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Finally Doing This! - Media, PA
- updated 9 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $7,300
- Jonathan Pontell, MD, FACS (Media, Pa)
I've been self conscious about my nose since I...
- 1 May 2012
I've been self conscious about my nose since I was in middle school. I was born with a cute little nose and as I got older it kept growing but the rest of my face never caught up! I am very confident and feel beautiful but my nose is the one feature that just doesn't fit the rest of my face. From the front it doesn't bother me too bad and I have one angle the I always photograph from but when someone catches me in a photo from my "bad angle" I absolutely just cringe! The thing that I hate the most is seeing my nose from the side when I'm smiling. The tip droops down, it is way over projected and I have a sharp bump on the one side of the bridge. I have been thinking about doing this for as long as I can remember and always managed to talk myself out of it. Now I am turning 26 in a few weeks and getting married in 8 months and decided to go for it. All I can think about is the photographer snapping photos of me on my wedding day from the side, smiling at the alter from my absolute worst angle on the happiest day of my life.
I've done so much research and have followed everyone's stories and advice on this website. I believe I have found the absolute best surgeon, he does only facial plastic surgery and I was able to talk to a few people that had their surgery done by him who were extremely happy with their results! He said I have a very deviated septum and that my nose was for sure fractured at some point judging from the way the bone protrudes on one side. He will be rasping down the bone, making my nose less projected and shortening the tip because it is sort of long. The great part is that he doesn't have to break my nose so hopefully was swelling and bruising won't be too bad! I am heading back to his office later today to get the computer imaging and set the date. I am beyond excited! I will upload the photos when I get them but for now I have uploaded some before photos. I don't have any "really bad ones" because I always position myself a certain way in photos so I don't look bad like I'm sure most of you have learned to do.. can't wait until I don't even have to worry about it anymore!
I had the computer imaging done yesterday which...
- 2 May 2012
I added my computer imaged photos. Not the best...
- 5 May 2012
Has anyone used CareCredit? It's what my doctor...
- 8 May 2012
Wow time is flying... it is exactly 5 weeks until...
- 14 May 2012
I already know all of the risks and complications that are associated with smoking and surgery but I'm just wondering if any of you also had or soon have to quit for your surgery? This is where I probably need the most support. It's an issue that I don't see anyone else talking about so good for all of you that don't smoke because it is a disgusting habit, but just reaching out to see if maybe someone else is in the same boat?
Ok so my surgery is just 3 1/2 weeks away at this...
- 23 May 2012
Just wanted to update that today is 7 days smoke...
- 29 May 2012
It works. If I can quit, anyone can.
Besides that, I am exactly 2 weeks and 6 days away from surgery. My allergies have been crazy for over a week now. I can't stop sneezing, watery eyes..the whole bit so I am hoping that goes away before surgery since you can't blow your nose!
Kind of funny story.. I was out at happy hour this weekend down the shore for the holiday and directly across the bar from me was this girl with a splint on her nose. She had make up on but was slightly swollen still. Probably because I had a few drinks I decided to ask her if she just had her nose done. She lied and said "No I was in a car accident" I knew she was lying and I respect that, I was probably out of line for asking a stranger if they had their nose done. But I think I assume that all people are like me (very open and honest) Not to mention she was in a BAR with a splint on her nose and still swollen. So I said to her "Oh my God, I'm so sorry..I'm actually having my nose done in 3 weeks and just thought I'd ask" I guess because of my honesty she decided to tell the truth and admitted that yes she just had her nose done. It was cool to see someone up close in person with the bruises and splint right before my own surgery! Her nose looked like it was going to be beautiful. We spoke for a few minutes and it ended up being really funny. We both thanked each other for honesty and she wished me luck.
Just thought I'd share the story.. kind of ironic. I've never ran into anyone that just had their nose done and happen to for the first time a few weeks before my own surgery.
Just a quick update that my surgery has been...
- 31 May 2012
I am also really excited that the woman having her revision rhinoplasty by my PS on the same day, at the same location has found me on this site. Now that's a true recovery buddy!
Today I am officially 2 weeks from surgery! I am...
- 5 Jun 2012
I also would like to shout from the roof top that I am 2 weeks smoke free today and I feel fantastic!!! I have been going on a long walk every morning, I have more energy and just feel much better all around.
I also stopped into The Vitamin Shop today and purchased the Arnica Montana pellets and cream for a total of $20. The pellets were in a buy 2 get 1 free pack! All of my prescriptions are filled and ready to go as well.
At this point all I have to do is make a checklist of everything I could possibly need and all of the groceries I need to buy the day before the surgery. I am also having my house deep cleaned the day before the surgery so I don't have to worry about it. I always clean my own house but my fiance' thought it'd be nice to have someone come in and do it so I don't have to worry about it!
I was reading on the instruction sheet from the surgical center that they ask you to shower and wash your hair before coming to surgery. I think my surgery is going to be early in the morning so I'm hoping it's okay to wash my hair the night before. I obviously don't mind showering in the morning but I have really curly hair that takes about a half hour to blow dry and that is kind of inconvenient the morning of surgery. I don't want to leave it curly because it would be a nappy, matted knotball by day 2 of laying against a pillow on my couch lol.
Other than that I just have to wait now and stop freaking out. I had a dream the other night that I woke up for surgery in the morning and realized that I had woken up thirsty in the middle of the night and drank a bottle of water. I had to cancel the surgery and lost all of the money. Whenever big events in my life are approaching I start having crazy nightmares about them, does that happen to anyone else? So weird!
Wow tomorrow is 1 week until surgery! I can't...
- 11 Jun 2012
6/15/12 4 days until surgery!!! I am feeling a...
- 14 Jun 2012
4 days until surgery!!! I am feeling a lot more prepared. I made my checklist today and after work went to Walmart and Wallgreens to get everything I could possibly need. My PS also responded to my email today to answer a few last questions that I had. I still need to go to the grocery store to grab easy to eat foods and Ensure. My Mom is making me Ditalini's and my fiance' is making me home made chicken soup so I'm looking forward to that! I told them no added salt please! I have a really nice weekend planned with my family at the shore and when I get back I'll have the surgery!
I am now 24 days smoke free and a few weird things have happened and though I feel great, my system is kind of out of whack. Sorry for the TMI but I have been constipated since the day I quit smoking. I'm taking laxitives and laxitive tea and it helps but I'd really like to go back to normal. I know the pain killers are going to make it worse so I'm not looking forward to that. I now feel like my face is sort of purging out all the toxins that the smoke was causing and I'm not really worried since I knew my skin would go crazy after the surgery anyway. Hopefully I can resume my Retin-A not too long after surgery. Just thought I'd be really honest and open in this review in case anyone can benefit or relate.
AHhhhhh so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!
So tomorrow is the big day. I can't believe it's...
- 18 Jun 2012
I go in tomorrow morning at 7:15am. Not sure what time the actual surgery will start but he said it would be about 1.5 hours. If I am feeling up to it I will update at some point tomorrow. If not, I'll do it as soon as I feel okay.
I also wanted to tell anyone who has an upcoming surgery that I got a great U shaped travel neck pillow at 5 below for $5. It holds your head in the right place and they come in a lot of cute colors and patterns.
Still deciding what to have for dinner tonight since I'll be eating baby food and yogurt for the rest of the week!
6/19/12 6:00 am It's the morning of surgery and...
- 19 Jun 2012
It's the morning of surgery and I just wanted to do a quick update. I got up early because I couldn't stand the dream I was having any longer. I kept fighting to wake up from it and when I finally did I jumped in the shower. In my dream I overslept, was super late for surgery and lost all the $. Horrible. So now I'm going to be super early. I'm not real nervous, just want to get it over with!
Ahhhhhhhh let's do it!
Hey guys, I did it! Surgery is over. The staff...
- 19 Jun 2012
I did it! Surgery is over. The staff at the surgical center was fantastic and made me feel very very comfortable. The anesthesia was a different story. It was pure panic for me as it went through my body and I passed out and also pure panic when I woke up. I was hysterical from what I remember and thought I was going to throw up. I was shaking and shivering so bad. I never want to do that again in my life. Thank God they gave me like 3 nausea pills so I didn't actually get sick but the nausea was unbearable. I have only taken extra strength tylenol because the tylenol 3 will probably make me sick. When I got home I tried to sleep but my mouth was pretty dry and I kept waking up. I get really claustrophobic so with all of this stuff on my face and not being able to breath well out of my nose I thought I was going to lose it. Walking was impossible for a few hours because I felt so "drunk." Of course I had to tinkle a few times and my bathroom is upstairs so that was a pain in the butt.
At about 5pm I started to feel better and was able to eat and take my medicines. I have felt pretty good since then! My nose is bleeding and I have changed the drip pad 4 or 5 times today. My throat is just a tiny bit sore but nothing to complain about. I don't have any black eyes or swelling right now but I'm sure it will show up tomorrow. I didn't take any arnica today..totally was the last thing on my mind so I just finally took it now. I don't want to put the cream on, I feel like it's just going to get all over the tape.
I am really tired so I'm going to try to sleep now. Update tomorrow : )
6/20/12 Day 2 Hey guys! I just didn't have the...
- 20 Jun 2012
Hey guys! I just didn't have the energy to update earlier but I am feeling a little better now. I didn't feel well today. I had a lot of pressure in my head almost like a terrible sinus infection/ cold. My back and neck are so sore from the way I've been sleeping upright. My nose has stopped bleeding but it is running a lot of clear fluid which is super annoying and its kind of stinging where my stitches are. My swelling and bruising are very minimal. I can't wait to get my nose cleaned up tomorrow. I see my PS at 12:15!
Thanks for all of the encouragement and well wishes everyone! It definitely helps with recovery! I will add a day 2 photo
Day 3 Today was hard. I threw up all day, even...
- 21 Jun 2012
Today was hard. I threw up all day, even at the doctor's office for my first post op appointment. I took an anti nausea pill and feel better but I'm really wiped out. I barely have energy to read. I know some people seem to have a walk in the park recovery but mine has been quite difficult so far. I don't care what I look like at all right now, I just want to feel better. I'm hoping tomorrow will be the day! I am sticking with extra strength tylenol because tylenol 3 is not agreeing with my stomach. I will probably also take a laxative tonight because it's been 3 days and I don't want to start feeling uncomfortable. The swelling in my top lip has gone down and the "black eyes" never turned into anything major. Kind of just stayed pink and slightly puffy. All is pretty much going away now. I was very very lucky in that way. I kind of liked the swelling in my top lip, I was hoping it would stay LOL
Day 4 Wow. Today was so much better!! I feel...
- 22 Jun 2012
Wow. Today was so much better!! I feel like a totally different person. The nausea and bad headache went away and now just a bit tired and sore. Now I am actually getting excited about the nose job and getting the cast of on Tuesday. It was fun to have the energy to really look at it in the mirror today for a bit. Since I look the same from the front today I am going to post photos from the side. I can already see how much less projected and shorter it is! It is also wider then usual but that's because it's swollen and it doesn't really bother me because my nose is naturally so narrow. I really think I'm going to like it!!
I've pretty much just stayed in bed and read a book all day. I just ordered some Chinese food because I've really worked up an appetite today and I'm sick of soup, yogurt..etc. I only took 1 tylenol today and continue to take my antibiotics, arnica and apply ointment to the stitches so they stay moist. I also started using the saline nasal spray. Unfortunately the laxative did not work so I'll be trying it again. I can't believe day 4 is almost over already!
Day before splint removal Hey guys! Hope you...
- 25 Jun 2012
Hey guys! Hope you all are doing well! Just wanted to update that the 2nd half of my recovery is going extremely well and I feel 1000% better then the first 3 days. I have been up and out of the house the last few days, still not over doing it but just 1 or 2 errands per day. I figured I couldn't look that out of place in Walmart. (The one near my house is a hot mess)
Yesterday my fiance' took me to the race track to watch the horses run so that was a really fun outing. I put a little make up on and a hat and no one looked at me weird at all. I was in such good spirits. We met up with a few friends at the track and they loved that I came out with the splint on! I totally encourage going out in public with the splint on if you feel like you want to get out of the house! I added a photo from yesterday.
So tomorrow is the big day of the reveal! I am so excited to get this crap off of my face... it's itchy and I really just want to take a proper shower, wash my hair and face. I obviously want to see my nose too!!!! My appointment is at 1:45pm, totally wish it was earlier. I'll update afterward.
Day 7 Splint removal My splint comes off in 5...
- 26 Jun 2012
My splint comes off in 5 hours and 45 minutes. I am THAT excited. It is so itchy and annoying at this point I just can't wait to come home afterward and take a long hot shower, clean my face really well and blow out my hair. I will then do an update and post new photos this evening!!!
Splint is off!!!! Because I have the best...
- 26 Jun 2012
Because I have the best doctor in the whole world he called me this morning because he saw my post on realself last night that I was itching to get my cast off. He took it off earlier this morning and I LOVE IT!!!! It is swollen but I know it will be just perfect for me. I am so happy! I have been on conference calls all morning and after them I want to take a long shower, wash my hair and then I promise I will post photos!!!
Definitely WORTH IT!!!!! I am so glad I chose Dr....
- 26 Jun 2012
Hey guys! I hope everyone is enjoying their...
- 22 Aug 2012
Tonight I am updating the 4 weeks post op photo I forgot to add and tomorrow I will take 8 week post op photos and update with different views!
My Doctor: Jonathan Pontell, MD, FACS
I love Doctor P. He is the best! I did so much research and talked to so many people that have had rhinoplasty performed by him before choosing. I made the right choice and am so thankful to him for giving me my new nose! No complaints here!