Rhino Time! - Boston, MA
Hi everyone! I'm 23 with basically the same...
I'm 23 with basically the same story; I've hated my nose for as long as I can remember. I have a nice hump and my nose is really long. (I'm Italian) The front isn't too bad, I just hate the side profile, it literally makes me cringe. I'm so self conscious about it that I just feel like everyone is just staring at my nose. I've dealt with nose comments back in school and ever since then it’s just killed any confidence for my nose. However, I hardly expressed this to my family/friends because I didn't want to offend my family heritage/draw even more attention to my nose by complaining about it.
With that being said, I basically have little support coming from my family. I've had to finance and coordinate everything on my own (which is fine, but a little support would be nice during this time.) Everyone tells me I'm pretty but I just wish they would understand how much this will boost my inner confidence. Hardly any of my friends know I'm getting this done, I just don't want any nose attention (before at least) like usual lol. I'm pretty sure my close friends will notice, but I've decided just to wait for that.
Anyways, I was very happy to find this site filled with people I can relate to/can receive some support from! I'm not looking for a drastic change, just a smaller version of my nose, sans hump! The doctor I've selected does very natural work which is what I was looking for. (Hoping it comes out like we've discussed!)
My surgery is this Wednesday, September 4th, ekkk! I'm so excited/kind of nervous. I'm a little worried about how I'm going to feel post-op. If anyone could give me any advice/tips, that'd be great! I look forward to chatting with you guys! :)
Some pre views.
This morning I started taking Keflex. My doctor prescribed me to start taking this the day before surgery, once in the am & once at pm. When I took it this morning it made me feel really sleepy. I don't know if it was because I was up earlier than normal or who knows. But it's just an antibiotic/kills bacteria/prevents it. So I'll be taking that again later tonight - hopefully I'll fall asleep early and not be tossing and turning.
Then later I also need to shower with Hibiclens - hoping that doesn't smell too bad haha haven't opened the bottle yet.
But otherwise I have my meds all set up, outfit ready, and created my own recovery room with pillows and blankets everywhere! :)
My surgery is at 8:30 tomorrow. Say a prayer for me tonight.
2 Hours Til Go Time!
At 7am I am prescribed to take an Ativan and put my Transderm Scop patch on. I probably won't be able to update while I wait because I feel like I'm going to be loopy as hell. Haha I'm even setting a passcode on my iPhone so I don't text nonsense. (I'm treating this as a drunken night out lol) Hopefully I won't be as looped out as I think though.
But my last feelings: I'm very excited, not nervous, kinda hungry, wish I could have a water & can't wait for coffee soon! Lol.
Wish me luck! Xxx
I did it! I did it!
My only complaint from everything is just how dry your mouth gets. I think it's a combo of the meds & breathing through your mouth. My doctor doesn't do packing, so I can actually some what breathe through it right now if I try. But I'm just drinking water like a storm!
I'll do a more in depth review of my procedure tomorrow. I just wanted to let everyone know I'm okay and that the surgery went extremely well. :)
Day 2: Post-Op
So I got there, met with my Dr quickly then the nurse took all my vitals & such & then I changed and was brought into the room. I definitely was pretty loopy from the Ativan & other anxiety meds before I was even given the twilight cocktail. The anestheiologist was really funny which made the whole set up much easier. Then the last thing I remember was asking if he wanted to see my tattoo..? Hahaha then I was out, knocked out the entire procedure. I know some people don't end up fully asleep and hear parts of the procedure, but I didn't. Then next thing I knew, I was sitting up in a chair & woke up to a nurse asking if I wanted water. I already had my cast and drip pad on my face. Don't know when that happened. Then one of the nurses helped me dress and later wheeled me out. Then I continued being extremely loopy after, I guess I told everyone in the office "that was the best nap of my life" repeatedly. My mom said I just kept slurring my words and just telling everyone about my nap. Lol girl loves naps.
There was literally zero pain during the procedure and after. So easy. I still only have bruising under one eye, however the bruise coloring got darker the next day. My eyes were very swollen yesterday but they went down a lot today. But it's no biggie. Since I have no packing I can actually decently breathe but I've just been sticking to mouth breathing for now. I'm still on a bunch of meds until probably next week. The
Biotene has been a blessing for post-op, the dry mouth is no fun. I starting doing nasil rinsing yesterday, it feel good but I just wish I could blow my nose soo bad right now. Can't wait for healing to be over so I can just enjoy everything! :)
Now I'm pretty tired again from typing all this, nap time. Xxx
Day 3 Post Op: Boredom
#2, My bruising & swelling has gone down but still existing. I feel really good, so I wish it was gone so I could just go out with my cast (cast doesn't embarass me but a swollen face does lol) I'm just starting to feel really housebound.
#3, Nasal rinses. I don't know how much "stuff" is supposed to come out of my nose when I rinse. But when I do, hardly anything really comes out. I'm not sure if it's because I feel like I'm healing very fast/I can breathe/no packing
#4, Sleeping elevated. This actually should probably my #1. I just can't sleep elevated in a chair, or my bed. I always sleep on my tummy/sides and it's super annoying. My parents keep checking on me in the night & waking me up because I somehow moved myself back to my side. I'm scared I'm going to unconsciously hit it in my sleep, which worries me because I already love the shape my nose is taking.
Anyways, that's all for now. Gonna ice my face & listen to some music and hope my bruise goes down for day #4! :)
Day 4 Post Op: In the Books.
(The excitement of my day/only thing going on with the nose right now. I'm feeling good!)
I get this bad boy cast off on Tuesday-thank goodness! Just need to get through one last full day tomorrow..please go by fast!
Day 5 Post Op: Summary
Tomorrow is the big day - cast removal! I've been very excited all week for this except now last minute I'm a bit nervous. I'm worried it'll look the same or something will be wrong. Need to stay positive and keep remembering that there is going to be swelling and it will change! But I'm definitely ready to get back to my normal life and routine! Hoping he gives me the OK to work out a little earlier - having gym withdrawals.
Wish me luck! :)
I'M. IN. LOVE.
Also- Mom & Dad came to the appointment! They love it and are happy that I'm happy. Both are very impressed with the doctor and the office. (Knew they'd finally come around!) This makes me even happier with my decision to do this procedure.
Day 8 Post Op
But I'm still so in love with feeling my nose and there being no bump! I went shopping today with my mom and I asked her to take my picture with something funny in the store to send to my bestfriend (something I'd typically do) and when I got my phone back and saw the picture I literally had forgot I had my nose done & then had an immediate wave of excitement go through my body seeing the picture of myself with a cute nose! No bump! Normally I used to look at a picture and immediately look to see how bad my old nose looked. So this just felt amazing!
Because my recovery has been rather fast and I feel pretty normal, I literally keep forgetting I had my nose done. I was outside kneeling playing with my neighbor's puppies and when I came in my mom was like "what were you doing, the doctor told you not to go near pets!" (In case they tap your nose) Haha and when I was out there I honestly had forgot. Lol. It's great to be out and not even concerned about my nose/people looking at it. I feel like I just have this new-found freedom from my old nose.
No more worries! :)
Day 11 Post-Op- Swelling, you suck.
Other than that I keep icing my face every so often, still taking Arnica (which I feel like does absolutely nothing haha,) and nasal rinses. I think I've been out and about too much and need to just take things easier. I was out all day yesterday and I think that may have to do with the swelling I have now.
Day 18 Post Op
Other than that I'm well! The bruise I had on my left eye was pretty gnarly. Took FOREVER to finally go away- doc had to give me more Arnica. It went away but then all the sudden yesterday my left eye was all dark again. So don't know what that's about haha.
Also my skin on my nose/near my nose has been SO dry lately too. (Could also be the weather changes in combination but..) I've been using moisturizers and I've been finding none seem to last too long and I have to reapply constantly! If anyone has any advice on product for dry skin after rhino that'd be lovely! :)
Darkened my hair for distraction as well. Tehe.