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Finally Taking the Dive..! - Allentown, PA

Ever since I was in middle school, I have hated my...

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.

I absolutely looooove your nose! It is so freakin' adorable! You're adorable. I personally think you should leave it alone, but I know how you feel, because I hate my nose! I have the hugest, most bulbous nose on the planet. You should feel proud to have that nose. :)
Thank you, I truly appreciate the compliment and understand what you are saying, and it is something that I struggle with all the time. I haven't made a final decision and would like to see computer simulations before I make a final decision. But your comment has definitely given me food for thought. Thanks!
You may not want to hear this but I think that you look really good just the way that you are. Even though your nose is on the big side, it fits very well with the rest of your face and makes you very, Very, VERY attractive.

Save the money and leave your nose the way that it is.

This site has truly been amazing during this...

This site has truly been amazing during this process!! Seeing all the positive reviews, and even some of the negatives, has really made me more aware of how I should be conducting my research for this. Plus, it is amazing that everyone is so supportive.

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.
Hi holly, I have the same problem I am really insecure about the way I look because of my nose and would feel much more comfortable with rhinoplasty I have like the exact nose as you in the front it looks fine it just droops down a tiny bit when I smile but side on the quite long and looking at your pictures it looks at lot like my nose- I am 17 and hoping to get it done when I become 18 so I will love to find out whether yours was successful and how good it looks can't wait to see pictures when you get the surgery!
Yeah, it can be a frustrating feeling but hopefully one that I will no longer have to worry about!! Have you been looking at any surgeries yet? What part of the country do you live in? I'll let you know what the doctors say after I meet with them. Thanks for following my story and I really hope it helps you with your decision!

I was wondering if anyone has used carecredit? I...

I was wondering if anyone has used carecredit? I have heard a lot of awful reviews about it, which I'm pretty sure were a result of the people not paying their balance off within the promotional period, but I wanted to get some other opinions on it. I would love to hear any good/bad/middle of the road opinions on it before I choose it as a financing option! Thanks everyone!
Very good! Yeah I took two weeks off too and it's not bad so far just swelling. I hope you like Raleigh! It's a good mix of people despite what some think, and you have the beach and the mountains nearby too. Hope you settle in with ease and meet good people! Good luck and pray for your easy recovery
You are going to be just fine. I agree with you about the cute little button nose thing... some people can pull them off, but you don't want to look like a completely different person. You still want that sexy exotic look, which you have btw. Very pretty already, and this will only add to it.

I have read one horror story so far and it makes me worry sometimes because some problems arise later during the healing process such as nostrils caving inwards? Scary stuff indeed, but it's well worth the risk when you choose a good doctor. I always suggest going with your gut feelings too. If the place seems off or sketchy... don't do it!

Good luck, and hope your vacation was fun! I am sort of on vacation now recovering, but I much rather be on a cruise or on some remote island and not in my house. Haha
Thank you so much! I have a pretty good feeling about the doctor I am meeting with on Tuesday, so if all goes well with the consultation, I'll be getting my surgery on the 16th! It's a little frightening because it will be two weeks before I move to Raleigh (ironically enough) and start my new job, but the way I look at is I would have had to do it in the middle of my job with only two weeks to recover, so what is the difference going into it! Chances are, no one will even notice since no one knows me yet.

Ahhh! My consultation is tomorrow and I couldn't...

Ahhh! My consultation is tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited! I've been anxiously awaiting talking with my doctor to get his opinions/see the computer imaging. I can't wait to show it to my friends and family members who have their doubts about whether or not I will look better afterwards. So far, everyone has been really supportive. But, you always have those people who stereotype plastic surgery as 'vain' 'shallow' and, the worst, 'plastic and fake'. I can't wait to show them how natural the results can be and that I won't look like a completely different person.

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!
yeah i feel the same way, this upcoming fall semester is my last semester and i can use that money towards student loans as well, but i feel that i will always want this and will always wonder "what if" if i don't do it. i haven't told my close family members yet, and i know they will not agree with it, but hopefully will be supportive. thanks for your responses, they truly helped! and good luck :)
yes i know exactly what you mean! sometimes i feel insecure trying new hairstyles, wearing certain sunglasses, etc. because of my nose! i definitely feel like my nose is holding me back, both physically and emotionally. i guess i will always feel nervous about it until i get it done. have you told any family or friends? i'm nervous about telling my close family and friends. i told one of my friends who was supportive and my boyfriend who is kind of supportive. he tells me i don't need it and he's nervous about it because i will be under going surgery. i wish he was more supportive! also, do you ever feel any guilt for spending the money on it? thanks for your reply!
I have told some of my close friends and family members, but not everyone. The way I look at it, not everyone needs to know because not all of them will even notice since they don't see me. Some were supportive, others were not. Of course, everyone tells me I don't need it, which has always discouraged me in the past, but the older I get, the more I realize that I can't feel beautiful just because they tell me I am. I am the one that has to feel it, so it doesn't matter what they think.

My boyfriend is super supportive about it, mainly because he knows it is so important to me. My mother, on the other hand, is not. She isn't trying to stop me but she is extremely upset that I am wasting money on something she deems as 'stupid'. Sometimes I feel guilty spending the money, because I do have student loans and other things the money can go towards, but at the end of the day I look at it this way..If getting this done will make me feel better and more confident and allow me to finally break out the box that my insecurities have built, then it is money well spent. After all, isn't half the money we spend each month on frivolous stuff anyway?

I know it can be scary doing something that others don't agree with, but at the end of the day you need to make yourself happy. =)

My consultation with Dr. Eric Joseph went...

My consultation with Dr. Eric Joseph went absolutely amazing!! He and his staff were absolutely wonderful and we both have the same exact vision in mind for my surgery. After hearing so many wonderful stories from other people about him, I knew that he was definitely an expert, but meeting with him only confirmed it! I've decided that I am going to definitely go through with the surgery and have him as my doctor. Besides the obvious physical reasons I want the surgery, it turns out that my septum is extremely deviated and air flow is blocked about 90% on my right side. I never realized how little I breathe from my nose, and now i know why! It will be so wonderful to be able to breathe better!

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.
I'm just looking for ps now. I'm excited to see your after pics because I have the same side profile. I always think my nose is fine until I see it from the side especially in pictures.
I know exactly how you feel. I am really excited for my new profile. Best of luck in your search for the right PS
Well said lisaaaa!

It's official!! Surgery is scheduled for June 29th...

It's official!! Surgery is scheduled for June 29th and the deposit has been paid!! Couldnt be more excited but I know that from now until then I am going to drive myself crazy with worrying over how it is going to turn out. Even though my doctor has a phenomenal reputation, you just never know with a surgery like this. Regardless, I feel good about the decision and am so excited to see the results =)
You know that photo that you posted titled: "Hate the way the profile looks when I smile really big". Well, I don't want to seem unsupportive of your decision but you look really gorgeous in the picture.

There are some women who would benefit from a nose job. I don't think that you are one of them. You're absolutely beautiful the way that you are. Your nose perfectly fits your smile, your cheeks, and the rest of your face. Don't try to make it better because it's already perfect.
i'm having a 2nd consultation with a plastic surgeon i am considering for my surgery. i'm hoping this will help alleviate some of my worries and doubts. i think my biggest issue is that i know i will initially not be happy with my nose because of all the swelling!
Thanks Holls. I just wrote you this entire paragraph replying to your private message and it deleted itself before I hit send. I am going to retype and send it in a little bit after I'm done my conference calls and stuff.

Well, it is official. My surgery is now less than...

Well, it is official. My surgery is now less than a month away!! I'm dying with anticipation. Fingers crossed the next four weeks fly by!
Just realized that our surgeries are back to back!! I am the 28th and you're the 29th!!! Can't believe we only have a few weeks to go!! :)
awesome!! we can be recovery buddies. and i know! im so excited. how are you feeling?
I'm sure it'll come faster than you think! I have to wait 2 1/2 more months! I look forward to your story :)

So, I have a funny story to share with everyone...

So, I have a funny story to share with everyone since everyone seems to fear telling people about their surgeries. For the last two weeks, I have been tip toeing around my grandparents because I was terrified to tell them about the surgery. I have been pretty lucky so far with my family supporting me. My dad is behind me 100% as is my step father and my boyfriend. But, my mom rolls her eyes every time I mention the surgery because she thinks its a waste of money. She supports me and is willing to care for me afterwards, but she isn't excited about it. So, when it came to my grandparents, my plan was to just go through with it and see if they ever noticed. If they didn't, then I wasn't ever going to bring it up!

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!!
This is so good to read! I am at peace (and excited!) about my decision to go through with a nose job, but am struggling with what other people will say/think when I tell them, or IF to tell them at all. It won't change my decision, but it is important to me to feel supported. Thanks for sharing this story!
You are beautiful girl! And you are going to be even more beautiful after! Good luck with everything, let me know if you have any questions at all!
So glad your Grandmom is supporting you! That's awesome

So, I've uploaded a picture of what my front will...

So, I've uploaded a picture of what my front will look like. While I like the picture and I think it is an improvement, I don't think it is refined enough and definitely want to talk to him about doing a little more work. In my doctor's defense, he did more explaining of what he would do rather than showing it on the software because he readily admitted the software has limitations with showing contouring in the tip.

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.
I'm SO happy i came across your post! I scheduled a 2nd consultation with Dr. J before I read this and it's a great confirmation that others like him as well. I just turned 23, got a new job, and in the same exact boat as you. Definitely keep us updated on how everything goes- cause I’ll most likely be taking the dive with him as well!! Good luck with everything :)
Oh, I am so happy to hear that!! Your decision to see him two times reaffirms my decision as well! I truly believe he is going to be able to more than deliver on his promises, not to mention his staff is absolutely incredible! I go in for my pre-op visit tomorrow, which I am really excited for. I'll be sure to update afterwards. Then, only two weeks!! Hopefully it will turn out wonderful and then you will know without a doubt he's the doctor for you. =)
Hi Holly I have to write you again because I took your advice scheduled a apt with Dr Joseph for july 20 I'm so excited to see the pictures of what he can do, yours looks great!!!! That's probably when I'll make a final decision lol but again goodluck with your surgery!!!! I'm excited for you and your results :)

Ahhh! I cannot wait until my surgery. I just had...

Ahhh! I cannot wait until my surgery. I just had my pre-op visit with my PS and it has me even more excited than I already was. First, he went over everything that I would possibly need to know for the day of surgery and the recovering process afterwards. He gave me a little recovery kit that contained all the arnica I will need (which was awesome because I haven't bought any yet) and he gave me all my presciptions.

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!!!
I'm on the fence about a slight scoop as well! Everyone loves my "unique" nose and so do I, but a slope? I could have a CUTE nose?! The temptation is there!
glad you spoke up about what you wanted! and I agree that a scooped look would like amazing on you... excited to see the real thing when the time comes!! you're so pretty already :) this surgery will prob bring out your eyes more :) good luck sweetie!
That's awesome, I think the original morph was very natural and pretty but I bet the new one fits even better. I know, some days I feel like I want mine to be super natural and conservative and other days I think I want it to be a lot smaller! I just can't wait to get it over with at this point! I'm sick of thinking about it and staring at the morph too!! LOL

So, the doctor sent me the new simulations we...

So, the doctor sent me the new simulations we worked on yesterday. I have to say that I like both simulations...the first one was more 'natural', in the sense that when you looked at the before and after, some of my friends and family members had a difficult time telling what was different. I thought it was beautiful, but i wasn't overwhelmed with the sense that it was everything I wanted.

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.
Hey Holly,

I just wanted to say that your beautiful as is but your gonna look even better after your nose job and feel better about yourself too if it is something that you truly want! I wish you the best of luck and don't let people who say you shouldn't do it make you think twice!
Awe, thank you so much! It definitely made me think twice when I started thinking about doing this, but now that it's getting closer, I'm too excited to be dissuaded by anyone. =)
I am excited for you! I plan to have rhino and a browlift (I am 50) on June 27th, so I am just a couple days ahead of you. You look great now and you will look even better after it.
Despite my age, I have many of the same family/friend issues (my husband and grown children object), but I figure I have lived with this nose for 50 years--it's time for a new one! Good luck to you!

Question for all you lovely ladies out there that...

Question for all you lovely ladies out there that had surgery recently...My boyfriend invited me down to to his house to see his family two weeks after I get surgery and a week after I get the cast off. They don't know about the surgery, nor do I want them to know about it because they wouldn't approve. I don't see them often, in fact I haven't seen them in over a year and a half, so I don't think they will remember what my old nose looked like...

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 got mine Friday....10 days before I move into my college dorm. My whole life Ive wanted a nose job I even would point it out to friends or boyfriends and they would think I am crazy for wanting to change anything with my face, but it deff is about how you feel when you look in the mirror and that's why I went through with it....WARNINGS: I don't know how people are taking recovery so lightly it's taken a huge toll on me such as, my eyes are extremely itchy, as well as my nose. And the 3rd day I got so nauseous from the pain medicine I took before bed that I threw up...and another warning (hopefully i am not saying too much) I am very constipated...to the point where I am so uncomfortable I haven't been able to do a bowl movement since the night befor surgery..this has been 4 days........I sound really upset maybe because at the moment I am and not having very fun with this recovery process but now I'm just incredibly scared that I have to move onto my dorm Saturday when I get splint off Thursday :( wish i found this site before my surgery I would love support like you and everyone else is having!! Anyways good luck!!
Jeez, you certainly don't sound like you are having a good recovery! I'm so sorry to hear that! As for the bowl movement, I would suggest taking a gentle laxative. It isn't safe to not have a bowl movement for that long!

Wish you the best the rest of your recovery and moving into your college dorm after you get the splint off. Just be sure you don't do any heavy lifting, as this shouldn't be done for at least 3 weeks after the surgery.
bowel movement* haha I knew bowl didn't look right!

Just a little over a week until the big day! All...

Just a little over a week until the big day! All my prescriptions have been filled and all my shopping (besides food) has been done. I did stumble upon another plastic surgeons website who suggests taking vitamin a and c two weeks prior to surgery to help boost the immune system and reduce swelling and bruising. So, I picked some up along with my arnica cream. My doctor says the cream isn't necessary but I liked that it will reduce the soreness in my face, which some say they feel.

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!
yeah i only took one dose of it and stopped. but i did look up to see the adverse side effects it could have, and while it does thin blood slightly, most of the cons only occur with ppl who have certain medical conditions..like diabetes. there are still some doctors who swear by it, sometimes even uing a vitamin c iv drip haha. either way, ill just stick with arnica =)
like jessiemarie said, double check with your doctor about the vitamin c! my doctor's pre op package said it was a blood thinner (shouldn't take anything like that a few weeks prior cause it makes you bleed more during surgery)
Hollys, your story is very intresting. I have my surgery scheduled for June 25th in Baltimore so we will have to keep in touch. I have always hated my side profile so much. I know how what feels. We will have to keep in touch. What is the armica pellets/cream and where do you find it?

So, scratch what I said earlier! I decided to not...

So, scratch what I said earlier! I decided to not take the Vitamin C because it seemed a lot of other people's doctors advised them not to and I didn't want to do anything to jeopardize the surgery. I can't believe that in four days (plus a few hours) I'll be getting my surgery. I'm not nervous really, just extremely excited. I've become so nose obsessed over the last few weeks that I can't stand to look at my nose anymore! Haha the closer and closer the surgery gets, the bigger my nose looks.

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.
Hi hollys - I had a nose job before (looking into possibly getting a secondary one, that's why I'm here). I saw your question about making the drive home and wanted to give my 2 cents. I had a 2-hour drive home too after my surgery, and one thing the nurses missed was to make sure I could pee! They have you under the anesthesia for a long time, while at the same time giving you fluids, so sometimes your bladder can become over-full and at that point you need a catheter. I didn't know any of this, and the nurses missed it, so by the time i got home I was in agony! I had to call a friend who was a nurse, and she came over to my house and had to insert a catheter. If it hadn't been for her, I guess I would have had to go to the hospital and pay a large bill just for that. I know this is a little graphic and most likely will not happen to you, but better to know than not to know! Make sure you can pee before you get in the car!! :)
I was given a lot of different anti-nausea medications before and after surgery and it didn't help. :(
Wow so pretty already! Cant wait to see your new nose!!! keep me posted xx

Ahhh! Alright, so I'm starting to get nervous now....

Ahhh! Alright, so I'm starting to get nervous now. Actually, it's a mixture of excitement and nervousness and so many other things. Only two more days (less actually)! I don't count Friday since it's taking place so early in the morning. I think I have everything that I need. I gave my stepdad the shopping list so he is prepared with all the right food when I come home from the hospital.

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!
Good luck with your surgery!!! You'll do great;) can't wait to see your results ,your going to look wonderful :D
good luck tomorrow. :)
Good luck and try to relax! Speaking of relaxing did they give you a valium or something to chill out for tonight? I can't wait to follow your healing story :)

Ahhhhhh on my way to the hospital! will update soon!

ahhhhhh on my way to the hospital! will update soon!

Oh goodness!! I am all done. When I first...

Oh goodness!! I am all done.

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....

Well, I certainly have to agree with most people. recovery is not fun! In fact, the actual surgery was easier. Recovery isn't painful or anything, unless you get sick from the medicine, but it is uncomfortable! And i can't taste any of my food becuase im so stuffy, which I guess isn't that big of a deal since I'm not hungry anyway, but it is still really annoying.

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. :/
I am so glad your surgery went well and you're feeling good. I can already tell under the bandages, black eyes and all that the tip is refined. Rest rest rest!!! So excited for you!!
Yay!! The hard part is over, now just let the healing begin :) Sooo happy for you!
WOOOOW I cannot wait to see your new nose I can see its going to be fabulous and hang on the pain will pass very quickly trust me!!

Day 1 Post Op So, its 5 am and I can't seem...

Day 1 Post Op

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!!
I had no idea about using the straws while bleeding creates negative pressure in the nose. I would have used them if you hadn't warned us, thank you! So sweet that your doggy is being so affectionate, she can probably tell that maybe you need her a little bit more right now. Do you think the reviews helped prepare you mentally or is a kind of experience that no one or nothing can prepare you for? Just curious :)
Hey nWA! Yeah, I wasn't aware of that either until the nurses wouldn't let me have a straw! And yeah, my little pup is a sweetheart. She is always really affectionate, but shes being extra affectionate today, which certainly helping me get through the day!

And I would say the reviews helped a ton!! Besides all the great advice you get from everyone, you also get a sense of what to expect. I kind of knew to expect really bad swelling on the 3rd day and I knew to expect some pain the first few days. Anytime Im not sure of something, I just read through someone's review and realize I'm not the only one who is going through or went through it.

Honestly, the surgery was a walk in the park ( and I am a COMPLETE chicken) and the recovery isn't all that bad either. It's just uncomfortable and annoying. But you will do just fine when it's your turn!
How are you feeling now?

Day 2 Post Op So, today is awful in terms of...

Day 2 Post Op

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.
You brave girl to be out and about so soon!! I'm 5 days post op and I still haven't left the condo :) I suggest staying low key for another few days, as hard as that may be!! Remember, the more you move around, the more your blood circulates and in return will cause more swelling. I apparenly had a number of bones broken, but lucked out with minimal bruising. It's mostly yellow now and makeup completely covers it :). Don't be afraid to do nothing for a few days. It's so very hard, but you'll appreciate it later when hopefully it reduces swelling faster. Day02 post op was def the height if mt swelling and bruising. Hang in there girl, you're doing great!! :)

Post op 3/4 Hasn't been much to update! My...

Post op 3/4

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!!
Hey there, hollys2424! I hope your recuperation is going well and happy 4th of July! Thank you for sharing your story with us, and can't wait to see the pictures with the splint off. :)
Hey Holly :) Yes, after day 2 the swelling stops and the bruising starts to get better :)!! I wore absolutely no makeup until day 4 post op, just as a treat (I didn't go outside ;). Recovering has honestly just been boring lol. My extremely sore throat finally had some relief on Monday (day 5 post op). I was starting to get really worried! I still won't eat anything spicy, citric or that requires a lot of chewing, but it's better than just jello!! Less than a day until my cast is off! I had to wait an extra day because of the long wkd :). I'm sure the skin on my nose will be greasy and gross lol. But I'm shocked that my face didn't break out, phew! Hang in there! you've already pass the hardest part. Now it's just a waiting game :). I'm sure in a few more days you'll be feeling much much better and your reveal will look amazing :)!!
I'm so jealous! It's been three days and I'm still black and blue and its a complete waste of time trying to cover it up with makeup. But, as you said, after day 2, the bruising and swelling has started to go down. How has the rest of your recovery gone? I bet you are so excited to get the cast off!

Just a day and a half until the cast comes...

Just a day and a half until the cast comes off!!

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.
Best of luck holly!! Remember, the big reveal may still have a significant amount of swelling. It really caught me off guard, but already 2 days post cast removal I see improvements :). Best of luck tomorrow and congrats for making it for the full week :)!
I can't wait to see your new nose! I have been following your story and I think you will look lovely :)
what time is your appointment?

DAY OF CAST REMOVAL!!!! I can't even begin to...


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!!
It looks SOO good! I bet you're really happy! I didn't even think about that "nose hitting the glass thing" until you mentioned it in your review.That must be such a nice thing to not have to worry about anymore haha
Awe thank you!! I'm extremely happy with it! Haha and it was the most annoying thing in the world and certainly something I won't miss about my old nose!
Hey Holly,
It looks beautiful. I'm so glad you are happy. I have seen Dr. Joseph's work on his website and he does a great job

Day after cast removal So, the swelling has...

Day after cast removal

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 =)
Hey thanks for all the photos. Your nose looks so good. I love seeing the progress. I bet you are so happy.
Wow!! You look amazing after cast removal! So glad your journey is turning out so well :D
Thank you!! I really count myself fortunate. While I'm not 100% satisfied right now bc of the swelling, I can definitely deal with it until it's healed! I hope you get the same type of results =)

So, just a quick update to everyone about how the...

So, just a quick update to everyone about how the post cast removal process has been going..

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.
Wow, your nose looks amazing! That is truly incredible. I've been thinking about getting a rhinoplasty done for quite a while, and I'm considering getting it done right after I graduate from high school (I'm only sixteen). My only fear is of judgement. I brought it up with a couple of my good friends and got a horrible and unsupportive response. I briefly talked to my mom about it, and she said she would support me, but I can't help thinking about what the rest of my family will think. I'm hoping that if I do go ahead with surgery that my family will be like yours and not notice!
Thank you so much! Listen, don't worry about the judgment. I will readily admit that I 100% care what people think about me, even though I try not to at times. The biggest reason I didn't want to get the surgery was because I didn't want a part of me to be fake or for people to know that I got it done. In fact, it was that very thing that kept me from doing it and I am so mad at myself for letting others prevent me from doing something that I now know would have made me soooo happy! My friends were also unsupportive because they thought I was beautiful the way I was. My mom was against it at first as well.

I will tell you this, even though my nose is dramatically different than my old nose, NO ONE who didn't know I was getting the surgery could tell I had it done. They didn't even notice anything different about me. And I'm talking really close friends and aunts and uncles that I see weekly.

It's funny, because when I decided to get this done, I swore to myself I wouldn't tell anyone. I would just hope no one noticed. However, now I find myself hoping people notice because I want them to see how incredible it came out.

Don't let others hold you back. I have so much more confidence and I am so much happier in my skin. I wish I would have done it earlier and I'm so angry at myself for worrying about what others think. You may have some people who judge you for it, but let them! It is your life and you need to do what makes you happy and what makes you feel better about yourself! I wish you all the best and would be happy to help in any way possible!
thank you so much! your blog really persuaded me even more to wany to do it. im still a little worried about people judging me since im still only in highschool bit its well worth it to me! another question i have is does the price depend on what you want tocget done? or is just the nose job in general all about the same price at the dr. you went to?

1 month post op. Wow! I can't believe how...

1 month post op.

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!

Wow, that pretty much covers it....your result is amazing! Congrats!
Your nose looks so nice! Congrats! I actually have a very similar nose you did before your surgery. I was wondering if you could give me an idea of how you described the changes you wanted to your dr? I also have a bulbous tip, slight bump,and my nose is over projected. I already scheduled my surgery but I just wanted to be ready for the pre-op appt to ask q's and make sure I know exactly what I want. I really love your result so any tips would be appreciated. Thanks!
I have to wait 2 months to wear sunglasses, Well I rarely wear them anyways!!

2 1/2 months (or something like that) in and I...

2 1/2 months (or something like that) in and I couldn't be happier!!! The swelling is going down bit by bit and I absolutely love what I see. It is still a little tender when I tough the bridge and the tip is still numb, but it is so much better than it was a few weeks ago.

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!
Hey Holls!! Glad you're loving it : )
your nose looks great!
You look great! I'm glad you have a lot more confidence now. That's something I really hope to get from this..you are so pretty & you were before surgery, but I'm glad you went through with it despite people telling you not to. You can tell just by reading your post that you're happier now & I'm sure that helped a lot of people with making the decision. I know it helped me!!

Just came back from the doctors this past weekend...

Just came back from the doctors this past weekend and all is well!! Still some swelling in the tip and in the bridge, but it doesn't bother me a bit so the rest of the healing process won't bother me at all. I'm posting pictures from my visit. From certain angles, it doesn't look any different than month 1, for the most part at least, but from the front you can see how much more defined it is.
Wow excellent results. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Wow what awesome work he did for your nose! You look like a celebrity now! Very pretty :)
I have say I'm impressed what Dr. Joseph has done for you. My name is Josh and I'm 16 years old. I really want a rhinoplasty. I have told my dad, mom, and brothers and they are all really against it. "How is a nose job going to make you a better person" or "People have bigger issues". When I was a little kid I would get comments from my really good friends about my nose. As I got older they stopped. It's been years since I have heard a comment about the size of my nose. Last years school picture crossed the line. My mom spent about $5,000 for my braces. I smiled nice a big to show off my beautiful, straight teeth. The pictures came and I almost cried. My nose looked huge... wide and fat. I never really have smiled to show my teeth since. My mom always would ask me, why don't you show your teeth. I always said they were really yellow but they weren't that was just my excuse. Eventually one day I got so upset and said it, "I wish you would have just put that $5,000 you spent on my teeth towards a rhinoplasty!" My mom got really upset. My twin brother and I are looking for a car, I'm telling him that I'm not coughing up much money for it because when I'm 18 (20 at the latest) I'm getting a rhinoplasty. I work part-time right now and I'm trying to find a second job. I turn 18 in 18 months :). I doubt I'll raise enough money. I'll probably need about $10,000 for my surgery and I wouldn't doubt it if it'll cost more. I'm giving up a lot at my age for this. I have cried a million time because I feel like it's an insult to my parents that I want to change a feature they passed on to me.
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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 !

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