Excited! - Portland, ME

I'm a 22 year old female and I've always...

I'm a 22 year old female and I've always hated my nose. It's really big for my face and it's been my biggest insecurity...and only insecurity since I was a kid. I also have a deviated septum so that will be fixed at the same time on November 1st. I'm getting the bump in the bone shaved down as well as shortening it slightly and raisig the tip as it is downturned a bit when I smile right now. I'm nervous because I knownill never have a perfect nose but I know improvement is possible. as long as I font look like an entirely different person I think I'll be happy. We will see though! Wish me luck!

So I had my last consultation yesterday with My...

So I had my last consultation yesterday with My doctor! It went really well I'm a little nervous still but he has assured me I will be happy with the results. I'm not concerned about the pain at all, just the initial needle to put the IV in. (I'm terrified of needles!) I'll be staying at my parents for at least a week. The entire procedure minus copays is covered by my insurance. I have had a lot of trauma to my nose through sports and competitive cheerleading over the years, and did I mention I can only breathe through one nostril! Every day it feels like a dream come true I have to pinch myself that this is really happening. I can't wait until a week from today!

Tomorrow morning is my surgery! So excited!!!

Tomorrow morning is my surgery! So excited!!!

I get my cast off tomorrow morning!! I am super...

I get my cast off tomorrow morning!! I am super excited and nervous but I have a question for those of you have been through this, is what I'll see tomorrow be close to what it will look like down the road? If I hate it, is there still hope the swelling will go down like a lot? My biggest fear is that I'll hate it and it won't change much... thoughts???

I got my cast and internal splints out today! Boy...

I got my cast and internal splints out today! Boy was that painful, especially when they vacuumed out the insides, I practically fainted. Lol anyways, I know the cast just got off but my nostrils are uneven, my tip leans to one side. I didnt notice until I got home. Im seriously praying that this is due to the swelling and won't be permanent. Will post pics soon!

So I'm kind of annoyed at the amount of tip...

So I'm kind of annoyed at the amount of tip swelling I have. December 1st will be exactly one month since the day of surgery. I feel like my tip looks bulbous from the side view. Its also hard as a rock to the touch. Did anyone see tip swelling go down a good amount after the first month?

So, the bill for my surgery came today at my...

So, the bill for my surgery came today at my Parent's house (I'm under their insurance) I almost fainted. $11,517.27

I'm not kidding. Thank GOD my insurance covered it. I'm literally speechless.

Last week I had my one month post op appointment....

Last week I had my one month post op appointment. My tip and underneath my nose is still hard as a rock. Overall I'm happy although I asked if the small bump would go down on my bridge and he said probably not and that if he had shaved down any more of the bone it would have been a "swoop" or concave nose, which I was very particular that I didn't want. He also reminded me that I brought in photos of kim kardashian's nose and she too has a small bump on her bridge right where I do. He said by March I'll be 50% healed and that makes me hopeful that I can expect more swelling to go down on the bulbous tip. Looking forward so much for this swelling to just go down!!!

So I'm currently 4 months post operation and I'm...

So I'm currently 4 months post operation and I'm getting more and more excited each month. I was so nervous about the amount of swelling I had in the first couple of months and was concerned that maybe it wasn't swelling at all, and my nose would look like that forever. Today, I'm pretty happy with my results. My side view has changed drastically, although not so much my front view. If you look at the last photos I've posted on my profile, you'll be able to see how much my swelling has decreased and straight my profile is. Patience truly is key to this whole process, but trust me time flies!

I had another followup appt. this morning. It went...

I had another followup appt. this morning. It went well, and my doctor basically said that i'm 80% healed, but since my tip is still quite hard, when it softens back up, it will be considered healed. I have NO scarring where the incision was made, literally nothing! My nose is a bit runny (may be allergies) so he gave me a Rx for a nasal spray. I told him about how in the A.M. my nose appears more swollen and he said he thinks I need to get an allergen pillow/pillowcase and that may help, and it's probably not the blood flow to my nose while laying down that causes this.

We scheduled to see each other again in June. Will update then!

3 years!

So I'm over 3 years post Op. I'm not 100% happy with everything, I mean it's a HUGE improvement but there is still a slight bump. Also, the front view is kinda the same. I don't think I'd go thru that pain again through. I chalk it up to a win.

3 years again..

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did your nose continue to change even after the 2 year mark?
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Your nose looks natural and good ...you looked pretty before your rhinoplasty but look even prettier afterwards!
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So my question is what type of "trauma" is deemed worthy to be covered by insurance. In other words, what did they classify your trauma and/or nose deformity as? I'm assuming it would be more than just deviated septum/nasal obstruction? Thanks - I've made an appointment too:)
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well I had a deviated septum, but I've had many nose "traumas" while I was cheerleading competitevely, (dropped on my face, elbowed in the face, etc.) My guess is yours as to what they classified that as for insurance purposes. Where did you make your appointment?
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ENT MKM Associates - it's close and I think it's where yours was listed. I told them I needed to make an appointment to check on breathing, septum, and stuffiness issues. I remember a doc way back said I had a deviated septum, but that's not enough to do a full rhinoplasty although I know insurance would cover that if I had it included. So should I just say "My nose has been hit countless times and I can't breathe so please reshape it into something more beautiful?" lol. I'm not sure what to say exactly but I'll get an exam and see if there really is a problem, I think that's a good start.
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yeah, I would just say, "I'm having trouble breathing through my nose, and aditionally, I'm unhappy with my nose's appearance/shape whatever, is there any way we could kill two birds with one stone?" I was super upfront about it!
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You were pretty before and now even prettier!
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hi im in portland me and i am looking locally for a trusted doc to perofrm rhinoplasty...is there any way you could email me to ask you some questions? thanks! - cathy email: cascobayfetch@yahoo.com
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Wow! You're a completely new person, especially from the profile. Very pretty. My surgery is Thursday. I'm just very depressed that I can't go to the gym for a month lol. wish me luck
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I like how you still look natural and like urself. what parts of your nose did u get done?
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I had the bone shaved down on the bridge and i had my tip which was droopy, brought upwards :)
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So pretty! Love the progression from how it looks 3 weeks post off to 2 months! Makes me feel better about all the swelling I have on my nose 2 days post op.. Atleast I know it will look better :)
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you look awesome abs!!
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Thanks for all the pictures. It really gives a great idea of the changes to expect with swelling. You must be sooo happy, your results are beautiful :)
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Don't worry about the swelling, Im at 6 month and can't tell how much it has changed !! :)
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U look great ;)
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Your results are beautiful!
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thank u! It's so hard to tell how Swollen I am still. I mean my tip is hard as a rock still. I'm hoping that means I'll see more swelling go down? My doctor said I can't expect to see full results until a year at least.
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So beautiful, I'm SO happy for you...Your nose looks great !! You look gorgeous..At 1 and a half months post op and it looks so good, imagine after a year...How much of the swelling do you think went down at 1.5 months after?Are you still swollen?
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It looks AMAZING!
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Thank you!!!I feel like the swelling has plateaued....as in it hasn't gone down much. Crossing my fingers!
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Love your new nose - front view and nice straight profile. You look so pretty!
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thank you! :)
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I think you look great girl!! It seems like you are not that very swollen!! Update us at your 1 month post-op! :)
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