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Finally Taking the Dive..! - Allentown, PA
- posted 1 year ago
- updated 7 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $10,000
- Eric M. Joseph, MD (Allentown, PA )
Ever since I was in middle school, I have hated my...
- 3 May 2012
- 1 month pre
Ever since I was in middle school, I have hated my nose. I've always considered myself an attractive girl, but I hated the way I looked from certain angles. From the time I found out that you could actually surgically alter your nose, I've wanted to get a nose job. Of course my parents just thought it was something I would grow out of, so they never even entertained the thought of it. Now that I am 22 years old and have a job of my own, my parents have finally come to terms with the fact that
1. I have no grown into my nose, nor have my insecurities gone away
2. If I make the decision to do it, then they have to respect it. So, I have started the search of finding a surgeon and have scheduled my first few consultations. After reading the posts and reviews on this website, I figured it would be great to start this with a support system. I love the way I look from the front, except for my nose being a little too round at the end and it drooping a bit when i smile. My main concern is my profile. Any tips or recommendations during my search would be greatly appreciated. I kind of feel as if I am completely overwhelmed by all the information that is out there and figuring out if it is trust worthy or not. I found one doctor, Dr. Eric Joseph, in West Orange NJ who appears to be one of the best and I love his work, so I am hoping when I meet with him in two weeks that he can do something for me. After the initial consultation, how long do you usually have to wait until the surgery can be preformed?? I'll keep updating this as I get deeper and deeper into my 'new nose' quest.
This site has truly been amazing during this...
- 9 May 2012
- 1 month pre
I have scheduled my first few consultations for after I get back from vacation. I am so excited and can't wait to see the computer simulations. It is so difficult to look in the mirror and figure out what would look good, because I am used to seeing the same nose everyday. I'm Italian and don't want to loose everything about my nose. A cute little button nose just wouldn't look good on me, so I am hoping that the doctor's and I can come up with what will look best!
I have to admit though, after reading through some of the horror stories on this website and other places online, I am terrified of something going terribly wrong. I guess proper research and choosing the right doctor is the only thing that will make me feel better about it.
Hopefully the doctors will give me the simulated images, so I can upload them on here. I would love to get feedback from others who have gone through this journey.
I was wondering if anyone has used carecredit? I...
- 12 May 2012
- 1 month pre
Ahhh! My consultation is tomorrow and I couldn't...
- 21 May 2012
- 1 month pre
Fingers crossed that I love the doctor and that we both have the same vision for my nose, because, if that's the case, I'll be getting the surgery July 16th!
My consultation with Dr. Eric Joseph went...
- 22 May 2012
- 1 month pre
The surgery was supposed to be for the 16th of July, but they may be able to move it up to as early as 3 weeks from now! I couldn't be more excited. I have uploaded the computer image of the profile. For some reason, i can't get the front view up, but it doesn't matter. The profile is the dramatic change (relatively speaking). From the front, I won't look very different at all, except the droopiness will be gone when I smile and the bulb at the end reduced.
It's official!! Surgery is scheduled for June 29th...
- 25 May 2012
- 1 month pre
Well, it is official. My surgery is now less than...
- 2 Jun 2012
- 27 days pre
So, I have a funny story to share with everyone...
- 10 Jun 2012
- 19 days pre
Well, my mom and her big mouth just couldn't keep it in any longer. She ended up confiding in my gmom about the surgery and was shocked by her response. My gmom didn't even flinch!! She just said, "You know what, I'm behind her 100%. She's perfect in every other way possible, why shouldn't she have a nice nose? If she has the money to fix it, then I say go for it! She's been wanting this forever!"
Who knew my grandmother could be so unbelievably awesome! This has made me feel all the more sure about my upcoming surgery!! Just 2 1/2 weeks!! I can't wait!!
So, I've uploaded a picture of what my front will...
- 13 Jun 2012
- 16 days pre
However, I am going to talk to him tomorrow at my pre-op visit to talk about making it thinner (In the morph, he brought it up, but it is still the same width). Hopefully it is something he can do without making me look drastically different! Either way, anything will be an improvement. Ahh only 2 weeks!! I'm getting so excited.
Ahhh! I cannot wait until my surgery. I just had...
- 14 Jun 2012
- 15 days pre
He then asked me if there was anything I felt different about since our last visit. While I love love love the profile he did, I sometimes wondered if it wasn't exactly what I wanted. I think it looks stunning, but I was hoping for a LITTLE bit more of a scoop. I didn't want a little button nose, but I was looking for just a little bit less subtle. Afterall, I want to LOVE the outcome. I asked him if he could show me a less conservative slope, just so I would know what I liked best. When he changed the slope and lifted the tip just a smidge more, I fell in love. It was EXACTLY what I wanted to begin with. I made the comment, "Oh, that is cute!!" And he asked me if I wanted a cute and feminine nose (who wouldn't?) and when I said yes, he told me he was glad I had said something because he was going to air on the side of caution. Now, I know what some of you may be thinking...that if I get too much shaved down I can't take it back. But, it's actually better for me to do it this way because my PS specializes in liquid silicon injections, so if I don't like the slope, he can fix it, where as if he doesn't take enough off, we have to go back in for ANOTHER surgey and the chance of my nose coming out worse is highly likely.
I unfortunately don't have the new pictures of the morph, but I assure you, it isn't anything super drastic. I actually couldn't be happier right now! And we also talked about the tip of my nose. Like he said the first time, it is difficutl to show the contouring on the front with the software, but he showed me a bunch of pictures of past patients to give me a sense of how the tip will be narrowed and it will be much thinner than what it looks like on the morph.
I'm honestly not even worried or nervous and I'm having no second thoughts. I feel so confident about my doctor and I'm so happy I decided to go with him! =) Ahh. 2 weeks!!!
So, the doctor sent me the new simulations we...
- 15 Jun 2012
- 14 days pre
The second one is definitely less subtle. When you look at the before and after, you can tell theres a difference. To me, it is more cute and feminine, which is what I've always wanted and I Lovedddd it when he showed me. Now, I just have to decide if I want to be conservative or if I want to truly do something different. I would love to hear everyones thoughts.
Question for all you lovely ladies out there that...
- 17 Jun 2012
- 12 days pre
I'm not worried about the bruises because if they are still there I can cover them up with Dermablend, I'm just wondering whether or not the area where the stitches were at the base of my nose will still be noticeably red/icky or whatever after two weeks!
(Oh and for all those wondering...I've decided to go with the second morph. To hell with it! I want a cute nose, so I'm going for it!! Thanks for everyone who gave me their opinions!)
Just a little over a week until the big day! All...
- 21 Jun 2012
- 8 days pre
I'm definitely getting nervous. I wouldn't say I am having doubts, but I'm just sacred of it coming out badly. Oh well, surgery has already been paid for, so there's no backing out now. I just hope I am one of the lucky ones when it comes to bruising.
I live about two ours away from my surgeon and my surgery is at 7am, so luckily my dad, who is driving me, got us a hotel so I don't have to wake up at 4am in order to get to the hospital at 6. Thank good my doctor gave me xanax for the night before surgery because I'm already getting anxious and having difficulty sleeping!
So, scratch what I said earlier! I decided to not...
- 24 Jun 2012
- 5 days pre
Over the last two weeks, I've seen so many amazing results from other people on this website, so I kind of have really high expectations, which I'm trying to keep in check of course. My biggest fear is being disappointed.
And a question for anyone who got surgery far away from where they live...did you have any complications on the way home? I have to drive a little over two hours to make it home, and I'm afraid of the car ride making me nauseous or bring on a nose bleed. I would love a heads-up on what to expect.
Ahhh! Alright, so I'm starting to get nervous now....
- 27 Jun 2012
- 2 days pre
I have no idea how all you guys and gals deal with the splint for a week! It is going to be such torture to look in the mirror and not be able to really tell how it looks =\. That is probably the part I'm looking forward to the least!
Anyway, keep me in your thoughts Thursday night and Friday! I can use all the positive vibes I can get!
Ahhhhhh on my way to the hospital! will update soon!
- 29 Jun 2012
- On day of treatment
Oh goodness!! I am all done. When I first...
- 29 Jun 2012
- On day of treatment
When I first woke up, I was feeling ok. My xanax still had me calm, but by the time they took me back to put the IV in, I was shaking pretty bad. I'm probably the WORST when it comes to hospitals and shots, so trust me. If i could go through with this, anyone could.
The nurses and everyone were SOOO amazing. They made me feel so at ease. And when my doctor came back to check on me, he made me feel immediately better. He marked up my nose and assured me I was going to look great. When I was taken back into the operator room, he held my hand until I fell asleep, which really helped. My dad said that after it was all said and done and I was waking up, my doctor came out to talk to him. My dad said he looked really really happy and said that my nose came out better than expected. He said normally when he is excited about it, his patients are ecstatic, so I'm really excited to see what it looks like. I can already tell the nose is much smaller and that the bulb is gone. There doesn't seem to be a lot of swelling at the botto of my nose. But, because he broke my nose, I have a ton of swelling and bruising around my eyes. I look like an avatar.
The ride home was fine! I didn't sick at all at the hospital nor on the ride home. I drank some water, had a little bit of a smoothiie, and am now relaxing at home with my face all bandaged up. There doesn't seem to be too much drainage, so I'm a happy camper.
I'm just going to relax for the rest of the day and try and get back a little bit of my energy. Thank you so much to everyone who kept me in their thoughts!! It really made me feel better knowing I had support from all over the place =) You all are the best!! I'm uploading a picture, but I truly look awful. I can only imagine what tomorrow will be like.
I'll update soon!!
Well, I certainly have to agree with most people....
- 29 Jun 2012
- On day of treatment
Oh well, this is the price I agreed to pay! from what I can see of my nose, I really like it, so I'm going to try and stay positive about everything. I just really hope tomorrow is as bad as my bruising will get because it is already pretty bad!
All my family members are being super supportive and helping to take care of me. My mom looks like she's about to cry every time she sees my bruises! You'd think she thinks I got In to a fight with the doctor or something! Anyway, I'm going o attempt to go to sleep now, but I don't know how well that's going to go over. I hate sleeping on my back. :/
Day 1 Post Op So, its 5 am and I can't seem...
- 30 Jun 2012
- 1 day post
So, its 5 am and I can't seem to sleepy any longer. I went to bed pretty early, which was to be expected yesterday. It wasn't too bad of a nights sleep, especially considering I NEVER sleep on my back, so I was happy to get at least a few solid hours of sleep in.
My bruising and swelling are much worse today. Most of the swelling is in my eyelids and underneath my eyes, as well as on the very top of my nose. I've been taking my arnica and rubbing arnica gel on with a Qtip, so I'm hoping it helps to clear it up soon. I'm so tired of the sore throat though, which is absolutely horrible for the first few seconds when I wake up before I'm able to drink some water. No matter how much water I drink, I just can't seem to keep my mouth wet!
I still haven't felt sick at all. I haven't even needed the nausea pills they gave me. The anesthesiologist gave me a round snicker with motion sickness in it to place behind my ear, which really helped to keep me from getting sick in the car. I've been taking the Hydrocodon and it hasn't been making me feel sick at all, so that's good news. I'm trying to keep up with the medication so that my nose doesn't end up throbbing.
I can't wait to get this drip pad off!! Instead of taping it, they gave me a strap thing that goes behind my ears and it is so irritating. I don't have much blood dripping from my nose anymore, so perhaps after today it will come off.
Eating and drinking are frustrating, especially because I can't use straws for the first two days while my nose is bleeding because it creates a negative pressure in the nose, which can make the nose bleed even more. But, the exciting part is that my nose doesn't hit the glass, bottle, or can anymore!! =)
That's about it for now!!
Day 2 Post Op So, today is awful in terms of...
- 1 Jul 2012
- 2 days post
So, today is awful in terms of swelling and bruising. I can hardly open my right eye. I'm guessing not many people had their nose broken on this site or maybe they didn't put up the pictures when it was really bad because I haven't seen anyone bruise as badly as I am right now. I don't even want to know what day 3 and 4 will bring!
As for pain, there hasn't been much at all and if there is ever any stinging or throbbing, tylenol or vicodin wipes it right out. For everyone who is afraid of the surgery itself, it is nothing! It is a walk in the park. If you are worried about the recovery, I'll be honest, it isn't fun. Its uncomfortable and annoying, but it isn't unbearable or painful. So long as you keep a positive attitude and don't get dismayed by the bruises and whatnot, you will be fine.
I've been icing religiously, so my bruises have spread out across my face. So, although I look worse, they are getting better. They are no longer black but a really angry purple color, which is good. It means the blood is moving.
I can kind of see the difference in my nose, especially from the profile and the fact that it isn't over projected at all, but it is still hard to tell. I've been sleeping really well actually. I have a lazy boy chair on the sun porch that reclines to just the right angle and when I position myself in a certain way, I can almost trick myself into believing that I'm sleeping on my side. I slept for almost 10 hours last night, so at least I'm not sleep deprived. That would make this whole recovery process a lot worse.
I went out and about yesterday to run some errands with my mom and I got a ton of weird looks from people. Oh well! Other than that, I've pretty much just been sitting at home reading and watching tv. I was able to shower today, which felt great! I'm excited to take a REAL shower though, but that won't happen for another 7 days. Next saturday the cast comes off! I can't wait.
Post op 3/4 Hasn't been much to update! My...
- 3 Jul 2012
- 4 days post
Hasn't been much to update! My bruises have started to go down and my swelling ins't nearly as bad. The tip of my nose doesn't look too bad today, but the top of my nose, just next to my eyes, still looks really swollen and hurts to the touch. I am SO unbelievably bored. If it weren't for Netflix, I'd probably go insane. Either way, I am ready for this cast to come off!!
It is still weird to see my nose so short and I am trying not to freak out about how it will look. Haha I keep telling myself its going to look great but that it will take some getting used to, but it is so annoying not being able to know how it looks!
Just 3 1/2 more days until the cast comes off!!
Just a day and a half until the cast comes...
- 5 Jul 2012
- 6 days post
Nothing new to report. I've just been bored out of my mind in the house..which, by the way, is the worst part of this whole thing. For those of you who are worried about the pain or the surgery or the results...don't be. That is the least of your worries. What you should be worried about is how you can entertain yourself for a week. Luckily, I stumbled upon That Vampire Diaries on Netflix and I've been able to entertain myself the last few days..but staying inside is getting old.
I've ventured outside once or twice to go out to eat with my parents, but you really do get tired pretty quick and the pressure builds in your head. So, I've given up on doing anything. The bruising is healing nicely, though I doubt it will be 100% when I get my cast off. I keep putting arnica gel, taking my arnica tablets, and icing it..plus eating and drinking everything that is supposed to help. I'm sure one of them is helping!
I'm excited to do my hair and put on makeup and be able to shower and sleep like a normal person! But..more than anything..I'm excited to get this cast off!!! My appointment is for 1:30 on Saturday. =) So excited! I can't wait to post pictures and get everyone's feedback.
DAY OF CAST REMOVAL!!!! I can't even begin to...
- 7 Jul 2012
- 8 days post
I can't even begin to say how incredibly happy I am! I absolutely love my nose, even though it is swollen. The profile is absolutely perfect, even better than the morphs. The cast hurt a little bit coming off, but nothing unbearable. Trust me..I can't stand even a little bit of pain and I was able to handle it.
My doctor was soooo nice! After he was done cleaning up my nose, he handed me the mirror. He was so ecstatic about the way it came out. Then, he took me into another room and had his wife help me with my makeup. They give you a makeup/care kit to deal with the oil dry skin and cover up the bruises. The kit had everything that I'd need..makeup brushes, cover up, concealer, hydration spray. It's awesome! They even told me that I'd get a free microdermabrasion at my next visit to make my skin feel like new. I'd highly recommend Dr. Eric Joseph to anyone in the NJ/NY/PA area. Hell, I'd recommend him to anyone who wants beautiful results. Ahh! I'm just so happy and relieved that I love it!!
Day after cast removal So, the swelling has...
- 8 Jul 2012
- 9 days post
So, the swelling has gotten much worse from yesterday, which I expected. You can kind of see it in the one picture where it shows my front. As everyone else has said about their nose after cast removal, it feels and looks like a potato. I'm not all that worried about it. The swelling is even, so it doesn't look weird, and it isn't any bigger than what my nose was originally. I'll be able to deal with it until it goes away, though I don't like how it feels like a foreign object on my face. I'll be happy when it goes back to normal =)
So, just a quick update to everyone about how the...
- 11 Jul 2012
- 12 days post
My nose isn't as swollen as it was the first day/night after cast removal, but it is obviously not 100%. But, everyday it is getting better and better. I definitely count myself fortunate that my swelling is going down much faster than some of the other posts on here. My doctor said that I have very thin skin/firm cartilage, which has its pros and cons. The major pro is that the skin won't hold onto the swelling as long. The con is that it is easier to see any imperfections, which may or may not appear as the swelling goes down. But, those can be fixed with fillers. My doc said that his patients only ever need it 20% of the time, so hopefully the odds will be in my favor.
My nose isn't hurting me at all, except it is really numb and sore if I touch it. As long as I hold the end of my nose when I am washing or rubbing lotion on it, it doesn't hurt. The one really uncomfortable part is the scabs/stitches inside my nose. My doctor doesn't want me to use saline spray until a week after cast removal because he doesn't want me to disturb the stitches, so there has been some serious discomfort. He also said that I'm allowed to lightly blow my nose, but a lot of the time I have to rely on tweezers to keep my nose from being stuffy. (I know...gross).
My bruises faded pretty quickly after the cast was removed...I think it helped to improve circulation. The skin on my nose is still kind of gross but it isn't unbearable and it keeps getting better everyday.
For those that are worried about people knowing about their surgery, none of my family members have been able to tell (those who didn't know about it in the first place). For years, I was too embarrassed to say that I wanted to get nose surgery because I thought it was embarrassing to admit that I had a big nose (or bigger than I would have liked to have). Now, after the surgery, I find that I almost enjoy telling people about it because I think the before and after photos are so incredible. I'm so much more comfortable in my own skin now. It is such a wonderful feeling. As my dad said when my cast came off, "You've always been beautiful...but now maybe you'll actually believe it". And I do. I really do.
1 month post op. Wow! I can't believe how...
- 20 Jul 2012
- 21 days post
Wow! I can't believe how fast time flies. I had my one month post op visit with my doctor yesterday and had my microdermabrasion session as well, which felt great! I definitely think I'll be scheduling one each time I go for a check up because it really does make your skin feel amazing.
He said that about 85% of my swelling is down and that the rest will drop over the course of a year. He said the profile will pretty much stay the same, but that the tip of my nose will become much more defined and that the swelling in the bridge will come down as well. It doesn't look nearly as bad in person, but on pictures the swelling is way more pronounced. I'll post pictures of the front anyway, just so people can see how it looks one month out in pictures. My face looks red and gross because it was right after the microdermabrasion. There is also a little uneven swelling on the bridge because of the facial. That little bump usually isn't there.
All in all, I am beyond happy. I absolutely love it. Will post more pictures after my next appointment in 2 months!
2 1/2 months (or something like that) in and I...
- 13 Sep 2012
- 3 months post
I meet with my doctor at the end of the month, which is a little after the 3 month mark. I have to fly to NY from NC, so it kind of makes it more difficult to meet at the 3 month mark.
I have absolutely no regrets about getting this done. I love it so much. My confidence is through the roof and I am so so so happy that I did it before I started my job. It had done wonders with my self image. Anyone having doubts about whether or not its worth it..just do it!! Find a great doctor with a great reputation and just do it! Don't let fear hold you back from having the happiness you've only dreamed of.
I'll be sure to update after my doctor's appointment. Best of luck to everyone as they start/continue their journeys!
Just came back from the doctors this past weekend...
- 1 Oct 2012
- 4 months post
My Doctor: Eric M. Joseph, MD
Dr. Eric Joseph and his staff did absolutely everything in their power to make me feel comfortable and reassured. They completely rearranged their schedule to fit me in since I had time constraints. As for the actual results, Dr. J did MORE than he said he could. I couldn't be happier with the results. I respect Dr. J because he won't do procedures he doesn't agree with. If it doesn't think it is in your best interests or if he thinks it won't look good, he won't do it. He worked with me to develop the perfect nose FOR ME. Even the day of cast removal with all the swelling, I couldn't ask for me! I am so excited to see what it will look like after a year of healing. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Joseph for Rhinoplasty. Not only did he provide an excellent surgical experience, but he truly cares about his patients afterwards. He and his wife provided me with a makeup/care kit to deal with the unfortunate side effects after the cast is removed (bruising/swelling/greasy skin). They also offer a free microdermabrasion session after your one month checkup to refresh your skin. I can't praise this office enough. They care about their patients and do everything they can to make you feel comfortable each step of the way. I drove over 2 hours to have him do my surgery and am moving to NC next month and will have to come up to NJ for my checkups but it is worth every mile!! I couldn't imagine a better doctor !