The Big Reveal! I LOVE my new nose! - Houston, TX
- updated 1 year ago
Hi all! I've followed your posts for over a month...
- 4 Jun 2012
- 2 days pre
Hi all! I've followed your posts for over a month now and it has given me so much insight and courage! My surgery is 3 days away on the 7th of June. I did my research and have a double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
I've never loved my nose - especially since I have never been able to breathe out of the darn thing. I "breathe heavy" at night as I like to call it and my mom always called me her "ENT" baby.... was always sick with something.
I'm having open rhinoplasty with septoplasty and reduction of my turbinates (these hold mucus in the nose) and mine are extremely large apparently. Heck, I thought this felt like normal. He will be shaving down the hump, breaking the nose to reform and not doing much at all with the tip. I've always liked my pictures from the front. My fears? While I have a straight nose my nose sits up slightly and the miss piggie thing would be my worst nightmare. My mom has had a nose job and seriously she looked like a "Who" from Dr. Suess for weeks. It has since settled. My other fear? My sister had rhinoplasty with a much larger nose and only had bone shaved leaving her wishing she had more done. I'm hoping for the happy medium! Sounds like I come from a family of plastics but it's not true - just a family of big noses ;)
My mom is coming down Wednesday for surgery at 7:30am on Thursday! I'm excited to post more as I experience this - hoping it will help others - just as it helped me following those before me!
Whoa Nellie! Lots to talk about now that I am one...
- 8 Jun 2012
- 1 day post
Woke up with tube down my throat. I could feel it giving me oxygen. I made some gag noises and post-op nurse was right there. She was very comforting. Most annoying parts of post-op?? Blood pressure pump going off and on on my right arm - constantly taking it or at least that's what it felt like. She kept telling me I needed to breathe deeper or she was going to need to give me more oxygen. I naturally have low blood pressure and was breathing pretty shallow. Then she had gauze dipped in ice water over my eyes so I couldn't see anything. All the prodding and talking without being able to see really wasn't fun. Now, I've read these reviews on here and maybe it's just my positive attitude but I didn't really get the sense that there was a lot of pain involved. Well, I've done natural childbirth by choice and in general have a high pain tolerance but this was a whole different kind of pain. I'm a sissy when it comes to headaches mainly because I never get them.... well this was the world's worst. Pressure on my forehead, bottom of my nose hurt from the stitches and the worst part was I was so hot. She would put the ice gauze on my head and my eyes and within minutes there were lukewarm and I was burning up. I told her I felt like I had a fever and she said I did not it was just from the pressure and headache. I told her I was in pain and by the end of it she had given the maximum of 4 doses of narcotics - call me a whimp!! The other difference was I was freezing in pre-op and burning up in post-op. I was light-headed getting up at first to be wheeled out so they let me rest a little longer and 5 minutes later I was wheeled out. Drive back from Houston was looonng. I'm sure I scared plenty of people on I-45 especially when we sat in traffic for about 30 minutes. I did not care....
Well, time for some good news.... once I rested the anesthesia off more I was beginning to feel much better. I literally drank yoo-hoos and ate instant mashed potatoes yesterday but it worked. Took my first pain pill - I've been halving them just so it's easier to swallow and felt better after that as well. No nausea to speak of but in general I've always had a strong stomach. Today I've had english muffin, cereal and coffee. My head feels close to normal again. When it feels hot I ice it down and it feels much better. I set up camp in my big chair with ottoman in my living room. The whole bed with propped up pillows was not going to work for me. My mom brought a neck pillow and that was a tremendous help in keeping my head in one position. I also bought a body pillow that I just laid across my legs and put my arms on. All in all, I slept well last night. Woke up 2x and ate some cereal and took 1/2 pain pill. I have two pretty black eyes but in general I don't feel swollen to the brink. I really think sleeping up in the chair has done wonders.
I can already see a big difference in my nose. Pictures are hard to tell in but my profile has definitely been brought in. My tip does not look rotated up at all even though I know that can happen with how they tape it. My stitches are quite ugly so I'm hoping that does not leave any major marks. I can breathe now for the first time through my right nostril. It was an amazing feeling!
Well, I'm going to leave it there. Overall, worth it and I'm sure I'll be even happier as time goes on. I'm not going to neglect the fact that it stinkin' hurt in post-op and the first day in general. For those going through it, just know that it will get better if you have the same pain. I did not expect so much pressure, heat and pain.... Posting some pics below... so ugly but I've gotten over it!
I guess today is day 2 post-op. I think my...
- 9 Jun 2012
- 2 days post
Added today's pic and another before profile pic.....
- 9 Jun 2012
- 2 days post
Starting to feel like, "when will this ever end?"...
- 10 Jun 2012
- 3 days post
Stitches out today and really did not hurt at all....
- 11 Jun 2012
- 4 days post
Cast came off today!!! First off, no one told me...
- 14 Jun 2012
- 7 days post
On to the cosmetic part - I had pretty much lowered my expectations. My biggest fear was I wouldn't recognize myself from the front (something I did not want to change). It was uncanny how much I did recognize myself even with some swelling. My profile is amazing to me. Hump is completely gone. This has been such a boost of confidence for me! Still some swelling to go down but heck, if it stayed like it is now I'd be happy. I love, love my doctor. When I have more time I will describe more for his rating. Wow, I can't believe I got everything I wanted and more. I feel beautiful. :)