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I have always had an issue with my noss - 6 Months Post Op - Chicago, IL

I have always had an issue with my nose, in...

I have always had an issue with my nose, in particular my profile. As my friends and family have been saying, "you dont need it!". My response is, of course I dont need it but I want to do it for myself. After explaining that everyone has come on board to support me.

I will update better pictures as the surgery date comes closer.

I went for my second consult last week and have...

I went for my second consult last week and have decided to go with Dr. Shah. He seemed very busy this time of year but he still gave me the time I needed to walk through what he wanted to do to my nose. He wants to get rid of the bump and refine and lift the tip from being so droopy. What really helped with this consultation was to hear him speak about the 2D versus 3D imaging in the morph picture. I could not tell a a large difference in the frontal morph but he walked me through how in 3D it will be different. That really made me feel more comfortable. I had planned on getting it done mid-December but due to the season he was practically booked up. So I opted for mid January and have booked my surgery. I have been super excited but now that its actually happening I am starting to get nervous. Happy thoughts for the countdown! Any adivse from anyone would be appreciated :)

My surgery is less than a month away and I am...

My surgery is less than a month away and I am getting excited and nervous for first time. It helps to see everyone's progress on the site but the closer it gets the more often my loved ones keep asking me if I am really going through with it. There is no turning back now but I wish I had more support. A couple of my friends are excited for me but my boyfriend and family are anti nose job. I'll keep everyone posted closer to the surgery. Any tips anyone has for pre-opt or post-op care would be appreciated. Thanks!

A week away from today I'll be having my surgery...

A week away from today I'll be having my surgery and I am getting more nervous by the day. Each morning I wake up with a little anxiety about changing my nose... after all I have made it the butt of many of my jokes and it is my fathers nose who I love dearly.

The first thing my doctor asked me in my initial consultation was how long I have wanted to do this and my answer was over 10 years. So I know I am making the right choice its just hard to come to terms that it's actually happening after fascinating about it for so long. Thank you all for sharing your stories/progress they have all helped me!

I added the morphed image of my profile today.

So close to surgery... getting excited and...

So close to surgery... getting excited and spending the night getting everything ready for after the surgery!

Surgery is tomorrow at 6 am and for the first the...

Surgery is tomorrow at 6 am and for the first the I am actually scared. Trying to stay busy until I can fall asleep... I was super excited all day until about an hour ago. Wish me luck!

So surgery was this morning I've been sleeping all...

So surgery was this morning I've been sleeping all day but wanted to touch base with everyone while I can. The morning starred off well I was very excited driving down to surgery. When I got there I filled out some paperwork and then nurse Joyce took me back to change and take by vitals. Once that was done I was waiting in my gown reading a magazine. I saw Dr. Shah come in and then I started to get a little nervous, he came over and went over the large images of my nose one more time. After 10 minutes later I heard we're ready and I was taken into the surgery room. I remember looking around and that was it. When I woke up Joyce was over me asking if I was in pain. Which I was! She gave me a pain pill and some applesauce. I did not throw up at all today but in recovery my nose was SO cold. I was able to sleep the majority of the day but have kept up on the pain meds. Dr.Shah told me sister that my nose was more crocked than he thought so the surgery took longer than 2 hrs. Trying to stay positive that its going to look amazing. Thanks for all the support everyone!

Day 2 has been better than day 1 so far. I slept...

Day 2 has been better than day 1 so far. I slept pretty well last night given I was sitting up, I woke up every few hours but it wasn't a big deal. My nose was a bit achy this morning so I took a pain pill and am doing much better. The hardest part has been cleaning the stitches yesterday when I did it my nose was still bleeding and it almost made me pass out. Today there was a bunch of dry blood, I tried to get what I could off without poking too much. No bruises and mild swelling so far. Does that hit more on day 3?

So multiple post in one day from boredom... Night...

So multiple post in one day from boredom... Night 2 and now I have black and blue puffy eye. Still have a gauze on because me nose is still is draining. Hoping tomorrow ill be able to go without the gauze. How long do most have it on for?

PS Sorry I can't seem to write a cohesive sentence...

PS Sorry I can't seem to write a cohesive sentence on pain meds. LOL

Day 3... very swollen today! Its hard for me to...

Day 3... very swollen today! Its hard for me to even look at myself because it makes me uncomfortable. Woke up and had to take my pain meds right away and have been taking 2 every 4 hours since yesterday. Talked to the doctors office today and they said that today or tomorrow ill be the worst and then I should start seeing the swelling go down. Lets hope! Sleeping has been interesting because I wake up every couple hours worried that I'm not elevated enough.

Today is Day 4 and I woke feeling a little better...

Today is Day 4 and I woke feeling a little better but still swollen pretty much ecery where and the bruises are a yellowish so hopefully that's the turning point that they'll be going away soon. I have been in pain but my pain meds have been working although I need to call for more as I'm almost out. Not sure if I have a low tolerance or what. More icing and resting on the agenda today.

Thankfully on day 5... getting really sick of not...

Thankfully on day 5... getting really sick of not sleeping. All I want to do is roll on my side by I can't so I wake up every couple hours in discomfort and back pain. I think from being so tired its making me feel worse than I actually am. My face swelling has started to go down a little bit but my nose is more swollen and hard to breath out of. I can't wait to feel better and be able to wash my hair.

Finally! I am starting to feel normal again. I...

Finally! I am starting to feel normal again. I was able to sleep last night and that seemed to help a lot. I still woke up in discomfort and with a headache so I took pain meds. The bruises under my eyes are almost bright yellow and I can tell my swelling has started to go down. I'm so excited to finally be not the other side of recovery. On a different note I feel so gross! I have been able to bathe but not wash my hair! Any tips on how to wash my car without getting my face wet? I am really clumsy and totally see myself getting it wet on accident if I shower.

Cast off in 2 days and feel like i don't want it off... how can my nose be heeled after a week. Its like a safely blanket I think and I'm afraid to let it go.

Since I was able to sleep last night I'm wide...

Since I was able to sleep last night I'm wide awake now. Today is the first day I actually felt like myself again and not like I just had surgery and counting the hours till I would feel better. I left the house for a few hours to meet a friend which was nice but I was ready to rest by the time I got home. The one thing that hasn't changed is the longer I stand the more drainage happens. To be specific, it's like my nose fills up slowly with clearish mucus (sorry to he graphic). Practically the entire time I was out I had a Kleenex up to my nose because I felt like my nose was dripping. How long does that usually last?

Cast off on Tuesday... so only a couple more days! So happy to be feeling better and getting excited to see my nose :)

One tip for people getting surgery.. keep in mind the added cost involved... Meds, supplies for before and after surgery, blood test, parking cost for appointments, ect. With all that and surgery going over a half hour my cost ended up being almost $1,000 more than I anticipated.

Today is the best so far... feel like myself but I...

Today is the best so far... feel like myself but I still get exhausted doing the littlest things like getting dressed and putting make up on. Cast off tomorrow will update then.

Cast came off today which didn't hurt. It was...

Cast came off today which didn't hurt. It was more uncomfortable when the stitches came out and the cast felt like pressure but it was all over within a few minutes. Dr. Shah was in a hurry today so after that the nurse took me through the instruction for taping at night and I was all done. My first reaction when i saw my new nose was very happy even though Dr. Shah said I was extremely swollen still. I can't wait to see the swelling go down... But I already love what my profile will looks like. Ill post some pics later.

Thanks all for the support! It really helped me through the recovery :)

11 Days post of and I am really feeling like...

11 Days post of and I am really feeling like myselft again. The tip is still tender to the touch but much bettter than yesterday when the entire nose was very tender and sore. As for the swelling its still VERY SWOLLEN but I know it will look great in a few months. I dont love my nose yet but I really like it and know it can only get better from her on out. My skin is as others described; a bit oily yet dry and flaky at the same time.

For anyone about to get surgery just keep in mind that you are having surgery which is tramatic to your body and there is recovery time which differs for everybody. My biggest mistake was thinking I would be up and about in a few days because so many other people on the site had that experience. It took me six day before I could get out of bed and even on the 6th day it was only an hour out of the house before I was exhausted with a horrible headache and needed to get back to bed to rest.

Overall, I am feeling confident that I made the right choice :)

Post of day 13 (last post was not day 11 only day...

Post of day 13 (last post was not day 11 only day 8 sorry for the typo). I'm feeling so good! My nose is no longer sore and tender to the touch. The tip is still numb and my nose is still draining a bit which is difficult because I can't blow my nose but overall that's the worst of it now. Its still swollen but I see it going down a wee-bit each day. Everyone loves it even though my family and friends were all against the surgery. I don't think many people would notice a difference from the front but my profile is different and I love it! Can't wait to see how it improves down the line.

Ill update photos soon...

For everyone in the recovery phase it's gets easier after day 3-4 and after the cast comes off you'll feel like yourself again :)

Hi All! I am 17 days post op and doing well. I...

Hi All! I am 17 days post op and doing well. I still am very swollen especially the tip, I'm not able to completely breath out of my nose yet and the tenderness has diminished significantly. I'm paciently waiting for the swelling to go down... Can't wait to see the change from 3 months from now. Another side effect is that my skin is getting back to normal but my face has broken out.

Please don't estimate the email me if you have any questions.

So I'm pretty much at the one month mark so I'd...

So I'm pretty much at the one month mark so I'd thought I'd update everyone on my status. I don't feel like I've progressed much since my last post but I'm adding some pics anyway. I'm still swollen as expected, I thought I would be breathing regularly out of my nose my now but I'm not. I'm still mainly breathing out of my mouth during the night. The doctor has me taping every night to help with the swelling so hopefully that is helping! The tip is still numb and tender.

Overall, I'm very happy, paciently waiting for the final product :). Most people haven't even noticed which somewhat disappoints me but at the same time I've heard that's a good thing. My family and close friends all love it though.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Hi All! Looking for a little advise... did anyone...

Hi All! Looking for a little advise... did anyone have the experience that the swelling can cause your nose to look slightly curved towards the tip? I'm pretty sure its the swelling going down at different staged on my nose especially since he changed my tip completely but I thought I'd ask around to see if anyone had a similar experience. I didn't noticed it until yesterday. I'll try and post some recent pics tomorrow with my camera so they are more clear.

I'm post op 34 days.

Thank you!

Hi All, I wanted to write a quick update. I am...

Hi All,

I wanted to write a quick update. I am officially 2 months post up and still loving my nose even though its still swollen. I saw Dr. Shah a few weeks ago for my month check up and he said I am still swollen but on track so he did not give me the shot (which I kind of wanted), he told me to continue tapping at night. Dr. Shah is a great doctor and I would highly recommend him but you do get the feeling of being rushed during some of the visits. I literally saw him for less than 3 minutes on my last visit. My 2nd consultation before surgery he spent a lot of time with me willing to answer any questions I had. But the other visits are very short, I wanted to put that out incase anyone had a similar experience.

Now back to my nose, when I do not tape at night I notice my nose is way more swollen in the morning. I have not limited my salt intake and have gone out drinking a couple times and do not notice a huge change when I do. My breathing in the last week has greatly improved! I also do not obsess about my nose, I don't spend extra time examining it because I realized when I was doing that it upset me if I noticed one side more swollen, ect. And it was wasted energy since it's not even close to the final product.

If anyone would like to see updated photos let me know and I'll take a couple.

Pics from 2 months post op posted.

Pics from 2 months post op posted.

Hi All, I am 3 months post of and wanted to...

Hi All,

I am 3 months post of and wanted to update everyone. I am hoping the swelling goes down still because from the front my tip still looks very swollen and is tender. Overall, I am very happy! I just thought at this point I would start to see some defination in the tip.

I added a before and after profile photo.

Posted a new pic... a little over 3 months post...

Posted a new pic... a little over 3 months post op, breathing is better, still swollen and the tip is still tender but getting better.

Posted a new pic... a little over 3 months post...

Posted a new pic... a little over 3 months post op, breathing is better, still swollen and the tip is still tender but getting better.

Posted a new pic... a little over 3 months post...

Posted a new pic... a little over 3 months post op, breathing is better, still swollen and the tip is still tender but getting better.

Posted a new pic... a little over 3 months post...

Posted a new pic... a little over 3 months post op, breathing is better, still swollen and the tip is still tender but getting better.

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5 Months Post Op

Hello,

I thought I'd put up a quick pic and update you. Last month I went and saw Dr. Shah and he put an injection into the tip of my noise which I was happy about. About a week after I noticed the tip was finally getting somewhat refined. It's now been a few weeks and my tip looks about the same and tonight I noticed one side feels like there is a little bump in it. Could just be swollen from something so I decided to tape it tonight (I stopped taping right after the 3 month mark). Overall I am very happy! Still cannot wait to see it when the swelling is totally gone.

Message me if you have any questions.

6 months post op

Hi All,

Hope everyone is doing well! I saw Dr. Shah last week for my 6 month post op and he said I still am 20% swollen. He opted out of giving me an injection because he wants it to go down naturally and with it being summer we tend to be more swollen. I am definately very happy with my results and can breath out of my nose 100% now. But I am super excited to see the tip more refined :)

All my friends have come on board with how much they love my results though most people have no idea I had surgery unless I show them a before and after picture.

Message me with any questions.

Cara
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon

I narrowed my search down to a couple doctors in the area. I had a referral for each as well as performed my own research. After my second consultation I decided on Dr. Shah, he was very warm and seems like a perfectionist. After the second consult I understood more about what his plan of action was for my nose and decided he was the doctor for me. My surgery is less than a month away and I am getting nervous/excited.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
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4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
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5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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