2 months post op - Media, PA
Just want to say thanks for this community! I've...
I'm 28 and will be having surgery in October - it's been a wish of mine for a while. I've never been comfortable with my nose and feel it's the first thing people notice about me. It's a combination of my dad's nose (huge, long nostrils) and my mom's nose (bulbous tip). I'm a petite girl so I feel my nose has never fit me well. The front is crooked and both my left and right profiles look extremely different (thank you asymmetry!). I just want a feminine face. :)
I will be taking a week and 2 days off from work and staying nearby. I am in the process of getting supplies but most of that will happen the day before surgery, when I arrive in PA to get settled - getting groceries and such, and laying out pills for the week. I booked an entire apartment/condo on Airbnb which I highly recommend for out of towners like myself. I will have access to a kitchen, a tub, and washer/dryer... I think I'd go crazy in a hotel room and this will feel somewhat like home. I'll be taking care of myself for most of recovery (no family in this part of the country and hoping to keep this procedure to myself), I'm hoping to hire a nursing aide for the first day or so. Netflix and Reddit will keep me occupied for the majority of the recovery process. :)
I can't wait to share my experience once it's all over.
Will add photos soon. Any other advice/tips appreciated!
2+ Week Countdown
I've been touching the tip of my nose frequently while watching TV, working, etc. I guess it's my sense of closure with this nose of mine. :) I can't wait for what's to come.
I also added a photo of what my nose looks like from above. I'm short so I'm sure this is what everyone else sees!
Supplies on hand: U-shaped pillow, extra pillows, q-tips, hydrogen peroxide, straws, bactraycin (plus), lip balm
Supplies to get: prescriptions, arnica gel, cough drops, biotene mouthwash, extra strength tylenol, water bottles, bubble bath, travel size detergent packets, laxative, thermometer
I'm also going to stock up on low sodium and soft foods/drinks like oatmeal, jello, low sodium organic soups, apple sauce, pudding, protein shakes, ginger ale and pineapple juice
I will most likely be on my cycle the day of or after surgery which will make recovery even more pleasant. This is going to be fun.
Less than a week! :)
Tomorrow is the day...
I have to be at the surgery center at 615 tomorrow morning so it will be somewhat of an early night. I look forward to just a week of recovery and already have a number of things to watch on Netflix. This is something I've wanted for so long and it's finally happening tomorrow! The great thing is my cycle came earlier than expected so I won't have to deal with it much this week.
Alright, enough of my pre-surgery ramblings. Signing off!
The next day...
Time to pop some pills.
Took a laxative this morning since I haven't gone in a while and now my stomach is cramping.
Still very swollen, you can see how bulbous the tip still is. Can't wait until the swelling stops. Love the shape already and can only imagine how it will look after the puffiness subsides.
This is what I looked like to the delivery pizza man yesterday. I didn't want him to see the bottom of my nose. I still look the same today, except without the drip pad.
Can't wait until I get my sense of taste back. Until then, I guess it gives me an excuse to continue eating healthy since I can't really taste anything.
I've also been laughing way too much at the television. I swear I'm going to misalign everything in my new nose.
I had a tough day yesterday. In the process of doing laundry, packing, and cleaning up I battled the worst case of constipation. I thought taking one laxative would be enough but I probably should have taken the entire box. I'm back to normal but I highly recommend getting some sort of stool softener if you become dependent on prescription pain pills like weak old me.
I had also drained and packed my humidifier, thinking it didn't really help at all during the recovery process. Well, I actually had to dig it out and use it in the middle of the night because my nose is still so congested. It was much easier falling asleep with it on.
Looking forward to being back home. Will try and post photos as I see changes. Good luck to all scheduled for surgery! Recovery isn't so bad. :)
Cast removal was such an easy process. Dr. Pontell applied an adhesive remover to my face and gently removed the tape and cast. I felt no pain whatsoever, this guy must be used to removing so many casts, he has it down to a science. He removed a few stitches which pinched every now and then but it wasn't too bad! I have to go back Friday to get the outer stitches removed then sometime next week to remove the inner stitches. One thing I like is all the follow ups. Despite the drive, it's reassuring to know you see your surgeon many times following surgery... for all those questions that may come up and I'm sure I'll have more to ask on Friday!
Well, I attached 3 photos that I'll eventually remove to remain anonymous on here. :) One shows just how crooked my nose was before cast removal and the other are current pictures from this evening. Sorry for the quality!
Ahh, and now for the emotions. I definitely want to remember these because this has been such a big process... something I've wanted for so long and I guess it's just my way of saying goodbye to the old nose.
I know it's too soon to tell with swelling but I've been wavering back and forth. I'm sure like many of you do upon cast removal, I've been snapping photos with my phone all afternoon and evening trying to find good angles. In all honesty, I do find many good angles - many that I could have never taken with the prior nose. Then, I find some angles where I am hoping swelling will go down in certain spots because things just don't seem right. It's tough. Please just let it be swelling. :)
I was so used to the hump and curvature of my nose... now the front just seems too perfect? The hump was a really distinguishing feature for me. I never really appreciated it until now. But isn't that what I requested to be removed? It's definitely what made my profile longer, which I thought made my face asymmetrical? The hump was a big draw for people questioning my ethnicity. I've been approached by quite a few people asking if I am of this or that ethnicity. I'm astounded at how many groups I have fallen into, just based on my nose. I've been mistaken for being Indian, Middle Eastern, Jewish, Italian, etc. Not sure if the new nose will create the same guessing game for others since the hump has been removed. If not, I think I will miss that the most.
Ack. Just emotional ramblings. I seriously thought I was already prepared emotionally. I really did over prepare for the procedure so why do I feel so unprepared for the big reveal? I'm really impressed with how straight and how much smaller my features are so far. I really am! I'm so glad I went with Dr. Pontell - this guy is truly a master at what he does. I'm just hoping that as soon as the swelling wears off, so too will the emotions so I can move on with this "smaller" nose of mine. Whew. :)
Okay, enough with the emotions! I have clogged pores to deal with. :)
(Seriously, I have a zit that feels extraordinarily deep on my upper left cheek.)
I'm using the basal view of my nostrils as a gauge for swelling. I noticed my nostrils were perfect circles when I first had the cast removed. This seemed really odd looking. Today I actually noticed one nostril was taking on a more oval shape so I know good things are coming.
Also, something funny happened today at lunch. Since I'm still congested, I have to breathe through my mouth for air. So, there is a really good Afghan restaurant nearby that has an amazing lunch buffet during the week. I usually end up grabbing 2-3 plates. Anyway, I actually had to stop and gasp for air in between bites because in between chewing and swallowing, I was barely getting enough air. I only had 1 plate and an extra bowl of soup which I didn't even finish. My friend had to wait for me to finish eating because it took me a little longer to finish my lunch. Even the waiter tried taking my plate not knowing I was still working on things. :)
I re-uploaded images from the last post and will add more once things settle down.
Forgot this picture
Pics: From the bottom, my columella is looking somewhat slanted to the left side but I'm hoping it's just swelling. Again, I'm using the size of my nostrils as seen from below to "measure" swelling. The scar from the incision is practically gone! Cheers for keeping it nice and moisturized throughout the day. From the front, one nostril is bigger than the other but I know I've seen them to be the same size other days. The tip looks so odd to me... so bubbly and fat. Trying to be positive about the swelling. I do love my profile though. I had such a longer nose and I feel the size is perfect. I have a strong chin and don't think a small nose would have suited me. I feel my face is more balanced, despite the puffy tip. I can't wait to update you guys when that darn thing goes down!
I'm at 2 months post op. Swelling still seems puffy in the tip but every week gets better and better. Just some quick photos for reference.
Really enjoyed my consultation with Dr. Pontell. Despite being nervous about everything, I felt very comfortable with him and loved that he showed various photos of similar noses. His experience and previous work impressed me. It took some time to think things over but I finally decided to choose him as my surgeon. So far things are looking great. I'm still getting used to the new nose but my experience with Dr. Pontell has been satisfactory!