I was genetically blessed with a very Jewish/Mediterranean nose, and flat cheekbones. My nose projected too much from my face, was slightly crooked, and had a dorsal hump. Ever since my nose developed, I was always very self-conscious about it, and I felt like it was all people saw when they looked at my face. This was not how I wanted to stand out, and I dreaded any photos that showed me in profile.
I had rhinoplasty+facial fat transfer for undereye hollows and cheeks done. I am getting the fat transfer in stages, and only had a little bit so far. It has been 6 days since my surgery, and today I got my cast off. I visited 4 doctors before I chose mine. It had been recommended to me that I get a chin implant, but the idea of an implant in my body really bothered me, plus I don't think it's worth the price, so I decided against it. And I'm glad I did!
As for the surgery/recovery,
-immediately after the surgery, I was in a very good mood, lol. I was in some pain, but in good spirits.
-I had no swelling/bruising until later in the 2nd day. The little swelling I had disappeared by the 6th day and was worst the 3rd.
-I was able and felt comfortable putting contacts in by the 4th day. Keep in mind I actually just purchased contacts a week before the surgery, so they are pretty new to me.
-My teeth were pretty sore, which has gradually gotten better. They are still slightly.
-My top lip/nose tip were pretty numb, and still are slightly. This made my top lip barely rise when smiling. It is able to a little now, so I presume it will go back to normal pretty soon.
-I had an open rhino, so I had stitches put in. The cast removal/stitch removal were not as bad as I expected. I'd say having the stitches taken out is comparable to what it feels like to pluck your eyebrows, and the cast removal is like a really heavy band-aid being taken off.
-the worst part was the nasal packing. I cringed a little bit when I took it out, and it made me feel a little claustrophobic. I had to keep it in the first 24 hours after surgery, and I couldn't sleep the first night because of it.
-The 2nd and 3rd nights I was able to sleep intermittently, but it was still difficult.
Mouth breathing sucks! I have to say that the pain med helped a LOT with any and all pain I had, so don't hesitate to take it if you need!
Basically, it was about as bad as having the flu, and comparable to getting your wisdom teeth out. Most of my bruising has already gone away and all of the swelling has. TOTALLY WORTH IT!!
As for aftercare, there was no taping recommended as necessary, but my mom bought some skin tape and insists I use it as a warning to other people who get close to me, so I'm doing it anyway. I have to clean the inside of my nose out with hydrogen peroxide 2x/day, do pretty simple nose massages 3x/day, and spray saline spray in my nose 4x/day. Not too bad. The antibiotics will be done tomorrow, and I'm allowed to exercise in one more week. I can almost fully breathe through my nose now. I feel normal already. =)(=
I will try and update at least weekly as I heal!!