Like many others on this website, I have hated my nose since it really grew into my face, probably during middle school, and I believe around maybe age 13 is when I first wanted a rhinoplasty. I have felt since then that my nose has been holding me back from being truly confident. I'm a performer (I sing & do musical theatre) and going to school to become a teacher, and both of these things, though very different, really put you in the spotlight. In my case, everything is pretty good from the front, but then I turn my head to either side, and there's a big dorsal hump- there's nothing nice about it. I can't wait until the day when I'm not even caring about people seeing my profile! I went to one consultation already back in February and am going to a second on Thursday. I'm really hoping that this doctor is the one because he is a facial plastic surgeon as well as a head and neck surgeon (dual board certified) and seems great. I really hope everything works out and that I'm able to do this when I get home from school for the semester in mid-May, or late May/early June at the latest. I have support from family & friends which I am forever thankful for. Anyway, that's all for now, but I will update after my consult Thursday- crossing my fingers that I possibly set a date! I shouldn't get my hopes up too much but I always do. Oops!
Love My New Nose; So Grateful! 1 Year: Final Update (Surgery 5/22/13)
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I have already made up a shopping list of things I may need: Q tips, hydrogen peroxide, nasal saline spray, straws, face wipes, U shaped pillow, cold ices/frozen yogurt for my throat, easy-to-eat foods for the first couple days. Will I be eating regular food pretty soon after? Or is it more soothing to just have some soup or pasta? I already have plenty of Aquaphor (my favorite product for chapped/dry/cracked lips and skin!) and some honey drops that are delicious & that will help with a dry mouth/sore throat.
I am noticing more and more that I breathe out of my mouth fairly often and am excited to see how my breathing will improve once my deviated septum is fixed. Can anyone share their experience with this functional aspect of the rhinoplasty? I am curious as to how long it takes to notice a difference in breathing.
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I already had:
Aquaphor for my lips/mouth
Luden's Wild Honey Throat Drops
A back/backrest pillow for relaxing & sleeping
Here is what I bought:
Nexcare paper tape
Chewable Vitamin C
Simply Saline nasal mist
Extra strength Acetaminophen (generic form of Tylenol)
Arnica montana tablets
I also have books, movies, and Netflix ready for the recovery period. I may also be borrowing a humidifier. I have light foods to eat for the first couple of days where my stomach might be a little uneasy. I forgot to get an antibacterial soap, but I'll grab that when I pick up my prescriptions which are being filled.
Surgery tomorrow (5/22). SO excited!
Surgery completed; officially post op!
Tomorrow AM, I go in to get my packing out and I'm sure I'll feel even better! Then I believe Friday I'll be going back to get my sutures out. Both days they're going to have me go in their side door which is really great so I don't have to feel weird with the drip pad and cast on my nose; I don't care so much about being seen in the cast but the drip bad makes it look a little scarier I think!
To be completely honest, I feel pretty great all things considering. I have NO nausea whatsoever and haven't thrown up at all. My anethesiologist had put 3 anti-nausea meds in my IV so I was hoping I really would be okay, and so far so good; I do have a prescription for anti-nausea if I do need it! I hate feeling the blood on my drip pad, that kinda freaks me out a little. I'm pretty good with blood but I've been changing it every 1/2 hour-40 mins. (what the doctor said we should expect) and that brings out the worrier in me! Lol. I know I can call if I'm really concerned but I know in my heart (perhaps this is the rational part of me) that this is TOTALLY normal. When I got home, I was helped up the stairs because I was still a little uneasy standing up, but now I'm walking around fine.
I had some ice cold water when I got home and then a couple frozen Go Gurts-- I highly recommend these for after surgery. They were soothing because they were soft and almost ice cold at the same time. I know I'll enjoy eating them over the next week too. I then had a glass of Snapple with lots of ice. I love Snapple and it tasted so good! At around 7, I knew I should take my meds soon, which require a meal, so my mom made some gnocchi (if you don't know what gnocchi are, they are these little small dumplings, very soft and the ones we have are filled with potato, check 'em out on Google and be sure try 'em, they're delish!) and I had just some butter and Asiago cheese on that. I took my antibiotic and anti-inflammatory along with Vitamin C and Arnica tablets. I haven't had to take the prescription pain medication, but when I was feeling a little pain a little after I got home, I took 2 extra strength Tylenol which seem to do the trick for me.
I'm very excited and can't believe the biggest part's over and that I'm actually recovering right now!!! Overall, the pain/discomfort/etc. has been probably half of what I expected. The packing isn't bothering me, and honestly I breathe with my mouth a lot so what do I expect. I was changing my drip pad and it was SO WEIRD seeing my nostril without the deviated septum. I'm excited not only for the cosmetic result (excited is an understatement) but the medical result as well! That's all for now but I will update tomorrow after packing removal or in afternoon :)
Day 2 post op
The real "Day 2 post op"
I took a bath and my mom helped me wash my hair this morning which felt really good! I also slept A LOT better last night (only woke up a couple times) and yesterday even took two long naps. Having a U shaped pillow has helped so much; highly recommend!
I'm feeling pretty good today so far for only my second full day.. I don't feel completely myself yet as I'm still somewhat uncomfortable (really not too terrible though) but I'm hoping by Sunday I'll feel more normal. I do have to say that I think I expected this to be a bit easier of a recovery than it is (not saying it's a horrible recovery... it really isn't!), and I'm realizing I have to slow down and RELAX because I had surgery less than 48 hours ago. My body needs all the rest it can get, and I just want anyone having this surgery to know that it's okay to not feel 100%; we're not supposed to for these days immediately following rhinoplasty, or in my case (along with some others), septorhinoplasty. I may be contradicting myself because I know after surgery I wrote I expected this to be harder, and now I'm saying I expected it to be easier; really it just varies one day to the next and I think the first couple of days are usually the "worst" from what I've read so I'm sure over the weekend I'll be feeling better. I don't want to scare anyone though because it's not an insanely difficult recovery even on the "worst" days! I don't regret this at all because I already know it's going to be so, so worth it to have a nose that I'm not constantly worrying about :) Will update tomorrow
Day 3 Post-Op
Day 4 Post-Op
Day 4 Post-Op
Day 5 Post-Op
Cast is off!
Day 8 Post-Op; 2 days after cast removal
My nose from the front before was very narrow, and that was really the only angle I liked prior to surgery. My nose now is wider from the front (I think that usually has to happen when a hump is taken down (?)), which I fully knew going into surgery. I was a little worried about this but I really do still like it from the front! I'm pleasantly surprised. It's not overly wide or anything and fits my face, and now it's a more "normal" nose. I think I'll also be even happier when my smile fully returns because I'm always smiling with my teeth showing, so doing a closed smile is a very weird thing for me! As for the sides, I love my profile now. I HATED my big hump that I used to have so it's SO nice to not have that to constantly be self-conscious about anymore. Also, my tip was rotated slightly and fits the nose "just right", no piggy look whatsoever; it's a smaller detail, in my opinion, compared to the hump removal but it looks really good especially comparing it to old pictures of my profile where I can see it being downturned. I had a septoplasty as well and my nostrils are nice and even and I feel like I get so much air through them. I'm so grateful to my doctor because what he did is amazing. I now have a natural-looking nose that I like from all angles; it fits my face and I feel like I'm now an improved version of my old self. I know I still have a lot of swelling (I'm sure the heat wave we're having in my area right now isn't helping) but I'm already SO happy.
I am still sleeping elevated/on my back because it doesn't bother me much and I figure it can't hurt. I'm super gentle with my nose as it's still so new and in the very early stages of healing. My post-op instructions have me taking Vitamin C for 6 weeks after surgery, so I'm still doing that. I take a few Arnica tablets each day because I do have some slight yellowing on my bridge, but nothing noticeable. I also am still taking Bromelain. I will probably stop those two soon; I'm going to ask my doctor about that next week. I'm going through a lot of saline spray because I'm supposed to use it every 1-2 hrs. when awake (not sure if this is more for my septo than rhino?); it keeps everything moist and feels really good! I think I'll probably use this stuff for months (maybe even years) to come, because it really works.
Thank you all for your kind words and support; it means so much!
Looking through old photos
2 weeks post-op :)
2 wks. post-op
16 days post-op
So worth it!
I don't notice that much swelling overall but I guess that doesn't mean it's not there. I'm currently just waiting for the tiny bump where my nose was broken to smooth over, but I imagine that takes a bit longer since it's a bone healing; it's not very noticeable (I might even be the only one who really notices it!) so that doesn't bother me much at all.
I was worried going out for the first few times where I knew I would be seeing people I knew, and nobody said anything which I was at first happy about because then I knew it looked natural and I didn't have to worry about awkward questions/looks, but then I actually felt a little frustrated since it's such a HUGE difference to me and I almost wish somebody had said something! Lol. Very weird, I know, esp. because on one hand I was glad but then on the other a little mad.
I really am loving my new nose, and I did this for my happiness, not anybody else's. I do have to say again how great it feels to be 100% comfortable with my nose. I'm not constantly worrying about people seeing my nose; if anything, I want them to see it now! It has made such a difference!
5 weeks post-op!
8 weeks post-op
Almost 12 weeks post-op
7 months post-op
In response to anyone who thinks that plastic surgery is a shallow/superficial/whatever you wanna call it thing to do: I realize that it may seem sad that this is the society we live in. But to me, if something like this can make such a huge difference in someone's life, then it's not a bad thing at all. It only becomes an issue, in my opinion, when people are getting revision after revision to try to achieve perfection, and when people start getting more than a "few" procedures done. There is absolutely an ethical component to what a plastic surgeon does... during my own consultation, my doctor even gave me somewhat of a psych assessment to make sure I was in this for the right reasons and had the right intentions (there are very real mental illnesses associated with body images). I changed one feature (very naturally thanks to my doctor) and I'm still totally recognizable; in fact, when I told one of my best friends, she said she hadn't even known! I showed her before/afters so she could see the difference. I'm still myself, and no I'm not getting anything else done, because I'm so happy with where I am! And yes, I was SO happy before (if you ask anyone, they'll tell you how bubbly I am and have always been!)... I'm very blessed... but this has just been such a wonderful thing for me!
One Year Later & Still Loving It! (Final Update)
I wish everyone going through this process (and those considering it) all the best. Thank you to those who have followed my story; I really do appreciate the love & support that the RealSelf community showed to me... you all made my experience that much better!
I hated my nose and, for a long time, wanted a rhinoplasty. When I got the chance to have it done, I did a lot of research and came across Dr. Marotta; what stood out to me was his humanitarian work, his before & afters, and the amazing reviews people had written about him (and I now know why!). I set up a consultation and booked my surgery the day of because I was so impressed. Dr. Marotta & his staff are fantastic! He is kind, professional, and down-to-earth, not to mention excellent at what he does! Everyone (nurses, receptionists, patient care coordinators) is SO friendly and caring, and truly make you feel good! I have had a great experience thanks to him and everyone on his team and would easily recommend him to family and friends. I now LOVE my nose. I'm so happy with my results and couldn't have picked a better surgeon.