Coming Along...

First of all, I have to thank all of you who have...

First of all, I have to thank all of you who have been posting to this website. I couldn't be here without your experiences and advice. Even though my personal profile was not set up, I asked many of you for information and you all helped.

I am three weeks post op and doing really well. My journey was not an easy one at the beginning. I always knew I wanted rhinoplasty, but I seriously questioned my decision after the surgery. I got a stomach virus and a terrible cold two days after my procedure. My life was turned upside down. Only two things kept me going: the fact that I fully trust my surgeon, and my belief that my nose is going to be beautiful in a year.

My nose is changing on a daily basis, and I love to compare the images. I always thought my long nose looked sophisticated, but after seeing my before surgery profile picture, I knew a rhinoplasty was a must for me.

I am 5 weeks after surgery and I love how my nose...

I am 5 weeks after surgery and I love how my nose changes on a daily basis. If you are at the beginning of your journey, things will get only better.

Well, it has been two months since my surgery. I...

Well, it has been two months since my surgery. I love the result more and more. My nose is still hard as a rock. I still sleep with two big pillows, and I haven't worn my sunglasses yet. I still see my nose swell up when I get hot and if I eat too salty. I have been drinking lot more water to help cleanse my system. My surgeon said I am still healing and the nose will look different on a date to date basis. So, I am "patiently" waiting for the final result.

Coming Along...3 months update

I love my new look. There are still days when I see swelling and lots of it, especially in the tip. I gave up sleeping with my head elevated because it made no sense putting my back through the pain. I still do not wear sunglasses but interestingly that hasn't bothered me at all. I have my post surgery consult in a month and I am curious to see what Dr. C has to say. Good luck to all of you!

Nostrils are softening

I guess, I am one of the fortunate women that have thick skin -literally. Of course, this will help me in the getting old department but with swelling and bruising my body takes longer to heal. I am almost at my four month anniversary and finally I can feel my nostrils softening. The tip of my nose is still hard, but that actually doesn't bother me as much. I am still not wearing my sunglasses and I am not sure if I will wear them until next year.

4 months- Could not be happier

Well, I am still not out of the woods yet- Texas heat can bring on swelling like never before. On a funny note, I will be spending more time at my hair salon since the a/c was blasting so strong the other day that my nose was small and perfect. Well, I know there is no such thing as perfect but for me it is. If you (just) had your surgery keep it mind- this healing process is a marathon, not a 100m dash! XOXO

Visit with Dr. C.

So, I finally saw Dr. C today. This was my first time talking to him since he removed the nasal packaging. My visit was short and sweet. The most shocking thing he told me was that my nose is STILL about 50% swollen (even the bridge). OMG! I will have no nose by the end of the year...LOL.
By the way he told me wearing my sunglasses will not cause any damage but if there is much indentation on the skin, I should use them less. I decided I am ok without them until February 2014. That is my one year anniversary, and the time I will see him again.

7 months - Loving life

Well, I still have days when my nose swells up, but I believe this might be for all people and we just pay more attention to it because we had surgery. I see more and more definition and I cannot wait to see what a year will bring. Good luck to all of you!! XOXO

7 month angle/profile pics

I realized that my profile and angle look has not changed that much the last 4 months. I see a tiny shrinkage but other than that I really have to look. On the contrary, I am extremely pleased that my nose is so defined from straight on.
I believe hydration has a big role achieving this definition!

10 months - still changing

Well it's my 10 month anniversary and I thought I put up a couple before and afters. I still have days when my nose swells up but I am not thinking about it too much. My sister recently visited and couldn't believe how "small" my nose was. I remember wanting to see pictures of people with long term reviews before my surgery, so I hope my update will help others on their decision making process. Find a doctor with experience and you will be happy!
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon

I wanted to go to the best in my area (and there are probably others out there in Dallas), but I loved Dr. Cochran's clients' before and after pictures on-line. I also found many people on this website who have gone to him and only had great things to say about his work. He only does rhinoplasties which I believed was a definite plus to choose him. Please, also keep in mind that you will need an EKG if you are over 40.

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You look great!
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You look fab and your nose looks fab too! How's the horse riding going? My poor horse had to have an op in sept to remove a bone cyst on pedal bone :( we are walking only at mo but fingers crossed he will stay sound xxxxx
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oh, no! I hope everything will be ok with your horse. I can't stand it when my animals are hurt. I have been riding here and there - I fell of the other day (my saddle belt was lose while galloping) and the only thing I was concentrating on is protecting my nose. hehe
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he really took into consideration the rest of your face when he performed your rhinoplasty. So many doctor swill tack a nose on someones face without considering the balance of the face and Cochran definitely didn't do this. It fits you very nicely, oh and is that some brown in your blue eye? Very unique characteristic :D
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I completely agree with you! I didn't want someone else's nose - I wanted mine smaller. I am so happy with the result! Yes, the brown spot is definitely a conversation starter . :)
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Oh my goodness it's looks great!! Can't believe it's already been 10 months!! You look gorgeous! STunning! and It goes great with your face!
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Thank you! Feels good!
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Wow, beautiful profile! Thanks for sharing! :)
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Thanks!
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WOW... you look great!
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Thank you!
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thanks for posting that 3 month compared to 7 month. I'm at three now and it helps me see how swollen it might be!
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Maybe because I see my face everyday I am not seeing a huge change. :) It's goof to hear from others that it is changing!
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Oh yes, there is noticeable difference in the definition, and also your profile and 45 angle are smaller. Your nose looks very natural, and I am glad to hear that you are happy. Has your life changed in any way - attitude, self esteem, reaction from people?
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Thank you. I cannot believe that you see the difference, for me it is so subtle. I always had a good self esteem but I had an incident last year and after that I realized I have to have a nose job. It was nothing mean or dramatic but a reality check that my confidence is hindered by my nose size - especially the profile look. (Maybe, I can share with you the whole story over coffee one day.) Interestingly people who have not seen me for years immediately could tell that I had something done to my face. People I see everyday did not notice (or they just not saying it :)) I am extremely happy with the result and I am truly glowing from within. I cannot wait to see your journey! XOXO
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I am leaving on a long vacation - for three months - so the steroids better last that long :) I will be happy to have that coffee with you sometimes in the new year, we can compare our experience and noses! :) I would like to hear what incident made you change your mind. In my case, I went through episodes in my life when I was desperate for a nose job and when I was ok with my nose. Even with my old nose, I had healthy self esteem too. Funnily, there were constant reminders in my every day life that my nose size was too big, like I always saw it in a bottom vision, when looking straight, or some bottles and tumblers were uncomfortable to drink, kissing my hubby....all such little things that I don't think about anymore. It's easy to forget.
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I would not mind a long vacation just about now! Even if we do not forget, we think about those nose incidents with a smile! Let's keep in touch! Enjoy your time away!
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I looked at Dr. Cochran when I first startd looking for a surgeon! He did a really good job on you. It doesn't look like a nose job and looks as if you were born with it. Your confidence shines in your smile now, which makes you make attractive. Glad to know you're still loving it!
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Thank you. I never wanted a nose from a magazine picture and maybe that is why I am so much happier with this result!
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So beautiful!
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Thanks!
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Your nose looks so natural. The Picts you post are super helpful, especially the multiple picts together. Thanks
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Thank you!
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You are looking good, rocking the new nose! It has definitely slimmed down even more from the last pictures! When you mention ocassional swelling - I still get it, too. I have good nose days and bad nose days. Currently bad. I figured out that in my case it has to do with stress, sodium in food and hydration. Relaxing, eating non salty food and drinking plenty of water gives me nice nose, but it's so hard to do! How is your profile? Has it changed in any way? Would you mind posting a profile and 45 angle degree pictures?
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Maybe we need to go on a retreat! My profile and angle didn't change that much if at all (but I post pictures). I love that I finally have definition from the front - I feel happy that I never doubted Dr. C. - one less stress I had to focus on. Keep me updated on your process! XOXO
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