Can't Believe I'm Finally Doing This! Scared, Nervous, Excited!

Hi my name is Julie, I'm 24 years old and I've had...

Hi my name is Julie, I'm 24 years old and I've had a complex with my nose since middle school. I've finally decided to take the steps and go through with this.The only thing is...I'm also getting married 3 months after my schedules surgery... so I'm having second doubts about the time I chose to do this. I want my new nose for my wedding cause I don't want to tell myself "why didn't I just do this before?" but I'm also afraid... what if things go wrong and I look worst? My surgeon has great reviews and he's a face specialist, I have a lot of confidence in him. He told me my nose difficulty was a 5/10 which is a relief. I have a small bump and when I smile my tip droops a little. He told me he would do the operation with local anesthesia and i.v sedative. The whole thing should take about 1hour and 15 min. He told me within 7-10 I will remove the cast and most people go back to work the same day or the next and that they're quite presentable. I'm still scared I'm wondering if I'm making to right decision...

Hello! I got a septoplasty/rhinoplasty...


I got a septoplasty/rhinoplasty performed on October 15th 2012. Everything went really well. It was local anesthesia with i.v sedation which in my opinion is less nerve racking. It was a closed rhinoplasty as well. I actually slept pretty good the night before wasn't too nervous until I got to the clinic. The nurse took me to my bed where I put all of my personal belongings underneath, she gave me a blue hospital gown. I settled in to bed where she asked me a few questions and than put the i.v. I was pretty nervous at that point my heart was beating fast so many things were going through my mind. So I talked to myself and eventually calmed myself down. Then what seemed to be like 30 min later, could of been longer I have no idea...I got this shot on the muscle of my butt to sedate me that was a little painful but it was quick than started feeling tired, woozy and I think I fell asleep for awhile.

I have no idea how much time went by but the nurse woke me up, asked me questions "what's your name, how old are you, etc." Then she helped me to the operating room, I was a little wobbly, I knew exactly what was going on but I couldn't care less, I was like on a cloud. It's weird to explain. So I laid down, kept falling in and out of sleep and then the Doctor came in.

This is the most pain I've had throughout this entire process but I cannot really remember the pain all that well because of the fact that I was highly sedated and couldn't care less lol. He gave me shots of local anesthesia at different places inside my nose, kinda like at the dentist but inside your nose. Same thing. I remember him going pretty far up my nostrils and the liquid coming out of my eyes, in my throat, etc. That was the most unpleasant part but trust me WORTH IT. Because after that I couldn't feel a thing. I was talking to him at some points during the procedure, my eyes at times were open, I was probably saying incoherent things to him. But I was careless lol. I could sometimes hear as well but it didn't gross me out I can honestly say that I felt in control because I could hear, talk and see. I never felt at anytime that I wasn"t in security. I remember the nurse telling me to squeeze her hand when the Doctor was giving me the shots in the nose. I thought it was nice because once you go in for the procedure you're on your own. Your family can't be with you so it put me at ease. I felt like they cared. The staff was amazing.

When the Doctor was doing the procedure he would even tell me at times, "i'm almost done, it looks great, I just have one more little thing to do, etc". Which was comforting to be able to hear all of this and not be completely asleep in my opinion. It felt like 30 min and the next thing I knew he was putting this like glue on my nose, bandages and the cast. The nurse came to get me I stood up and walked back to my bed. She told me to rest for a bit and that I would be ready to go home. I remember puking at one point cause I had swallowed a lot of blood. But it's a little blurry. Then she came back and asked me "you think you're ready to go?" I was so happy, I got dressed she helped me and than held my hand til I got to my fiance which was waiting for me in the waiting room. I went to the pharmacy to get my medication, polysporin etc. I didn't use any of the painkillers, didn't need it. I fell asleep as soon as I got home. When I woke up I started putting frozen peas around my eyes and bridge right away. I did that for the first 3-4 days. 15min on and 15min off. The swelling went away pretty fast.

Now i'm 9 days post op, I took my cast off yesterday and I couldn't be happier! It was totally worth it! It's still a little swollen but not enough for others to notice it. I can't believe I waited this long. My tip is still a little numb and when I smile or laugh it hurts a little but that's about it. I still have bruises under my eyes so I can't wait for those to go away. They're getting smaller everyday and changing colors so that's good. Overall i'm really happy and satisfied.One of the best decisions i've made.I will post pictures when the bruises completely resolve of my new nose.
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At my consultation the doctor told me he would have to do an open rhino in order to fix the tip. I'm just wondering if you had work done on your tip and it was closed.... How is this possible? Anyway, please post pictures of your end result! Thanks for Sharing your story!
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Hello, I'm so excited for you! Don't worry everybody's a little nervous before a surgery like this. I was the exact same way, trust me. I had my surgery this past April. It was an open rhinoplasty which I'm sure you know is a more invasive kind of surgery when it comes rhinoplasty's. I was very confident with my surgeon as well as the staff, they were all very professional and answered any and every question that I had. One thing that really helped me prepare for my surgery was going on YouTube and watching rhinoplasty diaries from people just like me. It really gave me a better idea about what I was going to have to go through after my surgery. Another thing is to make sure you have all of your pain meds, food, gauze, tape, q-tips, ice packs etc ready to go before you have your surgery. Trust me you won't want to go out to the store after you've had your surgery. If you have any questions at all on anything regarding your or my surgery please please please feel free to ask! I'm here to help! My email is
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Glad you got through it okay, and can't wait to see the new you!
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I have a consultation coming up soon with Dr Samaha, about having a potential rhinoplasty done to remove my bump, that I've too been self-conscious about since I became a young adult. Best of luck, and I hope the results bring you happiness. Also, please keep us posted, it would be much appreciated!
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I'm also doing a rhinoplasty with doctor Samaha! I'm sure it will look great, I spoke to a few girls who got it done by him and they are very satisfied. I know what you mean about doing it before your wedding ( and all the pictures)...from what I saw with him, the nose doesn't change THAT much after the splint is off... Unless it's very swollen I guess. But usually 3 months should be enough for the swelling to go down enough for it to look good. I wish you the best of luck... ask yourself if your fear of it not being picture perfect outweighs how much you would regret it if you didn't do it before your wedding. I know it's a hard decision but your fiance is marrying you for you, not your nose, so no matter what you choose I think you will feel like a lucky girl. :) Good luck!!!
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Hey, nice to see I'm not the only one looking forward to have an appointment with Dr. Samaha. I didn't know how good he was and I want to make sure that I don't need to get a revision rhinoplasty... Can I ask how much is your operation?
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I wish you the best of luck with your surgery. You're going to look beautiful.
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Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!
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don't do it. i had a similar nose to you and after surgery (i'm not 3 months post op), i can honestly say that i regret it. you don't have a cookie cutter nose but no one should. rather it adds character to your face.. a face that i'm sure your family, friends, and fiance love just the way it is. so seriously. don't do it.
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Go to work the same day??? Does he have a rapid recovery system? That's amazing. I'm assuming he's doing closed rhinoplasty... have you been on two or three consults so you can listen to different approaches and choose what fits you best?

With a normal rhinoplasty, most people have to take at least a week off work.

Okay...I just looked up tip rhinoplasty and it does look like if you're only having your tip worked on recovery is easier. Still, though, don't rush into normal activities too quickly. You want to give your body time to heal.

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Oh yeah for sure I'll be off work and definately not presentable for a good 7-10 days, my surgeon said when it's time to take the cast off which is usually a week or so later... Some people go back to work that day or the next. I'm just hoping I won't be too swollen...hehe!
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Hi jules19991, I've also been doing some research and was attracted to Dr. Sanaha's website which was no-nonsense and comes across as very honest and candid. I'm thinking about doing this at some point as well, but not 100% sure yet. Would love to know how it goes with you.
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Thanks for your comment! I will be posting more pictures when I get the surgery done and afterward also. The reason why I went with this doctor is also because of his amazing ratings on you should check it out. He's not the most talkative doctor but he knows what he's doing and unlike a lot of surgeons in Montreal he does facial surgery only. I will keep you posted! Thanks :)
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Hi there! I had my nose done 6 1/2 months before my wedding. I'm 2 months post op, my wedding is this coming January. Everything is fine. I'm still a little bit swollen but no one can tell but me. Just make sure you tell your surgeon when your wedding is. He would know best if you'll be healed enough for photographs on your big day! I'm so glad I did it before the wedding!
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Thanks and congratulations for your wedding!!
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I am one day post op with Rhinoplasty and GenioPlasty (chin forwarding). The honest truth in my situation is that I have zero pain in my nose! I'm so surprised. I am completely congested but I'm just breathing through my mouth.
My genioplasty is causing me about 3-4/10 discomfort. So although it's early days I say go for it! I had a general anaesthic and both my surgeries combined took 3hours. Im 28 years old and if I knew it was this easy I would have done it years ago.
Best of luck!
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Thank you!!! I hope everything goes well and that I'm making the right choice!!!
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Hi, I'm having the same procedure as you but in january, I feel exactly the same as you, excited but very nervous at the same time. My surgeon has good reviews online so hope I'm doing the right thing :)x
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Me too!!!! :) Thanks!!!
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