I think support groups are so awesome and to have...
I've been wanting to get my nose done ever since this guy said at age 14 that I'm tucan sam. I am now 35 and feel like I am doing this for me. No one knows in my family except my brother, my mom is totally against it and she worries too much, so I rather just tell her afterwards and ask for her forgiveness then.
I guess you can say I have a persian nose, but I am east indian and my nose pretty much looks kind of like this women's nose below (mine is much worse though, but you can get an idea) she's a bollywood actress...showing her before and after because I love her after nose. If you want to see my pics of me, i'll send you in a private message. I guess i'm still shy to post it public.
Starting to chicken out after reading all the reviews on people who wish they never got it!
IV sedation or general anesthesia - both scare me!
After consultations with 3 top surgeons in Seattle I found my surgeon today!!
So anyways, Dr. Lamperti, was truly a breath of fresh air. Someone asked me, do you trust these guys with your life, first one NOOOOOO, second one, who knows, never met him, third, YES! I was so relieved. He not only morphed pictures profile and front view, but he used adobe photoshop to do it, which is much more accurate than these free ones online. He answered all my questions with a smile, he is more than qualified, he does about 2 rhinos a week. He also is highly skilled with the revisions which is huge for me, that shows he is extremely skilled, he does probono work for victims of domestic violence, he's all around a stand up guy. I told him, he was so nice and he gave me faith back. Oh, and he was the cheapest! I paid 100$ consultation fee, which goes towards my surgery. I also got a follow up email, saying it was nice to meet me with my morphed pics. Now, this is not a sign of desperation, he is a busy guy, he is just humble, and a genuine good guy is what i believe. He doesn't need 100's of reviews to show that. I saw his work with him the before and afters. I have no problem handing over my money to him. He treats you with respect and no question is a silly question and you have his email if anything comes up. I do trust him with my life and can't wait to see him!
How do you delete photos and reviews on Realself?!
My surgery date is near, feel free to tell me how big my nose is, it will give me more ammo!
It's funny my friends said they will miss my nose. Which makes me even happier to get this done. A nose shouldn't be missed, but In the spirit of keeping it light hearted i did have a friend who said she wants to have a going away nose party and the theme will be "no one nose" thought that was hilarious.
Any advice on whether i should care my hair cut and color before or after surgery?
So funny thing happened today, I was interviewed by two TV news stations
So I was just on the news....
I think of things like, this is going to be recorded and put up on youtube: girl with biggest nose on tv and then everyone is going to trash my nose. These are my fears, this probably won't happen, but the fact that i worry about stuff like this is a waste of time. Argss! At least my dog looks cute!
I'm kind of a health freak
I'm going to make lots of kale, blueberries and pineapple smoothies. These have lots of vitamin c, vitamin a and phytonutrients to help reduce healing time.
Also, I found pre surgery affirmations and meditations. I'm huge into affirmations and am going to write them out today. Every affirmation i have wrote has always come true, sometimes slowly and sometimes quickly, but i really believe in the power of them.
2nd day post op
I am bleeding alot too, having to change gauze almost every couple of hours.
I can see through my splint that my nose is black and blue inside hoping that's normal.
Day 3 post op and I look like a chipmunk and my throat hurts
Also, i'm getting sick of sleeping on the recliner and breathing out of my mouth. My throat hurts SOOO bad when i wake up and I keep sneezing. Anyone else have any of these things? Today has actually been the worse swelling too, has anyone experienced this on the third day?
my eyes and cheeks are super swollen - day 5
Day 6 - I can breathe and got my sense of taste back!
feeling brave enough to put pics up now
More pics. Putting some before pics up where i was able to camouflage my nose, and then some not so pretty pics so you can see w
Cast off day! So happy, my hump is gone! Day 8
I tried to take his advice and not look in the mirror during this phase, but i was worried it was going to be big still. As he removed the layers, I could feel how smooth it was and once I looked in the mirror i was so happy and relieved. I wanted to hug him after I saw the beautiful work he did. I love my nose so much!!!! I tried to go in with no expectations except that it was going to look really swollen and better than before. However, i am blown away. He gave me the nose that i believe i should have been born with! It's not too big and not too small, it's just right for my face i believe. Swelling must happen and must leave tape on, but i have faith it will just get more and more defined and better as the weeks go by.
The hump is gone! I could just sit in the mirror and stare, but he told me not too as it's still really swollen. I already love it so much I can't even believe it's just going to get better!
a pic from cast removal
I also just went on my first walk, which was amazing. I live right on the beach and it's always so humbling. My neighbor goes, what happened to your nose! Oh gawd so it begins. I know i look very different, but i don't care if people ask, as long as it looks good!
Questions: my dog licked my nose twice...
Also, does anyone know if i can put makeup directly on my nose right now?
Swelling phase - the highs and lows of emotions
So on the more practical side, I've reduced sodium, so basically not having anything, except i do like my corn tortilla chips! But still drinking my highly potent green smoothies. Trying to eat lots of alkaline foods. Taping most of the day, and not moving or bending forward.
So I guess you can say i'm pretty cheesy, but i mentioned before that i am big on affirmations. So I'm going to take my sharpie and write some swelling affirmations and tape them up everywhere! I swear i just got a raise from doing this at work....the power of affirmations is crazy. Oh geez, and the biggest thing for me too is not falling in fear, but having faith it's all going to work out!
My caretaker, who is my ex bf has been helping me out with dog walks etc. He's gone now and so I have to take the dog out to pee and play and stuff starting last night so i'm walking around outside with tape outside, cause seriously i look better with the tape on than off. Oh yeah, so not caring what other people think is another big one for me, although if i felt that way completely then i wouldn't have gone through with this procedure. :D Man, i am rambling on. Sorrrwy.
So I've attached some pics that I am doing to try and keep my mind off my nose.
Day 10 starting to get a sneak preview - hopeful!
I also wanted to clarify, that I had a little bump and gnarly scar due to an injury on my nose. I was told by Dr. Portuese my first consult that he could not get rid of it. Well, i didnt even ask Dr. Naficy to get rid of it thinking it was impossible and he said he could make it look much better, and that he did!!! I think my front morph is not even going to be as good as the real thing. I can see he gave me a cute feminine nose!
So im a total tomboy at heart. I wonder if it i had anything to do with my nose. When I looked in the mirror when the cast was first off, i didn't know what to think, i felt like someone took my nose and gave me someone elses. It is very emotional, because my nose is who i identified with. I all of a sudden want to dress more peppy and feminine, like it feels more natural that I do now because my face feels more feminine. I had a very masculine nose before. I am sooooo happy and the fact that this is only day 10 and it can only get better...knock on wood really makes me so hopeful. At least I can brave it outside without tape on my nose now! i actually went to the grocery store yesterday with lots of tape on my nose. Hahah
My advice for swelling after cast is off
Tape it up! My taping helped shape my nose immensely just after one day. My doc told me to tape for a month, so that I will do!
Does anyone have advice on how to get adhesive sticky tape residue off? I tried using soap, doesn't work that great.
derma blend makeup
Question - runny nose
Timing is everything
SOOOO grateful, I listened to my gut and went for it at the perfect time. I know me and I would have never gone through with this, or pushed this out for years and still suffering.
Timing!!! Oh and I woke up having all sorts of thoughts about my new nose, kind of missing my old one because all I am seeing is an unattractive swelling nose right now and so weird like in the afternoon, my pig nose went down and swelling decreased just slightly. My friend even mentioned it when he came over...so crazy. My doctor said it can change from day to day. Lesson of the day is impermanence. I'm loving the improvement, but it could change tomorrow so just have to roll with it.
Decided to put some of my ugly pics immediately before surgery
Here is the collage i made of before and after
some more pics of after
a little over 1 month update
Pictures right now don't do my nose justice. It looks much bigger than it is in real life. I love LOVE my front view, which i had no idea would make such a difference, it was definitely an extra bonus since i was more focused on getting my hump down and didn't ask for too much in front. He just did his thing and it's better than i could have imagined. I sometimes can't stop staring at it.
I am on my cycle and i noticed this morning it is more swollen than usual. I also am still taping my nose, not sure if this is working or not.
I am really wanting to go hiking and be more active, but i just get worn out too easily right now, my endurance is horrible. So i guess that is the main thing, is if i'm out for more than a couple of hours I definitely feel it. Not sure if anyone else is feeling like this? Maybe it's just an individual thing. Oh and in pictures i still find myself taking 3/4 angle shots and i still do have a bad side with pics, front views just look huge in pictures, due to shadowing and my skin tone, no filters etc...so i try to avoid that. I have some uneven nostril swelling, but i'm not going to stress out about it. I had a much worse nose. I heard that some people were told to massage the top of their nose. I never did that, but wondering if that helps. Also, my doc said he didn't want to give me injections, because there can be bad side effects, so he said i just need to be patient. I'm fine with it. Although, i asked for injections the day he took my cast off, so you can see how impatient i am. Every morning though, when i wake up and take my tape off i never know what im going to get, usually it's just a little bit improvement, and i get excited. Also, i thought my confidence would sky rocket, but i'm still the same, pretty neutral and. When i'm driving, i still get paranoid of people looking at me from the side, it's funny it's almost like i can't let it go. I think this has been a habit i've formed since i was super young, so i still get awkward and feel like maybe my profile is still big, but i realize this is old baggage maybe i still carry with me. I'm sure i'll grow out of it and the more my nose starts to heal i'll feel better and want to dress nicer...i work from home so am in lounge clothes all day, doesn't help. Okay enough rambling...thanks to whoever read this.
I was thinking of what to write for a review for Dr. Naficy. I don't think words can describe how grateful I am to him. He was the third person I sought out to consult, and I knew right away he was the one. I would like to say that I have a good judge of character and intuition on people, as that is part of my profession, hiring people etc. so I just knew he was a caring, compassionate, loving human being right away. He has a sweet genuine demeanor, and believe me I can tell you a horror story about my first consult with a PS that let me nearly terrified, so seeing him was a breath of fresh air. He is extremely thorough, he takes lots of notes, he got back to ALL of my emails and TEXTS within hours, not even days!!! He is realistic, will tell you what the limitations and possibilities are due to your own anatomy. He's just all around brilliant. He is so humble too that you feel like you are his only patient as he gives you that one on one attention. He made my dreams of over 20 years come true. I can't recommend him enough. Note, I also saw Julie first as part of my consultation. She will answer ALL your questions, she is very thorough, gentle, loving person as well. When you do see Dr. Naficy, he will give you all the attention that you deserve and it's a smart system how they have this set up. He's a busy guy, but honestly he won't make you feel like that. He is my guy if I ever get anything done in the future. Oh and I should mention my results. He gave me results that are better than i even expected with added bonuses of taking my gnarly scar away, that the other PS's i saw said they couldn't do. My nose actually looks better than the morphs and better than what i could have even imagined for myself. I'm on day 10 and it's only just going to get better as swelling goes down.