Rhinoplasty Booked- VERY Nervous - Canterbury, Kent UK

Saturday 29th 2012: I have been feeling very...

Saturday 29th 2012: I have been feeling very nervous about my surgery which is booked with Dr John Davison of BMI Chaucer Canterbury Hospital in kent. I have been thinking of this since I was a child but ever since I booked it, i've felt so nervous and even started to LIKE my nose because I am scared it'll change my appearance as a whole. Is this common? I love my front profile but hate my side profile. I know I am an attractive girl, well, I have never had a problem getting boyfriends or making friends but this is something that has bothered me since I was a child. I don't want a huge change, just a smaller, prettier and gentler nose that goes with my face, but am starting to think maybe the nose I already have goes with my face. It is really hard to say because I have saved so hard for this and wanted it done for so long. Does anyone usually have this feeling?

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I felt the same thing once I set the surgery date & I strongly considered backing out of it myself, mostly because people close to me didn't like the idea because it would "change" me & I found myself second guessing, but I'm glad I did it. It seems like you really want it so I would say go for it! it's a big decision, sure, but one of the things that helped me stick with it was that I knew I would regret it the rest of my life if I didn't do it. The feelings you have are completely normal, but if you really don't like your nose & you picked a good surgeon, I'm sure you won't regret your decision. I think you're very pretty already, surgery or not, but overall it's how you feel about yourself. Do what you feel will make you happy :)
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Today was my pre-assesment, I had my bloods and...

Today was my pre-assesment, I had my bloods and urine taken and discussed the overall process, I also paid for the surgery today which was nail-biting. I've never spent over 4k on anything..!! Looked strange as I put my pin in and a bit scary. All my hard saved money gone... Just like that so I really hope this is worth it. Surgery is in three days time (7:30am on Thuresday morning) I am so scared but am just crossing my fingers really. The lady who took my bloods told me that I have to wear green tights to prevent DVT for a week and make sure I get as much exercise as possible so i'm sure i'll be up and about cleaning the house and generally doing something that requires exercise, just don't want to over do myself. I am feeling a little bit more relaxed about it now. I've paid for it now, so nooooo choice for me now :)

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Hi Katie! I know that feeling. Just days before my surgery I started doubting if my nose was actually THAT bad... and then I would look at bad pictures of me to reassure this was something I had really wanted for a long time :) Remember, you're doing it for yourself, not to get friends or a boyfriend :) You are a really pretty girl already and I'm sure after your surgery you'll feel even better about yourself. A good doctor would never change your face as a whole, but will make subtle changes that will make your appearence better. Maybe people won't even notice a difference if you don't mention it since it's not the details (in this case the nose) people pay attention to, it's the face as a whole. I know it's scary to pay so much money for something you can't see in advance. I felt the same way, but I like to think of this as an investment. In the long run the money is not too much to pay for not having to obsess over your nose everyday. Good luck on your big day! I hope everything goes well :) xx
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Hello AnnBe. Many thanks for the lovely message, this really made me smile and found myself nodding to every word. It is amazing how much we all have in common just from one insecurity. I bet you are so happy you had yours done... I am so looking forward on putting my fringe back and going out like that, I NEVER do that, so this should hopefully be nice for me :) I hope he makes subtle differences that make my face less about my nose and more about my face as a whole, my nose was just a little too big for my face. I totally get what you mean about paying for something you cannot see in advance, it is very strange handing over 4k and not being given something there and then, awful lot of money for something so personal and nerve wracking as this... Thank you so much though, I will be straight on here with updates xxx
Hey Katie, I know exactly how you feel, my surgery is booked also and sometimes I have doubts and start liking my nose sometimes...I think its because the surgery causes a lot of stress and I wish I didn't have to go through it to get a nice nose. But as little Robin said, I know that if I wouldn't do it out of fear, I would regret it for the rest of my life. I think its normal to feel this way, I wish you all the best of luck. I have a similar nose to yours and I understand the insecurity. You are already pretty so I'm sure it will look great. Good luck :)
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So in less than 8 hours I shall be at the hospital...

So in less than 8 hours I shall be at the hospital having my surgery and am feeling strangely fine... I reckon i'll be a bag of nerves before but it is hopefully all going to be okay and I can just relax :) I had a nice chinese this evening and that cheered me up bucket loads... It is so strange going to bed with one nose and waking up tomorrow basically with another. Still, this has been wished for such a long time I am just so nervous that it all goes wrong and I end up looking dreadful (surely not right?) eeeek!

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Your surgery is today!!! Good luck, stay positive and I'm sure you will look great! xo
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Big day today! Good luck!! I had my nose job in 2004, it was the best thing I ever did. It was on NHS though, so it is not cosmetically how I want it, so I have my revision rhinoplasty booked in on 4th November this year at Transform in Manchester - can't wait!! Don't worry that you will look dreadful, the chances are so so small - if the worst bits to you are improved or even better GONE, then you can't lose really. You will just look different when you first see it, but other people probably won't even notice. This was a bit disappointing to me lol. I remember looking for faults immediately, but even though there are some to me, overall, it was just great the big reveal! Relax and enjoy it x x x
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Good luck! Hope all goes well. Just came home from my surgery today, so far I feel pretty good. No pain, just a bit of discomfort. It will be over before you know it, literally. Take care
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Well today was the day, I got to the hospital...

Well today was the day, I got to the hospital about 7:30 and didn't feel very nervous at all just a bit "eeeek" I met my surgeon briefly and then my anaesthetist came in and was really nice. I then waited half an hour killing time watching Top Gear and then the anaesthetist assistant came in to take me down to surgery. Going down the hallway was like the most nerve wracking thing ever and when I got to the little surgery for my anaesthetic and they put the little needle in and then the start of the anaesthetic, it was quite strange, a little cold and then it went blurry then next thing I know I woke up totally and absolutely dazed and the first thing I noticed was that swallowing was like swallowing sawdust, it was terribly dry. I asked the nurse who woke me up by gently shaking me and saying "Katie.. Katie" to put the bins out and then close the curtains. (hehe) Because i'm so little, the amount of anaesthetic had me sleeping for an hour and a half AFTER my surgery. I am now a little bit swollen, cannot breathe and a bit bloody. I have no idea what it looks like and am really scared about the final outcome. I do have to say I am SOOOO in awe at the amazing community here and when I feel a tad better, I shall reply to those who left me such kind messages. I am going to have myself a little bit of food and then have an early night. Tomorrow I have the packs removed :) x

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Holy geez girl! even with the cast on it looks great, I'm so excited for you!
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You were right, literally over before I knew it :) thank you very much for the kind words and I am so glad your okay from your surgery, bet you are feeling like me right now, a little congested and a bit itchy from the tape :) Xxx
Thank you so very much for the lovely words, it feels so strange, I keep thinking my nose is the same as it was before, I am scared I have a slopey like nose but I still have the bandages on so can't reeeally tell, but he has managed to lift the tip but keep it relatively similar which I did want :) you look amazing by the way, you have a very gorgeous face :) I do hope your revision goes well xxx

I had the packs removed yesterday and boy OH boy...

I had the packs removed yesterday and boy OH boy was it good to breathe! I think the packs were by far the most annoying thing because it made my tongue feel like snakeskin. It's so strange, even though I read so much about the op I really didn't think about the after-effects and how I might feel. I am a bit congested though and have taken to putting a bit of loo roll in my nostril as the bandages are a bit hot after a while and makes me feel a bit strange and I get this drippy blood like substance seep through a little which bugs me a lot! I can't believe i've had the surgery done, I am reminded every time I look in the mirror and am getting more and more excited to see the result :) I went to bed feeling good last night but woke up thinking I had gangrene! (weird dream) and also was a bit more swollen, luckily, after getting up, having a warm bath and doing my hair (and putting a bit of cold cans of coke gently around the swelling) I feel a bit better. I have uploaded some more pics today! Thank you all for being so lovely and welcoming and reassuring to me. Xx

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Looks like its gonna be fab , can tell a difference already x
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So far, so good for you! It looks like the new nose will be adorable. Hang in there with the annoying bandages. This week will be over before you know it.
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agreed! looks like your surgeon did a great job!
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The bruising has started to go a little bit yellow...

The bruising has started to go a little bit yellow now which is good because the bruising is healing. I washed my hair today which was a challenge in itself :) there is still quite a bit of nasal fluid, blood, perhaps a little pus and mucus but this isn't that that bad, just a little bit of loo roll up there helps it a bit. I really want to scratch as the cast and tape is soooooo itchy but it isn't that awful. One thing people keep saying to me is "I hope you are happy now." The issue is, I wasn't unhappy to start with, I am naturally very confident but this is something I have always wanted because being 5ft and having a big nose just seems unfair and more highlighted. I don't think it'll change me that much apart from the fact (if it looks nice) I can wear a ponytail without a fringe without feeling like a huge knocker is going to scare someone.

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Hi Katie! I read your comments and I can totally relate to your experiences. I am also small and have always felt self-conscious about the size of my nose. I just never felt like it "fit" me. After years of indecision and always thinking about it in the back of my mind, I've decided to go ahead with the surgery. It is booked for November and I am already so nervous! I keep thinking that maybe I don't really "need" it and that my nose isn't that bad (sort of what you were thinking as well pre-surgery). I am doubting my choice. However, I keep reminding myself that I've thought about this for years so it's not some silly, impulsive thing. It's really something I've wanted for years and now that I am finally working and more mature to make an informed decision, it feels to me to be the right time. How is the recovery going? You look GREAT! I am so excited for you and can't wait to see more pictures. xx
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Ah I totally feel you about being small and having your nose overpower your look... I too am so excited to rock a ponytail without being self conscious. Seems like you really did this for the right reasons, you seem very down to earth about the whole surgery which is refreshing because often people just don't get it! Thanks for sharing, looks GREAT already xo
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Cast finally comes off tomorrow which couldn't...

Cast finally comes off tomorrow which couldn't make me more happy to get this blasted thing off now..!! I found myself picking the inside of my nose yesterday totally uncalled for but it was really bugging me and a little scab came off but since then it has been slightly more damp, like nasal drip but a tiny bit orangey where I guess the blood is mixing (sorry to be gross but it's best to record everything.) I hope it is just me healing. I am slightly concerned that after my op I have had nothing at all from my surgeon, not even to be told how to clean it or anything.... Is this normal? I'm seeing him tomorrow so can ask all of these Qs then! :)

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Hi! I am loving reading about your progress and the healing process. Well done on being so positive throughout. I hope tomorrow doctor appointment and the big reveal goes beautifully. I can't wait to find out too!! :)
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Cast has come off!!! The bruising looks alright...

Cast has come off!!! The bruising looks alright and not tooooooooo much swelling, a bit but not too much, but this will obviously heal in time :) I am happy with the result and knowing it will get a bit smaller is lovely. The tip isn't AS small as I'd hoped for and it looks pretty much the same as it did previously, but I think this is the swelling being a bit devious. I'm going to make sure these next couple of months I just remember the swelling will go down and it will look nice and petite. I even gave my surgeon a cuddle :) ...oh AND new photo for you lovely readers :)

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Yay!!! It's realllly cute!!! So happy for you, what a success! Swelling will go down with time... Think of it as a slower adjustment to that perfect nose xoxox congrats :)
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Dear Katie, Can you please send me an email to k****@yahoo.com....I have questions because I want to do nose surgery as well and don't want to post things only. Thank you so much. My name is Maria

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Congrats, Katie! You were worried about having a super slopey nose, but I think the new shape is really gorgeous. Very well-done and natural looking!
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Check out the before and after photo I have. 1...

Check out the before and after photo I have. 1 whole week since my surgery. Bruising has gone down significantly but still there and the swelling is still obvious but not by photograph. Xx

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Hi Katie! How are you? Haven't heard from you in a while and just wanted to see how you are recovering. I hope all is well! Has your nose changed at all since the cast was first taken off? What was the response you got from family and friends? Did any of your coworkers say anything? That is something I'm kind of concerned about... I'm worried it'll be awkward when I return to work and look different. I heard most people won't notice a difference since they usually don't pay attention to just one small detail of your face. I hope that is the case! Anyway, my surgery is coming up in 4 weeks! Nervous but also getting very excited. Hope to hear from you soon!
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your nose looks great! !
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Hiya Katie, Thank you so Much for your reply Its helped a lot " Think i will have some Much Needed sleep tonight hehe" I'm going to Contact John Davison today to see if i can have a consulatation asap as his work looks amazing , I will also follow your advise in reseach will defo need to be 100% ... and for the tip on your Nose im sure the sweeing will go down soon but my opinion its perfect i hope my results are just like yours :) !!!I will keep you posted to let you know what surgoen i have picked - Please be warned once i have a date set i will be bombarding you with Posts lol for reassurence - I will keep you posted, speak to you soon and again Thank you so Much :) Take Care xx
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It has now been 3 weeks since my surgery and I...

It has now been 3 weeks since my surgery and I feel great... It is quite strange how not many people have noticed too much of a difference even though there IS a big difference, I guess it really means that people don't focus too much on your nose and more of you as an overall. It is a very personal choice and having it done should only be done for you and nobody else. I haven't got used to it, or if I have I have just accepted it already and don't really think of it. It is still swollen and a bit lumpy around the side and the top but it is clear I no longer have a bump. The tip is still quite big I think, bigger than I wanted but am hoping that because it still feels quite hard that it is because that is the swelling.

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It has now been 3 weeks since my surgery and I feel great... It is quite strange how not many people have noticed too much of a difference even though there IS a big difference, I guess it really means that people don't focus too much on your nose and more of you as an overall. It is a very personal choice and having it done should only be done for you and nobody else. I haven't got used to it, or if I have I have just accepted it already and don't really think of it. It is still swollen and a bit lumpy around the side and the top but it is clear I no longer have a bump. The tip is still quite big I think, bigger than I wanted but am hoping that because it still feels quite hard that it is because that is the swelling.
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Hello Marie!! Sorry I haven't been on here much, work has been hecticly busy and haven't managed to come on. Everything looks great still and my breathing has definitely improved. There is still swelling and the tip is still quite large but it is much better than it originally was. Been three weeks since my surgery and I feel great. It looks quite samey which is good (I guess) because it has kept my character. I tell you what the strange thing is... It is kind of like you haven't noticed much unless you look in the mirror, which is verrrry weird! Ooooh 4 weeks to go, you must be SO excited :) don't worry about work people though, they will notice a nice difference but it'll blend in perfectly and they'll get used to it. :) xxx
Hello Marie!! Sorry I haven't been on here much, work has been hecticly busy and haven't managed to come on. Everything looks great still and my breathing has definitely improved. There is still swelling and the tip is still quite large but it is much better than it originally was. Been three weeks since my surgery and I feel great. It looks quite samey which is good (I guess) because it has kept my character. I tell you what the strange thing is... It is kind of like you haven't noticed much unless you look in the mirror, which is verrrry weird! Ooooh 4 weeks to go, you must be SO excited :) don't worry about work people though, they will notice a nice difference but it'll blend in perfectly and they'll get used to it. :) xxx

So it has been one month and one week after...

So it has been one month and one week after surgery and I am so happy with my nose. It hasn't changed my appearence at all which is very weird, but everything looks softer :)

I am not used to it yet and still feel i have a big nose but am reasured when I touch it. Hope everyone is doing well and have uploaded a new pic now!! :)

xx

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Looks amazing! I really want to get my nose done. It's been something I've wanted since school because I used to get picked on a little bit about it. So you can get it done at Canterbury hospital? And how much was it? This has given more guts to go get it done.
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Wow you look amazing, I love your new nose! How is your recovery going? That was a big change, you look gorgeous!!
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Hi! How are things going with you? Thanks for your last update. You are many weeks now post-op. Has the swelling gone down? Any other changes? I am now at day 5 post-op and finally coming around now. I had my hump removed from my bridge and cartilage around my bulbous tip reduced, but the actual tip was not turned up/rotated etc. I got SO swollen! My eyes especially got so puffy and I couldn't wear my contacts for the first few days so that was kind of limiting. I got bruising but not as bad as I expected. The bruising I did get is now fading and it's yellow, which is a good sign. The first few days felt like they were moving in slow motion. I slept a lot and just tried to take it easy. It's been hard though because anytime I talk or do little things around the house I feel like I'm exerting myself and that I need to lay down. I've been trying to eat soft foods but it's hard. I'm worried that I'm moving my mouth too much. I also was watching funny Youtube videos last night and laughed several times which I've heard isn't great for the nose. ALso, I keep looking in the mirror thinking my nose looks big still! I'm looking at my tip area and it looks enlarged but I'm really hoping it's just the swelling. I just want to be assured that I made the right decision. DId you ever feel that way too? Oh well... anyway, just wanted to touch base. It's nice to feel that there's a sense of community on this site because it can be a weird, uncertain time! I am lucky though my family has been taking good care of me. I am hoping it all works out.
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Dr John Davison.

After care was given 4 stars purely because I felt I could have been giving more info about what to expect AFTER surgery by the nurses. Other than that, everything was brilliant.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
3 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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