Almost 3 months postop!!!
- updated 4 months ago
I'm sure some of you can empathize with the doubt...
- 28 Feb 2013
- 3 months pre
I'm sure some of you can empathize with the doubt that comes along with considering rhinoplasty. I will never forget the shock And negative feelings I began to feel around the time of 6th grade when I first noticed my nose was a little different than everyone else's! And when I made the transition from glasses to contacts, around 7-8th grade, I remember asking my friend what she thought of my nose and she told me it was kind of big but my glasses made it worse. What a horrible feeling! Since then I've been somewhat preoccupied with it! I have always deep down planned on having a rhinoplasty procedure but have never had the guts to come out and say it or put the plan into action. I have pretty much been in steady relationships and was too insecure to ever even mention it to a significant other, not even close friends. Has anyone else had this experience ? I guess by saying it out loud I am admitting there is something wrong with me, idk... But now I am single, have nothing or no one's petty opinions holding me back, so I have decided to go for it!
I have scheduled my virtual consultation with dr.shah (Chicago) I would have the surgery sooner but I have to wait until this semester of college is over because I can't miss. I've spent a great deal of time (like most of you!) online looking up doctors and browsing hundreds of before and afters buy dr shah just appeals to me! It's almost like I am compelled to choose him for my rhino! I absolutely loveee each and every one of his before/After pics, plus after seeing some of his work on here I think he is perfect!
My main problem with my nose is that I have a TERRIBLE bump. A true "Roman" nose. My nose is not too wide, and I'm not sure if my tip sticks out longer than it should or not, I can't decide. My nose is perfectly centered and straight, my bump is just terrible. I have the ugliest profile ever! I'm hoping my case will be somewhat simple since I primarily only need my bump filed down. My only concern is the tip.. It seems like a lot of doctors leave tips alone and therefore they stick out too far once bumps are filed down. So far I have been pleased with how dr shah seems to do for tips though.
I guess this is all for now, ill keep you all updated on my journey through rhinoplasty! All feedback and support is very welcome!
Impatience is getting the best of me, so I have...
- 4 Mar 2013
- 2 months pre
So my surgery date is almost here. The nerves are...
- 11 May 2013
- 5 days pre
Any advice for Pre/Post op supplies/instructions?? I am open to all. :) I also put some photos back up, and will probably leave them until after the surgery.. I am a pretty private person so this makes me nervous. haha.. Let me know what you think of my nose though.. can't wait to say goodbye to it later this week!!! =)
Oh, and sorry for the extreme changes in hair...
- 11 May 2013
- 5 days pre
Okay, so today reality set in and I realized I'm...
- 13 May 2013
- 3 days pre
Surgery tomorrow! I have to be there at 7:30.....
- 15 May 2013
- 1 day pre
Day one post-op!! New pics!
- 16 May 2013
- Day of treatment
My bruising and swelling doesn't seem too bad so far, but it is only the first day. I'm starting to get a bruise under my left eye.. That's the only one so far. I've heard several times that Dr.Shah is a gentle surgeon so hopefully it stays this way! I've eaten pretty well. So expected a little more discomfort with food but its been fine. I ate some bread with peanut butter and banana as soon as I got back to the motel and a while ago I had a little Mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and baked beans. Not the healthiest but it was tasty and went down well. =)
As far as my nose goes I'm feeling pretty positive right now.. Judging by my splint I like the size of it. My mom actually got to see a picture Dr. shah took in the OR. I called to see if they would send it earlier but I haven't gotten it yet. Maybe I can get it tomorrow if he hasn't deleted it! My mom was really excited about the pic though, she said she felt much better after seeing it & that Dr. shah seemed really excited about it! Yay!! As for now my only concern is the contour of my bridge.. Straight vs curved vs too curved in.. I would like a nice compromise! Lol. As of now I have a lot of faith in Dr. Shah though so we shall see! I guess that's all for now, hoping tomorrow is a pretty smooth day as today has went pretty well. I'll post some pictures now!
- 17 May 2013
- 1 day post
Day 3-4 new pics!
- 19 May 2013
- 3 days post
I'm happy with my nose so far, what I can tell from it anyways.. My tip doesn't seem to stick out too far and it looks proportional as far as I can tell. So anxious to see the contour of my bridge though! I'm dying to know how straight vs sloped it is and if it will look right! Bruising and swelling seems all right today.. Ill update later when I have more changes. Thanks so much to all of you! I couldn't do it without realself!!
- 22 May 2013
- 6 days post
Now that I'm through with all that process, I have to worry about going home today & dealing with my friends that don't know. Boo :( I may stay hidden for another week or two, lol...
So for now, just trying to stay calm & positive and wait this swelling out! I'm just happy I didn't leave the office in tears or totally freaking out.. Could have been much worse! So far everything is okay. =) when did any of you began to notice significant decreases in swelling?
One week from surgery date
- 23 May 2013
- 7 days post
- 30 May 2013
- 14 days post
On a side note, I did drink some alcohol last night (quite a bit actually haha) for the first time since before my op and I didn't notice any significant swelling this morning. I thought my nose continued to look better... Just throwing my personal experience out there! :)
2 Months-3 weeks post op
- 7 Aug 2013
- 3 months post
I am basically 100% satisfied with my right side from all angles. It has a curved out look which I love. I never thought I would like any bit of a "scooped out" appearance after my surgery but it turns out I love it!! So feminine & cute. I always leaned towards a "straight nose" before. But once you lose the huge hump you'll be surprised to find the more feminine and small the better. My personal opinion anyways. :)
On a side note: all the stuff with worrying about my friends and what people say could not have gone better!!! Barely anyone has mentioned my nose, not sure if they notice or not. But it has been great. Everyone I've told has been super supportive and everything has went smoothly.
Even though I am not 100% satisfied with my new nose, I don't blame Dr. Shah for the problems. I requested a natural look rather than tiny/scooped out the whole time! & it does seem that he is a pretty conservative Doctor. But like someone said, I would much rather be underdone than overdone! At my one month post op Skype appt Dr. Shah himself said he considered my nose to be just "okay." I have not followed up yet for my next two month appt. but I do feel that he would be willing to follow-up with in-office procedures or whatever else until we were both completely satisfied with my nose. However, Im not sure if I will risk any changes to my new nose which I am (basically) happy with. Also, I realize that everyone's nose is different, especially from different angles, and its pretty unlikely that any cosmetic surgeon is going to give you a nose you find zero flaws with! From this point I will just keep seeing how my nose changes as my swelling continues to go down. :) Thanks for all the support! I really couldn't have gone through with it without real self!
Dr. Shah- He is very nice and friendly, though not overly talkative. Communication and bedside manner don't seem to be his strong points but he'll meet with you as many times as possible before surgery to understand what you want. Dont count on him being overly reassuring or "talking" you into the surgery. We met in person once, did a virtual consult, and met the day before my surgery. I felt from these meetings he was able to understand exactly what I wanted. Dr. Shah was very respectful of my desires and did exactly what I asked of him. My nose is very natural and hopefully will continue to improve with the swelling. I believe he is very skilled and artistic as well, and these are the most important aspects in a surgeon, to me anyways. He also worked with some very well-known doctors in NYC and had a practice there. Overall I give doctor shah a 5 out of 5, based mainly on the fact that I am very satisfied with my nose. :)