I initially meet with Dr. Daniel Becker in Sewell,...
My request was to have the bump removed from my bridge, straighten my nose due to a deviated septum and bring my nose closer to my face because it is longer/larger than I would like.
I'm scheduled for surgery on December 20th 2013.
Five Below had neck pillows ($5) so i don't bump my nose when sleeping. they also had spray bottles ($1). i know many people say a spray bottle of water is great to have because your mouth gets so dry. They have great chapsticks there, tissues, Q-tips, and even a cold/hot mask that you can freeze or microwave.
I grabbed a box of mini saltines (i didn't know they made minis until i saw them at Walmart. i thought the mini size would be easier for me to chew.) i know you are supposed to keep your sodium intake low so i will probably use these saltine crackers for when i have to take my meds.
I also picked up Arnica cream ($12) from the Vitamin Shoppe, it came with the arnica pills but i will have to ask Dr. Pontell if i can take them.
I know they recommend wearing a button or zipper shirt to surgery and for the week after but i cannot find any comfortable button up shirts :/ i am still on the search for some shirts.
1 week after surgery, after my cast is removed, i will be traveling by car to my boyfriends parents house for a late xmas/ new years. I will not be driving, since i might still be groggy from meds. They know i am having surgery & i feel good going there, especially because his step-mom is a nurse and i know they will be helpful in recovery.
a little more than 10 weeks left :)
My story is I broke my nose when I was younger, about 8 years old. I was running into my bed room, I remember I wanted to grab a toy from my room so I didn't even bother to turn my bed room light on. Well I was a messy child so of course there was a pillow on the floor that I accidentally stepped on and this is what caused me to tumble face first into my wooden framed bed. Actually I tumbled nose first, and ended up with two black eyes and a nose like Marsha Brady. As I went through puberty the bump started to worsen and I noticed how crooked my nose was. I always thought that I would want to get my nose fixed but I knew it was a crazy expensive surgery. I figured it would be a dream surgery for me. I always try to make it look straighter with makeup but it is what it is.
I recently started doing yoga in an attempt to relieve stress and become healthier. Since turning 26 I decided I have to act like an adult and take care of my heart and body. Doing the breathing exercises in yoga made me realize how crappy my breathing is! I can't get a full breath in through my nose and always end up breathing through my mouth :/
Dr. Pontell said he noticed my turbinates were larger than normal and it was the cause of the breathing problem , as well as the septum of mine being wavy. He didn't say it was leaning to a certain side, just that it waves back and forth. Yikes! Dr pontell said he should be able to improve my breathing which is going to feel amazing!
Question, Does anyone else experience pain from wearing glasses on the bridge of their nose? I thought it might be from where it was broken, or maybe my glasses are just to heavy?
going away party!
No more ramen noodles... no Chinese takeout, no cheeze itz, no soy sauce :(
Anyone have low sodium foods that they enjoyed during their healing?
follow up visit
My bf will be driving me and taking care of me. I have crackers and chocolate pudding packed for the ride home, which is a little over an hour.
My biggest fear is being nauseous and throwing up. I did get anti nausea medicine from my doctor so I have it in my bag. Chapstick is in my bag and I guess I wait now!
I had to shower last night and this morning with anti microbial soap per the hospital instructions. My skin is dry now and a lil itchy!
I didn't eat or drink past midnight like the hospital told me. I'm so nervous it's silly! I've been under before and had wisdom teeth taken out (all 4 at once!) I just want to be on the couch recovering with my boyfriend by my side, can we get this surgery over with already? !
I stayed in recovery longer than I imagined I would... 4 or 5 hours! Pain, then nausea. Then lots of nausea. I have a patch that was placed behind me ear for nausea. Throwing up made me feel 89% better!
My boyfriend is amazing. Amazing.
Cold Apple sauce and me are now best friends. I'll write more tomorrow or when I have time. Thank you RealSelfers, thanks for support, the good luck and your great recommendations.
day 1 post op
let the bruising begin !
My upper jaw/gums are throbbing, just like when I have a sinus cold. I have a headache so im placing ice on my forehead. I haven't taken Tylenol since last night, so im grabbing some applesauce and pain meds. I did sleep for 4 hours straight last night which was nice.
Im not bleeding as much, so that makes me happy.
I do have lots of puffiness under my eyes where it's slightly bruised.
My only issue is trying to keep the bactroban cream off of the tape. I was doing fine but today I noticed it became looser! I'm scared about that and trying to pinch it back together.
day four before bed
The headache pain is gone, as well as swelling. All bruising is yellowing out. My skin however is a wreck! I am very careful with my skin, because it is so sensitive but the tape from the drip pad tore up my skin on my cheeks.
I have a feeling of itching under the cast but I obviously can't do anything about it!
I'm going to moisturize the heck out of my face tomorrow.
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!
Very little drip. The bruising and swelling is a thing of the past. My main concern is the tape at my tip coming undone ( if that messed up my nose) and my skin.
I must say at first look I felt the common feeling of having a pig looling nose but im over that. It looks nice, I can't wait to see it without the redness and swelling!
I am very cautious about hitting my nose on things, haven't bumped it.. yet... lol.
Now that this allergic reaction is under control I am concentrating on keeping my sutures moist and cleaning out my nose.
The sensation of how your nose feels as you heal is so strange. I could have never imagined it feeling like this. There is no pain 9 days post, the best way to describe it is that my nose feels heavy and sensitive.
Another week and my internal stitches are coming out! Heres to being able to blow my nose soon! Haha!
before and after photos
11 days post
I must admit, the day my cast was taken off I felt like I had a hot dog for a nose LOL
Everyone please remember, when your cast is taken off it will look totally different, even ,4 days later!
Good luck to everyone getting ready for surgery!
Happy New Year to all of us and our new noses!
before bed 12 days post
There is a bump that is visible ( on my bridge), however I'm sure that is from swelling, as that particular area had work done to it from a previous bump that I had Dr Pontell remove.
13 days post night
day 14 before bed
There is no pain at all anymore. Just swelling! And my skin felt dry the past couple days so my nose felt super tight. I laughed so much yesterday that my cheeks hurt and it made the sides of my nose sore. Other than that, all is well!
I slept flat like an idiot last night! I'm super congested this morning and I don't know why. maybe because the weather changes from Pittsburgh to Jersey?
19 days post
Good question! Well, before rhinoplasty my nose was not a huge deal to me in the aspect that I was thankfully never made fun of as a child and never had meanies saying anything about it. I knew my nose was a little off, but it was mainly due to the fact that I broke it.
I always thought about having it done but it was not a big deal if I never had it fixed.
I'm in a school program that is pretty intense and I can't miss any class days so I had to plan rhinoplasty very carefully so that I can handle all of my school work and recover at the same time. That was the hardest part (finding the right time to have surgery and recover).
My family, boyfriend and friends were all very supportive. Some told me they think that I don't need the rhinoplasty done and that they like my nose. After explaining to them that I was also having some work done on the inside so that I could breathe better, they understood more of why I ess going through with it.
I had to take two weeks off from work because where I currently work I lift heavy boxes and do a ton of bending over and running around. I only work part-time so it was not a huge deal. I did however have to fill out tons of paperwork saying I was going on medical leave, per the request of my HR rep.
I feel like now when I take pictures I can face the camera from any angle and any side. I also feel like my new nose makes me look more feminine! I had a strong nose before and sometimes it felt too strong.
I like my cute little nose now! There is more of a slope then i anticipated but I'm glad because I'm in love with it! In my initial consultation Dr Pontell recommended he do a little work at the tip and I was not sure if I wanted it done. I'm glad it was done, he was right and it looks great. He really knows what he is going and I'm glad I didn't doubt him.
Skin is almost back to normal. I had lots of peeling dry skin and at the same time it would get oily lol very weird!
It is still very sensitive. I have not hit it on many things. I did tap it on my boyfriend's forehead when I was trying to kiss him on his forehead. It felt so weird! Like a tingly feeling... similar you when your foot is asleep and trying to wake up.
I'm noticing a lil bump on my bridge. I'm trying to ignore it though and pretend it will be gone in a few months once swelling subsides. I don't know for sure though! My next follow up is at the end of January. I think I may ask my doctor about it.
first full day of work
about 6weeks post op
no contacts! :(
got my before and afters!
Dr. Pontell was awesome during the consult. I was five minutes late (i was not aware of the rush hour traffic on my route) and the receptionist seemed annoyed but that was understandable. Dr. Pontell was helpful and showed me a ton of photos from previous surgeries.