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I just turned 40 and I felt it really was about...
- 15 Apr 2012
I just turned 40 and I felt it really was about time! Ever since I was in my mid-teens and finally saw what I looked like with contacts, I was never really happy with my nose. I just dealt with it, thinking that "someday...." Each day that I looked in the mirror I really wished for a change! Well, life escaped me and now I felt the time was right, and I couldn't believe how affordable the cost was. I saw the doctor previously for fat injections in my cheeks, and now that I feel comfortable with the doc (also giving me a discount for being a current patient) I felt it was about time. And when I came back for the consult for a rhinoplasty after seeing him for injections his reaction was, "i'm so glad you came back--I didn't want to say anything before!" I told him this was absolutely ok, that this was something ongoing for 20 years! And he concurred with all of my concerns, which made me entrust him even more: bulbus tip, wide and bumpy bridge, fleshy nostrils, and a short septum. Believe it or not I'm getting a septum implant to lengthen my nose! I don't see that issue a lot!
Almost a month to go to my May 24th procedure! Due...
- 23 Apr 2012
One thing that I really wish I could explore is a virtual program with my PS. Even though it seems we're really in line with each other as far as what needs to be done, I really wish I could see what the end result could be like. Especially with, what I don't see very often here, is an implant to lengthen my septum. I do trust the PS, he is so reputable here, and the office staff is absolutely wonderful. I guess I'm getting pretty anxious!
So I had dinner with some friends tonight and I...
- 28 Apr 2012
I did tell my sister in law, whom I've known for umpteen years. She was not supportive. She lives out of town and really I only see her about once per year, and the phone call was rushed, with many other topics, but her reaction was, "well I'm going to spend time digesting this rhinoplasty business." She has no clue. Why would I have to justify anything to her anyway? I was pretty upset. I couldn't believe her of all people I thought, maybe it was the way I told her. I feel like dragging her to a mirror, and pointing out every little thing I see everyday, just to show her. Definitely it's not the worst nose in the world but it definitely needs some tweaking. But then, I would still feel that she would not understand. With that kind of reaction I've decided to tell absolutely nobody (except for my daughter's grandparents, who are helping me after the surgery. They are very supportive!). There is no significant other in the picture, at least I wouldn't have to worry weather or not he would be supportive. I'm still trying to figure out when to tell my daughter!!! Very difficult.
I went and saw my PS on Monday the 1st, and I have...
- 3 May 2012
In addition, he's adding fat to my lower lids (just above my cheeks). I have a definite depressions and dark circles that are hidden only when I smile (or laugh). Therefore, I'm always smiling! However, what a shock when I go to use a public bathroom, (with icky fluorescent lighting), and even at home with softer lighting, and I look at a mirror, and see a very tired, unhealthy looking woman. This does not suit me - I'm very vibrant and feel like a 20-year-old! I do have darker eyes (my dad is German and very dark), therefore there is no amount of concealer that can correct the depressions.
So again my surgery is the 24th. Only three more weeks!
Wow, time really flew. I went in at 8 am, signed...
- 24 May 2012
I feel pretty good. I took vicoden right away, but as of right now I can feel a little bit of stinging where my nostrils/columella are.
I 've touched my nose here and there today, not believing the bumps are actually gone! Upon discussion w/ my PS prior to surg, he stated that due to my face shape he thought it best to have a slightly "feminine" nose. Even though I like long and thin noses, this is something I just can't have. This rhino is just to improve what I have and I'm good with that. Short and cute will do it - I think I will be pleased!
I can't breathe thru my nose, of course. Small trade off. I'm having some drainage, and I'm very swollen. The PS touched up my fact injections (cheeks and lower eyelids) from before and he really over compensated. Nothing new here. I will lose about 70% to 80% of that w/ in the next month.
I can see the bruises under my eyes. Bummer but to be expected.
The downside now is a string I have to pull out of my nose w/in the next day or two. I'm too squeamish for that. Yuck. I really don't know what this string is. Any one know about that?
Well more on today. I have been just sitting...
- 25 May 2012
Ok just a little while after my last post - I'm...
- 25 May 2012
I've been up for a while thinking about my surgery...
- 26 May 2012
Ok. I need to stop torturing myself and looking in...
- 26 May 2012
big chipmunk cheeks from fat injections - yep that will go down considerably w/in the next month
black eyes/cheeks - same thing
swollen between my eyes - hopefully going away considerably by the time I get my splint off next week
too much of an upturned nose - I'm hearing/reading that this is normal right now and my nose will "drop"
facing my coworkers next Thursday - I guess I'll wear a hat for the remainder of the week at work
facing anyone else around town/or my friends - Ugh! I hope they don't notice, but I feel the change is drastic. I'm hoping that even if the change is noticeable I will look gorgeous! I hope.
Worse of all, my daughter. She is so mad at me, and I don't blame her. I hope she's not in total shock when she sees me next (she's at her grandparents).
I have to remember that this is temporary, and I hated my nose before so much that any change is a good change.
So now I just wait. I'm really excited for my PS...
- 26 May 2012
Well today I took the most wonderful bath, careful...
- 27 May 2012
I have to admit I was horrified the last couple of days, along with some regret! What have I done! My nose is so little and he took too much off!! I got out of the house last night to play cards with my inlaws and asked them to be straight with me - did he overcompensate??? What is the very first thing they noticed when they saw me when I walked in the house (they new about the surgery) They assured me (I've known them for 20+ years - they've been brutally honest with me before about other things) that really what is going on is that it's my cheeks are so big (I also had fat injections, remember), plus the swelling and black eyes, not to mention that I have lost a lot of weight due to my new running routine. The nose will be beautiful. I agreed. I'm so thankful they told me that and I felt so much better. I was making myself crazy the last couple of days!
I have to remember that it's all about balance. I have a really small face and small upper body, that with a significantly smaller nose nothing should stick out now. I'm looking at myself as a whole now and not really seeing the nose but everything else and everything really seems to fit. I know it's too soon to tell before the tape comes off, but it certainly helps.
What I'm hoping for, and what I've been reading is that people wont' really notice if there is balance in the features. They may notice something different but won't be able to pick out what exactly it is. Definitly work will be a challenge on Thursday with the bruising! We joke around a lot so I have to think of something creative to say if and when they ask about the bruises!
Well today I got to go out of the house and watch...
- 28 May 2012
Also, it's been easier to not think about it so much and do stuff around the house. I'm getting really used to this idea of having a different nose; it's what I've been wanting for soooooooo long.....
I got the tape off today and I was very excited...
- 30 May 2012
Also, I was very happy and relieved when my daughter came home and said that I didn't look any different! THAT I was what I was really hoping for. I definitely notice a difference but when she doesn't...she is my toughest critic.
Well today was a pretty good day! Got lots done in...
- 2 Jun 2012
Short and sweet, I'm pretty happy with the way things are going. I'm a little concerned I look a little "operated on" right now, but the cheek injections will go down a lot with in the next few weeks, and will just result in a thin fat layer under my skin.
Nose is feeling hard, and tender on the inside. Still swollen on the bridge and over the tip, plus things should drop down some over time. Will just continue to have a good time and not think about it so much. Each day gets better and better, and I feel sooooo pretty!!!
Things are getting better, bruising on one side is...
- 9 Jun 2012
Swelling is lumpy....looking like an old man drinker nose with large pores. One side is more elevated with a higher nostril. Asking other people - no one can see it but me. Hoping that will drop! Going on 2.5 weeks now, so a little hard to see the result at this point. Overall I'm pretty happy!
Thinking I will wait a total of one month to post pics!
I have been a little MIA lately - just out...
- 24 Jun 2012
I see my doc for the first time since the surgery on Tuesday 6/26 - he's a little conservative so I'm just anticipating he'll tell me to just wait out the swelling. :( We'll see what happens. Overall though, things are great! Pics later.
New photos! It's been 2 months and 3 days. Overall...
- 29 Jul 2012