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Finally Did It!! November 14th, 2012
- posted 7 months ago
- updated 15 days ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $5,500
- Raleigh, NC
I am 24 years old and my surgery is scheduled for...
- 25 Oct 2012
- 19 days pre
I am 24 years old and my surgery is scheduled for November 14th.
Like many on this site have written, I have hated my nose since middle school. I was never made fun of for it, and I can only assume that I must have surrounded myself with some really nice kids because my nose could definitely be made fun of.
When I was in high school I REALLY began to hate it, and dreamed of a nose job. For some reason plastic surgery just seemed unattainable, or unrealistic at my age then. It wasn't until I was in college that I realized that it WAS attainable, and decided that I would definitely have the surgery one day when I got the money. I am SO HAPPY that that day is almost here. I feel like I have waited so long, and I really hate my nose more than ever.
I got married last year and I honestly cannot look at my wedding pictures. All I can see is my ugly nose.
From the front it is much too wide, and I have a dorsal hump and slightly droopy tip. I will also have my deviated septum fixed (I'm looking forward to breathing!).
I am SO excited and anxious (and scared!). I met with 3 surgeons--the first was awful, I actually didn't even meet the surgeon and the office billed me for the surgery without my permission (GIANT headache), and the second surgeon was okay but seemed more concerned with talking me into a chin implant (which probably would look nice because I have a weak chin, but I just don't want it) than actually addressing my questions and concerns about rhinoplasty. Third time's a charm though and the surgeon that I chose seems amazing. He only does faces and I have heard and read nothing but good things about him.
My pre-op appointment is November 2nd and we will do digital imaging then. Excited to get this started!
I'm trying very hard to prepare myself for the...
- 30 Oct 2012
- 15 days pre
For example, I got my first tattoo a few months ago and immediately starting having regrets even though I had decided that I wanted this particular tattoo 4 years ago. For some reason I guess I freaked out emotionally over the permanence of it, and the more I looked at it the more I convinced myself that it looked bad. This horrible feeling only lasted a day or so, and now I LOVE the tattoo (as I knew I would).
Anyway, I keep thinking about that experience...if I freaked out that much over a small tattoo, how am I going to feel when I have this new, giant, swollen nose in the center of my face?
Really I'm just venting, I do feel like I am going into the surgery very level-headed and with realistic expectations. I am very nervous for the moment of the cast removal though, but I'm sure I'm not the only one!! I'm just trying to prepare myself as much as possible. :)
Pre-op was today! A nurse went over a huge stack...
- 2 Nov 2012
- 12 days pre
I really liked the changes he made on the computer. He wants to remove the bump, raise my tip slightly, narrow my bridge, and bring down my columella slightly. I'm happy with these changes, I'm very scared of ending up with a nose that's too upturned but I'm sure that won't happen...hopefully.
Tomorrow I'm going to pick up my prescriptions (an antibiotic, nausea meds, and pain meds) and pick up the rest of the post-op supplies I need.
The surgery will be here before I know it! I'm pretty nervous but excited too.
6 more days, and I have thoroughly terrified...
- 8 Nov 2012
- 6 days pre
Counting down...4 more days! Today I picked up the...
- 10 Nov 2012
- 4 days pre
Other things I got are q-tips, hydrogen peroxide, Afrin, Tylenol PM, Tylenol extra strength, facial cleansing wipes, lip balm, Dial bar soap (to shower with the morning of surgery per dr's orders), frozen peas, rubber gloves (to put the peas in to make an ice pack), a manual toothbrush (I usually use Sonicare but I'm thinking that probably wouldn't feel so great), and of course my prescriptions.
I think that's all! Ready for 8 AM on Wednesday!
Tomorrow is the day! I have started taking Arnica...
- 13 Nov 2012
- 1 day pre
I live 2.5 hours away from where I'm having the surgery and we have to make a detour to drop off my dog at my mom's house (since we have to stay in a hotel tomorrow night), so I will be waking up super early, around 4 am. I'm sure nerves will have me wide awake anyway.
Also...does anyone know if you can delete pictures on here? I thought you could and I was going to switch out some of mine but now I can't figure out how.
Well it's done! And I'm alive! I've been resting...
- 14 Nov 2012
- On day of treatment
Oh! I did NOT wake up during surgery, I went to sleep and woke up what felt like 10 seconds later. So I was happy about that.
Anyway, there's not much to say right now so I will update more at a later date! Obviously I can't tell what my nose looks like but I CAN see that the bump is GONE and I love that. :)
I have really meant to update more than I have but...
- 16 Nov 2012
- 2 days post
Today is day 2 post-op and I haven't been in much pain. This morning I woke up with my face looking like a balloon though. I'm feeling very nauseous right now and just took my first nausea pill, I think the pain meds are to blame so I'm going to try to start cutting back on those.
I've been sleeping pretty well during the night, though the dry throat and mouth is the worst. I wake up periodically frantically needing water.
Not sure why my photos uploaded sideways, maybe...
- 16 Nov 2012
- 2 days post
Today is day 5 post-op and I am feeling pretty...
- 19 Nov 2012
- 5 days post
I have used Afrin several times over the last two days and it is AMAZING. It allows me to breathe out of my nose immediately. However, it is addictive (and I can definitely see why) and I was told not to use it for more than 3 days so today I'm trying not to use it at all. I can breathe out of my nose slightly today so it's not too bad.
Cast removal is already in 2 days! I cannot WAIT. My tip looks very high right now (which was my biggest fear), but it is taped up and swollen of course, and everything I've read says the tip should come down after cast removal so I'm not really worried but I am ready for it to start coming down. :)
I go back to work a week from today so I hope my nose isn't too swollen by that point. I believe the bruises will be gone completely, they are already a pale yellow and almost completely faded, and the swelling under my eyes should be gone down as well. I hope, at least!
I got my cast off yesterday! I was pretty nervous...
- 22 Nov 2012
- 8 days post
When she handed me the mirror I wasn't blown away or amazed, but I wasn't disappointed either. I still looked like myself, just with a really swollen nose lol. There is still a little bump on my bridge but it feels spongy and soft so that means it's just swelling. My tip is SO swollen, to the point that it looks kind of ridiculous. I'm not worried though, I just hope the swelling starts to go down soon. I like my profile though! It looks sloped right now but once the swelling in my tip goes down I don't think it will have such a slope.
The skin on my nose is SO oily but also peeling! And my pores are clogged so badly. It's awful. I've tried to exfoliate but I have to do it so gently I don't think it's helping much.
Overall I am VERY satisfied with the entire experience. I really think I will love my new nose when it has reached it's final shape, haha. Today is Thanksgiving and I get to jump right in and see extended family members...most know I had surgery but I didn't say "nose job" to anyone except my parents. I just said it was for breathing issues. So we'll see how today goes!
Everything went well with seeing my family, the...
- 23 Nov 2012
- 9 days post
My cousin had a nose job 20-something years ago and she was amazed at how much easier my experience was than hers. I guess it has come a long way since then.
Believe it or not, the swelling has actually reduced a lot, even since I posted my photos. I was outside in the cold air for a long time yesterday and that seemed to help. It still has a long way to go of course and still looks ridiculous to me but at least it's a tiny bit better.
Today is a little more than 2 weeks post-op. I'm...
- 1 Dec 2012
- 17 days post
The swelling does seem to change daily, some days are worse than others. Today the left side looks much more swollen than the right, but I don't think anyone would notice other than me.
Honestly, I'm getting tired of having such a big nose. But I'm trying to be patient haha...it's only been 2.5 weeks!
I added a before & after photo of my side profile,...
- 9 Dec 2012
- 25 days post
It's still really swollen. The tip is rock hard so at least I know that it SHOULD get smaller. There is still a small bump on my bridge that I'm hoping will go down. Other than that I don't really think of it very much. :)
I did forget to address one thing in my last...
- 11 Dec 2012
- 27 days post
I am a few days away from 10 weeks post-op. I feel...
- 19 Jan 2013
- 2 months post
On a positive note though, my skin has pretty much cleared up! I started using my Clarisonic again as well as pore strips every now and then and it looks (and feels) MUCH better. It's still peeling a little though.
Here I am at almost 5 months post-op. All is going...
- 8 Apr 2013
- 5 months post
I'll put new photos up soon.
SO! In just a few days I will be 6 months post-op....
- 7 May 2013
- 6 months post
I'm still very happy with my profile. My tip from the front is just SO ROUND though. And it's still very stiff...and I can see the difference in swelling from day to day so I am still hoping that it will go down a lot more.