Septoplasty/rhinoplasty, 2 weeks post-surgery - Calgary, AB
- updated 8 months ago
A common theme for those that are considering/have...
- 13 Mar 2013
- 26 days pre
A common theme for those that are considering/have had rhinoplasty is having thought about it for a very long time. It has been over 10 years for me at least. Aesthetically, my nose is noticeably crooked (from the front view), and has a fairly large bump on it. I've never been comfortable having photos taken, even on my wedding day (thanks to a great photographer, those turned out well, lol). The septum (inside my nose) is twisted so far that it is blocking a good portion of one side.
That is all going to change next month. I definitely feel a little nervous, but I would say that I am much more excited about the final result than anything else. I'm also really thankful that I found this site, with so many amazing people on it who've shared their experiences and stories. It has prepared me for what to expect leading up to the surgery and afterwards. THANK YOU!
Well, just over a week until my surgery, so I...
- 31 Mar 2013
- 9 days pre
Thought I would upload a pic of my post surgery...
- 4 Apr 2013
- 5 days pre
-Gravol (generic, 50 mg Dimenhydrinate tablets)
-Dry shampoo (as I understand washing your hair with water isn't recommended for several days after surgery)
-Polysporin ointment (or generic antiseptic/antibacterial ointment)
-Saline solution sinus rinse (I like the NeilMed sinus rinse, reusable bottles and salt packets included. Don't use tap water! You'll need to boil water and let it cool for use with this rinse. It works great when you have a sinus cold too, double packs are available at Costco.)
-Arnica gel for topical application on bruised areas (Traumeel gel bought at the health food store)
-Paper tape (my surgeon had me commit to wearing paper tape on my nose every single night for a year to help with the healing process, lol, I'm going to need a lot more than one roll!)
-Facial wipes (I understand from reading other's experiences that the face can get really greasy and acne can come on easily after surgery)
-Bottle of witch hazel (a natural astringent for the facial skin)
-Benadryl (or generic, 50mg diphenhydramine hydrochloride)
-Gauze pads to be used as drip pads after surgery
***Disclaimer: The medications/supplements were prescribed for me. Always follow the directions provided to you by your surgeon or doctor for post-recovery medications, supplements, and procedures. Everyone is different.
I made it through, but have been having a tough...
- 13 Apr 2013
- 4 days post
As far as discomfort, it is pretty accurate to say that it basically feels like the worst sinus cold you've every had. I have been unable to take the Tylenol 3 for pain management; I tried half of one and fainted, and this occurred on day 3 post surgery. My throat has been so sore from the breathing tube being in there that I can barely eat anything. Tea with honey seems to be providing some relief now. Crushed ice is good too, but only soothes for a very short time. Any food that is salty or acidic burns and dairy isn't recommended due to the mucus that it produces.
I'm sure that everything will continue to improve, but it is really hard for me right now. I will post pictures so that you can see how the bruising and swelling has been going, it is gradually moving down my face. Any suggestions people have for good post-surgery foods would be appreciated, along with suggestions for how to set yourself up comfortably to sleep.
It has been about a week and a half since my last...
- 23 Apr 2013
- 14 days post
I selected Dr. Kristina Zakhary to perform the procedure because she specializes in facial plastic surgery. I feel very comfortable with her skill level as a doctor and surgeon working on a challenging nose (mine), as well as with her personable manner. She is great to talk with, she listens, and explains the procedure, risks, and outcomes in detail. She welcomes any questions or concerns you may have. Her staff are sensitive and very courteous. You can expect to receive reminder messages so that appointments are confirmed and re-confirmed. Kelsey is one of her patient care coordinators and is always very friendly and supportive. All of the surgical staff at the hospital were amazing, Erin, Kelsey, and Juby, and the anaesthesiologist (cannot remember his name!) From my experience, Dr. Zakhary has a thriving and well-managed practice. I would strongly recommend her to others looking to have rhinoplasty surgery.