Fantastic Rhinoplasty - Las Vegas
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Just had rhinoplasty done today at 1:30pm! I was...
- 5 Apr 2013
Just had rhinoplasty done today at 1:30pm! I was so nervous, but took a Valium and made it through haha. I was determined to get it done and I'm so glad it's over.
I've always wanted to get rhinoplasty since about November of last year; after having juvederm placed under my eye that was my next project to accomplish! As a senior college undergraduate, it's so hard to find time; from exams to work to studying to attendance.
What I focused was removing the bump and making it completely straight, refining the tip and making it straight (not droopy), making it narrower and overall decreasing the size of the nose.
I still have the cast on and dressings/little mustache, but will have most of it (minus the cast) off in the morning.
I am so far loving it! I took a pain killer today and an anti-nausea pill. After a nap, I ate a ton and I feel good now! Going to take ambien and sleep soon.
Attached are photos of my 'before' and with the dressing/cast post-op. Please excuse the informality of my photos--I haven't taken many in what I consider a 'bad light' but I tried to show how big it was/the problem areas.
I'll update tomorrow with more information :)
Post-Op Day after surgery: Everything is healing...
- 6 Apr 2013
My only frustrations came from the staff--while they were very helpful and courteous, they seemed so busy that I had to wait quite a bit. My follow-up appointment was today (the day after surgery) and I had to wait 30 minutes until I was seen. I would hope to have been prioritized on my first post-op day than others, but overall it wasn't too bad. And my initial consultation took forever to see the doctor--they seem really busy. Which is a good thing because you want your plastic surgeon to have experience with a wide variety of patients, but at the same time you want personal attention. All in all, whenever I met someone it was always a pleasure--it was just the time to see someone took a bit longer than I'd like.
Dr. Lane Smith is a great person to talk to; he makes you feel calm & at ease whenever you speak to him. About ten minutes before going into the surgery room he came out and finalized everything I wanted done on my nose--which from looking at it, it appears to have been done! A narrower bridge, a more refined tip, no hump, and overall a big decrease in the size. I couldn't be happier! Taking of the cast will be the final confirmation :)
A little nausea and pain, so I took an anti-nauesa pill and pain killer. I'll update in a few days or so.
It is 4/7/13, two days after my surgery and I'm...
- 7 Apr 2013
I've also had a chemical peel done to my cheeks, forehead, and chin (nowhere near my nose) so today's photo may show my skin as blotchy/peel-y.
I do have swelling near my inner eyes that I had not seen before, but I hear that's normal. I'm placing frozen peas there regularly and keeping hydrated! Took half a pain killer today.
Five days post-op and I'm doing great. Nose looks...
- 10 Apr 2013
I'm not taking any pain pills or anti-naeusa; just continuing my antibiotics.
Cast comes off Tuesday! It's itchy, but I've become accustomed to it. I clean out my nose with half hydrogen peroxide & half saline solution with q-tips.
On a side note, my TCA chemical peel has pretty much peeled away and love how smooth my skin is. I'm not new to chemical peels, but I'm glad I took advantage of the down time I've set aside for my rhinoplasty to also treat the rest of my face.
3 weeks post-op and I couldn't be more ecstatic...
- 23 Apr 2013
My incision on the columella is healing nicely as well. I provided a new photo and I believe this is the best angle to see it from--small, upturned tip, no hump, and straight. I can breathe perfectly and have had no problems with infections, tears, etc.
I took the cast off today! I can't begin to say how happy I am. I was so nervous when they took off the cast, but was ecstatic when I saw my new nose in the mirror. I uploaded an image today and it really shows how balanced my face is. My original issues were that my nose was too wide, the tip was too bulbous and turned down, and there was a hump. I wanted a much smaller nose and I'm glad that was achieved. I got instructions to place the cast on twice in the morning and twice in the evening in order to push back on the bones as they mend. Otherwise, no sunglasses for six weeks and of course not bumping it into anything. Dr. Lane Smith is a fantastic plastic surgeon, man, and now a great friend. He delivered on every premise and I wouldn't hesitate to refer anyone to him. I heard he was great with noses, but now I was able to see for myself. As I mentioned in my review, the only critique I would have is the wait times were long--it seemed his staff were a little disorganized trying to book appointment times and actually go through in a decent amount of time. However, whenever I did meet anyone I was always greeted with a smile, a friendly attitude, and wasn't rushed when my time did come. If you guys have any questions, don't be afraid to ask! :)