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5 Days Post-op Rhinoplasty - Calgary, AB

I had a wide, bulbous nose with a small dorsal...

I had a wide, bulbous nose with a small dorsal hump. I thought about this surgery for as long as I can remember(I even met with a couple other doctors over the past 10 or so years) and finally decided to go ahead and do it at 31 years of age.

I was terrified of having surgery - I had never had any type of surgery before and didn't know what to expect. But I hated almost every picture of myself and would never smile in them because smiling would make my nose look bigger, so finally I decided that surgery was worth it. I was tired of my nose was negatively affecting my life.

I am now 5 days post-op and still have my cast on, so I am not sure how I feel about the choice I have made - but I will update this in a few days once the cast is off.

Here is my experience with rhinoplasty so far:

Night before/Day of Operation:
The night before my surgery I was very anxious and I so I started reading about rhinoplasty online in the hopes it would help me relax. I actually found this site the night before my surgery and it really helped me relax to read about so many people's positive experiences with rhinoplasty.

My surgery was early in the morning and I was surprisingly calm as I waited for surgery to start at the surgery center. Once the nurse brought me into the operating room the anesthesiologist had me hooked up to IV's so quickly that I wasn't awake more than 2 minutes in that room, which was really nice. The next thing I knew I woke up in the recovery room. I wasn't in any pain when I woke up, but my mouth was incredibly dry and they wouldn't give me very much water as they were concerned that it would make me sick. About an hour after waking up they sent me home where I slept the rest of the day on and off. My throat being very dry and coming off the anesthetic made me very uncomfortable and had me waking up really frequently.

Day 1-3 post-op:
I slept all the time for the first 3 days post-op. I was sooo tired and couldn't really stay awake. I did wake up a lot though because I still couldn't breath through my nose at all and so my mouth was so dry from sleeping with it open. I also was never in any pain, but did feel a little pressure from my nose, so I took pain killers every few hours.

I felt really warm during these first few days and kinda wondered if I had a fever, but I felt okay most of the time and it was only on the third day I started to feel sick, but it passed by the next morning and I was fine. I never ended up throwing up at anytime after the surgery.

I had bruising under and around my eyes right after surgery and it got to its worst point on day 1 and 2 post-op and has gone away very quickly since then.

Days 4-5 Post-op:
I feel pretty much back to normal now and my bruising is almost gone - it is mostly yellow now. At this point I am mostly really tired of laying around and waiting to see the results. I get my cast off in 2 days, which I am super excited about. I can't wait to get this thing off my face!!! Otherwise, there is still no pain and I am not taking pain killers anymore. I am still very stuffed up though, but can sort of breath out of one side of my nose and so I am sleeping better - I now only wake up once or twice a night for water.

Well that is all for now. I will update this in the next couple days once I get my cast off. See you soon : ).

Well I got my cast off today and so far I hate it....

Well I got my cast off today and so far I hate it. I felt like I looked a little like Maggie Gyllenhaal...that sad turtle look. My nose it pointed upwards quite a lot and from the side profile pic she took of me I look like I have a piggy snout. The doctor told me this would go down and that it is due to swelling, but I'm not sure it will down to the point that I would be comfortable with it. It also looks crooked, but I think it's because my one nostril is quite swollen and is making things look crooked. Anyway, I don't know if I'm jumping to conclusion since it has only been 7 days since surgery, but so far I am kinda freaking out. Hopefully, next update will be more positive, but so far all I can think about is revision surgery.
Great post! The reason I say that, is because you basically described my experience thus far to the letter. I am currently 6 days post op (I had surgery Nov 4th) and am in the same mood as you now. I just want to get the cast off!!! I hope you like your results. Looking forward to your updates.
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Thank you for posting your experience on RealSelf! I'm glad RS could calm you the night before your surgery. I truly wish everyone who got plastic surgery would be able to find us pre-op like you did.

I think 31 is a great time to get rhinoplasty! You've lived a long time with your old nose and know what you want and need. The best thing about getting a nose job is that you no longer have to think about your nose all the time. It's very liberating. Of course, you  might find other things you don't like about your face, lol, but at least it won't be smack in the middle of your face like your nose is.

I'm looking forward to hearing what you think when the cast comes off.

Dry mouth and congestion are the worst things about rhinoplasty. And you're through the worst of it!

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I really appreciate the comment from casablanca -...

I really appreciate the comment from casablanca - that is also what I have read and what my doctor said - is that it will come down. But at this point it is hard to look in the mirror and see this little piggy nose, especially from the side view. The more I look at my nose the more I come to see that I may like it once the swelling comes down and the tip drops and it narrows somewhat - right now my nose looks kind of flat and wide from the front. The worst part is definitely the waiting, so far I am obsessing over it since I am stuck in the house. If anyone who has gone through this has any tips I would love to hear them!
who was your surgeon in Calgary?
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Please don't worry about your nose just days after surgery.
When they say it takes a year to see the final result ...that's no lie!
I am 6 months post op from a surgery like yours and my nose is still developing! Be patient..I know its difficult ...but you will drive yourself mad
If you don't try and relax. If at 6 months you are unhappy w your results then discuss w your doctor!

Relax and heal!
Tiffany
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It seems like many people freak out when the cast comes off and once the swelling subsides they grow to love the results. I am have a rhinoplasty in 2 weeks and my surgeon warned me that due to the type of my nose he will have to over-rotate my nose so will look slightly piggish for the first 2-3 weeks and later will come down. I find this slightly unnerving but I read a lot about it and the tip does come down significantly after 3.4 weeks in some cases. So give it time and don't stress about it, it's probably normal.
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