April 12th, 2012

I haven't always hated my nose and I was never...

I haven't always hated my nose and I was never teased about it, but I was a late bloomer. I got taller and my nose got bigger through my early 20s. I really started to notice how out of balance it was with the rest of my features when I was about 27 years old - I'm now 34. I found myself wishing I'd accidentally break my nose or something so I could justify a rhinoplasty. The turning point came last St. Patrick's day when I was out with friends. That night I decided I was sick and tired of not liking my face. I texted a friend who was about to schedule her surgery (deviated septum and major dorsal hump) and she was encouraging. I went on 4 consultations, then decided to pay off my credit cards and save some money first. Now I've chosen my doctor, my financing is approved and on Monday I'm calling to schedule my surgery! The doctor is going to fix my slight hump, deproject my nose tip and do a bit of tip refinement.


Update: surgery scheduled for April 12th, pre-op...

Update: surgery scheduled for April 12th, pre-op appt March 26th. I could use advice on how/when to tell my family, as well as whether I should tell my coworkers. I'd love to hear how everyone else handled it!

I'll add "real" pics once my family...

I'll add "real" pics once my family knows. :)

Unflattering photos of my nose were hard to find....

Unflattering photos of my nose were hard to find. Like most of us here, I've learned how to pose so it looks the cutest.

5 weeks till surgery! I haven't been too anxious lately - mostly excited.

Question for everyone: how did you look/feel 9...

Question for everyone: how did you look/feel 9 days post-op? Do you think I'd be okay doing a yard sale?

17 days till surgery! My pre-op was today and it...

17 days till surgery! My pre-op was today and it went great. Now I can't stall anymore and I really need to tell my family. I might start with my sisters-in-law and get their input on how to tell everyone else. Saying I broke my nose or have a deviated septum won't work - they live close by and know me too well.

The assaults aren't stopping. I've been...

The assaults aren't stopping. I've been called vain, insecure, superficial, told I need therapy and more. And I haven't even told my parents yet.

Thanks for the positive comments. Even though I...

Thanks for the positive comments. Even though I stopped responding to my most negative family member, she continues to email me mean emails. My other sister-in-law and the guy I'm seeing are being very supportive, thankfully. They understand that it's my money, my choice and my body, and they don't fault me one bit for wanting to go for it.

Tomorrow morning is my check-in appt. at the hospital's surgical center, so I'll be one step closer to having it done!

I had a nice relaxing weekend with my supportive...

I had a nice relaxing weekend with my supportive friends and distanced myself from those who are not. The guy I'm seeing offered to take the day off work when I have my surgery, so that's a big relief considering I won't be tellin my parents until afterwards.

I'm getting a new hairstyle the night before my surgery too, so now we just refer to the whole thing as my "new haircut". As in, "I'll probably wait about a week before I show my parents my new haircut." :)

Here's a unique twist to my story. I've been...

Here's a unique twist to my story. I've been hoping to adopt a child since October and against all odds, was chosen by a birth mom who is due at the end of May! Now I'm full of irrational fears like "what if the baby comes early?" etc. I was told it would take 2 - 3 years to adopt, so I thought I had plenty of time!

My surgery is next Thursday and I SO wish I has scheduled it sooner! Still excited though.

Today I did my shopping - straws, qtips, pudding...

Today I did my shopping - straws, qtips, pudding cups, etc. - and spent a lot of time talking to my supportive family member. I'm back to feeling excited about this Thursday!

And someone posted a picture of me coloring eggs on FB and the profile of my nose looks SO unattractive, it really confirmed I am 100% sure I want to do this.

Tomorrow is the big day! I'm getting my hair cut...

Tomorrow is the big day! I'm getting my hair cut after work and my boyfriend is coming over tonight to spend the night and take me there first thing in the morning. He's really good at keeping me sane...he's been amazing throughout this process.

I just got back from my pre-surgery haircut and it...

I just got back from my pre-surgery haircut and it looks really cute! When my stylist finished, he said "Wow, this really changes your whole look!" Haha, exactly the point!

I'm out of surgery, feeling great and headed home!...

I'm out of surgery, feeling great and headed home! Pics to come soon.

I'm having trouble using my iPhone as a hotspot to...

I'm having trouble using my iPhone as a hotspot to upload pics, but I'm doing okay so far. No nausea and no pain meds yet, I've been eating okay and not much bleeding. I do have some bruising creeping in from between my eyes, so we'll see how I look in the morning!

Day 2 - wow, so excited! No black eyes, almost no...

Day 2 - wow, so excited! No black eyes, almost no bruising or swelling, and I haven't needed anything but a couple of regular Tylenol or the pain. I also got to remove the little packings this morning and I can breathe! If my profile didn't look different I might wonder if my doctor actually did anything yesterday. :) Hoping the rest of recovery goes this well!

Day 2 evening - i dont have "black eyes", but some...

Day 2 evening - i dont have "black eyes", but some bruising has moved in under each eye. Swelling is still minimal, I can smile and I have my sense of smell. So it's not too bad!

It seems like the bruising has stopped "growing",...

It seems like the bruising has stopped "growing", so that's good. The areas under my eyes were raised, shiny and purple yesterday but today they're duller and flatter.

I've been using arnica gel on the area above my cast/between my eyes, and it's working amazingly well in getting rid of the swelling there. Otherwise my face isn't really swollen at all.

I'm telling my parents this afternoon or tomorrow morning - wish me luck! I hope to upload pics later this morning.

Whew, told my parents! My dad is happy for me and...

Whew, told my parents! My dad is happy for me and fully supportive, my mom is a bit harder to read. I guess it needs to sink in...

Day 3 evening - bruising is the same and swelling...

Day 3 evening - bruising is the same and swelling is very minimal. One thing I didn't plan for - the calorie burn! I have an insane appetite and I've lost 2 pounds since surgery. Trying to stick to high-protein, low-sodium foods like tuna, peanut butter and eggs, but I already had to ask my boyfriend to make a grocery run. I guess my body is hard at work healing itself.

Day 4 - feeling pretty good! Haven't taken any...

Day 4 - feeling pretty good! Haven't taken any Tylenol yet today. I was able to wash my hair and put on a little makeup, so I'm feeling a little closer to myself. The bruising hasn't gotten any worse since day 2, so I'm happy about that. Still virtually no swelling!

Day 5 - I'm in the home stretch to getting the...

Day 5 - I'm in the home stretch to getting the cast removed! No swelling, bruises are starting to dissipate and I'm only needing a couple of Tylenol when the occasional headache sets in. So ready to see the results!

My cast feels like it's getting loose, and I...

My cast feels like it's getting loose, and I wonder if it will hang on a few more days. Did this happen to anyone else?

Day 6 - Nothing new to report. Just waiting for...

Day 6 - Nothing new to report. Just waiting for these bruises to go away and waiting to hear when I'll get my cast off.

I'm not too pleased with my doctor's post-surgery...

I'm not too pleased with my doctor's post-surgery communication so far. I called the day after surgery to schedule my follow-up, as instructed, but they work half-day Fridays so they were closed.

Someone called me Monday but was unable to schedule me, and they were supposed to call back but didn't. I called back today and was told I'd been scheduled for a Day 9 cast removal - no one even checked with me on the time - even though they said I'd need the cast for just a week.

So, yeah. Not too impressed with the follow-up. Thankfully recovery has been easy.

Day 7 - as the swelling in my nose continues to go...

Day 7 - as the swelling in my nose continues to go down, I can see the tip has a really cute shape. Otherwise there's nothing to report until I get the cast off Friday.

Day 9 - Cast off! So cute! I could tell the...

Day 9 - Cast off! So cute! I could tell the difference immediately even thought I'm swollen.

I'm annoyed that my doctor wants me to tape my nose 24/7 for the next few weeks - I hadn't planned on telling anyone else so I'm not sure if I'm going to comply. I also have a trade show for work next week. He said the tape is a new technique he wants to try that "might" improve my already great result. I asked about only taping at night, like some doctors allow, but he said it should be an all-or-nothing thing.

Did anyone else tape after the cast came off?

I'm trying to upload a photo, but this site won't...

I'm trying to upload a photo, but this site won't recognize that I've rotated the photo. Grr.

Day 10 - Get this: no one in my immediate family...

Day 10 - Get this: no one in my immediate family can tell a difference unless I hold a "before" picture next to my face! But it looks so much smaller to me. It feels smaller when I wash my face, it obstructs my vision less and it doesn't reach my boyfriend's face anymore when we kiss.

The tape Dr. Kramer applied yesterday was supposed to last a week, but it had lifted up and the adhesive sort of ran down my nostrils by this afternoon. I really think I'd be better off taping at night, so I'll bring it up with him again.

Day 22 - Back at work! Bruising is light enough to...

Day 22 - Back at work! Bruising is light enough to cover with some carefully-applied concealer. My tip is looking pointier than I would like, but I'm hoping that's just swelling. Random lumps and bumps as expected, but nothing noticeable to anyone else.

Day 19 - Last night a clump of "dissolvable"...

Day 19 - Last night a clump of "dissolvable" stitches came out when I was cleaning with a q-tip. It freaked me out for a second, but I guess it's okay because everything's healing nicely.

My only complaint is about the post-op appointments with my doctor. He's so booked all the time, the only available slots are very inconvenient and I didn't know he'd want to see me once a week for a while. If they'd been more clear about that, I would have booked my appts in advance to get good times and make sure they work with my schedule.

Also, he taped my nose a second time but it only lasted a couple of days like before - not a week. I had to leave town for work for wasn't able to get it redone.

1 month post-op: My family is just now saying they...

1 month post-op: My family is just now saying they can see the difference as my nose continues to heal and take on its new shape. The tip is a bit pointier than I'd like, and the area above the tip is fuller than I'd like, but I can feel lots of swelling still, so I'm hopeful it will look even better in a few months.

My nose still feels a bit strange and there's a...

My nose still feels a bit strange and there's a fullness above the tip that's coming back...apparently scar tissue can fill in if swelling doesn't go away fast enough. We have talked about a steroid injection to fix this, and hopefully at my appointment next week my doctor will go ahead and do it. Otherwise I'm happy with my nose - from every angle. :)

I had my 2-month post-op yesterday and I'm about...

I had my 2-month post-op yesterday and I'm about 70% happy with my nose so far. The area above the tip, instead of being flat or slightly scooped, it still round due to my thicker skin and swelling. My doctor finally told me he hasn't done steroid injections on patients before, so he's going to share my photos with some of his colleagues before deciding how to move forward.

I really want the injections if they're going to help, but I'm concerned my doc hasn't done them before! What are everyone else's experience with steroid injections?

3 months post-op. I had steroid shots 3 weeks ago...

3 months post-op. I had steroid shots 3 weeks ago and possibly more tomorrow, and they're helping the fullness in the tip of my nose go down nicely. I will post more pics later this week.

I had my second (and probably last) steroid...

I had my second (and probably last) steroid injection today. They're really helping reduce the swelling and scarring caused by my thick skin.

10 months post-op and no need for further...

10 months post-op and no need for further appointments. So glad I had it done, would do it again in a heartbeat!
Meridian Plastic Surgeon

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I'm very happy for you! Your results are spectacular, and it seems like everything has been falling into place for you :)
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I really enjoyed reading your review. Good on you for pushing through all of the negativity to have it done. Congrats for a new nose and baby :-)
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Congrats on your surgery! You look great! Can you post some updated photos? Thanks!
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Congrats on the new Baby!!!! How cute! Also your nose looks great, thank you for posting an update.
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I can't believe how horrible your friend was to you about the surgery! On a positive note- your nose looks fantastic and so natural! And your little baby is beautiful :) such a cheeky smile!!
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Your nose looks fantastic! :)
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Your nose looks so natural and cute! Congrats on it and your son! He's adorable.
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Your nose looks great and your son is so cute! Congratulations!
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Oh wow, besides your nose looking great, is that your new addition to your family?
Congrats he is a cutie pie xoxo
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Congratulations, he is gorgeous!
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I had one injection the day the splint came off and it brought tears to my eyes lol. Not horrible but it stings a little. It was so worth it mine was so swollen the day of cast removal that i looked like someone punched me. The next day it looked great it was worth it. I wouldn't worry about him never doing it before he is a surgeon and they let medical assistants give shots so he'll be fine =)
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Oh my goodness I just got 2 injections today! As my Dr recommended. I was not expecting it at all but with what I had explained, that the area above my tip was puffy, he just whipped out the syringe and did it! Yikes...now another waiting game. I guess the effects are gradual too. I am suppose to check back in 4-6 weeks to see if my results are desired or if one more shot is needed. I will keep you posted. There is a little residual swelling from being poked today :)
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Looks great, congrats!
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So happy to hear it's turning out well! Have you had any injections yet? I had one the day of cast removal and it did not feel good. Such a cute profile I hope mine looks as good when I'm as far along as you!
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Looks great in a couple of months it will be even thinner.
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You look great! What a beautiful job your PS did! So happy for you!!
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hi there, thanks for the information you have posted from time to time, can you please tell us who was your doctor and how much it cost you, as i am thinking of rhinoplasty but cant decide because of negative feed backs, thanks
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what a different between the pic of the "cast removal" and the recent pic you just uploaded!! You must be thrilled!!! :)
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WOW! You look amazing! WHat did you do to stop the bruising?
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I didn't do much about the bruising until Day 10 and I was going to have to return to work. I used warm compresses on the areas 20 minutes about 3 times per day, since warmth encourages the blood to be reabsorbed into the body.

I also took tons of Vitamin C and lots of long walks (1 hour each or more), since I realized that the more active I was, the faster the bruises healed.
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You look so beautiful!! From day 13 to 19 I can't believe how refined your tip is becoming. I bet your so excited =) Did he do anything with the front or just your profile?
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We didn't change anything about the front, since I was already happy with it. It's totally non-descript, which is what I wanted. :)
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Wow! Looking good!
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What a nice result! How's the front? Mine is very swollen even after 1 month:(
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