Had my consult with Dr. Rival, he was quick, and...
Had my consult with Dr. Rival, he was quick, and thorough, he did before and 'after' pics which i have attached along with my own before and after. He thought one of my own 'after' was a little too small (my husband had said the same thing!). But I told Dr. Rival that I wanted a significant reduction and he said he will do as much as possible, but he will be limited due to my thick skin, which is what I was expecting to hear. I booked the surgery for July 17th at his private clinic at a cost of $500 extra, otherwise I'd have to wait until Sept! He advised against upper blepharoplasty due to my dry eyes and previous eye issues. I had lots of questions but didn't remember to ask even half of them! But thanks to all of you, I have most of the answers. Booked time off from work - it'll give me 12 days off, hopefully that'll be enough... So now it's a matter of getting the physical and blood work done, and then waiting ...patiently...I am so excited and nervous...
Wondering if any of you, in hindsight, wished your...
Wondering if any of you, in hindsight, wished your PS was a bit more aggressive with your rhinoplasty?
I've read over and over again that Dr. Rival is more conservative...and I'm hoping for a significant reduction as I don't have a strong chin and have a smaller mouth so I don't want to go through all this and then have my nose still be the focal point of my face!!!
10 Day Post-Op!
10 Day Post-Op and thanks to each one of you I was prepared for pre and post-op experience!
I had crazy, nasty bruising and swelling (the worst bruising on RS!) and still have some bruises but got some new ones on my jawline on day 7 before cast-off! And my upper lip was bruised on the outside and inside - swollen to 3 times its size! Doc said it was due to gravity and healing process. I had been (and still am) taking Vit C, Bromelain, Arnica Montana, and Traumeel!
I am so happy with the results thus far. No amount of make-up will cover my bruises, I tried and it did not work - it looked ridiculous!
Recovery was exactly as I expected as I had read most of all your RealSelfers' recovery reviews so I was prepared :). Thank you guys!
My next follow up is Aug 14 and I'm sure there will be lots of changes between now and then!
Day 11 Post-Op
My already oily skin is oilier than ever! I've been managing to control it with oil-blotting papers and Witch Hazel astringent/toner - which work really well. However, the skin on my nose and around the nostrils are peeling like crazy!
Does anyone haps tips for exfoliation? Have you tried microdermabrasion - I read somewhere that this might help?
2 Weeks Post-Op And No One Can Tell ???!!!
Swelling on the nose going down so slowwwwwly now! Still have residual bruising under my eyes and right/left jawline. Tried covering with make-up and went out, saw a family friend who DID NOT NOTICE that my nose changed dramatically!
My own mother-in-law did not notice! And she sees me a few times a week over a decade now! This is awesome! Hardly anybody knows...
I was always shocked when I'd read your reviews here on RealSelf that no one noticed your rhinoplasty- but until it happens to you, it's hard to believe! Strange but true!
Re recovery: my nostrils are uneven so I'm hoping it's from all the swelling. Still a bit congested, using saline spray 3-5 x day, still using Traumeel and Arnica Gel. Just getting impatient with these darn bruises!
3 Weeks Post-Op ...And Still Bruises ???!!!
Still got these darn bruises! I guess that's what happens when you're in your late 30's ... alright, ok... let's be honest... when you're pushing 40 ;)
But everything else is going as expected, bridge is still swollen but doesn't look that bad - I was expecting way worse! Using lip balm constantly as I'm mostly mouth breathing - got them stashed on my desk, my purse, in bathroom, bedroom, kitchen? Lower nose tip is numb and tingly, feels hard to the touch, uncomfortable when I try to stretch down my upper lip.
Got crazy dark under eye circles (worse than my usual dark circles) and no matter how much sleep I get, I still look tired. Thank God for concealer.
Still congested, wake up occasionally with dry mouth and throat, but now I can blow my nose - which helps a lot, specially after using Salinex spray/mist.
Am I happy/glad I did it? Heck yeah!!! I just wish I had done it appx 10 yrs ago when I had the chance! I feel great. And still no one notices which makes me even happier - I wanted improvement/enhancement from my old nose :)
Let me know if you guys want a brief Day-by-Day summary of my recovery (there are lots of good ones on this forum that helped me tremendously!)
One More Thing...
Thanks to RS members newnosee, SingingSattelite, Doro, Access1982, etc (sorry if I forgot your name!) who advised me to communicate CLEARLY and explicitly with my surgeon, and NOT to assume he knows what I want. My surgeon, Dr. Rival, is well known for being conservative and doing "natural" looking noses, and a few of the patients I spoke with said that even though they are happy with their "after" noses, they wished they had asked for nostril reduction and shortening of the tip.
I brought this up when I spoke with my surgeon (I came with a written list of questions & concerns) and explained to him that I DO want a bit more in addition to hump removed - specifically nostril reduction, bridge narrowing, tip shortening, and we discussed in terms of millimetres. He was very patient and explained to me what was possible or not possible due to my thick skin, bone structure, and would look good etc.
So thank you EVERYONE who took the time to pm me with your advise, suggestions, and words of wisdom!
Wed Aug 14 was my 4 weeks post-op appt
Nose is now changing very slooowwwly. Doc said there's still swelling on my bridge & tip - and that my bridge will thin out more and my tip will become more defined!!! That's awesome news because I'm already so happy with the way it looks :) My uneven nostrils have gotten better & it will keep improving, but he said they will never fully be symmetrical - which is fine, it's a big improvement from before. I'm still congested and my nose is really itchy at the nostril base & columella and once in a while I feel a quick sharp pain at the incisions - good old healing process! The columella scar is more noticeable and pink looking to me than last week - I've been applying silicone scar gel (KeloCote) to it. Doc said it takes time for it to fade but the gel may help as well. And I feel like my nose is more swollen than last week - I have not been watching my salt intake like I was the first 3 weeks...
I have major under eye dark circles, very noticeable ( you can see in the pics), no matter how much sleep I get, I look exhausted, and make up doesn't really help. Especially under the left eye, it looks like bruising underneath the skin. Doc said that is normal and will eventually decrease - I asked him if there's a treatment, he said it's too soon for me to be looking into that but some of his patients had success with this cream: "B. Kamins Replenishing Eye Cream Kx" but he didn't know how much - I checked, Sephora sells it and it's $110 Cdn!!! Has anyone tried this and does it make a difference?
My next post-op appt is in Nov at the 4 month mark - I really hope everything goes well and my dark circles will improve!
I have not rated my PS or my results - I want to wait at least 3 months.
Sorry for the funky colours on my pics but hopefully you can still see the changes and the progress ;)
ps: Still no one notices!
Spent an entire day over the week-end with in-laws and family and NOT one person noticed my nose!
Still blows my mind!!!
2 Months Post-Op
18 Sep 2013
2 months post
...and still got major dark circles! Make up helps but I still look constantly tired! Everything else is going well, swelling has gone down quite a bit on the bridge and tip, but I still have lots of swelling on the inside of my nose. I'm less congested and use saline spray once a day. Nostrils are not even, but better than a month ago. Have been attending lots of work and social functions and no one has noticed or said anything :) Saw pictures of myself that someone else took and I still look like me but with a better nose that's in balance with my face - so glad I did this! Now I can wear my hair up, or put on a hat and not feel so self conscious! I hardly ever wore sunscreen on my face, but since cast-off I've been wearing sunscreen every day - regardless of the weather - and whenever I'm outside I put on a hat or a cap. A great forced habit from this surgery :) The stitches have faded quite a bit but not fully disappeared yet - I can easily cover up with make-up. My tip is less numb and tingly and doesn't feel rock hard like it did a month ago, but the columella is still rock hard and tingly.
So far so good :)
6 Months Post-Op
17 Jan 2014
6 months post
It's been 6 months today since I had my surgery! The extreme dark circles are gone, still have my 'regular' dark circles that I used to have :(
The swelling has gone down A LOT and my nose is more defined now and it really suits my face and looks good in pictures. Nostrils are still uneven but seems like I'm the only who notices because I scrutinize my nose in the mirror and pictures! My new nose is far from perfect! I would still like a shorter tip and even nostrils but then I think back to what I had and see my pre-op pics so I snap back into reality! Because the nose I have now is a 1000 times better than the nose I had!!!
I still get congested but not as often as a few months back and have not used saline spray in the past few months. Nose tip is much softer to the touch and doesn't feel rock hard anymore. There is still some slight tingling on the columella when I touch it and still feels somewhat hard.
I'm still amazed by the changes but I still look like me! I'm grateful that it's been working out for me because not everyone has had a positive experience based on some the reviews here, which is sad when I read it and I wish it would work out for everyone...
1 Year update!!!
Wow! It was a year ago yesterday that I had my septo-rhinoplasty surgery and still my only regret is not doing it sooner. My nose is still getting more refined, nostrils are still uneven - if you look up my nose (which I do once in a while) - but not noticeable to anybody else. Breathing is fine and I have no issues with stuffiness. My new nose fits my face really well - it is not a small, cutesy nose - but it suits the prominent features I have. Anything smaller, my nose would look 'done' ... I try not to study my nose too often or too much because then I fixate on my nostrils, on the size, or how when I laugh it still droops down ever so slightly BUT then I remember the nose I HAD!!! And then all those hang-ups disappear! The surgeon told me that because of the nose I had, he had certain limitations on how much he could reduce overall, which is fine by me. I didn't want a cookie cutter nose - I just wanted my face to look balanced and my nose not to be the main attraction!
The biggest comment I get is that I look younger ...or did I lose weight because my face looks thinner!!! Gotta love that! And I still check out my profile every chance I get!
3/4 View as requested:)
I could not find any proper 3/4 view "before" pics ...because I would never let anybody take any pics from that angle or I used to delete them all!!!
Still thrilled with my results!
My new nose is not perfect: uneven nostrils (only noticeable to me apparently!) and it droops ever so slightly when I smile, and the bridge is not as straight as it was the first 6-12 months BUT none of this bothers me!!!
All I have to do is look at some "before" pics and I stop obsessing!!!
I do, however, prefer my right AFTER profile :)