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Rhinoplasty Recovery Post Op - Dallas, TX

I always dis-liked my nose from when I was in my...

I always dis-liked my nose from when I was in my teens. I sustained a nasal injury that left my nose crooked from my teens and on. I always wanted to get rhinoplasty but was too scared to make such a drastic decision and HOPE I like the result. I couldn't imagine going through the process and not liking the outcome. After my wedding this past April, I saw all my wedding photos and it was at that point that I decided I was going to finally do it. I couldn't stand seeing my crooked nose in all my wedding photos and the bump from the profile view.

I am 3 days post op now. I get my cast off and splints out on Tuesday and look foward to seeing what I look like. He advised that the swelling will be very present on Tues and not to be alarmed. I currently have a lot of pressure in my face and nose. My nose is very sore and the swelling has moved down my face. I look like a chipmunk hiding nuts in my cheeks. lol. I had 2 black and blue eyes and was very swollen. The black eyes are starting to fade and the swelling is just moving downward now. I can't wait to not feel so congested. I look foward to fantastic results. I plan to post some before and after pics soon!

I am 5 days post op right now. My black eyes and...

I am 5 days post op right now. My black eyes and swelling have really subsided. I only have yellow and a tad of purple under my eyes. My face is back to normal since the swelling went down. I am only taking 1/2 pain pill twice a day for when I clean my nose. It is still very sore and sensitive esp around the stitches. I get my cast off, splints removed, and stitches out tomorrow. I am prepared to see a swollen nose with not much definition. It's all a part of the healing process. I am so happy I decided to go with Dr. Cochran from The Gunter Center. He and his staff have been so wonderful from day 1. Jane, the nurse, always takes the time to promptly answer my emails or phone calls, and Dr. Cochran has been fantastic. He really listens to your desires and works hard to achieve the best look for a well balanced face. We met again before surgery and I felt so comfortable going into surgery. Hearing his excitement when he came to visit me in recovery was very assuring. He told me how well the surgery went and that my nose looks great! I look foward to seeing my new nose tomorrow. I will try to post some pics soon!

I am exactly 1 week post op. I met with Dr....

I am exactly 1 week post op. I met with Dr. Cochran yesterday to have my cast off, splints removed, and stitches out. It felt amazing to BREATHE!!! Not only from the splint removal but from fixing my deviated septum. The air flowing through my nose is amazing! Looking in the mirror for the first time was a neat experience. My nose is definitely swollen, esp from the front view. My profile looked great right away although i could see the swelling from the side also. I felt great after we left his office. My husband and I went out to eat ... a bit of bruising and swollen nose and all! I didn't feel insecure going out. I was just happy for my new nose. As the night went on, the swelling went down slightly more and even a bit more this morning. I am so excited to see the definition take place over the next few months! I can already tell that I am going to love it! I am so grateful for meeting Dr. Cochran! I was so reluctant to go through with this procdure and I finally did it! Very happy I did and would reccommend Dr. Cochran to anyone considering rhinoplasty/septoplasty! It wasn't even close to as bad as I thought it would be to go through all of this. I will start posting more pics from the 'After' part of it.

Well, I have hit the 2 week post op point. I have...

Well, I have hit the 2 week post op point. I have posted some new pictures. I decided that I need to add the 3d imaging pics of the before and projected after result. My 3d 'after' profile, in my opinion, looks spot on! And my frontal view, although still swollen, looks even better than the 3d imaging. I am so thriled with my results so far. I know they are going to continue to look better as time goes on. I still need that definition in the tip of my nose. I am happy enough with my results already that I don't mind being patient. I still have swelling, I am tired of cleaning my nose with a qtip, and I am very dry in my nose. I am breathing great though. I feel that my incision site healed up very quickly and it has been closed up for a while.... but I still look a little pink and "raw" in that area if you look close enough in the day light. I imagine that is to be expected. My one nostril is pinched a tad more that the other but I have been told that this can be expected with swelling. My nose is still very tender in different places and my right nostril is still super numb and my left one isn't, lol. People don't even notice a difference (even though it's a major improvement all over!!) until they see my profile view. Which is funny to me... I mainly had the rhinoplasty because my nose was crooked from the front view. I guess people noticed the bump on my profile more than anything?? My sister is visiting from out of town. She forgot about it until I asked her what she thought. And then SHE noticed that my nose was much more straight...yay :) Glad that was her first reaction. I think people noticed more from the profile is because I am still swollen from the front and my profile looks more small and natural now. Thank you Lord and Dr. Cochran ... let's continue with the positive results :) Feel free to ask any questions!

P.S. I look back at all my post surgery pics and...

P.S. I look back at all my post surgery pics and laugh at how awful I looked. I looked miserable because I couldn't even smile because of how swollen I was and my upper lip was so stiff. My husband and I are so hilarious together and we made my recovery song "Stiff Upper Lip" by AC/DC. lol. I promise I am not that mean looking in real life, lol.

In 2 more days (Aug. 1) I will be 3 weeks post op....

In 2 more days (Aug. 1) I will be 3 weeks post op. Will post some new pics then. Today was my first day back to the gym. I take a cardio kick boxing class. I did some parts at low impact. Tried to avoid any jumping. It all went great and I felt great. No throbbing or swelling. I think I am ready to back full time to my regular gym schedule! Swelling continues to improve everyday. It looks so normal, nobody notices but me. I am starting to get more feeling back in the tip of my nose and nostrils... finally. I can't feel when my nose is running, lol, and that can be embarressing. Overall, I am still loving my results! So far, so good!

I am currently one month post op. It was great to...

I am currently one month post op. It was great to get a phone call from Dr. Cochran at my one month mark to see how I'm doing and how I feel about my nose so far. I am very happy with the results so far. My nose is still sensitive to touch (tender), mainly in the tip. The swelling has gone down in my bridge and I still have some swelling in my tip. I can feel the swelling and my tip feels like a rock. Because swelling went down in other places and not my tip so much, my tip looks up-turned right now but nothing too drastic. I can only really see it. It's getting better each day. I'm sure in the next several weeks, I will start seeing more definition in my tip. I still clean with q tips all the time and I try not to blow my nose. My incision site is just a little bit pink yet. Dr. C said everything I am explaining is the normal healing process. My right nostril tends to run much more than my left. Overall, I feel great, look great, and I still look like me. Barely anyone has noticed so far. A few people made comments that I look different. My husband loves my new nose and so do I! Such an improvement!

3 months post op! Things are looking really good....

3 months post op! Things are looking really good. I really saw some changes about 3 weeks back. I had some uneven-ness in my nostrils and my nose and that has all resolved. My nose is straight, nostrils are even, and swelling has subsided. My tip is still hard and is sensitive if bumped but my nostrils have feeling back. It feels sore still when I wear sunglasses. I don't like to wear them for long periods of time since I do have sensitivity. One thing I have noticed is that the right nostril runs more than my left. I feel like I always have the sniffles and constantly keep tissues with me. Especially when I am eating... weird. Anyhow, all is great and looking really good! I will post 4 month post op pics after my 4 month appt with Dr. Cochran!

One year post op

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I took the time to do some research and heard wonderful things about Dr. Spencer Cochran in Dallas. I went to see him for a consultation and it was a pleasure meeting him. He is just the nicest person, totally caring and understanding. He took my photos and did 3d imaging to show what my nose could potentially look like after surgery. After seeing the imaging, I was sure I wanted to do this. I wanted my nose to look exactly like that. I scheduled surgery for July 11 and was very nervous up to the date of surgery. I was second guessing if I was making the right decision, I was worried about the result. After reading all the reviews on Dr. Cochran I knew I made the right decision. It seemed like everyone had nothing but wonderful things to say about him and his work. All his before and after pics of his patients looked fantastic. On the day of surgery I tried to be calm and happy for the procedure. I didn't want to freak myself out. I just embraced the thought of it and thought positive about the results. Dr. C came to my room pre-op and we discussed the photos again and he put me at ease. We joked around and laughed and next thing, I was off to surgery! I woke up in recovery and soon got to see Dr. Cochran. He was so excited about my surgery. He said it went awesome and that my nose looked beautiful. He didn't even have to make incisions under my nostrils like we planned. He said it worked out so that he didn't need to to that.

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5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
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5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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Thanks so much for sharing your story and photos! Your result is one i would give anything for, it is just perfect! I have been looking at all Dr Cochran's reviews and he just seems to good to be true, everyone's nose looks flawless! Do you mind me asking how things with your nose are now? Is everything back to normal yet? Thank you again!
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Thank you for your nice words!! I am happy with my work from Dr. C. I believe he did the absolute best job he could have done with my nose. I am still recovering. I have some swelling in my tip that still needs to subside... but only noticeable to me. Nobody else would ever take note to it. I am still a little stiff in the tip of my nose and don't have 100% of the feeling back but this is normal with rhinoplasty. Over, he is a very skilled surgeon. I would feel very comfortable with him if I were you!
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Love it! How are you feeling? Do you still have swelling? Is the tip of your nose soft? What did Dr C say? Did you wear sunglasses the past months? Thanks for your update!!
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Thanks. I still have swelling only noticeable to me but not much. The tip of my nose is not soft. It is still hard. I wonder if it will ever actually be soft again. Dr. C said he is pumped about my results. He is happy with the work. I have been wearing sunglasses since 3 months post op. Sometime sunglasses feel heavier on my nose now and more sensitive.
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Hi, I am 7 weeks post op with Dr. Cochran, and I keep on observing my nose all the time waiting for any little swelling to come down :) My tip is still hard, but now that you mention yours is as well at 1 year post op, I wonder why. Can you blow your nose? May I also ask, when did you start noticing that the shape of your nose settled at about the same definition that you have now? I know it's probably still too early 7 weeks post op, but I feel like my tip is lacking definition, the bridge is still too wide, and I have a boney lump on the right side of the bridge which is making me curious about its origin since he didn't even break my nose.
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Hi Doro - I hope your recovery is going well. Yes, I can definitely blow my nose but it did feel like it took forever to be able to fully blow my nose and use a tissue inside it easily. You will get there. If I had to guess, I would say that my nose took it's appearance closer to 6 months. And after that it only changed very slightly. It took a while for my tip to get some definition but it happens. Def talk to Dr C about that boney lump. He will be happy to see you at any time. I still feel like my nose is too wide but Dr C said he had to open it up so that I could breathe better. He said my nose was too skinny but I def think my nose looks bigger now from the front but the profile and tip are much much better. Hang in there. It takes a while!! I am over a year out and still have some numbness and swelling around the tip.
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Hey lady, You are almost at your one year anniversary and I would love to see some updated pics. I hope all is well!
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I have my one year consult with Dr Cochran next month. I will post pictures when I hit my one year mark! Thanks for checking in!
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Sounds great! I am seeing him on the 5th for my four months check up! Yay
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You look lovely! I had my consult with Dr. Cochran about 2 weeks and just trying to build up the nerve to call to schedule the surgery. Your pics certainly helped with that, our noses could have been sisters...crooked and a hump. I am mostly scared of the anesthesia and recovering from that...there can be no vomiting involved !!!!! At any rate you look gorgeous !

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I am going to have surgery with Dr. Cochran next week. I love your results, and I was wondering if you could post an update. It surely would calm my nerves ;)
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you look amazing, your new nose is georgeous. I have my appt. with Dr. Cochran on the 30th Nov. 2012...I'm anxious hope everything goes well. Thank you for sharing your experience and photos with us. Wish me luck!
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She really does look great...so pretty! Pearl, I hope that you share your experience with Dr. Cochran as well and good luck. He seems to be one of the best and I am considering him for my revision but I really want to be sure and get it right this time. I truly appreciate those who are willing to share their experience and photos...so helpful. Thank you.
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Thank you so much and Good luck tomorrow! You will be very happy with Dr. Cochran! He is the best!
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Thanks, Faith! I wouldn't second guess Dr. Cochran. He is very skilled. Would recommend him anyday to anyone. Another girl I know used him for her THIRD rhinoplasty and he fixed everything that other surgeons screwed up. Good luck!
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Hi, thank you everything went well. For the most part I was happy with what Dr. Cochran can accomplish with surgery. Now I have to decide when I can have surgery...
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Faith, I had my appt. today, I wanted to have surgery this month but it's not going to be possible because there is only one space available and it is tentatively reserved for someone else. I have to take my vacations by the end of the year or else I will loose them. So as of now I don't know when I can again take some time off next year :(
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Hi texas Bunny! Your nose looks great! It really suits you! so glad you are happy with it! just had a question? did the meds affect your tummy? constipated? bloated? I would really appreciate your feedback! Thank you!!!
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Hi Lulusss. Thanks for the nice comments and sorry for the delay. The meds made me nauseous. I had to take them with crackers but they sure do help take the edge off and help you relax through recovery!
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I think your doctor did a fabulous job! You look fantastic!
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Thank you! Thank you!
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Congratulations on being 3 months post op and for being happy with the results. I have found your reviews and regular pics helpful and inspiring......thanks! I am so happy for you :)
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I appreciate that! I am glad my experience is helping others through theirs! Best wishes
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Thanks. I'll try!
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It's pretty much just the hump. They are taking out some of the septum and doing a small cartilage graft in the tip to make it stronger cause it goes down when I smile. It's going to be an open rhinoplasty which I wasn't crazy about at first but when they explained why, it made sense. My doctor is Etai Funk. He's double board certified in Cosmetic surgery and ENT so he only does facial work and does about 100 rhinoplasties a year. I'm very comfortable with him. Just nervous about the actually surgery. But I know things are usually never as bad as you think they will be! I just hope it turns out how I want and I'll be glad I did it! Thanks for your comments.
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