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Cast Off! Dorsal Rhinoplasty - MN
- posted 11 months ago
- updated 9 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $4,145
- Kurtis Waters (Baxter, MN)
I have been aware of my nose shape ever since...
- 26 Jun 2012
- 2 months pre
I have been aware of my nose shape ever since about seventh grade when my nose started changing. I inherited my dad's nose (thanks, Dad!) which consists of a dorsal hump with a slightly drooping tip when smiling. I honestly love how my nose looks from the front, but looking at pictures of me in 3/4 or profile view makes me squirm! Rhinoplasty has been crossing my mind from time to time ever since I realized that real people had their noses surgically altered, and not just celebrities (about 15 years old). I am now 23 years old and have about twice as much in my savings account as I'll need for the surgery, so I figured now is the time to make my dream a reality. I am starting a teaching job at the end of August, so doing the surgery before my students and colleagues know what I look like is going to be a great timing opportunity. I have spent the last 3 months researching in depth. I scheduled my consultation in the middle of May and the soonest I could get in was today (June 26th). I ended up scheduling my surgery today for August 8 after the consultation.
My surgeon is a very down-to-earth, easy to talk to, and honest doctor. He answered my NUMEROUS questions in depth and took over an hour with me to go over everything with me. I also like that he is relatively conservative in his aesthetics. He really wants each patient to have a natural looking nose that fits their face, body type, and even height! My procedure will be a dorsal rhinoplasty, meaning only bridge work. I was happy to find out that he does not anticipate having to break the bones around my nose - he believes that my hump is small enough to be removed by cutting and rasping the hump itself through a closed procedure. He also doesn't think my tip needs to be messed with - which I fully agree with. I am very happy with the shape and angle of my tip. The one solution that we came up with to address the drooping while smiling is cutting a nasal depressor muscle, so hopefully that will help at least a bit. Has anyone had experience with this?? I wouldn't mind if it doesn't work though - I would much rather have a slightly dropping tip than a pig nose!
My surgeon is located about 2 hours from my house. I actually live in a bigger city than where I am traveling to have the surgery. There are 4-5 surgeons in my city that do rhinoplasties, but they are either ENTs (meaning more structural than cosmetic in my eyes) or full body plastic surgeons. Although my rhinoplasty is relatively simple on the complexity scale I really wanted someone who I trusted. My surgeon is a facial plastic surgeon who has been doing about 1 septo or rhino per week for 15 years. I thought it was very important to find a FACIAL plastic surgeon. Since he is located in a more "rural" setting it is also less expensive than going to someone in my town. Does anybody have experience or advice for traveling? I am a little nervous about it, even though it is only 2 hours away.
I'll add photos once my PS emails me them!
5 weeks until surgery! Here is a list of things...
- 3 Jul 2012
- 1 month pre
Here is a list of things I have or am planning to buy for my recovery process:
-fresh pineapple (supposedly helps with swelling)
-Arnica cream AND tablets - I bruise very easily so I hope this helps
-rubber gloves and frozen peas
- Vitamin C (500mg). I have already started taking this once a day, but once I am two weeks out I am going to start taking twice a day per instructions of my PS. Vitamin C is needed for wound healing. After surgery I am going to continue taking 2x a day for about 2 weeks as well.
-Qtips and hydrogen peroxide
-Ocean or NA-SAL spray
-Naked smoothies (YUM!) Hopefully I'll find one with lots of pineapple in it!
-U-shaped travel pillow
-Valium and other prescriptions
-Tons of books, magazines, and of course, Netflix!
-Laptop tray. My laptop gets so hot on my lap, and with school starting only 2 weeks after my surgery I will be doing lots of planning hopefully!
Am I missing anything from the list? I am definitely a planner, so I have tried to think everything through and I'm sure I will have everything purchased waaay earlier than I need to!
4 weeks and counting! I have started thinking of...
- 11 Jul 2012
- 28 days pre
Today I had my pre-op appointment with my primary...
- 23 Jul 2012
- 16 days pre
I have a question for all of you that have had surgery: How long after surgery do you think it's safe to start shopping for glasses? My insurance starts coverage on September 1st. There is an awesome sale at LensCrafters that ends on September 9th. I don't want to pick out my glasses before my surgery because my hump always keeps glasses on my face, which is maybe the only benefit of having a hump! That will change after the surgery. I am worried about trying on glasses while I still have swelling because they may not fit after the swelling subsides. Do you think I should wait longer or just risk it? I would be saving a lot of money!
Well, I only have a week and a day to go after...
- 30 Jul 2012
- 9 days pre
Now the next step is for the surgery center to call me to get my medical history 2-3 days before. I will get my surgery time the day before. I am hoping for a very early time. I don't do well without eating/drinking anything, plus I would like to get a hotel the night before so I can just relax and not have to worry about getting up super early to drive 2 hours.
(Just an FYI, since there are no captions anymore (why is that anyways?!) the first 3 photos I have are befores and the fourth one is a simulation done by my PS. I will only be getting bridge work.)
Only THREE days to go! I can't believe it is...
- 5 Aug 2012
- 3 days pre
Nerves have finally set in. I have faith that my surgeon will give me a good result and the surgery will go smoothly, but I am still nervous. I think it's a normal emotion to have though! I am planning on going grocery shopping tomorrow to get some Naked smoothies, Ensure, pineapple, and frozen peas. I already have all my meds - but planning on just taking extra strength Tylenol for pain since I get bad reactions to prescription pain meds. I have arnica pills and cream. I feel ready!
Well, tomorrow is the big day! My check-in time at...
- 7 Aug 2012
- 1 day pre
Just a side-note: I started taking Arnica pills yesterday. 2 tablets, 4 times a day. I have the Hyland brand 30x dilution and I have to say that I can tell it works already! I had a HUGE bruise on my leg that was taking a long time to fade. I woke up this morning and it is almost gone! I hope it works on my face bruising just as well.
I'll try to update tomorrow after surgery. Thanks everyone for all the support and encouragement! I love this site!
I had my surgery today! And it went WAY better...
- 8 Aug 2012
- On day of treatment
I was brought back to the operating room at 9:15. I was very surprised at how fast everything moved, especially since I have had foot surgery before and had a 3-4 hour wait time between checking in an being brought to the OR. I laid down on the table and the prep team got to work right away with hooking me up to things. Then I asked my anesthesiologist when I would be falling asleep and he said in a few seconds. I remember staring at the ceiling thinking I was going to try to stay awake for as long as I could and within 15 seconds I was out! :) I woke up in the recovery room around 11:30. My actual surgery went from 9:30-10:20.
Here's the kicker: I felt totally normal. I did tell the recovery room nurse that my pain was a 7 on a 1-10 scale when I was still loopy before 11:30, but once I moved into another recovery room I felt great! It's strange because I have had anesthesia twice before (and not general) and it took me HOURS to feel not drunk anymore. Not this time! The car ride went great (2 hours). At home I feel great...I just took 2 extra strength Tylenol for pain as the local anesthetic is beginning to wear off. I have been drinking lots of water, took Arnica twice since surgery and ate a small dinner of hot dish and raw broccoli. It's a little strange feeling to eat, but doesn't hurt. I'm hoping that day 2 and 3 don't kick my ass, as I hear that can often be the case :/ But for now, AWESOME! I'm surprised because I haven't slept one wink since recovery around 11:30am. I'm just not tired! I'm icing every hour for 20 min. and I just rest my eyes then but don't actually drift off. The 20 minutes icing feels like 2 hours because it's so booooring.
AAAAANNND I LOVE MY PROFILE ALREADY! I love the cast they gave me because it has breathable holes and is small and thin, but still hard and protective. They heated it and molded it to my nose. I can see that my hump is completely gone! I only have an incision in my left nostril, so I'm noticing most of my bruising to be on my left side. I can tell it's going to be bad! It definitely looks worse than it feels like most people say. I can even breathe through my nose through my drip pad! Breathing has been clear since surgery and is about 9 hours later now. If you are getting a rhinoplasty and are scared, DON'T BE!
Day 2: Slept through the night last night only...
- 9 Aug 2012
- 1 day post
Slept through the night last night only waking up once. I slept in a recliner. The only pain I woke up with is a stiff neck from sleeping in a chair. I woke up with 0 pain and I was breathing through my nose. I took Tylenol this morning just in case. I am noticing that swelling and bruising today are slightly worse than yesterday. I am so surprised how easy this recovery is for me after reading other stories on here! I have been eating normal foods with no nausea (thanks to my patch I think) and haven't had any nausea yet. WHOOHOO! I am noticing that my tip looks a bit upturned, but I know that is due to swelling and probably having my drip pad on all day yesterday. No need for a drip pad today! When I woke up I sprayed each nostril 4 times with Ocean spray and then applied Bacitracin with a q-tip...that part didn't feel the greatest. Overall I am happy I did this so far! I can't wait to see my results and I hope I am happy with them.
Day 3: I woke up this morning unable to breathe...
- 10 Aug 2012
- 2 days post
I woke up this morning unable to breathe though my nostrils, so my mouth and throat were feeling pretty dry. I sprayed my nose with saline solution and applied Bacitracin to try to clean it out. I can now breathe a little out of my nose. My bruising under my eyes is already beginning to fade - a testament to the miracle of Arnica tablets! I am a little puffy today, but nothing too crazy.
This whole thing has just felt like a head cold. No pain to speak of. I am not even taking Tylenol anymore. It does feel a little strange to have a cast on my nose, but it just feels like a bit of pressure when I eat or talk. I am very happily surprised, as I was expecting to feel like crap this week. I am now working on school stuff and feel like I could go out to do something by tomorrow if I didn't still have my cast on. I go back on Tuesday at 10:30 to get this cast off!
Not much to update...I get my cast off on Tuesday....
- 12 Aug 2012
- 4 days post
Recovery has been a breeze. I think this is even better than having a cold. I am feeling like myself now on Day 5 and feel like I could do anything, but I'm still taking it easy. I uploaded 2 pics from today.
I just noticed that in my photos my nostrils look...
- 12 Aug 2012
- 4 days post
In the car on the way home and I am THRILLED. I...
- 14 Aug 2012
- 6 days post
CAST REMOVAL DAY! I have very little swelling and...
- 14 Aug 2012
- 6 days post
I have very little swelling and still a little bit of bruising, but I think Dr. Waters was even surprised by how good I look today. I am breathing clearly through my nose and still don't have any pain. Cast removal was a bit uncomfortable, but nothing too crazy. When he handed me the mirror I was in shock. No more bump! And I am not very swollen either. My tip I can tell is holding some swelling, but my bridge feels pretty normal. My nose looks smaller and it will just continue to shrink as the "swelling" goes down. I feel so beautiful and confident now. After the cast removal my mom and I went out to lunch and I purposely positioned myself so others in the restaurant would see me profile :) Before I would have been conscious of where I sat and who could see my profile.
I got home and tried to wash my face. My nose is extremely tender to the touch and still sticky and flaky from the steri-strips. But no breakouts or blackheads, which was a huge surprise since I struggle with acne. I then put on some makeup and started running errands. My life feels totally back to normal now.
Let me just say that if you are in the state of MN and are looking for a good facial PS Dr. Waters is your guy! I had such a good experience from scheduling my initial consultation up to my post-op appointment today. His surgery consultant, Sheila has been a dream to work with. She is so helpful and caring, and even booked my hotel stay the night before surgery and got us a special rate. PM me if you have any questions!
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