Septo-Rhinoplasty: post-op 4.5 month updates! - New York, NY
- updated 2 months ago
I've been having breathing issues lately, & I...
- 2 Apr 2013
- 1 month pre
I've been having breathing issues lately, & I have been feeling pressure in my left eye socket, so I went to an ENT that stuck the camera up my nose and told me that I have a deviated septum that tilts to the left, but the non-breathing thing is because the insides of my nose are really swollen. I mentioned that I have been OD'ing on Afrin lately too, because it was the only thing that would open me up & allow air in my nose! So I too an allergy test & it turns out I'm slightly allergic to pollen & dust mites. They gave me Qnasl & some other allergy steroid spray (something with a "P"), and told me that a septoplasty wouldn't really help me. I somehow think that if I fix the septum, it would at least make it slightly easier to breathe, allergies or not.
Let me sidetrack here, I have always hated the tip of my nose. It looks like a damn christmas tree lightbulb, the one from the 50's. I have a slight hump across the bridge, but that isn't my main issue here, lol.
So naturally, I have been researching on where to go to get a consultation on a septo-rhinoplasty, because while I'm all up in there getting it fixed, I might as well have it look pretty too! Bahaha. I am hoping it won't cost tooooo too much, but I really want this to be a gift to myself for my 30th birthday in June. I have been snooping around this website for a bit, and doing some good old fashioned googling & talking to friends about it, and I have scheduled a consultation with Dr. C in White Plains 4/29...not too far away, plus he's right over the bridge from where I live in Queens. My boyfriend (who I live with) is being supportive even though he says I don't need the rhinoplasty part because he thinks I'm beautiful ;p I told him he needs glasses, lmaoo!
I am adding some photos, please excuse my appearance, I literally just got out of the gym, and I added two other photos of how I normally look when my face isn't a sweaty, melty mess, lol.
Any advice is mucho appreciated! :D Hopefully I will try to update this as often as I can along the way.
So my first consultation with Dr. Ciardullo is a...
- 16 Apr 2013
- 1 month pre
Also, I am taking stuff for my allergies, like nasal spray and allegra, will that interfere with anything, surgery-wise? I am really stuffy in my left nostril, where the deviated septum is :(
I met Dr. Ciardullo today, and I think he is a...
- 29 Apr 2013
- 1 month pre
He also showed me a tour of the facility, and showed me some photos (slightly dated but ok no biggie), and mentioned that he wouldn't want me to have a sharp nose as it would not match my round face. Understandable. I just don't want this cherry tomato on my face anymore, and being able to breathe wold be fantastic. I cried out in pain like a baby when he shoved a giant q-tip up my nose to see how bad the deviated septum was....he says it's not too bad. I told him that the main reason I came here to have this all done was to fix my breathing problems so please please please try & succeed with that part at least lol.
Oh and the cost is $6,500, plus $700 for the anesthesia & then some more for the bloodwork, although his office will try to submit the ppwk to my insurance company to see if they would cover any costs. I told him I would sleep on it & let him know tomorrow if I will book a date. I'm thinking I should, and should do it soon, my 30th birthday is in June & there is no way I'm going to want to look like a hideous beast on my day-o-birth, hehehehe. Either with this same nose or a giant-ass cast on my face! bahaha
Sorrry for the rant! PLEASE feel free to share your opinion about what he said, I am all ears, guys!!
Thanks for listening ;D
Ok well I sucked it up & decided to book my...
- 30 Apr 2013
- 30 days pre
My surgery is almost two weeks away! So excited! I...
- 14 May 2013
- 16 days pre
Ok so here is my list of things I bought, I think I might make my bf get me a humidifier, do I really need one of those?
- Ocean Premium Saline Nasal Spray
- Biotene Mouth Spray
- Boiron Arnica (Arnicare) Gel
- Biotene Oral Rinse for Dry Mouth
- Doctors Best Best 3000 GDU Bromelain
- Arnica 30x quick dissolving tabs
- Thera°Pearl gel beads hot/cold pack
- cough drops
- Vitamin C orange gummies (which taste delish FYI)
- memory foam neck pillow
Did I miss anything? ;p The only thing is I don't know when to start taking any of these! lol I just started to eat the Vitamin C gummies because honestly they taste like candy, hahahaha. But that arnica & bromelain stuff....no clue. Someone help a sister out? :$
Oops, I'm bad with pills...
- 19 May 2013
- 10 days pre
- 28 May 2013
- 1 day pre
- 31 May 2013
- 1 day post
day 2? day 3 post op? Not sure how to measure this...
- 1 Jun 2013
- 2 days post
Thanks to everyone for your comments, they are helping me get through this, even if I'm not answering them right now (still a little cloudy & not rational yet, oy).
- 2 Jun 2013
- 3 days post
Ok I'm off to go take a bath, this should be interesting, hahahaha.
Can't wait to get this cast off!
- 5 Jun 2013
- 6 days post
I had cabin fever and wound up going back to work yesterday...I work in an office so I'm sitting all day anyway. I'm back in the office today, & I will leave work early tomorrow to get my cast taken off. I am literally counting the hours lol.
I have been so worried about taking all my pills that I haven't been spraying my nose with the damn saline spray! I just started last night, is that bad? I feel the urge to blow my nose SO bad holy poop. What torture.
And omg the swelling in my face is gone but I have HUGE black & blues still, thank god for makeup :/
WOW it's been a while!
- 23 Jun 2013
- 24 days post
Onto my nose. I have had such horrible bruising and swelling from the surgery its not even funny, my whole face like puffed out! I'm a bruiser and a sweller apparently lol. Makeup helped a lot, but sometimes by the end of the day, the bruises were showing a little. Thank god I really didn't really go anywhere besides work anyway! My co-workers had a blast making fun of me, saying I got into a fight, or that they know I was in Fight Club, calling my Edward Norton lmao, it was pretty funny.
Anywho the shape of the nose is great, and little by little the swelling is going down, except for the damn tip lol. It's still pretty stiff & numb on the tip, and the rest of my nose is still tender to the touch along the top by the bridge. The area in between my eyebrows puffed out like crazyyyy and it still is pretty swollen, I feel like I have a caveman's eyebrow right now hahaha. And the stitches that are still in my nose are annoying me because I feel like they are blocking me from having full 100% clear breathing, so when I see him at the end of July I will ask him about it. It turns out that when he went into my nose, he found out that not only was my left side of my septum messed up, so was my right side! I don't even know how that is possible lol! Only me. He said my nostrils are unusually swollen, he had a hard time maneuvering his tools up there in the beginning lol. I told him it was probably my allergies, I'm pretty sure that's what's still keeping me swollen now actually. But honestly I can still breathe better than I did before, and I don't wake up in the middle of the night with dry mouth because my nostrils were both completely closed off lol.
But I really can't wait for the swelling to go away completely! I will confess & say I haven't really been watching what I eat, nor have I been taking the arnica and vitamin C religiously (thanks to those 12 hour work days of insanity), so maybe I am contributing to my slow recovery? Bah. Oh well. Here are some pics I made, comparing old to new.....remember the tip is still swollen, but it is shaped very nicely, I can't wait for it to heal completely :D
7 weeks since surgery!
- 16 Jul 2013
- 2 months post
As far as looks go, I love my profile, but I'm still waiting for my tip swelling to go down, and also the external swelling throughout my nose & between my eyebrows is annoying me. Even my face is still a little puffy! I'm really just being impatient (plus I really haven't been staying away from booze & salty foods, big swelling issues abound from those things, oops). It was crazy how my whole face puffed out because of a nose surgery, I feel like I'm the only one who's face got all elephant-man on them. I mean it has been going down, slowwwwwly, but sheesh give the girl a break here!
I also still have a stitch high up in my right nostril that I can't reach (hah), and I'm hoping when I go for my follow up apmt on the 29th that Dr. C can somehow remove it already :p.
Pain-wise, my tip still hurts when I touch it, & the pain goes all the way through to the base in between my nostrils, which is kinda not fun, but I gotta deal with it. I've had a few mishaps with kissing my bf & the slight "bonk" sent some lovely shooting pains throughout my nose :/ Oh and the lower area in between my eyebrows still hurts when I firmly press it, too. I want to ask him about that when I see him.
When I was sick last week I went to see my normal ENT (wasn't sure if I had strep throat, turned out it was just a horrendous cold), and I told her I had surgery, & she asked me if it was helping me breathe (yes), and she took a look up the nostrils, and was like, "he did some weird stitching in there, did he shorten your tip?" I told him he did, and she was like "oh ok, interesting." Hah! Not sure what that was all about, but whatever lol. I am so happy I went through with this, & I'm so happy I chose Dr. C instead of some completely overpriced doctor in Manhattan that would have charged literally double the price & I would have probably gotten the same results anyway. I don't care that his office doesn't look like a spaceship it's so modern, I just want to know that I'm in good hands & that the doctor is experienced. Couldn't be happier & can't wait til more of this welling goes away!
Oh, anyone ever experienced this? My bruises under my eyes kind of made two small sunspots because they were still slightly there when I went out in the sun, & now they won't go away :( I mean I can put makeup on them for now but what the hell? So weird.
I will post pics in a little while, I have really bad cell reception at my job, so I gotta wait til lunch break to post anything. Not much difference this time around unfortunately....maybe next month it'll looks less puffy :)
7 weeks pics!
- 16 Jul 2013
- 2 months post
Almost 5 months have gone by!
- 9 Oct 2013
- 5 months post