Nervous but Excited! - Quad Cities, IL

I'm 19 I'm having a rhinoplasty and a revision...

I'm 19 I'm having a rhinoplasty and a revision otoplasty on May 17th, both are surgeries i've wanted to have for years. I had an otoplasty when i was 10 to have my ears pinned back a bit because they were protruding, and unfortunately the surgeon i used completely botched the job, and my ears have looked completely different from each other since then, leaving me incredibly self conscious, so much so that i never wear my hair up, and even when i'm at a hair salon getting my hair dyed, i hate that my ears are exposed. And i'm getting a rhinoplasty because i had my nose broken in middle school, and i have a deviated septum and can barely breathe from my nose, which leaves me with a ton of sore throats from sleeping with my mouth open. The main things that bother me about my nose is the huge bump on the bridge, and the tip seems to turn to the left. So i finally am able to afford to get both fixed and picked a surgeon in my area that is board certified, highly recommended, and is a facial plastic surgeon. I had my consultation back in July and i'm just now getting around to schedule it. My Pre-Op appointment is May 4th, and i'm getting pretty nervous! Any tips on supplies for my surgery or suggestions for after-care? Any help would be appreciated, thank you! :)


My pre-op has been moved up to May 2nd instead of...

My pre-op has been moved up to May 2nd instead of the 4th. I'm mainly getting this done because i hate how my nose looks from the profile and in pictures. I'm extremely insecure about my nose in pictures and whenever anyone sees me from the side. My hopes for the surgery is that it will improve my breathing, fit my face better, and balance my other features instead of being the first thing you are focused on. T minus 21 days and i can't wait!

Just left my pre-op, and just excited/anxious now...

Just left my pre-op, and just excited/anxious now because the only thing left to do is wait for my surgery date. 15 days! My surgeon gave me my post-op meds like antibiotics, arnica tablets, and percocet for pain. I feel really confident in my doctor because he asked several times, "do you have any more questions for me?" and took over an hour to answer all my questions. He was honest about how difficult fixing the tip of my nose would be, because it's been broken and my tip turns to the left, but he feels confident that with removing cartilage and using stitches he can get it straight. The main things he said he was going to work on is fixing the deviated septum, removing the hump from the bridge, fixing the tip so it's straight, and then removing some of the fullness from the tip of my nose as well. I can't wait, only two weeks left. :) I could not feel more confident in my surgeon.

I just made my last payments to the hospital and...

I just made my last payments to the hospital and my surgeon yesterday, now just 13 days to go!

Ahhh 9 days left! I just want it to be the morning...

Ahhh 9 days left! I just want it to be the morning of my surgery, the anticipation is killling me.

So my plastic surgeon's office called me today...

So my plastic surgeon's office called me today wanting to reschedule, since my surgeon will be out of town the weekend after my surgery, and the surgeon he got to be on call for him doesn't do rhinoplasties so he wasn't comfortable. So now my surgery has been moved to May 15 instead of the 17th. I'm kind of glad it's sooner though, the waiting is killing me!

42 hours to go! It's starting to hit me that i'm...

42 hours to go! It's starting to hit me that i'm finally doing this, i'm trying to keep myself busy so i'm not counting down the hours, but obviously that's not working so well.

12 hours to go! I don't think there's any way in...

12 hours to go! I don't think there's any way in the world i'm going to be sleeping tonight. I'm so excited, i don't think it'll fully hit me until i'm sitting in that hospital gown. It's surreal that i'm finally fixing this nose!

Well i survived it! I went to the hospital at 8 am...

Well i survived it! I went to the hospital at 8 am for my 10:00 surgery, and unfortunately the hospital was running late so i didn't get taken to the OR until 10:30, and the surgery started at 11:00. It took about six hours, and the OR nurse said, "Dr. Eckhardt is a perfectionist, he does a lot of rhinoplasties." So i felt much better when she said that, i definitely want a perfectionist working on my face. :) After the surgery they were crowded around me trying to wake me up, and for the first time i had a hard time waking up from anesthesia. I finally did wake up, feeling a lot of pain in my face and pressure. They transferred me to recovery, and kept asking me to breathe through my mouth deeply. I had to stay in the hospital until 8:00 tonight, and i'm finally home. Like everyone said, the packing is the worst part of it. My mouth is so dry though, and i'm having the worst time getting comfortable so i can sleep. I get the packing and stitches out Monday, and i can't wait. I just took one of my pain pills, and hopefully i'll be able to sleep. Goodnight everyone! :)

Last night was rough, i kept waking up about every...

Last night was rough, i kept waking up about every thirty minutes, even though i was exhausted. I don't see any bruising other than swelling under my eyes, so that's good. The worst part is your mouth and throat being so dry from having it constantly open. Dr. Eckhardt's office called me today asking how i was doing, and scheduled my post - op for monday, to get the packing out and my splint and the gauze around my ears off. Now i'm counting down to that date because this is honestly miserable!

Well last night was better, i woke up less often...

Well last night was better, i woke up less often than the night before. It's really hard to find a comfortable position with my ears all bandaged, and of course my nose. The swelling has gotten pretty bad under my eyes and cheeks, i look like a chipmunk! Still no bruising though, so that's great. And i've only been nauseous once, just briefly last night. I hate not being able to shower, i feel so gross. My nose is finally starting to drip less too, so i don't need to change the pad too often anymore.

So today is day four since my surgery, and i still...

So today is day four since my surgery, and i still haven't had any nausea really, and i just have a small yellow bruise underneath my right eye, and the swelling from my cheeks has now gone to my jaw, so hopefully it's just working its way down until it's gone. I was watching a movie earlier today and i started laughing, and you REALLY don't want to do that, i thought my stitches were going to come out, it was too painful. Definitely try to avoid laughing for the first week! I also took a bath today because i couldn't stand it any longer, and i just kind of sat down to avoid getting anything above my neck wet. The pain's pretty controlled as long as i keep up with the percocet, unfortunately i don't have many left and my Doctor said he can't prescribe more without seeing me, and since he's out of town, i can't see him until monday when i get my stitches, splint and my huge helmet of gauze on my ears off. The healing is just more of a neuisance right now than painful, because i have cotton in my ears and gauze my hearing is muffled, and of course the packing and splint on my nose makes it impossible to breathe or smell, i'm just so ready to get this all out monday! Oh, i had an open rhinoplasty, not sure if i said that or not. So monday is the day, just one full day to go!

Today is day 5 since my surgery, and i feel much...

Today is day 5 since my surgery, and i feel much better, there's even a big improvement from how i felt yesterday. The swelling in my cheeks and jaw is still hanging around, so is the small bruise under my eye. I cleaned my stitches with a q tip and the tip of my nose is so hard, it's pretty numb. Such a weird feeling! Also my upper lip doesn't move well, but i'm sure that'll go away soon. I'm not really in any pain, just minor discomfort, mostly on my ears though. Also under my splint has been itching and it's been driving me crazy. Overall i just can't wait to get this splint off and the stitches and everything out so i can take a shower, FINALLY wash my hair, and get back to my regular life and activities.

So i just got my splint off and my packing and...

So i just got my splint off and my packing and stitches out, and that was not the most pleasant experience, haha. The splint was just a lot of pressure and he kind of just peeled it and then popped it off, not too much of a big deal. But the packing was really uncomfortable, it looked like a tape worm that never ended, kind of gross. Then he took out the small stitch on my tip and then across my columella, which just pinched but wasn't really that painful. The first thing i though was, "wow i can actually breathe!" My breathing before was nothing compared to this, i can breathe out of both nostrils now and it's incredible - i really didn't think you could breathe this well.

As i said before the tip of my nose was turning, so he had to put in a stitch to straighten the tip, and i'm so happy to say it's straight now. He also took off some of the fullness, but it's swollen so i can't really tell too much. My nose is still pretty bruised though. As for the hump on my bridge, it seems to not be as bad as it was, but i can still see a bump. He ran his fingers down it a few times and said he didn't feel any bone there, so it's just swelling, so i hope that's true, because i really hated that bump. I asked if my swelling was excessive or just normal, and he said it was normal. He told me to smooth down my bridge with my fingers if i feel any sort of bone or anything a couple times a day to smooth it out.

So i'm obviously not thrilled with my nose yet now, and i'm hoping the bump is swelling, and i know it's just going to improve as time goes on. I go back in two weeks for a check up, so let's just pray it's only swelling! And excuse the pictures i posted, they were right after i left the surgeon so they aren't the prettiest! :)

I'm getting pretty worried that this bump isn't...

I'm getting pretty worried that this bump isn't swelling and won't go down. It really bothers me and i don't see myself getting a revision rhinoplasty. I see my plastic surgeon in two weeks and i'm praying it will be gone by then, if not i don't know what i'll do.

So i'm getting pretty worried, my profile looks...

So i'm getting pretty worried, my profile looks basically untouched...it looks just as it did before i had this surgery. I still have the bump, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. It's really making me upset, thinking i went through all that for nothing. I posted a new picture of the profile, and i go back to my surgeon on June 6th. But for right now, it's really getting me upset. I guess i'll see what my surgeon has to say when i see him. : /

22 days post op - So this is the second time since...

22 days post op - So this is the second time since my surgery that i've been to see my surgeon, i had my second post -op appointment this morning. My surgeon also saw the bump and isn't happy with it, so he told me to keep massaging it down a few times a day because the next three weeks are crucial for the bones to heal. I'm also supposed to tape my nose at night with steri strips over the bump to encourage the swelling to go down. He is a perfectionist, so he was happy with the tip of my nose but as frustrated with the bump on my bridge as much as i was. He keeps assuring me that it will go down though, reminding me i still have a year to see the full results and that for three weeks out, i look really good. So for now i'm just going to hope the bump reduces, and i go back to see him in another three weeks.

So i had my six week post - op visit today, and he...

So i had my six week post - op visit today, and he said that the bump is still there, and he said, "it's your job to massage it down several times a day" and that it's cartilage and bone trying to go back to the way it was...so i have to "put it work to make sure it stays down." That made me pretty upset, because i'm pretty sure when i paid almost $7,000 and had surgery and took care of my nose, avoiding sunglasses, trauma, etc that i already did put it my work. I don't feel like i should have to do that several times a day when it's painful and probably won't work anyway. The taping doesn't seem to do anything either. Not to mention when he massaged it down it was painful and when i left his office, it was so swollen because of it and literally looked like my old bump from before my surgery. So i'm pretty mad right now, i don't know what to do.

I'm really bad at updating this, but i had my six...

I'm really bad at updating this, but i had my six month follow up appointment today. I also got my six month pictures taken and was given my before pictures. I love my nose and ears, i couldn't have imagined it going any better. I have zero regrets, and yes, the bump is finally gone. I love my results, and this was one of the best decisions i've ever made.
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