Hi! I'm getting a septoplasty/rhinoplasty in less...
I can't breathe thru my left nostril, which is the first reason why I even considered this. Had I not had a deviated septum, I probably wouldn't have touched my nose. But I've always felt I had a rather flat and wide nose. I'm not going for a Caucasian nose that is pointy and sharp looking. I explained that I would like to keep the roundness but scale everything down a bit.
I'm attaching pics of my computer imaging, tell me what u think! Thanks for stopping by...
2 days pre op!
I did want to give some more insight into what the doc will be doing...
He's going to use cartilage from my septum and also conchal ear cartilage. He'll then wrap that in fascia, taken from my scalp above my ear, hidden behind my hairline. I was very happy to know he wasn't going to use synthetic goretex to help build up my profile, but he prefers to only use my own body' matetials. It means more work for him as the surgeon but it seems to be the best term.
I feel weird about telling people...
I did it!
My surgery took 4-5 hours and the hardest part was waking up. My anesthesiologist gave me too much I think. Took me about 2 hours to wake up and once I awoke, I felt horrible! I was nauseous and my body was sore. All I wanted to do was sleep! They released me to leave and wheelchaired me to the car but ended up taking me back to do vitals because I looked so bad.
I felt horrible until about 8 pm, when I got up because needed to urinate. Bent over and I started vomiting, which was the best!!! With each heave made me feel better and I saw why! My tummy had blood (from the tube they put down my throat, a popsicle (that they gave me when I first woke up because my mouth was sooooooo dry) and clear fluid. After that, it was as if I was new money!! I could eat (before I wanted to but I couldn't), regained my energy, and walked comfortably again!
Anyway, now I didn't feel that I had made a horrible decision about my nose!
Haven't taken any pain meds either. My ear hurts a little from the graft and my head is a little sore from where they took the fascia graft.
more pics - surgery day
We'll see if anything changes in the days to come :-)
Dr. Bared has been great so far. He received my pics for computer imaging on a Friday and had his recommendations back that Tuesday. He is very thorough, which I can certainly appreciate! Had my first in person consult about a week ago and Dean, my patient advisor sat down and answered all of my questions and concerns. I then met with Dr. Bared and I felt that my care was in the right hands after meeting with him. 3 days post op: I am very pleased with my decision to work with Dr. Bared. I feel that I have a more structurally stronger and functional nose. I believe he is highly skilled, as I did not have much swelling as I had anticipated and no bruising, especially considering I was in surgery for 4 hours. I truly appreciate him using my own body's cartilage and tissue instead of a synthetic implant, I believe it will prove to have been the best option for me in the long run. It was more work for him to harvest ear cartilage and fascia from my scalp rather than just popping in an implant. This proves to me that he truly wants to do what's best for his patients. My result looks great so far!