Rhinoplasty and Chin Scheduled for February 10, 2012 - Baltimore, MD
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- updated 1 year ago
I am so thankful for these boards and the many...
- 23 Jan 2012
- 17 days pre
I am so thankful for these boards and the many reviews that helped guide me through this process! I am scheduled for primary rhinoplasty and chin lipo for February 10th with Dr. Boahene of Johns Hopkins. I cannot say enough about how wonderful this mans work is, how kind, understanding and patient he is and how impressed I am with his work, credentials and staff. I know he is the doctor for me and feel confident we are on the same page with regard to my expected result.
Initially when I consulted with Dr. Boahene I only had the intention of having rhinoplasty surgery. I am a very confident women who just wants to refine her existing nose. Dr. Boahene is excellent and highly sought after for all facial plastic surgery, but for me it was a lock when I saw what he does with those seeking what's called an ethnic rhinoplasty. It's important that your nose suit your face and your heritage and I expressed that immediately.
As an African American I dont want a cookie cutter nose and more terrifyingly nothing resembling a Jackson! We were instantly on the same page. I want my wide bridge narrowed slightly, and some tip definition. Dr. Boahene is not a fan of implants and prefers using septal cartilage to build up my bridge. Upon his examination of me during my consult, I have plenty of septal cartilage since this is my first and hopefully only rhinoplasty. as a backup he would use harvested cartilage or rib and ear.
He felt strongly that I will get my desired result. I saw pictures of patients with noses just like mine with amazing results. Dr. B is of course board certified and even writes the exam questions or those seeking board certification!
Anyway, I had a second consult with Dr B for 3D photo imaging it was then that I saw I have a little hang under my chin from the profile view! Lol I was like, who in the hell is that? We then discussed chin lipo because I figure why not knock it all out in one fell swoop! Plus, I have friends on this board who have undergone lipo under local and experienced extreme discomfort. My chin lipo will be performed at same time I'm under general while getting the rhino to eliminate that! My chin area requiring lipo is very small, I've honestly never noticed it, I rarely gawk at myself on profile view, but should be a nice added improvement.
Because I had not obsessed over chin lipo and had focused soley on all thing nose in terms of research, I had a 3rd consult with Dr. B. He has been wonderful throughout this entire process thus far and didn't make me feel rushed. I am methodical and wanted to research before committing to the additional surgery and he was more than accomodating. Answered my questions and showed me results.
I was terrified of having skin sticking to bone and oth things I read about chin lipo while researching. He explained that that happens when too much fat is removed and that he always leaves a layer of fat to prevent that. I'm not explaining it as eloquently as he did, but again, didn't want that being my result! I will be sure to post pics and updates as my date draws nearer. My nerves are everywhere simply because it's major surgery! Anyone having one through this, about to embark upon it with me or anyone else that can offer words of encouragement, pre and post op advice etc feel free to post. Thanks!
Surgery is tomorrow! Stomach in knots with...
- 9 Feb 2012
- 1 day pre
Returned home from surgery today around 3pm. My...
- 10 Feb 2012
- Day of treatment
highest calibre. From the receptionist up to Dr. Boahene.
I was taken to the bathroom one last time and then wheeled to the operating room. I walked over to the operating table and the anesthesiologist said I'm going to make you feel good. Within seconds, I said did you already give me something and she said yes. I do not recall anything else. I woke up tonthencharge nurse saying my name. It was truly a breeze. I was given diet pepsi to sip on. My throat was dry but no pain. The nurse wrapped up my chin and then put me in a chin bra to compress my chin lipo. No pain. I have a splint on my nose but no packing! Dr. Boahene typically doesn't have to use it. I am still breathing from my mouth however because of the drip gauze tapped to my face. The charge nurse gave me a percacet and I became sleepy pretty quickly. I was in recovery for about an hour and a half. The nurse brought my friend back then the nurse helped me get dressed and told my friend to go get her car. I was wheeled down and taken home.
I came home to 2 edible arrangement deliveries and flowers! My husband and daughter are now taking care of me. ( I didn't want him there so we had little disruption to our daughter plus my girlfriend is better at not looking worried so picked her over him ( haha) to come with me. My husband and daughter and friends have been great! I am not in any pain at all. I will take my percacet ( which I had filled prior) every 4 hours the first day and then only as needed. I have napped already and now understand that I will likely not sleep that well tonight. Very very congested and not loving the breathing thru mouth deal. I had a wonderful experience and am looking forward to my reveal. While changing my drip pad I was able to see my nostrils and the stitches in them. They were reduced slightly in size and look great already!!!! I will continue to update because I felt the more comprehensive reviews really helped me. I will also post pictures very soon as I found that helpful also. Tired so going to sign off for now. Throat is sore and congestion are my only issues and they are not so bad! I was also super prepared and that has made things so easy. I have iced my eyes every hour for 20 mns using my Swiss therapy eye mask (fab)
And took arnica montanta the day prior to surgery and for the next week as advised for with swelling and bruising. Take care all and thanks to those of you who have offered your
Prayers, thoughts and support. You have been a huge blessing!
Sorry for typos! iPad plus percacet not a good mix!
- 10 Feb 2012
- Day of treatment
So I am one day post op and it is a full 24 hours...
- 11 Feb 2012
- 1 day post
It's been 2 days since my surgery and I just...
- 12 Feb 2012
- 2 days post
Only new thing to report today is that my bruising...
- 13 Feb 2012
- 3 days post
Breathing and sleeping is better each day. I...
- 14 Feb 2012
- 4 days post
I am so happy! Dr. Boahene is THE MAN! Even with...
- 15 Feb 2012
- 5 days post
The removal of the stitches wasn't bad, the splints coming out of my nose was painful to me. It just felt so weird having something pulled from your nostrils! removing the cast wasn't horrible because he used some adhesive trick. I could tell it could have been worse! I am sooooooo happy! I will post pics by the end of the week. My skin that was covered by the cast is a hot mess! I couldn't believe had blotchy it was, but boy oh boy is my result worth it! So happy and so impressed with my doctor and His entire staff!
Anyone reading this for the chin lipo portion...
- 15 Feb 2012
- 5 days post
Hoping to post pics by Saturday. I am doing great...
- 17 Feb 2012
- 7 days post
The only thing I'm dealing with now is the crusty nose issue! Yuk! I am constantly cleaning it and putting the saline solution in which does help in breaking down the gunk, but man when will this stop. My nose feels so gross. I am constantly worrying that something is hanging out of it! I know this is perfectly normal but didn't realize I would struggle most with this! If anyone has any suggestions or can offer any insight to when the crustiness will subside I would appreciate seeing light at the end of this crusty dry booger filled tunnel! Help!
Wanted to post my pics. Dumb question, but how? I...
- 18 Feb 2012
- 8 days post
Figured out pictures! Crusty nose issue much...
- 18 Feb 2012
- 8 days post
Exactly 2 weeks post op today and nose looks alot...
- 24 Feb 2012
- 14 days post
Dr. Boahene is an artist. I found him perfect in every way for me. From our first meeting to the operating table, he remained the same stable cool headed, collected professional. His reputation is excellent and I will tell anyone considering rhinoplasty to see him. He is a humble man with a rare talent. I am so pleased with my result and my choice of Dr. Boahene. I couldn't be happier!