyfriend lent me a recliner, that is where I will be resting the days after my surgery. I really want to minimize bruising as much as possible, so I will be keeping my head elevated at all times and the recliner seemed like the way to go.

I am also being good about taking my vitamins/supplements. For the past 5 days I have been taking:
Vitamin C - 1,000 mg daily (The Acerola kind)
Bromelian - 1,000 GDU - 1 capsule, twice daily
Vitamin B Complex - 1 capsule, twice daily
Vitamin A - 25,000 I.U. - 1 capsule, daily
Spirulina

I am hoping that my pre-care will help the bruising! But.... the proof is in the pudding. I will post pictures of the days after my surgery and hopefully I can compare it to others who have had the surgery.

Surgery Day 8/8/14

Surgery day came and went. All in all, everything went smoothly. The only issue was trying to find a good vein for my IV. Like most patients, you are not allowed to eat or drink after midnight, so I was dehydrated. Dehydration and trying to find a good vein do not mix well. They had to poke me 4 times, which was painful. I got a little teary and anxious right before the surgery, but once the IV was in and they gave me a little sedation, it was smooth sailing. Also, I can't believe how calming my doctor was. He was fabulous! His confidence made me feel so much. I don't know if most surgeon's are like this, but for that reason, I would recommend him!

After surgery, I was super nauseous and in moderate pain. I stayed in recovery about 2 hours and I am glad I stayed there. DON'T rush the recovery room, just sit there and don't leave until you have to.

When I got home, I started on my pain medication. I usually try to avoid medication, but at the same time, why be in pain, if you don't have it? So my plan is to take my pain medication for at least 3 days.

One day after Surgery - 8/9/14

In generally, I am feeling okay. I do have pain, which I am a little disappointed about. I read so many articles about people not having pain at all, so I wonder why I am in pain? I am really proud of myself for not having too much bruising. I really was expecting two huge blue/purple eyes, but I have very little bruising on my right side. I owe my minimal bruising to all of the supplements I took to prepare for the surgery. I would recommend taking supplements and vitamins.

Okay - So these are the issues/annoyances I have been facing: pain, bleeding, dizziness, tiredness, and nausea. I have been able to mange the pain with pain killers, but I still have a low grade headache all the time. Icing my eyes and head has also helped with the pain. Since right after the surgery, I have changed my drip pad multiple times. Bleeding is sorta scary, but it is normal, I am constantly cleaning my nose with q-tips and hydrogen peroxide. I can't breathe out of my nose because it is full of blood, so I am breathing out of my month, which isn't a huge deal, but I really would like to get all the blood (fresh and old) out of my nose ASAP. Hopefully I can get an appointment with my doctor on Monday so he or his assistant can help me get out all the blood. I would say I get dizzy about 6 times a day, when I get up from my recliner. I wish there was something to fix it, but I think only time will heal that. I am very tired, but that is to be expected after surgery. I am trying to rest as much as possible, but even with 18 hours of resting throughout the day, I am still tired. I just get up to use the restroom, take my medication, clean my nose, and eat soft food. Lastly, I do get nauseated about 7 times a day. When I feel that way, I lay down on my recliner, eat a few crackers, and massage my arms, then it goes away. I will give another update tomorrow.

Two Days after Surgery - 8/10/14

I can't believe it's been 2 days since my surgery! A part of me feels like it has passed by so quickly, and another part of me feels like it is going so slowly. I wish that I could just feel better already. I am taking my pain medication every 5-6 hours, if I go longer than 6 hours, then I am grumpy and feel like I can't move. Hopefully I can taper that soon. My pain medication is causing me to have super itchy skin! It's pretty awful. I just took a bath in Aveeno Oatmeal, which seems to be helping.

I am cleaning my nose every 2-3 hours. Which is sort of a pain, it takes up so much time. I can barely breathe out of my right nostril, and can not breathe out of my left nostril. I am hoping with my continued cleaning and with time, I can breathe out of both nostrils soon.

My bruising is minimal, so I am still happy about that. I just want to feel at least 75% better and I feel like I'm around 50%. I truly didn't think it was going to take more than 2 days to feel 75% better. Like I said, I read so many reviews where people said the pain wasn't bad and they were fine. I'm on day 2, and definitely don't feel fine. Oh well, I better get in another night of good rest and hopefully that will set the tone for a quick recovery.
Dr. Andrew Ribner

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how do the results look? Hope to see your update soon
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Your very pretty. Congrats on your surgery
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Congrats on your surgery! I like your before nose, especially from the front. I can't wait to see your results. I bet your new nose will look even more beautiful. Hope you feel better soon!!
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I was wondering how you were doing? Glad all went well. Sorry you're in pain. My skin gets itchy on certain pain meds. You may wanna tell your Dr. And they can probably give you something different. Thanks for sharing.
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Today was day 3 post op for me, and honestly I feel like I am just going to stay in all week and recover. I am so impressed by people who are out and about right away, but it definitely hasn't been my experience! I am jealous of your lack of bruising though :)
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Hi Preci82, Yes, I agree, I am going to take the full week to recover also. I can't imagine that people can already feel better? I can mange the pain with pain killers, but it' not easy. I'm glad to know that I am not the only one suffering from this procedure. I took so many supplements before the surgery and I am still taking them, so I guess that is what decreased the bruising. I hope you feel better soon :)
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Its like we trade something for something else. Like the bump will be gone but sadly it wont look as good from the front or maybe uneven nostrils or effected breathing. No one can make a nose like God can. I loved my original nose but sadly i broke it so it became disfiguired so i decided to go forth with this. Yours deff looks perfect from the front though. Hopefully it goes all well. Deff a rollar coaster of emotions once the cast comes off so be prepared for that also. all i can say it dont obsess looking in the mirror lol
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I am really hoping that I can breathe better. That was the main goal of the surgery. I agree, only God can do a perfect nose. Thanks for the heads up on the emotional part. I haven't even really thought about that yet. I should probably start preparing myself.
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I've also been disappointed about the pain - so many people say it doesn't hurt that much! I had just as much work done as you did and am on day 3 now. I'm jealous of your lack of bruising, my eyelids are fully purple right now. I found that drinking ginger tea really helps with the nausea, I puked so much the other night but haven't at all since I started on the ginger tea.
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Harlowdarling, Yes, the pain has been moderate. I am glad I'm not the only one that is going through pain. I will have to get some ginger tea. Thanks for the advice. I think my lack of bruising is because all of the supplements I have been taking. I would definitely recommend supplements if you ever had to do another surgery.
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Good luck! I'm sure all will be great! ;)
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Thank you! It surgery wasn't too bad! I am glad the surgery part is over with :)
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Your nose looks so gorgeous from the front! Make sure you are clear with your doctor about how you want it to look from the front (and side of course) once it is healed. Thanks so much for starting your story here. Just two more days! I'll be checking back for your updates.
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Thank you Angie! :) I appreciate your kind words. Yes, I am excited about posting updates.
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Hi. I'm having mine done on the 7th so we'll be on a pretty similar timeline! Best of luck :)
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Very cool! :) Good luck also!
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Best of luck to you and I can't wait to see your new nose! I'm sure it will match your beautiful face :)
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Aww... Thank you! You are so sweet.
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Hi I'm scheduled for Rhinoplasty in Dec. I am currently scheduled with Dr. Escudero. I've never heard of Dr . Runner. Can you tell me why you selected him? Thx Christy - ABQ
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Oops Ribner (auto correct mistake ).
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Hi Christy! Originally I wanted Dr. Escudero, I've heard he's the best in Abq, but he didn't accept my insurance. Dr. Escudero recommended Dr. Ribner. I like that Dr. Ribner is board certified in facial plastic surgery and he practiced for a long time in CA and has done thousands of rhinoplasties. Good luck with your surgery! Did you like Dr. Escudero when you met with him?
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I see, that makes sense. Yes I really liked him. He was personable and had the morphing program to give me sense of what he wanted to do with my nose. I have him booked for Dec. but I'm still getting a couple consults in Phx at the end of the month. Although I seem to be running into the hurdle that no one in Scottsdale takes insurance. Crazy! Well good luck. Hope all goes well. Keep me posted and thanks for answering.
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I'm curious how much you all are paying out in NM? I got 3 quotes in Dallas that were all around $10,000. I found a doctor in San Diego that I love, who is going to do it under $5,000. Whats the norm where you are?
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Hi Heather. My insurance is covering my deviated septum but I'll be paying. $4500 for Rhinoplasty portion .
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My insurance is covering my deviated septum part, but the cosmetic portion is $2,000 for my doctor, and $975 for the operating room.
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