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From Beauty to the Beast...well,precisely to the Pig! - Slovenia

So here we ho again,I am twenty and I already had...

So here we ho again,I am twenty and I already had a boob job done,long time ago. I was just a kid not even 16 years old,and no,this wasn't just a whim,I basically had no boobs,and it was as terrible as you can imagine.
The surgery went just perfect and my life got better,let alone self esteem! I was now "complete" . I was doing pretty much of what a socialite does so everything was fine and I was really attractive.
Till I took poor decision and stuff and I ended up being diagnosed with bipolar too and other co-existing disorders. Mood swings,always unhappy,love/hate relation with myself etc.
Months ago I stopped taking picture of myself as I was unhappy with my nose. It just seemed too big, really no one ever told me so,it was just me.
I was in this mania phase (I am on Prozac and this stuff works wonders),every time I went to my doctors (psychologist and psychiatrist ) all we talked about was my nose,all the other problems were apparently gone. So they agreed with me having this freaking surgery done,just to re-gain that self-esteem that not even Prozac could completely give me. How can a pill cure you if you are just escaping from something you see in the mirror? I rushed everything,so I called my previous surgeon and booked an appointment, talked about fees (as a returning patient it was having a discount and to be honest I couldn't have afford anything more expensive than that) and made it.
The surgery itself went fine. It took 1h 40mins under general + local anesthesia and as they woke up I walked my self to my bed. No nausea,no headache,no discomfort at all,I just was bored while I was waiting to get back to the apartment I and bf rented (this clinic is not in the same country I live in).
I had literally no pain and enjoyed my stay so I was even walking around (wearing a burqa-like thing on my face lol) and doing stuff.
They removed tampons on the third day (open rhinoplasty) and nostrils were uneven but they told me it was too early to tell what the nose was going to look like . I simply looked like Christina Ricci in her "pig nose movie" Penelope. I just went all week with the bandage still covering my nostrils as they looked just wrong.
Yesterday I came back at the clinic to have sutures and cast removed,here starts the real nightmare...
I'm still pig swollen,bruised,my tip is too upturned and my nose too short (whoever asked for that??? I precisely said no drastic changes more and more times before the op.)
While having my final trip of the stay,yesterday, I still covered my ugly new nose with a bandage and let it alone. It would have scared people more it it wasn't covered...
Then me and my bf came back home,a trip that took 4h and he is the only one with the driving license so u can guess how tired he was ... I cried a river... How could I go back home and tell everyone I was unhappier than before?????
Once I arrived at home I tried to look closely in the mirror to examine the skin around nose (only god knows how oily my skin get during these days= pimples! ) and I almost faint : where previously there was clotted blood in left nostril,there was now a...gash! I screamed in fear and everyone went to see what happened. I covered this scary thing again with the bandage and went to bed,anxious and feeling garbage. I really am the designer of my own catastrophes.
Today my mom called the clinic and at first they said everything is normal,but then when I emailed them the pic I am attaching to this story,they said they want to see me immediately.
Tonight we are returning there with our car ,another 4h trip. I am seriously scared and can't help being angry to my own stupid silly self! Wish I had not done it!
Everyone is right about the swelling... let me tell you when i went in for my 2 week splint and cast removal I was devastated at the results and felt exactly like you, but from my previous research I already knew it was too early to judge. After about 3-4 months I started to notice significant changes. Swelling was reduced and my nose started to look more natural and apart from that I was getting used to my new nose. So main point here is don't stress over things you have no control over at this point. Only time will tell so just be patient and that's the best advice anyone, even doctors can give you this early on.
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from the picture your nose actually looks very nice, its a nice triangular shape with very even nostrils. you are still very swollen..your nose looks turned up because 1) the surgeon probably shortened it a bit, and 2) A TURNT UP NOSE IS VERY NORMAL TO EXPERIENCE, BECAUSE CERTAIN DOCTORS OVERTURN IT, KNOWING THAT GRAVITY WILL SLIGHTLY BRING IT DOWN. you need to stop being so hard on yourself. keep in mind that this is THE WORST that your nose will look, it will only get better! you will love your new nose, just give it time. look at yourself in the mirror, even with a swollen nose you are beautiful! when your nose heals put some makeup on and take photos. you will love your nose! :)
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i'am sorry that u have this feelings, from my experience and wht i read its nt easy decision & the one should do it only if he hate it so much and it look really ugly because most people rnt satisfied after it even if they look pretty ,, any way u shouldnt worry at all, its tooooo early to judge anything,, after cast off every one look like a pig,, if this doesnt happen then there is a problem,, just try tont look to mirror and judge & u will surprised how it will come dawn n change wiz time,, hope the drs make u feel better, waiting ur updates
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Oh my.....Gash !

So today me,daddy,bf and a dear family friend came back to Slovenia.
When we arrived at the clinic,where we waited 1+ hour changing from one room to another and initially they said that everything was find there was just clotted blood....
They,in order to verify as I come from far away, put a solution on the crust inside the left nostril (where the gash was ) and waited for it to soften...
Tah-Dah! As I am not a visionary,the gash was there and they started taking photos of it,talking to each other in Slovenian,which obviously nor I nor who was with me could understand. I waited over and over again (the mediac team was performing 2boob jobs in the meantime ) and then the doctor ( to keep his name private -for now- lets identify him as the very owner of this clinic) came and he seemed really bothered n stated such thing never happened to them (yes....of course...) . He gave me local anesthesia ouch!!! and with his assistant started SEWING my nostrils,while my friend Jo was dearly holding my hand.
Nothing was put on my eyes so it was up to me keeping them closed while being sewed ...goddess...
When everything was over he told me to come back 11-11-2013 (so in two weeks) to have sutures removed and nose checked ...
No after-care instructions were still given,just " wear yellow concealer to cover bruises and take antibiotic twice a day per one week " ....!!!!!!!
I'm stressed out. I'm mad . I am afraid the whole story won't turn out no good.... The way to my healing is still long....and I just can't live imprisoned @ my house any longer... I want my life back and the path to it seems to be never-ending ... I will post a picture later,as I arrive at home. Thanks for all of you who reads me and thanks a million for your comments! Hugs.

Ps. If there is any error forgive me please,I'm writing while in the car on my way home!
I have to tell you from the bottom your nose appears to look pretty good. I understand about the stitches and since the doctor got it all fixed for you I think you will be fine. I am just confused why he didn't tell you to put something on those stitches to minimize the scaring. Crossing my fingers you love your nose. When do you have your cast removed?
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I already had it removed on Monday. This is just a "protection" I have to wear...
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How does it look since the cast was removed?
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No hair hanging,just stitches y'all!

I promised I would upload pics as soon as I arrived at home, but the truth is I am still crying . Whenever I look in the mirror (or camera ) the person i see is not me,nor someone I would have loved to be. So,here is just a snap of my nose seen by profile. No hair hanging ahah those are the new stitches ...

Before Photos

Since someone is asking for before photos,here we go.... Looking at them now make me feel stupid,as my nose was not nearly as bad as it is now! No drastic change was needed,a little corrections would have been enough,as I repeatedly said to surgeon...
stop crying,, it will change,, if u can post pre pics so we can tell u is there is big change or not,,, believe me it is just a matter of time & u will regret that u put urself under this stress for nothing, things will get better,,hope u the best
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Happy Halloween + 5yrs of us! I love you Michael

....today it's 5 years since me and my (soon to be) hubby met. 5 years . 31-10-2008. I spent so much time imagining how to celebrate but now...I'm trapped @ home! This journey is so exausting ....

Happy Halloween everyone.
hi LittleCatastrophe, I had my rhino done almost 2 months ago and can tell from experience the tip of the nose will go down. There's just too much swelling going on in the first few weeks to judge anything. My advice is, stop analyzing and looking at it. It will start looking better and better as time goes by. I had episodes freaking out as well, my nose looked crooked, big, upwarded, drooping, you name it...it varied day to day, literally hour to hour. Where did you have your procedure done? I'm from Croatia :)
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....Miss Pimgles....

How did y'all deal with the oily skin after the nose job??? I use to take good care of my skin and I am almost always pimples-free (tetracycline + benzoyl peroxide) but now with the swellings and bruising came the pimples . Since I wasn't given aftercare instructions could I do a face mask/scrub ? Can I use those "pores strips" on my nose? And how can I get rid of this gross oily skin? .... Sorry for all the questions but I really need your help! Besitos beauties
BTW after looking at your pictures your nose doesn't look bad at all. The tip is going to drop a bit within the first 3-6 months. My nose was high up and I was freaking out but it dropped and than dropped more than I actually wanted it to drop. Right now I wish my nose was just a little bit higher maybe 1mm. I don't like the way it looks right now so believe me when I say this your tip will drop and will define and get smaller. Also know this people do not concentrate on your nose. Don't stay home, go out, do things as you normally would do. No one notices your nose other than you. They would have noticed it if it was bad but your nose doesn't look bad at all. When you get a chance post some pictures of your front so that we can see what it looks from the front as thats the main issue that most people have with. I know my problems are with the front more so than the side view.
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You too ?? Exactly the same for me !!! And I never thought the front when I decided to do it ! How come no doctor point out this outcome ??? We concentrate on the side but the doctors should let us know about that change ! As patient we are not aware !
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Oh yes I had very oily skin after the rhinoplasty and I usually get dry skin in the winter. My surgery was in the winter so I was in a complete shock. There is really nothing you can do about it. It will subside with time. For me it took 3-6 months. It was so bad that no cream, no foundation, nothing was helping and made my nose shine which showed the imperfection and swelling. Do not use any strips for at least 3 months. I have asked this question to my surgeon and he said no because those strips can get tight and when you pull them up you can damage your nose and your skin. Doctors recommend just using creams and washes but not put anything on the nose other than the medical tape they told you to put on.
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2 weeks post op!

So it's been 2 weeks since my surgery and 1 week since left nostril has been re-sewed.
Bruises are almost all gone,not the same for the pimples. My face is like that of a 13 years-old fighting acne...
The swelling has gone a bit A BIT and I mean a bit down and I'm starting to see the shape of right nostril; the left one has been re-sewed one week ago so it's still very swollen.
The tip is not so upturned anymore (or I should say I'm getting used to it) and I venture outside with really no problem. I put my make up on and leave the nose make up free n covered with the protective mask (whatever its name is) ,I really don't care people staring.
So if you have any question feel free to ask me by comments or by inboxing me. Besitos beauties
I'm sorry for your bad experience. Can you please trust me your doctor's name, because I'm too from SLO... Thank you :)
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hi! I understand your concerns about the nose being too upturned very well. I looked pretty similar to you. I assure you your nose will come down a lot maybe not so much in the first three or four weeks but by two months I can already see a significant difference. I am so sorry for how you were treated it must have been so stressful. I wish you all the best! Also I strongly believe that no judgement whatsoever can be made before ca 6 weeks post op; ) stay strong
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Hi, Believe me, your tip will drop significantly and you will be glad that it was hight to start with. I thought mine was high and now it is too low.The overall swelling WILL go down and your nose will look slimmer over the next few months. Things do change with time so don't get too discouraged - just give it time. I think your nose looks lovely and it is an improvement from your old nose. You will see, you will like it in time.
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To pluck or not to pluck?

Hello y'all !
So it's time to update.
Well,my nose has a pimple (?) on the inside of right nostrils and a little red bump onto the left one,which for the record is still so different from the other...I hope it's due to the stitches still stuck in there...
A weird smelling is coming out of my nose,and no others can't perceive it,if you were wondering about that...
Now.its embarrassing but here's the question: I do have nose hair. How can I pull them out now that I've had this surgery done? Is it safe to pluck em all?? ...I'm dying of shame....
My nose looked like that--piggy, upturned, ridiculous, and I was horrified--for five weeks after open rhino, & then, like magic--finally, it settled. (And then I messed it up, but that's another story :x). It might take you 8 to 12 weeks, but the nose may fluctuate in swelling throughout the day, usually in the evening for me. It will "melt" over the tip and will come inward so it becomes more defined. My surgeon didn't tell me about this, and I wish I had known--I could have saved myself a lot of pain and anxiety. It's going to be okay if s/he's a good surgeon. If you have nose hair, trim or ask the surgeon to help. The pimples are awful, I know. Give it time, maybe tape it gently ovenight or use skin products on the pimples (but not strips). You could gently use a blackhead scrub.
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One more thing--DON'T PAW AT IT. And as cliche as it is, try not to think about it. I hated going outside and felt people staring, but that's par for the course. My nose looked awful until about week 6-8; then, I finally saw something resembling a nose again. I would also recommend arnica gel for gentle massage (massage away from the nose, and not too hard--don't pinch).
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Irsi, how did you mess up your nose at 5 wks?
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Stitches removed

Good evening good folk!
Yesterday I had my stitches removed. A round trip,so I spent in total 8 hrs in the car. I was hella sick.
The doctors removed my stitches and then they said to me not to stretch the skin or the cut in the left nostril could reopen (.............). Once the stitches were gone they sprayed me with a thing they call silver spray,advised me to wear the night protection for two more weeks and to come back in six month for a check up.
As many asked I'm posting front view pics. It should go without saying that I'm not happy with the result so far. And the scar is just BAD. I'm concerned it might turn out being a keloid....

Exactly ONE month after my nose job

... Wow... Time really does flying! Today,one month ago,I was having my nose literally destroyed.
Swelling is still there (there is even more swelling now on the tip part ) . My skin still looks like s#it , one week ago I went to a beauty salon as I subscribed some time ago for 10 tanning session combined with the collagen sunbed, whatever. As I stepped in the beautician looked at me like I was suffering from a weird disease and asked "WHATS WRONG WITH YOUR FACE?" ... I needed to tell myself not to cry right there... I never ever had such bad skin. Not even when I was 13.
However,the wrost part isn't even neither that of the pimpled whatsoever skin,nor the piggy meaty swelling... But... It is that the nostrils are still different shaped and as a month has gone I feel like I should have a revision. I look deformed, left nostril is higher and thinner than the right one (which I prefer,as it is lower) . I remember my friend Jo,right after they removed tampons (3 days post op) asking if nostrils were going to stay so different and everyone told her " we still can't know it's to early" , as I insisted the girl at the desk (she's so dumb n mean,like please you're not even a nurse,limit yourself in doing just your secretary job) told me " body is asymmetric itself so it's normal,one nostril will be different sized than the other . Same goes for boobs no? (-well,not like that-) " . I really don't know what to do,should I wait or should I start seeking a revision??? I'm desperate...

Typing errors in the previous update!

* time really does fly. And other typing errors... Forgive me!
You are still really swollen. It will drop. Mine dropped a lot...I wish it would lift up a little more -_- Oh and my nostrils just evened out.. One was sooo tiny you couldn't even see through it for weeks, while the other was huge in comparison. Don't panic ;)
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Never ending nightmare : revision is needed

Hello folks!
I don't really know if someone's still interested in reading my story but I need to vent anyway.
It's been more than one month since my life-changing nose job,I was hoping it was all swelling but...
One nostril is still extremely different from the other,columella seems deviated and the tip is absolutely not defined ,especially on the left part ... It is so different.
No need to say I'm crying a freakin river every day.
I'm a kind of socialite as I already told you, and now my life is in stand-by. I can't accept to wast my time being so depressed,no more photos,no more parties. I look like I am deformed, incredible ... I paid for that! I can't stand this situation anymore,and I do not know how to proceed . Should I seek a revision yet? It should go without saying that I'm not returning to those butchers who ruined my face....
it is really so early to judge anything.. i don't say that to make u feel better.. it's the truth.. i was there b4.. the first 2 months were awful for me..but wiz time i decided that i will have a revision N everything will be okai wiz act of god,, i began to take care of my look again N i return to meet my friends, although at the beg i didn't want to go outside home, but i forced myself to,, i make a lot of research for good dr for revision.. and wiz time i became much better,, i know haw painful it is..but we should be strong N if u didnt help urself no one will.. the depression i get after the surgery affected me till now, don't put urself in this situation,, socialize N in the worst case whts gonna to happen,, a revision and u will be okai N i think that wiz time when the nose heal u will find that u dont need a one,, u can even go now for anther dr to tell u wht options u have when the year end.. this may help in make u feel better,, i hope u fast recovery sweetie
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How long after your rhino did your nostrils evened out? I can't keep calm,I just can't
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It takes abut 3-6 months depending onthe thickness of your skin. Normally by month 3 you would know what your nose will look like. My nostrils were different too and although they never look identical it did look better. Right now no doctor will even see you for a possible revision. They will see you at 6 months but won't operate on you until its 1 year or at least close to it. So sorry you are going through this. :(
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It's a vanity meltdown...

So here I am again.
I met a friend of mine today,due to a birth defect she has had 8 rhinoplasties done over the years,so she is quite an expert . She told me not to worry as this problem is just caused by the uneven swelling. I don't know what to think anymore...
I also sent an email @ surgeon and till now I received no reply. It's so frustrating,you know.
Some times all the therapy in the world cannot ''fix'' a genuine problem. We are usually our own worst critics, but there are legitimate reasons to go down the Reconstructive Surgery path. We are not privy to the most intimate thoughts someone else has, so if a physical aspect is causing such deep distress, it may be that surgery is actually the best option. As I wrote before, I can't comment on anyone else's psychological state of mind, but the initial poster herself states that she has some other traumas that may be currently adding to her woes and perhaps distorting her self-image. I am in no place to judge anyone else, and I give my full support to anyone who seeks to improve their life in whatever way they feel best suits them. For some, surgery IS the best option. I feel confident in saying that as I have struggled for decades to accept a nose that was never excessively big nor ugly, but was certainly affecting my breathing and also harming my self-acceptance. The impulsive thoughts and behaviours the poster is currently feeling may be triggered by the huge emotional and physical toll that surgery (and the travel in her case) takes. I ask that we all just support each other and accept that whilst for some people self-actualisation and therapy type work may result in an improvement, it doesn't always have the answers either. Some of us will have our lives improved drastically by surgery; not because it ''fixes'' us, but because it can lead to quantifiable relief and improvement in self image. If aesthetics are a consideration, as they are to many women who like to present our best physical self, then a change to our physical appearance can lead to a marked change in our self-perception. I think the danger only comes through completely unrealistic expectations and getting caught on a constant 'to-do' list of physical alterations. I wish the poster, and all of you here, an abundance of good health, patience to get through the very difficult initial stages post surgery, and a more positive acceptance of self. If surgery can correct defects and help lead to an improvement in breathing and aesthetic form, then yes it can be life-changing to actually smile at the reflection we see when we look in the mirror. I am doing that for the first time in my life, and that is a better result than any of the counselling and internal work I have ever undertaken was able to achieve. Good health to you all! :-)
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Wow, I cannot believe a therapist would encourage such a thing as cosmetic surgery especially when it was an obsession for you. They should have helped you with the self esteem issues and see that you were magnifying problem that did not exist. I wish I had started seeing my therapist after my nose was broken and I could not cope, to teach me how to accept a broken nose rather than let someone butcher me. Try to keep your head up and work on yourself. Surgery does not fix the big stuff and when you rely on something to make or break you, you run a high risk of devastation.
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I'm almost 3weeks post surgery and was repeatedly warned by my Surgeon pre and post surgery (both verbally and in writing) that the first 3-4weeks is called the ''piggy'' or ''ugly'' phase and it is a completely normal part of the healing process. No matter how much I was warned though, the shock does make us have instant regrets and huge emotional and psychological reactions. I was completely inconsolable for the first few days, but I am now really pleased that I did have this surgery. It's getting through this initial stage that is the hardest. And I no longer have any regrets, nor do I think it looks ugly. I can't comment on any of your other issues, but the ''piggy'' phase is a recognised part of the recovery process and I am thankful to my Surgeon for being thorough enough to warn his patients that this phase is a necessary part of creating a better and more functional nose. I hope everyone who is considering or has recently had surgery, can just be patient through these initial few weeks! It is NO indication of how the end result will look. Best wishes and Good health to you all!
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Nose is no good & don't judge

My fault I have made a mistake,writhing in the green space below ...and It seems like I can't delete what was supposed to be the title of this post and it's now wrote under the " my doctor " line.
Long story short,I'm still very swollen and "deformed" and you DO see it both by frontal and side view.
This surgery has put my life in stand-by ,as I'm doing a kind of life so much different than before ...no more parties,no more photos,no more compliments... I'm vain,I know.
My skin turned out to be oily and I'm all pimpled...my goodness...
This being said,talking about the " mental " part,I'm not willing to tell my story right here (& I'm thinking of releasing a book about it),but ive tried therapy,pills etc...name it:tried! But really no medication can make you see a different YOU ,the "you" you always wanted to be,when looking in the mirror.
Not one but MANY therapist agreed on me having work done,since everything else failed. I hope you understand,I'm not willing to be like Valeria Lukyanova nor Justin Jedlica but I DO love beautifulness. I fought since my childhood and I'm now trying to reach my idea of beauty.
Once again,please don't judge and if you are wondering about something or simply want to get to know me,use the inbox :)
Thanks for your patience. Besitos

Problem breathing by right nostril

....I don't know if someone's still interested in my story,but I'll keep posting on here... Since I feel like venting!

So,almost two months have passed and NO improvement is seen .
-Functional problem: the right nostrils (larger one) keeps clogging so I'm stuck on ActiFed nasal decongestant spray.

-Into the nostrils,right across the septum you can feel two small "pimple-like" things,one per side,they are hard at touch and round as a pimple.

-Left nostril is dramatically different from the right one. And by left side nose is still sooooo upturned compared to te right side.

-Tip is HUGE. I've never ever seen such an huge nose tip. Not even the bulbous ones...

-Skin of the left nostrils is WAY thicker

-No scar improvement

The surgeon still hasn't replied to me. What can I do?
Well, first of all I would make an appointment and go see him in person so he can address all the issues. The pimple like inside your nose could possibly be a scar tissue. The breathing problems maybe from enlarged turbinates or collapsed valve. I think you really need to see your doctor. The large tip is not abnormal as its the swelling and takes a while to go away. Two months is too early to tell if the tip has a scar tissue or its the swelling. Typically most doctors will see at 6 months post op so you can go and get a second opinion on your nose. At this point you are 100% your surgeon's responsibility.
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Thank you!
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Returning to the clinic

I'm in a deeply down mood.
The left nostrils seems to restrict insted of enlarging ,but surprisingly it's the only one I can breathe from.
I argued with the clinic,as nor I am happy with the nose aesthetic nor I can properly breathe ,which I could do BEFORE surgery.
They said it's not their fault,and said I need to see a nose specialist (I can't spell the name properly).
Then they called me back and told me to go there this Sunday,after I sent them even more pictures.
I already had a doctor who told me that or the operation hasn't been performed in the right way,or that the result messed up.
Whatever.
Another 4 hours trip (and return) just before Christmas... I'm exhausted I shouldn't have had this op done.
Now,first of all I want to "fix" the aesthetic part,both with fillers or steroid shots ,then on Monday I will see the nose specialist for the breathing part.
There is no way I'm gonna let this surgeons operate my nose again! No freaking way. And if I do have a deviated septum (which is almost confirmed) I will have surgery here in Italy,in an hospital.
I honestly hope with all myself that there is just an issue with the turbinates,at least I don't have to have my nose broke again but I could consider laser treatments.
As for now,I'm hooked on nasal decongestant spray,but...how long before my nose get used to it and it stops working? I'm currently using ActiFed,as corticosteroid-based spray Flixonase (which is supposed to be one of the strongest) doesn't work.
Think really well before you have your nose touched,and be selective with surgeons. Ask. Ask. Ask. Ask more than anything,ask any "what if after surgery" that concerns you. But,again,use fillers instead of invasive surgery if you can. Medicine evolves,who nose maybe one day rhinoplasty will be more easy to perform and the post-op less stressful to deal with...
I'm sadder than before I had my nose job.

Funny typing error

* who nose ahahahah it was supposed to be who knows... Lol
Hi...going thru the same stage ! I should not have done it ! Ant it's been 4 years ! I only wish I could turn back time !!! I was pretty and happy before but after my divorce I thought "well if I do it and have a real straight nose I'm going to look even prettier ! " and this has been the biggest mistake of my life ...I spend my whole time thinking about like, looking at myself into mirrors for hours !, feeling bad wherever I go, when before I was like a star wherever I was going ! The operation went well but that shape of a nose does not make my face prettier ! Just a normal face with a nose which does not fit in it like the one I had ! I feel so miserable since then ...it turned my life upside down ...I became the shadow of myself ... I hope this comment will help anyone thinking about a new nose ...
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I am in your exact position. It sucks.
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I'm sorry this is happening to you :( I too have the piggy nose. I am 9 days post op. But you're beautiful ♡
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