20 Years Old, bridge thinned out , profiled smoothed out, nostril reduced , cartillage removal, tip rotated upward and pinched
Hey there, So I decided upon my surgery in a very...
So I decided upon my surgery in a very short amount of time (4 months or so) and when I chose Dr. Epstein he only had availabilities in April/May, which didn't fit my shedule. I wanted to do the rhinoplasty during Spring Break, and luckily someone postpone their procedure on March 20th, and I ended up taking that free spot.
I am undergoing surgery tomorrow with a surgeon I have never seen, but from my research on him, his youtube video of patients and grade on Realself.com he seems to be trustworthy and good at what he does.
Went to the officd, met the doctor, four hours later I got a new nose
I told him that I wanted a more proportionate nose for my face, and he showed me his previously done imagine which I believed look good but could be better. I wasnt set on a particular nose, I wanted something smaller and natural and told him I trusted his expertise to make it as perfect as it could be.
Next thing I know I talked to the anesthesist and then nurse. I get a pregnancy test and then I am in my sexy OR dress with the nurses about to totally pass out due to the drugs.
Waking up from the anesthesia ... HELL HELL HELL HELL
I was happy and dizzy for the first 20ish minute, making jokes and looking at my smaller nose in a handheld mirror ... But after about 30minutes I started to get reallyyyy tired all over again and this is when things went downhill for me.
I experienced the weirdest thing, as I was falling asleep or relaxing the autonomic responses of my body were failing me, one mainly : BREATHING.
You know how when you sleep your body knows to breathe on its own... Well this my body did not do that anymore, anytime i would get sleepy, I would wake up either from the oxygene monitor beeping or from my own body telling : YOU GOTTA BREATHE NOW. My mouth would be open but my lungs wouldnt inhale or exhale any air.
Dr. Epstein said he had never seen that before and that I might need to go to the ER! Which I did NOT want to go to at all ... Anyways I was convinced this was due to the anesthesia still in my body, so they called the guy who put me under ... He examined me and then gave me couple drugs through perfusion (which one he missed my veins an I got a big fat blue bruise, and the other one was sucessful). After about 45 minutes I could breath inconsciensly again, thank God!
After that I just felt like shit and sick to my stomach. I was dizzy, throwing up the air in my stomach, so thirsty and hungry, happy but not feeling good at all, I was really sick from all those drugs in my system.
But as I was saying Carlos was awesome and he really cared about me, I could tell by the way he looked at me when I was starting to breath on my own again, really nice guy, funny and willing to answer all my questions and concerened.
I will post a picture of him and me
I am alive lets just say that
I have been naueous for the whole day and night, i probably drank a quater bottle of naked green machine and anout one bottled water.
Now I feel better after resting but dang I am swollen like a ballon!! And bruised up as if I got ran over by a truck this morning.
I am anxious to see the doctor and what he will tell me, I havent really seen him after my surgery, even during my breathing scary episodes .. I wish he was more there, but I guess today will be good for the both of us!
After seeing him I am going to Panera and then back home (4hours ride) I am so looking forward to my own bed!
On my way for the next day post-op visit
I feel strong pressure in the lower part of my nose and I look horrible. The fact that I have stiches scares me because I do not want visible scars, but Dr. E said they wouldnt be visible at all.
I will post an update after I see the doctor.
Here is a picture of me 22hours post op
Heading back to home sweet home
I am getting more bruised by the hours, its scary looking but was expected. I feel lots a pressure in my nose and its uncomfortable. I put ice pack on my eyes and cheeks in hope to reduce the swelling.
Besides that Im doing okay, I hate Panera which was the first food I had since my lunch the day before surgery and I feel a little sick to my stomach...
Dr. E said that I could remove some of the tape and the gauges inside my nose by Monday, and to expect more bruising tomorrow. I get to see him next week on Wednesday 26th to remove some stitches and the cast.
Pre op pictures!
POST OP DAY 4
Tomorrow will be day 5, and I get to remove the gauges in my nose, and some of the tape on the tip of my nose. I also plan on taking a nice shower and washing my hair! YAAY! I got to be patient two more days until cast removal then, and then 5 more days until I get to live a normal life again!
The pain is much better, it's just uncomfortable and annoying. I really hope the final results is worth it!
Cast off tomorrow
Tomorrow at 1pm I get this cast off, which will be very enjoyable. I will update after. Cant wait to see my swollen nose ... haha
GOODBYE CRAPPY CAST
I feel human again, like I am about to find myself again. My nose looks more delicately shaped, yet I do not know what it will look like once it's unswollen.
My first day without stitches and cast
I had to remove myself one stitches on my nose that was forgotten by the nurse and doctor, besides that today was uneventful nose wise.
The scaring on the outside of the nostril are not visible at all, but the septum seems to be healing a little weird on one side, I hope I dont end up with a half deformed septum....
I do not know if i like my nose yet, I will remove the tape tomorrow and let it rest for a couple days, and then ill post some pictures for you guys to see.
I am undergoing surgery tomorrow with a surgeon I have never seen, but from my research on him, his youtube video of patients and grade on Realself.com he seems to be trustworthy and good at what he does. He is specialized in facial surgery, and focuses on hair transplant and rhinoplasty. He says that he performs an average on3-4 rhinoplasty PER WEEK. Which is a lot, let's face it (ha ha ha) anyways .... He has an office in both Miami and NYC. I will meet with him THE DAY OF my surgery which is tomorrow, for the first time. Explain to him my expectation and then go into the OR. How weird .... but exiting. We shall see