Open rhinoplasty and septomplasty with removal of hump

I have waited a very long time for this surgery I...

I have waited a very long time for this surgery I can remember being 13 years old and people making comments about my nose and feeling like if I walked with my head turned a certain way or always kept my hair down no one would notice how big my nose was. Maybe if I kept a long bang it was distract from my nose?!


Well... About 2 years ago I started my search for a surgeon however the money wasnt right. This year I started again bc my money was together. I met with 5 surgeons in the area and finally decided on dr. Chernoff. I felt that he spent the most time and took the most interest in me he also made his and his office assistant Dana's email available to me. They were very punctual and informative. I felt very comfortable as I booked my surgery.

April 1:
Today I had a lot of pain in my tip and in the bridge of my nose. I called the office and I was in and out in an hour. Dr. Chernoff and his nurse met with me and removed my stitches and applied new sutures. They also inspected the healing inside and outside my nose. They were very attentive. The nurse seems very cold however she is excellent at her job and very observant and attentive. She called in a script for me and I picked it up on my way home. I am feeling much better this evening.

April 2: today has been somewhat better ran some...

April 2: today has been somewhat better ran some errands and took my 5 year old son bowling. Today my stitches are bugging me. Unfortunately not much I can do about that because they are the disolvable ones. I accidentally bumped my nose with my hand today and it bled a little bit but nothing too horrible. I also started taking some bromelain today it is supposed to help with swelling. I'm hoping that it will help for when chernoff takes off my cast Friday. I keep trying to decide about my bridge I'm thinking he didn't narrow it at all. I've been driving everyone crazy taking pictures and obsessing about my nose. Guess we will see if I'm happy Friday :-/

April 3: still having a little bit of pain but the...

April 3: still having a little bit of pain but the ultrum was actually sufficient in curing that pain today. I'm currently taking my last day of keflex and still taking an iron pill, multivitamin and bromelain. Went to get some Chinese food today besides that think I'm just going to sit on the couch and watch movies. I've been kind of depressed this week. I'm hoping that changes when my cast comes off and I go back to work Friday. :-/

I've been reading a lot of other people's blogs...

I've been reading a lot of other people's blogs and comments today and everyone seems to be saying that they barely had any pain or that it was only a couple days! I am 8.5 days post op and still hurting not as bad but still having pain. Perhaps it's because of how much damage had to be fixed during my rhinoplasty/septoplasty.

April 4: Well I just woke up well for the 5th...

April 4:
Well I just woke up well for the 5th time. I spent the majority of my night in cold sweats and tossing and turning having nightmares. I'm worried about going back to work and my nose bleeding there or starting to run and I can't do anything about it or my stitches inside my nose showing. My job concentrates a lot on looks and I have got to make some money this weekend seeing how my cushion fund for this surgery is almost depleted.
I also keep having nightmares that my bridges is too wide or my nose still looks big on my face or I bump it and work and break it again. I'm freaking out that it's not going to be what I want or look good on my face. I've wanted this for so long that I just don't want it to be messed up. I'm have half a mind to prep myself for it to be bad that way if it slightly off to what I wanted I won't be upset. I also keep thinking how strange it'd going to be to go back to work when all the girls I work with new I was going to get my nose done. Usually it's boobs that get done At my job so I've had a lot of people on my Facebook asking me questions. :-/ ugh stress levels high today and I'm rambling off to cook my son breakfast and maybe go to the gym,

Well got my heart rate going pretty good for about...

Well got my heart rate going pretty good for about 10-15 minutes and no nose bleeds I kind if felt like my nose was throbbing tho but it doesn't appear swollen. But i did notice that i probably should have done something physical before today bc i can tell work is gonna kill me tomorrow. so the next thing is probably tmi but chance are if your reading this you been thru it. I've been feeling a little congested and like I couldn't breath since yesterday so I used my Nettie pot squirt bottle thing that I've been boycotting since it was making the water go in my nose and out my mouth and that thoroughly discusted me. Well I gave it another go and woo hoo the water came out the other side of my nose another with a whole bunch of blood tinged snot. And omg I could breath the best that I've been able to during this entire ordeal. Well now I'm getting a head ache not quite sure what that is but just thought I'd update. Gonna try the squirt bottle again in an hour or so.
And omg I can't wait to wash my face tomorrow and get to do my hair and wear makeup.

I seem to be having an issue with my columella...

I seem to be having an issue with my columella every time I smile it seems to run against the bottom of my septum and really hurt. I have been reading that with open rhinoplasty it can thicken that part and become sore for some time after the rest of your nose has stopped hurting. Nothing else is hurting anymore except that part. My cast comes off tomorrow :) I can't wait to take an full shower

Cast is off pics are up! So excited but I could...

Cast is off pics are up! So excited but I could feel myself immediately swell up as soon as she took the cast off. I can feel the swelling all the way to my cheeks and eyes. Hopefully it goes down quickly going to take some bromelain and an ultram. My head started hurting this morning kind of think its a lack of caffeine. Anywho I'm pretty excited and no regrets. I was given some "excerzes" to do which are different ways to rub the bridge of my nose. Hoping to go back to work tonight but we will see I feel really stuffy going to try that salt water squirt thing shortly. Oh so I was really expecting my skin to be super oily and broken out under the cast instead it was very dry and flaky. Glad I got some good moisturizer at home

I feel like there is a bump on my nose I was told...

I feel like there is a bump on my nose I was told that from where he had to break my nose and it's supposed to go down but I'm starting to wonder and when I touch its really hard like bone but I guess so is the rest of the swelling. Guess ill just have to trust that it will go down :-/ is anyone else having trouble with their smile. I really liked my smile before and now I feel like it looks weird.

Well my first night back to work went pretty well....

Well my first night back to work went pretty well. I got lots of compliments and felt so much more confident talking to and approaching people. I would periodically think about turning my head a certain way to hide my nose tho and then would remember oh ya I have a pretty little nose now :) getting this done has deffinately been one of my better decisions I'm so happy about it! :) next is sucking this fat out my stomach lol! I am still very swollen and it is somewhat painful it is actually uncomfortable applying my bare minerals with my kabuki brush so I couldn't Imagine having any kind of heavy makeuo that actually put pressure on my face to apply or wearing sun glasses. Well I'm off to bed hoping to enjoy some of the gorgeous weather tomorrow/ today

Well I do believe I went back to work a little...

Well I do believe I went back to work a little early. I still can't breath out of my nose bc of the swelling and I felt like I was suffocating when I actually had to excert a lot of energy. My boss actually told me I probably shouldn't be back at work. I had to tho bc I had to pull some money together.
Feeling swollen is getting pretty old. I don't feel like it looks incredibly swollen but I can most deffinately feel it and I'm sick of not being able to breath. My doctor had said my mucus membranes were so swollen they were almost touching so I know that's why and I know I'm only 12 days post op but it's frustrating. I have been starting to touching my nose more it still feel foreign to me like its not my face.

I'm 14 days post op today. I'm not sure I'm happy...

I'm 14 days post op today. I'm not sure I'm happy with my nose. I go back and forth with it alot. I hear that it looks great and very natural but it's still turned up and swollen. I still can barely breath out of it. I have no clue what to do about it. I go see the doctor tomorrow. Oh ya the bump has gotten smaller so that did turn out to in fact be swelling.

Saw the nurse practitioner today. I have to go...

Saw the nurse practitioner today. I have to go back next week and see the doctor. My swelling is still really bad. She says next time we will take pictures to see what the difference is on my healing and he may put me on a medication to help with swelling. Looks like ill be picking up some bronzed today to contour my sides for work tonight

Well I had a break down at work Friday. My nose is...

Well I had a break down at work Friday. My nose is still swollen and hurting. Which is blah blah blah normal! Just fair warning to people that get this done with a lot of prior damage that need extension repair in septum and bridge prepare yourself for a slow recovery. I thought this would be easy bc the swelling and bruising wasnt bad at first but it isn't. Kind of makes me scared if I go thru with get liposuction or lipo dissolve. I did notice that the bumps on the bridge is not where he didn't repair it. The left side hump actually appears to be gone almost and is only there for the most part on the right side so improvement :)

Why does my nose feel so big to me today. Ugh! I...

Why does my nose feel so big to me today. Ugh! I swear some days it looks big somedays it's fine idk

So sick today! Voice is gone and can't stop...

So sick today! Voice is gone and can't stop coughing it's starting to hurt my nose bc I've been coughing non stop and it's that dry cough where it just won't stop until you almost throw up. I've noticed some asymmetrical swelling today. The bump also seems worse today I'm hoping all the really hard coughing hasn't displaced something

Ouch! Met with chernoff today! His bedside manner...

Ouch! Met with chernoff today! His bedside manner continues to make me feel very at ease every time I meet with him I feel so much better and my doubt and gone. Was in and out of the office in 30 minutes today. Only a 2-3 minute wait in the lobby. He put my mind at ease about the bump on my nose and swelling. I feel so much better. The ouch is about this steroid shot he gave me in the bump which is a callus from where he had to break my nose. It wasnt horribly painfully just lots of pressure and kind of uncomfortable. Otherwise everyday I love my nose more and more everyday! :) the bump was my only concern so as that goes down I'm sure I will be more pleased. He also wrote me a script for the hoarse throat and illness I have going on which was wonderful because it saved me a trip to my primary care physician. :D overal happy today. He also told me to massage the callus! I don't go back for another month. :)

I'm thinking the steroid shot helped :)

I'm thinking the steroid shot helped :)

From now on I'm probably not going to write much...

From now on I'm probably not going to write much ill post a picture side by side front and side every week tho I still got to do the front lol... Ill continue to comment on everyone's pages and answer any question or respond to any comments if you all have them :) thank you so much for your support and comments :)

Well tomorrow is four weeks. I've found that my...

Well tomorrow is four weeks. I've found that my suture line is not healing very discreetly :-/ it's bright red. Guess that will come with time. My nose is feeling more like mine everyday still some pain on the sides of my bridge but I am able to flare and constrict my nostrils so the swelling is going down there. Starting to breath a little out of them. The bridge still looks kind of fat from the front I'm assuming that is swelling still. I also still have somewhat of a bump on the bridge but ugh patience patience patience... Lol! That's really about it for this week will update next week maybe if anything changes. As always feel free to comment or inbox I'm pretty good at replying

So happy! Well besides 2 things lol. I'm loving my...

So happy! Well besides 2 things lol. I'm loving my nose more and more everyday! I can't believe I waited so long to do this. Silly me smh! I'm so much more confident somehow tho that thought of turn so someone doesn't see your nose still somewhat haunts me. I have to keep reminding myself. Allie it's ok you look great! Lol. I will say that I have noticed a lot more (unwanted) attention. Which I suppose is flattering but also annoying lol! Today I turned the isle to the freezer section and I guess another turned to look at me the other customer in the isle told me. I was slightly embarrassed. However I'm rather rather that am not afraid and don't have to hide anymore is it an absolutely wonderful feeling! Today was my first big event since the surgery my 5 year old son and I went to a baseball game and had a wonderful time! :) I will he posting a profile of us later. It's really nice to not have to delete pics bc they caught my nose at a bad angle. On to the stuff that's bugging me the front still slightly swollen and breathing is somewhat wonky at times still. I also still have a bump on my nose. Looks like another steroid shot at my next visit! It's fine I'm just trying to be patient and hang in their bc I know my surgeon is wonderful and now it's up to me to sit back and wait

When I look at my before pictures I'm in shock. I...

When I look at my before pictures I'm in shock. I think to myself really how did you go around so long with that nose and not do anything about it?!?! Well I'm back to fully working out and back to weight before surgery so still got about 7 pounds to loose before summer to be happy :D everything has been going well. Breathing out right side is still wonky and tip is still swollen. As my swelling on my bridge is going down I can tell I'm going to need another shot in this bump. But it's ok! No pain anymore, np

Not happy today

The bump is back with a vengeance I know it's from healing but I feel like the steroid shots I got last week did nothing. I'm not feeling so great about it today kind of depressed. I almost don't even want to post a picture. :-/ not happy. Hope that bump goes the hell away. I also really feel that i look extra swollen from the front. I know that I'm still healing and all but this 7 weeks has seemed like a life time. Some days I have to look at the picture of my old nose to remind myself how much better it looks now. I know we are all our own worst critic. Just hoping it all settles down soon.

Bump

Think I'm going to post this picture as a question on this site. I'm really stressed bc this weekend is the Indy 500 and it's a potentially huge money weekend for me! I'm feeling pretty self conscious about it and really hoping no one really notices. If they do it's gonna kind of kill my confidence for the weekend. :-/ I'm going to call my surgeon tomorrow as well. From what I'm reading its "normal for healing and what I had done" but I just feel like the bump is huge and looks awful. Had to look at my pre op pictures to feel better and read some stories to remind myself that it's a long healing process.

Ouch

So is anyone else having pain still. I am almost 9 weeks out and still hurting on the sides and occasionally on the bridge of my nose. I wonder if that's normal?! The bump seems to be looking a little better. I am also still swollen and the breathing is wonky. Still a process.

Settling

Well everything seems to be settling down now and I'm getting more comfortable with it. :) I still have some pain on the sides of my nose if I cringe my nose up. My breathing is also still off so I'm going to ask him about that when I go next week. I'm almost 12 weeks out I can't believe it's been that long but at the same time I've almost forgotten how horrible it was to have my old nose. Every once in a while ill see a picture with a side shot of my nose in it and ill just cringe. Can't believe I lived with that nose for so long. Well gonna put up some pics and go to sleep. Probably wont post again for a couple weeks.

12 weeks front

Photos side by side

Front

Well bump is going down on side but the from still looks blobish. I'm going to see what the doctor says Wednesday I suppose.

Well...

Today I am 3 month post op! I went back to the doctor and he didn't give me another shot bc he said it had thinned the skin and didn't want to give me another. I am seeing the bump from the front. He said it was starting to calcify. So hopefully it works it's self out. He seems very positive about it but I'm nervous and depressed about it. I'm hoping that it goes down. The swelling from the front looks better tho :) from the side it just looks huge tho :(

15 weeks post op

Ok things are getting better. Bump is going down on its own now. Still there but I can tell where it is reducing :) haven't had hardly any pain. My breathing is much better. As in I can actually breath threw my nose without opening my mouth for the first time in 12 years :) woot! I do still have a red spot from the front where the skin thinned from the steroid injections but its getting much better. Patience is key :)

Revision

Well met with the doctor. Can't do anymore steroid shots because I am experiencing skin thinning. Well he has now decided that I will probably need a revision in march. He said my bump is becoming calcified so when it is done healing at the one year mark he will evaluate and go from there. He said it could still re-absorb back into the bridge but if not I will have a closed rhinoplasty revision. I'm somewhat upset but guess that's way it happens. I have been looking at other profiles and things and it seems to actually be somewhat common when the bridge is broken and put back to together. Or the rhinoplasty is drastic. Well ill add my pic from the last appointment.

Depressed

Well I'm about 5 months post op. I'm pretty depressed about this bump. I wish something could be done sooner. I'm starting to get self conscious about my nose again and I hate it. My birthday is on the 17th an I don't even want my pictures taken bc you can see the bump from all Angle there is no hiding it. Not sure what else to do or how to hide it. Guess ill have to suck it up until march.
Dr. Chernoff

A referral thru my job

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 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
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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