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?

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 :)

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!

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

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

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.

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! :)

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 :)

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

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.

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
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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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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Hello Marie, very sorry for the late reply, i've been away so haven't been able to well wish anyone. Oooooh I hope you're okay now that its been a few weeks. How do you feel? It is soooo strange after isn't it, but my swelling was incredible, it was hardly there apart from a little bit of bruising, I was very very lucky. I wouldn't worry too much about eating, I felt funny at first, kind of like my teeth were wobbly but I think thats just the anesthetic still existing in your body and making you feel generally under the weather. Don't worry about the size of the nose, it is still swollen and what with the cast on, it can appear bigger. When I had mine done, I wasn't even sure he changed anything and was so upset i'd paid ALL that money but when I had the cast taken off, I was mesmerised and couldn't be more happy. How are you feeling now?? Have you any piccies??? I'm glad you've got great support- it's so very important when you've had any operation, especially something so delicate and on your face. xxx
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So glad to hear about and see your progress. Your nose looks great! Question: are you still swollen? Some people say you can be swollen for 6 months or more, which I'm not looking forward to...
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Nose is not swollen anymore, I have a follow up appointment next monday so hopefully.... everything is fine. I can feel a tiny bump on the beginning of the bridge but it isn't visable. It feels like bone but im not sure, it looks fab though so i am so happy with it.
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Your new nose looks amazing , I bet your so happy with it , Im getting rhinoplasty next week and was just wondering if there was anything you would recommend me getting , I've bought lots of DVDs a neck pillow and antiseptic cream so far xxx
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Hello Jill, very sorry for not replying, I was away for a while but am back now. How did your op go??? I bet you were so nervous, it is a very daunting process but worth it! How are you feeling? xxx
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Hi hope you ate healing well , my op was fine not half as bad as I thought pain wise , I'm just quite swollen at the miniute on the tip of my nose hoping that will go down quite quick :) xx
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Thanks for the update & new pic. Your nose looks beautiful...I am thrilled for you.
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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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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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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
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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
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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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Hi Katie , I just like to say your Nose is Amazing " Well done" its stunning.... I have Booked a consulation with Harley Hospital but im extremly Nervous about surgeon and i want to be 100% SURE he is the right one for me, looking at your Pic"s i am now in two minds wheether to go to Harley as the Surgeon who done you work seems excellent - can you give me some info on him please i hope you dont mind? also does it Hurt lol im such a baby - a lot of sleepless night with worry" iv wanted my nose done since i was 15 and now i finally built up the courage to go for it 14YRS LATER :s ,,, I hope you an help ... Take care xx
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Hey Jade! Thank you so much for the lovely words. I too, wanted it done since I was able to notice my appearance, didn't help when I started Judo either ( ;) ) You need to make sure you remember that it is YOUR nose and YOUR money so it is completely YOUR decision. No surgeon can push you or guide you into the surgery. My surgeon was excellent. Honest, Not pushy whatsoever and told me to research. He is also based at private hospitals around Kent and has a fantastic unit in which he works (Secretary, Nurses etc...) He is also registered under all BAAPS and everything else, so is a hard-worker and has a sense of humour, so easily put me to rest. He is lovely. Although I am so happy with my nose, I do wish my tip was slightly smaller but I think this is partly due to (and i'm sure everyone else can agree) the fact that for years and years and years I had an image in my mind and surgeons can only do so much to keep your own characteristics. I also have to remind myself that it was only a week and a couple of days ago that I had the surgery so the swelling will go down and it will get better. Also, it doesn't hurt whatsoever. It's just slightly awkward and a bit hard to breathe, I was MEGA surprised at how little it hurt. Hope I have been some help lovely. Oh and also, this might be my own opinion, but I went to lots of consultations before I chose John Davison, and I preferred the fact he was a consultant of his own practice than cosmetic surgery corporations. Just make sure you ask tonnes of questions, DO NOT feel pressurised, DO NOT feel rushed and do tonnes of research on particular surgeons. My surgeon, was fabulous :) xx
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Your new profile looks beautiful! Congratulations :)
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Thanks so much!!! xx
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The new nose is really cute! I've looked at a ton of pics on realself and was surprised to see people's noses change as the months went by, so yours has for sure still got some swelling. But it's cute even now!
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oooh thanks so much for the lovely comment. I keep noticing little changes which is fab though have a bit of a cold at the moment. The tip is still quite long but it is MUCH better than it was before :) xx
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Wow amazing results , it's making me exited for my surgery , hope I get results as good as urs xxx
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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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Yay!! thank you so much, it feels very weird because it is still so similar. I hope the tip gets a little smaller but I think it should do as the swelling will go down!! Thank you for your amazing support!!! Xxxx
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