Before the surgery I got labs done and took Arnica and antibiotics as prescribed. The arnica is suppose to help reduce swelling. I went in to the surgery center and was fairly relaxed. I just remember I was freezing in the surgery room, and when I woke up I was all done. I didn't feel any pain immediately after and I followed the recommendations of my physician. I drank lots of fluids, took my anti-inflammatory meds and pain meds as prescribed. Day 3, as expected was the worse! Breathing was almost impossible. I was soo happy I had bought straws. I was able to eat and drink through them. The rest of the week didn't seem nearly as bad. Finally day 7 came around and I was able to get my splints and my cast removed.
Underneath my cast was a wonderfully shaped nose. Only problem my pores looked twice their size and like they had absorbed all the gunk from the cast. In any case, my nose looked great. My nose was numb and the skin around it was very oily. As time has gone on I have begun to recover the feeling on the tip of my nose and the skin has definitely recovered.
Overall I would say the surgery and the recovery period really were not all that bad. I love not only how my nose looks, but also the way it functions.