I have always wanted a nose job since the 8th...
I’ve chosen to post my journey on Real Self because this site has helped me to get to the decision that I have made today. There are many African Americans who do decide to do rhinoplasty but don't want to discuss it publicly let alone post pictures that could help others (like myself) who are trying to visually anticipate what to expect. I wouldn’t feel that it is fair to use the site and end up not posting the duration of my experience to help others like other have done for myself.
THE PROCEDURE: My procedure will be a closed procedure where the bridge of my nose will be broken to decrease the width, the cartilage in my tip will be lessened and my nasal ala will be augmented by making small cuts on the inside of my nares. The doctor will NOT be making any cuts on the outside of my nose. (Thank god!) Overall, I am just looking to have a nose that fits my face and my petite frame yet a result that won’t look as if I’ve contoured the heck out my nose or have distorted nostrils. I want something natural that will fit my face overall.
My surgery is scheduled for June 30th only a few days after my birthday and this is going to be one huge gift to myself! I’m excited but terrified all at the same time. I am hoping that I will love the results and it is all that I dreamt it would be.
I know I wrote a lot but I hope this helps!
My pre op is mid-June and I will update all of you then!
1 week until pre-op
Pre-op is done! Procedure is paid in full!
Day 1 Post surgery
So if you can comment below and let me know if you guys would prefer video logs daily of my progression or just photos. I can do either.
But let me just tell you how painless this procedure is (to me)!!! I have had just mild pressure on the bridge of my nose and that is about it. Yesterday (the day of surgery) I went to the surgery center they did my pregnancy test, completely changed into a surgery gown, then the nurse started my IV, verified my allergies then i met the anesthesiologist. Before they gave me anything I got to speak to my doctor and boy was I happy that we were on the same page still about what I was looking for! I also handed him a photo of my sister cause she has a nice nose. After it was over I woke up and the nurse had just allowed my family to come into the room. I waited to see the doctor to tell me how everything went. He said it went 'smooth as silk' and that I can do my follow up later in the week since I have no swelling under my eyes or bruising. I can't believe I didn't bruise or have any facial swelling! (the tip of my nose is obviously swollen tho) and just my upper lip is fatter lol. When I got home I ate twice and just laid around and I had to change my bandage about 3-4 times because of bleeding. Other than that I slept fine and haven't had any other complications. I've been taking Arnica Montana 3 times daily to reduce or stop any bruising or swelling that may want to come now after everything is over. Its a homeopathic medication my doctor recommended me to get from whole foods in case anyone was wondering. I have also chosen to eat soft foods, veggies, soups and fruits despite no food restrictions. I am also drinking ensure so I won't lose any weight from taking in less calories.
Ill keep you guys updated. If you have any questions feel free to comment below or send me a message or if you want me to do video I can post those with any questions you guys have :)
The photo I am posting today is from Day 3 after my doctors appointment.
I appreciate the kind words/comments of encouragement through my healing process. I am in better spirits now and feel better about my decision each day.
Post above is actually Day 14 (not day 12)
So I am uploading the Vlog's now. Please be aware that I am not a professional at videoing ANYTHING lol. & I took photos for you guys today too!
I forgot to address some other things that happened to me during recovery...
1. I developed an allergy to the splint on my nose. My skin broke out all over in a rash that took about 4 days after the splint was removed to go away. I used prescription topical steroid cream on my face.
2. After splint removal I'm still avoiding wearing glasses, sneezing or blowing my nose. I still haven't done any of these except sneezing as of yet. (Doctor prohibits glasses or blowing my nose so... )
3. I lost some weight from not eating as much. ):
4. Even sleeping on my back with 2+ pillows I somehow managed to flick the tip my nose in the middle of the night and BOY DOES THAT HURT! geez.
5. I had a lot of dead skin that I needed to exfoliate off my face and I used St. Ives apricot scrub very very gently.
6. Runny nose due to allergies which sucked for me since i can't blow my nose (due to internal dissolvable stitches) so I had to dab it all day
V-log Youtube links: (you will need these links in order to view)
Day 1 Post
Day 2 Post
Day 16 Post
Pain? Whats that?
I still have SOOO much swelling at the tip. It is hard and stiff/numb like my nostrils used to be. The healing continues...
Side by Side
after is on the LEFT is my NEW nose
BEFORE is on the right
Yesterday marked 6 weeks..
So something that I noticed thats going on with my nose. I have a hyper pigmented transverse crease on my nose. It's kind of alarming but its something I only see and none else unless i point it out. I figured it is from the swelling of my nasal tip. Its not that dark but I'm afraid it will get worse or become permanant if the swelling doesn't go down fast enough.
Other than that I have finally been cleared of any restrictions! I can wear my glasses and sunglasses again finally! :) Ill post photos at a later date!
New glasses for the new nose!
Anyway I got new glasses! For the new schnoz! I am a few days short of 2 most post op!