20 Years Old and Finally Decided to Undergo Rhinoplasty! - Perth, Australia

This is my first post in the realself community...

This is my first post in the realself community and is hopefully a good way to introduce myself to you all. I'm a 20 year old female living in Perth, Australia. Ever since I started puberty I have been deeply bothered by the bump in the bridge of my nose and most specifically by my bulbous, undefined tip. I feel like my nose is a very unflattering element on what could be considered a generally attractive face. I would love a thinner more defined nose tip from the front and a sharp and straight profile with a slightly more upturned tip. I'm terrified by the prospect of having surgery on my nose and then hating the outcome. I have told a few people about my decision to undergo rhinoplasty and they have all said that I'm crazy and that my nose is fine, but I of course do not agree with them. So what do you all think of my nose? Am I right in thinking that rhinoplasty could be a fabulous opportunity to improve my looks and self confidence? Sorry that the pictures are very small and discrete but I'm a bit frightened of posting my face online.

Had my first consult...

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I had my first consult with a potential surgeon and I left feeling very confused and slightly saddened. The surgeon really seemed to know his stuff, but I found his bedside manner to be a tad too abrupt for me, which is odd because I'm not usually bothered by that sort of thing. It turns out I have a deviated septum, wide nasal bones, wide-ish nostrils and (too my complete shock) rather thick skin. My dream has always been to have a petite, more defined nose and this new knowledge of thick skin pretty much puts an end to all of that. Having researched all last night, I'm now really frightened that no matter how nicely the cartilage beneath and bone are defined, I will end up with a nose that is possibly even wider and bigger than the one I have now. I don't heal well and tend to bruise and swell for YEARS rather than days weeks or months, so this has just really upset me a lot. The worst factor is that when all the costs are added up, I will be paying around 13,000 (I don't have private health insurance) for a procedure I'm not even sure will do me any visual benefit. (Is 13,000 much more than normal? - I didn't realise it would cost more than 10k!)

Please, please, please anyone with thick skin who had work on their nose tip would you tell me about your experiences and maybe even show me photos? I would appreciate it so much because I'm so sad right now I'm starting to think it's not worth it.

And anyone in Perth or really anywhere in Australia, if you could recommend great surgeons you have been to I would really appreciate that as well.

Overcoming my fear

So it has been about a month since my consult and last post. Over the past month I have been extremely confused about my feelings. After my consult I felt pretty gutted - knowing that I have thick skin and could never expect really nice definition was a big issue for me, because the bulbousness in the tip of my nose has always been the biggest problem I see. I hate how blobby, wide and undefined it looks, particularly in photos, and it has made me truly fearful to ever be in pictures or go out of the house without make up and contouring. For this reason I wondered for a while if it was even worth my time to have this procedure done. I have seen a number of before and after pictures of people with thicker skin and in a lot of these photos the nose looks even wider and more undefined than before!

Recently I was talking to a friend about my worries and how I wasn't sure I wanted to spend this much money if I couldn't be guaranteed that I would get a better result. She then asked me, 'Will you ever come be okay with your nose though? Will you ever be at peace with it being the way it is?'. I realised the answer was a definite no. My nose has been the one great source of low self esteem and worry for the last ten years and I know that it will never go away. I will never be okay with it. I said this to her and she said 'You know what to do then.'

Therefore... it is decided. I will undergo rhinoplasty because the fear of having a less than ideal result is less than the paralysing fear that I experience every time I see a camera or a photo of myself, or I sit down next to someone in a cinema or lecture theatre. The photos I have seen of my preferred surgeon's results show profiles which are absolutely gorgeous, however I have not been thrilled by the view from the front. None of the nose tips look any thinner or more defined in the after photos - mostly they look quite boxy - think Blake Lively or Jennifer Aniston. If money wasn't such an issue I would think 'get a better profile and functional breathing now, then get the tip revised later' but this isn't really financially suitable or logical. I don't know if I should stick with this surgeon and hope for the best regarding the nose tip or prolong my waiting but look for someone whos tip results look more aesthetically pleasing.

If anyone has any more advice or suggestions I would truly appreciate them. I am so grateful to everyone who has reached out to me and shared their experiences and wisdom. You are all wonderful xxxx
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