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Finally Deciding to Have It Done!

Hello. My name is Laurie. I am 42 years old and...

Hello. My name is Laurie. I am 42 years old and have had issues on and off since high school about the hump on my nose. My family has always been supportive and accepting of my nose and my husband tells me he never even noticed the hump on my nose, and even so it has never bothered him! My 63 year old sister-in-law just got a(her second, first one was 15 years ago by a doctor in AZ and successful!) full face lift by same doctor I have chosen to perform my rhinoplasty. My sister-in-law has been real helpful in my decision to have rhinoplasty done. My sister-in-law's face lift was completed on January 7, 2013 so she is in the healing stage and that too will take a good full year before she will see more of the final results, but after a month she is extremely happy with the results which is encouraging to me! The doctor I chose is a hand surgeon and cosmetic surgeon as well, his passion and mostly what he does is fix cleft lips and palates on children. My employer's wife has also used this same surgeon for tummy tuck, breast reduction and only to re-shape the tip of her nose and she was satisfied with the results. I will post some pictures of my nose to show you what it looks like. You all have been a tremendous inspiration to me with your stories and pictures! Thank you all for sharing your stories, pictures, and videos - from them I have made some notes of questions to ask my doctor before the big day. I am so tired of fretting and worrying and thinking about this that I almost wish it was done! I will keep you posted as it gets closer to my surgery day.

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Hi I was wondering if u can post some after pictures after the surgery. My nose is similar to yours and I would love to see the results
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Hi! Not long to go now until your surgery. You won't look back and like Lisa.S said, will wish you did it 20 years ago. Also, just a suggestion for you so you receive good support from this site: use the update area when updating your story so it comes up in the reviews for people to see, otherwise if you write in the comment area it isn't seen & you may wonder why nobody answers you. All the best!!
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My surgery date is set for April 18 and I am nervous, scared, wondering if I should do this! I have paid my fees, picked up meds, bought a cool air humidifier, read all of your inspiring stories about your rhinoplasties, I even watched real live videos of the procedure on the Internet! I am worried about having a bad headache when I am done with surgery because I don't function too well with headaches. I am a mom of two and life is hectic with kids so I hope I can be good to go back to work and help out at school and fulfill me "room mom" duties within two weeks post-op! I wonder what else I can do to prepare myself mentally for this procedure. I even have pictures of my nose on my phone to encourage me as to why I am going thru with this!!
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Those of you who already had the surgery done - did your "eyes" ever bother you post-op? My sister-in-law recommended that I wear some sort of dark glasses during surgery to help protect them against the bright light that surgeons use while performing the operation. She said her eyes felt swollen and her vision was blurry a few days post-op. Do any of you recommend this?
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Hi and welcome. For some reason I missed your post and just found it when I refined a search to 35-45 year age group. I am 45 and had my surgery nearly 4 weeks ago, and although I am swollen I am thrilled by the results. Like Lisa said, I wish I did it years ago, and even now it scares me that I could very easily have let this opportunity pass. My husband never had a problem with my nose and friends and family didn't really have an issue with it, however now they see the difference it has made and understand. All the best preparing, and I look forward to watching your journey.
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Hi Laurie! I'm lisa and I'm 45. All i know is you will think when it's done and you are 3 weeks or so post op...wish I would or could have had it done years ago! That's where I am now! Good luck to you
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Thanks! Lisa for the support! I am going through the emotional roller coaster that everyone goes through in making a decision such as rhinoplasty. If its not one horrible thought then its another! Thank goodness I found this website because reading other people stories have been such an inspiration! I don't see too many stories from people in their 40's so I thank you for sharing your story. My 63 year old sister-in-law that recently had the full facelift is looking great and healing nicely and encouraging me that I will be in good hands with the surgeon. I've got a couple of months before the big day! a couple of agonizing months!!
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When I finally scheduled my surgery date I was a couple months out too. That waiting gets to be a little hard, and for me it was all I talked about at home for a good 2 weeks then I forgot about it for a little bit then when it was down to the 10 days to go mark I was talking about it again all the time and looking at my nose 24/7! The biggest challenge for me in recovery is that it takes a long time, you really need to be patient with swelling and sensitivity. I want to be all "normal" and I'm not so that's frustrating but each day does get better and better. I don't know if I have a really high tolerance for pain or not but I am a nurse and I think that if you go into a surgery with a positive frame and thinking good thoughts and that the pain will be okay, it helps. : )
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Thank you for starting your story on RealSelf! I would encourage you to go on a few more consultations to make sure you're getting a doctor very experienced with noses. Here's what some doctors say about choosing the right rhinoplasty surgeon for you.

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Laurie, good luck with a surgery!!!
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