Hi, everyone! So, I've been lurking around this...
Next one of his assistants took tons of photos of various angles that Dr. Capone will work with and I will see the results on my visit on the 22nd. This is much more reassuring than the simple side and front photos taken at the previous surgeon who only brought up my frontal photo and squeezed the sides in to make my nose narrower. It didnt even really look any different other than narrower. So, needless to say, I'm excited to see what Dr.C will have to show and discuss with me! I will update soon after.
Anyway, got all of my paperwork, pre and post op instructions, prescriptions etc. Now just need to get my physical and I'm all set for May 13 at 9:30.
Oh, we also discussed the possibility of a small chin implant to balance out my face- which I'm considering. Will have to see about finances before I can make a decision.
Thats all for now, except more and more excitenent and nerves setting in..but mostly excitement!
Side View Imaging
Well This is Just Great..
One Week Before Surgery!
I still need to pick up a few odds and ends, including a new pair of PJ's with a button up top, which I plan to wear home since I will be riding 1 1/2 to 2 hours home & want to be comfortable. Hey, if people wear them at Walmart, I can wear them home from surgery! Lol.
I had my pre op exam/bloodwork yesterday, they even did an EKG which was good. I have been sick with allergies/ colds, etc on and off for a few months which is unusual for me but I believe it is due to grief from losing my brother unexepectedly back in October. I let myself go a little, health-wise, for a little while. So, I hope everything comes back ok and I will be ready to go!
About Post-Op Tip Swelling..
All Done, Feeling Pretty Good, and the Washington Wizards are up by 7!
Well the surgery went well and I have been home since around 6 p.m. I ended up being much less nervous this morning than I expected to be. In fact, more than anything I was hungry! My boyfrien and imI arrived at the surgical center around 11:15. I paid my bill, filled out a few forms and was brought back to change into my gown. After a few minutes, Dr. Capone came and we went over what he would be doing which was septoplasty, turbinate reduction and of course the cosmetic part of the procedure. He asked me if I was nervous and I could truthfully say only a little. I felt very at ease with him and also all of the nurses and the anesthesiologist ( who's name I cant remember right now but he was very nice).
Finally the nurse walked me to the OR where I was asked to lie down and the nurse put some sick things on my legs for circulation and the anesthesiologist added something to my IV which made me very happy lol. Someone asked me the ages of my kids and thats the last thing I remember until a nurse was waking me up and assuring me that everything was ok.
I'm not going to lie, I felt rough when I first woke, my nose hurt a bit and I generally felt not the best. I felt better after I was given some pain meds and ate a little apple sauce. After an hour or so I was helped to dress and ready to go home. I was a bit nauseous on and off for a couple of hours, and hot flashes but that might have been partly due to riding in the car for so long.
So anyway I feel pretty decent now and hope I have a good night and manage some sleep.
I can already see a diffetence in my nose and I think Im gonna be very happy! I can't tell what it looks like from the side because of the cast but the tip looks cute even though my nostrils look huge from being held open by the internal splints. will update more tomorrow..
Day after surgery- so far, so good
Bruises gradually got worse as the day progressed but I thought they would because I bruise easily and it didnt make sense that I didnt get any.
I am so looking forward to getting these splints out, they are the worst part and are extremely uncomfortable!
Otherwise I am still doing pretty well. I feel like my nose is huge, but I know it is very swollen and will get better.
3 Days Until Cast Removal/ question..
On the other hand, my bruises are pretty unsightly today) but most of the swelling in my face is gone. Does anyone know if the splints make the nostrils seemed to look more flared? I know my nose is swollen and the tip is hard and stiff but I'm wondering if it will look any different when the splints are pulled out?
Cast came off..
When I first saw my nose, I just stared for about a minute wondering if I liked it or not. Like everyone has told me, I wasn't impressed at first. It was shapeless and swollen but the more I looked I could see the changes under the swelling. And I loved it! My nose is still me, only better! I didn't ask for or want a small nose- just my own nose that had a nicer tip and better profile and that is just what I see when I look past the swelling. I'm so pleased so far :))
I called the PS office and was instructed to ice my face a bit and try to use my cast if I can until tomorrow when I get these darn splints and stitches taken out. I value unbiased opinions, so what do you guys think? I know it looks a little funny yet, and I have to be patient.
One week Post-op
I was right, the splints were making my nose look wider from bridge to nostrils. My nose is slimmer without them and I already feel better about the way I look and am very grateful that I was able to do this, and grateful to Dr. Capone for making my nose look better without over-doing it. Here are a few photos.
Bruises go away!
11 Days Post-Op
Feeling better today, although my nose looks and feels pretty swollen, especially the front/tip. It's funny how one minute my nose seems great and the next its bulbous and huge lol. I know it is going to take time to settle. My stubborn bruises do look slightly lighter this morning which is good.
Is it just me, or..
2 Wks. Post-op
Well, trying to get photos to upload..
One more try :/
18 Days Post-Op
I wanted to upload a few photos that would show my progress because I think it is helpful for people to see how much their nose will change as the days pass, but I still can't get more than one photo to upload at a time, not sure why?? Here is one that I took this morning.
So, in a few days I will be two months post-op already. I am noticing that the changes in my nose are happening slower now and everything is still going well. Some days my nose is more swollen than others since it is still pretty early in the healing stages. Now I am mainly waiting for the "shrink-wrap" phase so that my nose will get more defined- the tip is still a little tender and bigger than I expect for the final result. In a month I will have my first "after" photos taken in the Dr.'s office. I still haven't had anyone notice that I have had my nose done, except for the ones I have told. At least, nobody has asked and I haven't noticed any strange looks or confused stares :) Dr. Capone was true to his word that the change would be subtle, yet to me it makes a world of difference. I went out and bought a nice pair of sunglasses yesterday (something I have always avoided because I felt like it brought too much attention to my nose).
I no longer have any congestion or stuffiness in my nose/sinuses which is great. Overall- so glad I finally did this!
3 month update
It's been 3 months since my surgery and I am happy with my nose and breathing wonderfully. I still think my nose looks better in person than in photos, but I have never been very photogenic in general. My profile is much nicer and I don't feel like I have a big beak on my face anymore. No regrets at all :) I am still having a problem uploading photos (jpeg files so I have no idea why), so I will ask the an administrator to add them to this update asap.
I couldn't be happier about choosing Dr. Capone for my rhinoplasty. He is thorough, personable, and professional. He took plenty of time to explain and discuss with me the procedure and was honest about what would be reasonable expectations for the results. The surgery itself was low-stress and he took the time to personally check on me after I was home. I am thrilled about my new nose! It looks very natural and finally fits my face. Dr. Capone is a top- notch surgeon. Also, the office is very nice and his staff is very friendly and helpful. Wonderful experience overall!