I Have Finally Decided to Do It - Minneapolis, MN

After growing up hating my nose and feeling like I...

After growing up hating my nose and feeling like I should have been born with a different nose, I always wondered what I'd look like if I had a different nose. A few months ago I broke my nose, which caused some breathing problems. I decided to get my nose fixed to improve breathing and improve the look of my nose. I am a little nervous because I have never had surgery before, so I don't know if I'll handle the pain well. I am also afraid I won't recognize myself after. I have done the consult and the doctor seemed to be on the same page as me and he also did a 3d image, which gave me an idea of how I'd look after. He is board certified and I have seen some before/after photos of his work and I think they are very good. I'm just nervous that I might be one of the few unsatisfied.

Hopefully it's just pre-surgery jitters. My husband thinks the 3d picture was beautiful and assures me that I am already beautiful but that the doctor will give me the nose I've been wanting and afterward I'll feel better about myself. I am away from my family and he's the only support I have. Just need some reassurance from people who have done this before. Thanks!

I am really excited, after being teased about my...

I am really excited, after being teased about my nose, and being so insecure most of my life, I am ready to put it all behind me and push on in a new direction.Tomorrow is the big day, I hope everything turns out well. Anyone have any last minute advice or recovery tips that have worked for them? How about to pass time? Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

It's day 5 post op, got my stitches out today and...

It's day 5 post op, got my stitches out today and I was advised by my doctor to take a decongestant, since I'm really stuffy. It has helped a lot. I am healing great and have just a little bruising under my eyes. My cast comes off on Wed. It is a little weird looking in the mirror because I look a little different with the bruises, swelling,a smaller nose, etc. but I know with time it will all come together. I'm loving my new profile.

It's been 25 days since my surgery and my nose is...

It's been 25 days since my surgery and my nose is looking better every day. I am so glad I did this. I finally feel like my nose looks good from the side as well as the front.
Edina Plastic Surgeon

I chose him because of the reputation his practice has and after viewing the before and after pics he had posted on his website. I researched doctors in the area online and thought he was the best fit for me. Dr.Leigh has an excellent staff and they made the whole process go smoothly. His nurse was very friendly and reassuring. The office workers were pleasant and very helpful. Dr. Leigh took the time to answer any of my concerns and he had a great sense of humor. He made me feel very comfortable the whole time and just 5 days post op I can already see that he has done a good job. Dr. Leigh is talented and really gave me a beautiful nose!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
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5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I am on day two after surgery. I am not experiencing a lot of pain, so far so good. It's hard to tell the result because of being swollen but from what I can tell it looks pretty good. I have some minimal bruising around my eyes, but so far it hasn't been that bad. Any recovery tips? I'll keep everyone posted on my progress.
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Thanks for the handy list, I wouldn't have thought about a lot of the great ideas without it. From what I have read on my doctors website, rhinoplasty is one of the most requested surgeries he does. He has done thousands of nose surgeries. I only saw the before/after pictures on his website and I liked what I saw. Should I ask to see more on the day of the surgery ( my surgery is in 6 days)? I trust he knows what he's doing. He was very friendly and he understood exactly what I wanted. I am excited and nervous. I just want a new beginning, and for once to feel like my nose is pretty.
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It never hurts to see more and clarify clarify clarify! Keep us posted.

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Thank you for starting your story on RealSelf. Make sure your doctor has done a lot of rhinoplasties and can show you before and after photos (many). This should help ease your mind. Please let us know how it all goes for you. Here's a list of supplies to get for recovery. Hope it helps!

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