I have this awful nose and I decided to have a...
It's almost here!
I'll post pics of myself on weekend and the post op pics come in two weeks of course, thanks for reading! :)
just 2 days left!!!!
Here's a pic of my face, you can see my nose is a little too everything: too broad, too long, too ugly! and that was my best angle... but whatever because it's changing in two days! :D
Of course I will add pics of myself after the surgery! every single day of recovery!
It happened!!!! :D
At 6:30 am I arrived at the clinic, at 6:45 I started to fill out entry forms and consents, pure paperwork, at 7:00 am the nurse called me to start preparing for surgery, I was soooo nervous! Then I had to undress and put on the surgery robe and hat, then the nurse gave me the venous catheter (a little painful) and she applied to me a horrible antibiotic! she warned me that I would have itching in my private parts, but I never thought she spoke so seriously! haha it was the worst feeling! But the itching lasted less than a minute. Then I had to wait a long time until another nurse take me to the operating room, that's when I knew it was going to happen in a few minutes something I waited for years. I was placed on the stretcher, then my doctor came to brand my nose with a Sharpie, and he explained it was for guidance during surgery, a couple of minutes later my anesthesiologist arrived, he asked me a few things and that's all I can remember, then I waked up in the recovery room, I had an oxygen mask and a mild headache, then I heard a nurse said "please call Natalia's mother, she's awaken". The nurse put the mask off and gave me Gatorade, and then my parents came in :) (that was about 11:30 am). When they left, a nurse dressed me and about 2 pm I was released, I got home at 3 (my dad drove carefully) and my nose was bleeding, I couldn't breathe, I couldn't find a good position to sleep... it wasn't a good night.
Today I wasn't bleeding that much but the headache was so strong, I took my pain med and I got ready to go to my first post-op, it was at 10:30 am. They pulled off the nose plugs (still don't know how they're called hehe) and that was a relief! but it was a little bit painful, and on tuesday the doctor is removing the stitches, hope it doesn't hurt!
Here are some pics of yesterday and today, sorry for the potato face :-)
And that's it by now, I'll be posting every day of my recovery :-) thanks for reading! and sorry for my bad english... I'm colombian and still learning!
4 days since surgery
Well today I'm feeling better but not as I want to ): I'm a little sad about some things... I really miss my smile, I can't laugh because my stitches hurt, and I still look like a monster, I know that's normal but when I look at the mirror I see a different person and that makes me feel sad. I'm still so swollen, I'll be posting pics in a couple of hours so you can give me your opinion, and I still have to mouth breath, please someone tell me if that's normal, thanks!
One more day after surgery
My rhinitis have been terrible, today I first sneezed since surgery and it was awful, blood came instantly and pain didn't wait to come too, the good news is that my nose is looking fine, better every day, my face still swollen and bruised, specially my cheeks, it's been really hard to breathe because of the nasal congestion, but I can't do anything about that ): The nurse said I can take my rhinitis med again so I couldn't wait and I took them again, and that's it by know, I'm adding a couple of pics of today, I know my hair is a mess and well... the whole face is a mess, but I really like my nose :) On thursday I'll post before and after pics so you can see the big change! sorry again for the potato face! I know I still look worse than a monster ;___;
Cast off, smile back?
Cast still not off :/
Depression is kickin' it!
Cast finally off!
day 17, swelling up and down
can't believe a month ago I had my procedure!
I couldn't find a pic of my before smile, the only one I found was in a party or something in april, you can see how the tip dropped every time I smiled but now it is fixed :)
Well... these days I've felt way better, swelling is still up and down and some days I can notice it is uneven, my left side swells more than the right one, but the difference is not too big. I have a little bit of pain sometimes when I sneeze (rhinitis) but not always, the scars are barely noticeable and that makes me so happy :D
when I was close to week four of recovery I decided to walk and that was a very very bad decision, sun hit me so bad and at the end of the day I felt dizzy and I had a very strong headache, I understood exercising was not an option yet, but now I'm feeling better, I went for a walk today using an umbrella to protect myself from direct sun and I'm feeling good right now.
Here are some pics of day 23 and day 30 (today) :-) thanks for reading!
Five weeks post op
7 weeks and happy
tomorrow marks 7 weeks since my procedure and I'm really really happy with my results, last week I had the appointment with the doctor and I started my nasal massages last wednesday, the swelling has gone down significantly but some days it comes back, it's really weird and my nostrils are uneven too but not all the time. There is something really annoying and it is a constant itching on the alar side, more in the parts where the stitches were, it's getting more and more annoying and I don't really know what it is, if someone could tell me if that is normal or not I would totally appreciate!
And that's it by now guys :) here are another Before-After pics and the 7 weeks post op pics! thank you so much for reading!
14 weeks, almost 3 months post-op SO HAPPY
Another thing I wanted to say is that when I came back to school, nobody NOOOBODY noticed the surgery and I was SO HAPPY ABOUT THAT! I thought people was going to make fun of me or whisper or all those things we imagine when we're self concious about things... but not even the closest friends noticed, and well I shortened my hair so people only talked about that :D
And the rest... well I'm so so so so happy there are no enough words to express how much, I'm way more confident right now, I even feel beautiful sometimes.. uhhh never knew how it felt like. I've never had a boyfriend, per say, but I met someone I'm starting to fall in love with and... the cool thing is I think he likes me too... well I'm pointing this because my confidence now lets me interact with men so... yay :D I hope it turns into a relationship and well you know... ^.^ I like him and blablabla :-)
Besides that sad episode (stitch still in) I think my doctor did an excellent job, and I will never regret this decision... now I see life with different colors, no more black&white! thanks for reading and well here are the pics
3 months YAAYYYY :D
Time really flies, this time there is nothing new to add :) Everything has been going good since the last update, the only thing I don't like is the daily nasal massages, I forget them sometimes or I feel too lazy to spend 30 minutes touching my nose, besides that everything is normal
I'm adding 3 pics of today, and I'm starting to forget how my old nose looked like, that is a VERY VERY GOOD thing :D
6 months post-op! really!?!??
There haven't been many changes, I had a terrible flu like a month ago and I thought it was going to be difficult bc of the surgery or something, but it was like normal, that was a relief!
And well... every day I feel like this was the best choice ever made, I don't regret anything, not a single thing, my life is different now... seriously. I couldn't be happier, every time I want to talk about how it changed me, I end up out of words, it really changed me c:
Here are a few pics, sorry for the bad quality, the cap (cold times) and the potato face, thank you for reading.
8 months post-op, happy happy happy
I did not update before because I was waiting to have another appoinment with my doctor :)
I was re-reading what I've written here and wow I am amazed, what a journey huh?! Anxiety, pain, depression and then the happiness... it is so amazing... this surgery definitely means a before/after mark in my life, and I'm so glad it is that way. Life has been better in so many ways, confidence being the key of the whole thing :-)
Well I had the appoinment last monday and the doctor said the nasal massages have been successful so far :D my nose progress is so good and the swelling is about to go down in a 100%, my next appoinment is in june, when I mark a year! A YEAR! Can you guys believe it?! we wait for a procedure for years and after the surgery time really flies, it is so crazy.
I'm adding a few pics of today, I've noticed a few and very mild changes since the last update, I think every day I'm liking more and more my new nose :)
Thanks for reading! If you want to ask me anything, feel free to leave a comment or inbox me, I'm always around!
this is the webpage of my doctor if anyone is interested: www.mauriciolinares.com Now I'm pretty sure he is the best plastic surgeon of my country! I will never stop thanking him for what he's done to me!