This is a procedure I have wanted to do forever. My mum had a nose job age 16, my dad has a big nose and my younger sister is having her nose done in August. I decided to have mine when I hit 16, but was not allowed to be put under general anesthetic due to a heart condition. I had to have heart surgery in order to have my nose job, so I had my heart surgery in Nov 2011.
The surgeon explained to me in my consultation what would be done to my nose: 1) make the nose smaller 2) get rid of the hump at the top of my nose, creating more of a 'ski slope' look 3) fix my deviated septum by shifting my nose to the left In March 2012 I had my nose job. The hospital itself is very nice. I had a good experience with the doctors and was put at ease prior to my operation. I only had to wait about an hour at the hospital and during that time I was visited by at least 4 different nurses to make sure I was well. I was worried about being knocked out, but that was completely fine. I came round from my two hour operation feeling very worse for wear. I was very ill and vomited blood for what felt like hours. I felt extremely sick and was heavily bleeding from my nose. The experience was dreadful, but I was put at ease by numerous nurses, plus felt very drowsy from the anesthetic which may have numbed the pain. My mum left me after I stopped vomiting and I was given delicious food, plus I had a TV which was great.
I did not have a great night's sleep but that was to be expected, given the amount of bandages on my face. The next morning, my surgeon came in to speak to me. He rebandaged my nose, which felt extremely weird. I was allowed to go home at about midday the next day. My face was very sore and I took pain killer after pain killer. I wasn't allowed to sleep on my side, which was frustrating, plus I constantly knocked my bandage by accident. I only had to have the bandage on for a week, but it was the longest week ever. As you can see from the photos, I was black and blue and felt self conscious leaving my house. People would ask me what was wrong with me, whether I'd had my nose broken. However, having this surgery is something I have always wanted and I knew the week of hell would be worth it. I had to use creams and sprays in my nose for the week and for some time after. I had horrible blood clots inside my nose which were uncomfy and really blocked up my nose. Against doctors instructions, I got my tweezers out and tried to pick them out. This took forever, but my nose felt a million times better after as I could breathe much easier. Having the bandages taken off a week later was a very scary experience and at first I hated what I saw. My nose was incredibly swollen and I felt like a totally different person. I cried a little on the drive home from the hospital, but after a bit of a sulk, I had a proper look at my nose. With each day I like it more and more. The hump is completely gone, it's much smaller and straighter, a totally different shape, overall a huge difference. My friends have all been very supportive.
Obviously it is still early days (it has only been about two and a half weeks since by surgery) but as things are I am giving it a big thumbs up! Now, I am still using cream, plus I have to massage my nose. I have to squeeze the top of my nose with my finger and thumb 4 x 10 seconds a day, then I have to push my nose to the left (to stop it shifting back to the right) for the same amount of time. This is a mild inconvenience, but it is fine. Now I am just being very careful not to get hit in the face.