My surgery was late in the day (I think around 4.30pm) and I woke up from the surgery around 9.30pm. Dr Ho checked in to see me straight after and he called my husband to let him know that everything went well and I was ok.
I checked out of hospital the next morning. I wasn't in any pain, just a congested nose. I had a black eye on my left side which faded and shrank down to a small mark, took about 5 weeks. I had a small bruise under my right eye but it faded away after a week. Makeup covered them up.
Dr Ho took off the cast on day 9. The congestion in my nose improved dramatically once the cast came off. My nose was noticeably swollen externally the next day. The swelling started to reduce from week 2 and just kept getting better. None of my friends could notice swelling by week 5. Only me and Dr Ho can see the residual swelling that we know will take up to a year to fully resolve.
So the post op recovery - I was really tired for the first 2 days post op so spent most of the time watching TV in bed. By day 3 I was bored so I got out of bed and started looking after the kids. My husband has been taking care of them. My husband was back at work on day 5 so I was looking after the kids full time. The only hard thing was to make sure I didn't bend down because the "rushing feeling" to my nose was uncomfortable for the first 4-5 days post op.
Any hits to the nose were painful for about 5-6 weeks.
I slept upright for 3 weeks. I put pillows and blankets under the top end of the mattress so I only needed to sleep with a neck pillow.
Things that made life easier were a neck pillow, lip balm, Biotene Mouth Spray (amazing stuff to stop the dry mouth), saline spray (Fess Sinu-cleanse which had nitrogen propellant - very gentle stuff). I took panadol/codeine for 2 days but I found that they weren't needed so I didn't finish them.
The dissolving stitches fell out around week 3-4.
Dr Ho's fee was $8,000 AUD and the anaesthetist was $2,400 AUD. After rebates, the total cost came in at just over $8,000 AUD and then I had my hospital excess. Dr Ho provided a full quote at my initial appointment so there were no surprises.
I read lots of stories on realself.com before I decided on getting rhinoplasty so I wanted to repay the favour by posting a review and my experience :)
I'll add some photos later.