41 and Ready to Follow my Dream. - Columbus, OH

I married later in life and made a pact with...

I married later in life and made a pact with myself that IF I was unable to have children I would have rhinoplasty. For various reasons I wont go into...I am hear at the door step of a "nose job". I live in Alaska but my Mother lives in Worthington OHIO so I decided to look for a Dr there for the anonymous recovery as opposed to attempting it in my small Alaskan town. I started looking for Doctors and a friend shared that her brother was a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon in Columbus. Further research into Dr. Michael Sullivan from the Sullivan Center was thrilling, calming and absolutely exciting. It has been meant to be so far! I have never truly shared anything online so this is a big step but RealSelf has been such an inspiration that I feel a certain comfort in joining in the online family. I fly into Ohio on Monday the 20th, have my pre-op on the 21st...and then the big day is the 22nd! So far the entire team at the Sullivan Center has been so warm and wonderful. I was able to have an onsite consultation in October on a previous visit to OH. They have subsequently been absolutely accommodating of my distance and remedying that with phone calls and emails. I will post a photo soon (before) and follow through with sharing my experience. Ahhhh Im so nervous and thrilled all in one wash of emotions!!

Countdown...

Sitting in the Seattle airport about to board the plane to Ohio. My surgery is Wednesday and I am terrified! No sleep last night... I am adding photos as much as it makes me absolutely terrified!

Surgery complete!

I didn't sleep a wink last night...but luckily had a 8am appointment. So far I'm feeling really good. The whole Sullivan team were wonderfully comforting. Now at home jello has become my new best friend. There isn't any packing in my nose so I could breathe in and out slightly but am doing it through my mouth...so the dryness is taking some getting used to.

I wanted to post a few more pics from before ...that weren't taken at 5am in an airport. I also added my supply list. And finally I added my first pot-op photo!! Even with swelling and bandaging I can tell it is smaller! Now the waiting. I have been told again and again that the the recovery is challenge due to doing absolutely nothing! I'm antsy already!

Coming out the other side! (Photos)

Coming out the other side!

I feel wonderful and am absolutely ecstatic to be where I am with this process. I have read again and again, and have been assured by my doctor that the swelling of the tip of my nose with go down with time…and at that point I will be completely thrilled with the results. I wanted a subtle change and that is exactly what I got.

My three biggest takeaways from this experience (a. ensure you have the best of the best when it comes to your surgeon and their team, (b. surgery of any kind is a big deal and should not be taken lightly and (c. embrace patience and the process it takes. In our world today everything seems to come simply and immediately. I am an educated (although I used the incorrect use of hear/here in my first post) and practical person...but I wasn't completely honest with myself that this was a big deal. I was physically changing my body with elective surgery. Post-op day 2 was by far the most challenging day and the day I contemplated the process the most. Dr. Mike, the nurses and staff were there for me each and every day. It would have been hard to walk away once the momentum started but I promised myself that if at ANY point I didn’t feel 100% trust in my surgeon I would stop and try again with someone else. Whew…I seem so serious and I hope this doesn’t come across as negative…because it was so very positive! I couldn’t be happier that I did this for myself!

Most helpful tools:
• plush & lovely neck pillow
• plenty of pillows
• Carmex for lips
• bendy straws
• Saltines
• chocolate pudding cups
• Jello cups
• q-tips
• Ocean saline nasal spray
• a tv
• and the best caregiver on the planet…my Mom.
I used all of the supplies from my photo and from so many of the posts on this site but these were my most valuable tools. Allow yourself to have absolutely NO responsibility for at least the first 3 days. I really couldn’t function on my own of course the day of the surgery but also the two days following. I took my meds and just truly gave myself that time to heal…and do nothing else. I felt at one point that the healing and helplessness would never end and then all of a sudden I was back to myself.

I told a few of my most loved friends and family, and I can’t tell you how valuable their support has been! The texts, phone calls, emails and flowers helped more that you can imagine. It would have been so easy to keep my surgery to myself and no one would have ever known…but life is short, and loved ones are accepting and supportive! In the end they were my most priceless tools!

I will happily go into detail about any aspect if someone has questions. There have been so many fantastic posters that have provided valuable information, so I will save the more detailed info for specific questions. I can highly recommend using this site as a key resource. I wish I could send a personal Thank You note to each and every of the RealSelf participants…you have all been my biggest inspiration! I am most thankful for the resource and cant imagine go through this without all of you!

Super Bowl Sunday!

I am finally seeing the swelling come down! Last Doctors appointment tomorrow and then I will make the 19 hour trek back to Alaska on Tuesday. What a whirlwind! Heading home happy!
Columbus Facial Plastic Surgeon

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Looks great!
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Thank you!!!
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Hello Clementine, i can definately see your tip getting more defined! I had a very similar before-front view, bulbous tip, and i have extatly the same (bit hanging) tip result. Of course it is the swelling. :) very exited for your results, as you are a week ahead of me :)
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It is so nice not to feel alone! And to be reassured patience is absolutely required! On the last leg of my trek home and will be meet by my husband who hasn't seen the in person results yet. Can't wait! At least you now know the changes do come!
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Wow, so subtle, but really a perfect job. It looks amazing and I cannot believe how quickly the swelling is going down. They (experts) say it can take up to 2 years...safe travels girl! So appreciative you shared your journey with us! Go Seahawks!
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Sitting in the Seattle airport smiling and sending you HUGE thanks for the into to this amazing site! Loving the Seahawks vibe here!!! I will keep you in the loop with photo updates!!!! Xoxoxo
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Very happy for you. Have a safe trip back home.
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I love your nose. I love it because it still looks like you, but with a straighter nose. Perfect nose job, enjoy!!
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Thank you so much!!
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Will be undergoing a rhinoplasty in 8 days. Any other tips that you may offer? My biggest fear is breathing only through my mouth. How did you deal with mouth dryness? Also, if you had to sneeze? I'm nervous as heck. I'm glad the PS met your expectations. He did a great job!
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How exciting! In no way would I say it's easy...but it really wasn't as bad as I thought and the recovery was so much faster than I ever could have imagined! I know we all have different fears and that they are very real, but for me the breathing was slightly annoying but definitely not scary. I was amazed that I could breathe through my nose again after a couple of days. I used my saline nasal wash 5 times a day and with time it opened right up. Sleep wasn't challenging because you are sitting up and the mouth berating wakes you up every couple hours. Have water/Gatorade/something you love next to your bed. A couple sips and you can go right back to sleep. For the first 3 days I took my pain pills and just let myself be out of it! Make sure you have a cozy neck pillow! And the tip they gave me about sneezing is to open your mouth and press your tongue to the top of your mouth and it send the sneeze through your mouth instead of your nose. Brilliant! And it works. Best of luck to you. I'm so glad I went through with it. I hope you have the same experience!!! Keep us updated on your progress!
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Thanks for the extra tips! Much appreciated :)
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Can definately see the swelling going down, thats great! Mine goes up and down all the time. I'm so glad you're heading home happy :-)
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I hope mine continues to go down and down! The whole process of the swelling and reach aping is bizarre! Thank you so much for the support!!
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Thanks so much for sharing your story, your face was already so beautiful to begin with, but now it's even better :) and thanks for the list of things to buy for surgery! Lots of people have q-tips on their lists, what do you use them for? To stick ointment up your nose? haha just curious
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Thank you!!! How do I say it tactfully...but lets just say that there is a lot going on up those nostrils and you cant blow your nose...so you need some assistance. I am so thankful for q-tips and you will be too! :)
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LOL oh joy, looking forward to it!
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You look great! You were beautiful to begin with but a great enhancement.
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Thank you!
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Your results are natural and beautiful. Congratulations.
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Thank you!
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So happy for you and your amazing experience. It is subtle, but it's what you wanted. I think it looks amazing for 6 days. I'm so happy you are happy. We are thrilled for you! xoxo
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xoxoxo YOU are the best guardian angel!!!
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I wish you a happy recovery. I can tell your post-op nose looks good already. Can't wait to see the results.
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@AK- you made it to the other side! I've been thinking about you all day. Your befores look so good and i'm so excited that you are happy with your even bandaged new after. Sending you virual (((hugs))). Know we are here to support you and don't hesitate to give updates. We can usually point you to somebody who's been there, done that! xoxo
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