I am 5'1 and 90 lbs. As you can see from my befores, I think I had one of the most difficult noses to work with on this website. My Plastic Surgeon is a MIRACLE worker. I couldn't be more pleased. He over-rotated my nose so that when it naturally drops it will be in my desired position.
I am 5'1 and 90 lbs. As you can see...
Some of you have been asking for photos of me now...
Too Much to Respond To
I have decided to take a break from RealSelf! It has been hard for me to take time out of school/work/life to answer you all and then I feel really guilty :( Will Hopefully be back in a few weeks and can do a FULL review of my journey, like you all have, rather than just before and after pictures :)
I wish you all happy healing
For those Who are PMing me for my before/afters...
You must have an established review on RealSelf with photos etc... Sorry but I have been getting some really weird requests for photos and also some weird messages from men.
~Thanks for understanding :)
New Posting with My plastic surgeons info, and all my before and Afters :)
Rhinoplasty Miracle Worker
I would like to address the questions you have all been asking me:
Q) How did you decide to go through with Dr. Daniel?
A) We can all simulate photos, including ones posted to a physicians site. I had seen real-life examples
of Dr. Daniels work and was amazed at how natural, yet cute they looked. Yes, I did plenty of research
on other surgeons, only to come back to Dr. Daniel.
Q) How did your pre-op appointment work?
A) Dr. Daniel spends an incredible amount of time looking at and inside your nose, and addressing all concerns, as well as mentioning the newest research on Rhinoplasty that can help you. He allows YOU plenty of time to tell him what you'd like and what you're unhappy with. His bedside manner is impeccable. After this, you go into a different room with Amy, the patient consultant. She sits with you for however long you need discussing payment, surgery dates and also my favorite part: looking at tons of Dr. Daniels before and afters so you can put post-its on your favorites. What I LOVE about this versus computer imaging is that you can see what can REALLY be done. I see so many RealSelfers relying on before and afters that surgeons have given them, but in all honesty, I could photoshop the same image. It doesn't mean that I will be successful in providing that result for you. I guess for most people its reassurance, however the most reassurance I could get is by seeing real-life possible work.
Q) Your nose looks slightly sloped but still natural and kind of straight, which is it? How did you pick?
A) Ahh, Dr. Daniels speciality... "the suggestion of a slope" and the "naturally cute" approach. I guess its a little bit of both and he does a wonderful job executing this balance. I honestly didn't say much to Dr. Daniel when I came in other than "I trust you, do what you think is best." And I took his suggestions.
Q) Did your surgery take place inside his office? At a hospital? How was your anesthesia?
A) Dr. Daniel performs surgery at a state-of-the-art Newport Beach Surgery Center. It is an outpatient surgery center with the UTMOST care. I have never been taken care of so well by nurses, and unfortunately, I have been in the hospital many times. The huge plus? You're literally right next to Newport Hoag Hospital for added reassurance. The surgery center was so incredible that I sent them in a survey commending them, something that I never have time to do. Anesthesia was easy-peasy! That was honestly my biggest worry. Dr. Daniel uses only MD anesthesiologists, and general anesthesia so that they have complete control over your airway. The day before, my anesthesiologist actually called me to go over some of the basics and to address any concerns I may have. I will continue more with this on the next question.
Q) How did surgery day go?
A) If I could go back, I would do this day one zillion times over again. It was like my wedding day. I seriously even bought some very cute Victorias Secret Sequin Sweats for the day, and kept referring to it as "my wedding dress." I showed up, filled out paperwork, and was brought to the back immediately. I was Dr. Daniels first surgery of the day. I got changed into my surgery gear, and then tucked into a warm comfy bed. My nurse came and introduced herself to me, and then started my IV and gave me some fluids through it. I relaxed for about 20 minutes, while Dr. Daniel and Dr. Snyder (my anesthesiologist) were briefing on my surgery. During my wait, multiple nurses came up to me and told me how lucky I was that Dr. Daniel was doing my nose, and they don't even work for him so I knew they were being honest. Next to me, Dr. Kosins was doing a patients tummy tuck. He also is part of Dr. Daniels practice and does all of the other procedures that Dr. Daniel doesn't do, since Dr. D does rhinoplasty only. P.S. Dr. Kosins is super cute. More on him later... After my short wait, Dr. Snyder came over and we joked around for a bit and then he said he was going to gimme something to make me relax before surgery, since I was still in comfortable pre-op. That thing was great, I immediately felt woozy and happy. I literally said "Oh my gosh this stuff is AWESOME." That is the last I remember. They then wheeled me into the operating room, moved me onto the table and started my anesthesia. So glad I didn't have to walk into the cold scary operating room and hop onto the table. Next thing I remember, I woke up in recovery and was super irritated that they wouldn't let me pee haha but it was only because I was still half out from anesthesia. No Pain or other discomfort though. The nurse even put a bed pan under me, but I refused to go in it. Anyways she was so nice and put up with my complaining. I think I fell asleep for another 15 min? Then she said she would take me to pee and I started to get up but felt just a PINCH of nausea, I think it was just from not eating to be honest, but as soon as I told the nurse she brought in a shot and gave it to me. I went to the bathroom with her help, and by the time I got back to my bed, my nausea was gone and I was pretty much awake. They brought my mom in, though Dr. Daniel had done a great job updating her on my surgery in the waiting room, he told her "her surgery couldn't have gone any better." I laid in recovery for another hour or so, and they gave me applesauce packets. BY THE WAY, BUY LOTS OF THESE!!! They're so great because you literally just stick the end in your mouth and squeeze it. No need for any spoons or opening your mouth (which actually hurts because you're so sore). After that, we got into the car and I went home. Surgery day 1 was easy-peasy. I took Percocet and was comfortable. The rest of the week was difficult for me, mainly because I am a stomach/face sleeper and didn't like sleeping on my back. All of this will pass. At one point, you get so frustrated that you can't taste, move your lip, sleep, or breathe through your nose and you feel like you'll never go back to normal. I assure you, in a couple weeks you WILL and you'll feel GREAT.
Q) Cast removal/packing?
A) I didn't have packing, but Dr. Daniel put in some tubes. I went to have these taken out on Day 6 along with my cast and the non-dissolvable sutures. By the way, Judy has ANGEL hands and none of this hurt at all. Same with Dr. Daniel. I just felt a few seconds of pressure. Judy was so sweet and held my hands as my tubes were coming out, because I was SO nervous from having read how painful it was. I did take one percocet before arriving. I was SO happy to see my new nose. I couldn't believe how straight it was. He gave me nostril retainers to wear at night, and taught me how to tape at night.
Q) Any advice on swelling?
A) Honestly, my nose looked different every day. It would puff up, then puff down in various areas. This is all normal and most of it was gone by 1 month. No I didn't notice any bumps or abnormal swelling. The only thing was that my nostrils were uneven but the retainers have done a GREAT job getting them mostly even (I am only 6 weeks out).
Q) Some of my own notes...
A) What I LOVE about Dr. Daniel is that he consistently produces impeccable frontal views AND profile views. Many of the nose jobs I have seen either look great from the front but not from the side or vice versa. I know many of you have that concern as well.
~I would be MORE than happy to answer any other questions, and I am sure Amy would be very happy to answer any other questions for you. I don't want to compromise my name, as I am a very private person, but feel FREE to write that "Peanut" referred you ;)
2 Months Post Op Now :)
2 1/2 Months Post Op Update
Everything is still going well. I have been a bit lazy cleaning inside my nose so I still have icky crusts :( I feel like even the times where I am very vigorous with the cleaning, it doesn't do much.
My nose looks different every day and different at every angle he he. This is normal and is just the swelling. Overrall, I LOOOOOVE my nose. Here are some new photos from the last 2 1/2 weeks.
Almost 4 Months Post Op
not much to update on. Having a little issue with my dissolvable stitches not actually dissolving. Dr. Daniel has been so good and has been coming in on his days off (because those are the only days I can drive back to Newport from college) to take them out for me. It is a little painful and causes some swelling, so my updated photos are still me very swollen. I can't reiterate enough how important it is to find a good plastic surgeon as follow up care is necessary! I would be happy to answer any and all questions :)
Dr. Daniel is incredible. He knows so much about the nose, and only performs Rhinoplasty. He is the co-founder of The Rhinoplasty Society and has written multiple textbooks on Rhinoplasty techniques. He is pioneer in the field, and is highly respected amongst surgeons everywhere. I have an extremely complicated nose, yet he made it look PERFECT. His staff, Amy and Judy, are also lovely to work with. Their follow up care is impeccable and the treatment that I received is flawless. I couldn't ask for a better plastic surgeon, one who actually understands that Rhinoplasty isn't just about changing the bone, but the cartilage as well. He has performed THOUSANDS of Rhinoplasty and travels around the world lecturing on it. You can look on his website for more info on his credentials, as they surpass what I am writing here