Cast Removal Day!!

About a month ago I went in for a consultation...

About a month ago I went in for a consultation with a plastic surgeon and decided to set a date to have my rhinoplasty. I don't think my nose is ugly, it's just long and a little droopy on the tip. I'm not expecting to get a perfect nose out of this, because that's just not realistic. However, I am expecting to get a nose that's going to fit my face a little better than what I have going on right now. I don't think my nose makes me ugly by any means, but I think I have the potential to look much better with a smaller nose that's closer to my face. I have been wanting this nose job for over 14 years now, and I am so excited to finally be able to afford this procedure.


I have been reading a lot of rhinoplasty experiences on this website, but the one thing there's not very much talk about is all the psychological stuff you go through before you have the procedure done. Maybe I'm just getting myself a bit rattled up, but my sleep has been very poor the last 2 weeks, and it seems to just get worse the closer to my operation date I get. My surgeon told me that my procedure was going to go smoothly without any complications, as I don't have a "complicated" nose, but there's never any guarantee. As excited and happy I am to get this done, I can't help but think about all the things that could go terribly wrong and it's driving me crazy! My family and friends are all against it, saying I'm making a big mistake, and honestly, they're starting to get to me a little bit....but whenever I sit and think long and hard about my decision, I can't help but feel that I'm doing the right thing for myself here....my nose, my decision! Anyway, my surgery is set for January 14th and I will be back with an update after the procedure! If anyone has any advice, please feel free to share with me! Any and all tips are welcome as far as before the procedure do's/don'ts and also tips for the healing pocess would be greatly appreciated!!
Here are 2 before pictures, and I will surely put up some after pictures in a while as well!
Wish me luckkkkk!!!

So I spoke to the clinic today about my surgery on...

So I spoke to the clinic today about my surgery on Monday and everything seems to be going as planned. I will be the first patient of the day, surgery is at 8:15am. The only thing that has me a bit concerned at the moment is that the nurse informed me they will be doing this procedure under local anesthesia, which means I will be aware of what's going on but will not feel anything... She also said that they will be giving me some heavy tranquilizing meds before the surgery so that the experience will not be traumatizing, and that I will be half awake/asleep... So with that being said, I'm freaking out! I've done some research on this since I spoke to the clinic and have found that most people didn't think it was a bad experience and compared to sedation, this local anesthesia was a better option for them as they didn't feel nauseous at all. Some people liked the fact that they were aware of their surroundings, but I don't know how aware I would really like to be.... It's not exactly like I would like to hear the surgeon break my nose or shave it down or whatever....is there anyone on here that has done a rhinoplasty with local anesthesia?? I would love to hear of your experiences!!

4 days to go til the big day, and I have to say...

4 days to go til the big day, and I have to say I'm having some major second thoughts at this point. I couldn't sleep last night so I started looking at more reviews on this site. I realized that I had only looked at all the great reviews, and hadn't even given a second thought to all the bad reviews that are on here as well. After reading all these bad experiences last night, I'm starting to second guess my choice of having a nose job. I saw a few reviews with similar noses to mine, and I'm so scared now that I will end up with a deformed nose. I do have a rather hanging/droopy columella and it seems that that's the first thing that could be botched with my type of nose....that is definitely one of the things I've always wanted to have fixed with a rhinoplasty, and after seeing all these before and after photos I'm almost thinking, maybe my nose isn't that bad. I did look through my surgeons entire portfolio, and he said my nose is very common to have work done on, and he's worked with quite a few noses like mine and all the after pics were great, but some of these bad reviews were also with top plastic surgeons with great portfolios and reviews, which just goes to show that there really never is any guarantee for successful results. I hate the fact that I am NOW having these thoughts, when it's so close to surgery date. I feel so conflicted inside and my emotions are like a roller coaster ride at this point. My husband says, forget about the whole thing and get your money back, I haven't even told my parents about my second thoughts because they would also jump on the "forget about it" bandwagon...everyone in my life is opposed to this surgery but myself, which is why I feel so alone in this whole process. My husband is only supporting me because he knows I'm going through with it regardless, but it's only half supporting, he will help me heal and get me through it but is definitely not happy about it....this sucks

So I had my surgery yesterday, the actual process...

So I had my surgery yesterday, the actual process was farely quick and eventhough they used twilight anesthesia on me, I was knocked out for the most part of the surgery. Now I'm home, and I decided to do a sneak peak in the bathroom, and I'm not happy with what I see. I feel like my nostrils are asymmetrical, one is a lot higher than the other. I'm hoping, PRAYING, that this is caused of the cast, maybe he put it on funny to pull the other side of my nose a little farther up than the right side....I don't know, this is not a good feeling to have when you still have over a week to wait to see your results. What are your thoughts?? I uploaded two pics of this

Well I'm officially one week post op, and I can...

Well I'm officially one week post op, and I can honestly say, this was definitely not a walk in the park. I had read so many experiences both here on RS and other websites, and the recovery seemed to only be difficult the first 2-3 days and then it would be smooth sailing. That is NOT how my experience has been. I never quite got over the pain and am still taking pain meds 7 days in, and I also got a nose bleed last night which freaked me out because I had accidentally gone a bit too far into my nasal cavity with a q tip before bed. I woke up this morning and felt a mild pain in that area so I called my PS but he said not to worry. Wish I didn't live 3 hours away so I could just pop in for a quick check up, but if he says it's fine then I will trust his word on this.
As far as the pain goes, I feel ok during the day, but at night time I feel this achey pressure on my nose that makes it impossible for me to fall asleep. If I don't take any pain meds before bed, I'm sure to wake up 2 hours later with massive pain and pressure in my nose.
On a happier note, all my bruising has subsided and I am definitely not swollen in the face anymore :) I do still have my cast on. I will be taking it off in 3 days (Thursday) and I CAN'T WAIT!!! So tired of feeling itchy and gross!! I'm scared not only to see what my results are, but also of all the pimples and blackheads I have underneath this thing :/ I have very oily skin so it's not gonna be pretty......
I still haven't rated my experience because I have to see the final result, but without sugar coating anything, if I had to rate my recovery experience, I would DEFINITELY give it a thumbs down for sure! I honestly don't know how some people are able to do 20-30 surgical procedures in their life time knowing the recovery is so emotionally and physically draining, but hey all power to them!!.....I just hope in the end it'll all be worth it! :)

Well today was my cast removal day and I'm so...

Well today was my cast removal day and I'm so happy that thing is off my face finally! I have very oily skin so I was expecting lots of pimples and blackheads underneath, but instead I was just a bit red and VERY flaky. That glue is not easy to get off, spent a good hour under steaming hot water in the shower to get all of it off my face.
Now to my results....
I have to say that the moment my PS took the cast off I was very nervous to look in the mirror to face myself, seeing how I had been worrying about uneven nostrils and whatnot....I always prepare for the worst and hope for the best....and in this case I definitely went overboard with my "motto." Once I finally looked at myself in the mirror my whole body started to shake because it was all so surreal to me....I loved my nose right off the bat! Because it was still my old nose, but refined :) it was a little shorter and definitely straighter, no hump, and less columella. I haven't been able to stop staring at myself lol
But now, as you all can see, it has gotten very swollen and it doesn't exactly look very different front on, but I love my profile! Best part, my family didn't feel like my nose changed at all, which is good for me because now I don't have much anxiety about returning to work....but the most important part is that I definitely see a difference and I love it so far...
This was not an easy experience by all means, but I am definitely glad I finally got the courage to go through with this procedure, and I am very thankful for all the advice and encouragement I have gotten from all you wonderful RealSelf folks! :)

Just thought I'd write a quick little update. I...

Just thought I'd write a quick little update. I will be one month post op tomorrow and my recovery has been coming along great... Only big issue is all the scar tissue inside my nose. Wonder how long it takes for all this to subside? Also, I hate not being able to blow my nose, as I have allergies year round and not being able to blow my nose makes it for a very uncomfortable 24 hours for me, but all in all, I like the progress so far. My nose doesn't look much different from the front, it's still my old nose but shortened, which is what I wanted. The big difference is visible from the profile, and I love it!
I was very nervous going back to work thinking that everyone was going to look at me funny and that people were going to be talking about me, you know, the usual paranoid stuff ha! But to my surprise, most people didn't even realize that I had had anything done! In fact, since I always wear glasses because I hate contacts, most of my colleagues just thought I looked different because I had contacts on :) I do miss my glasses though, and I can't wait to wear them again! 2 more weeks, and I'll be reunited with them again :)
well since my profile was the big difference in my case, that's what I will upload. I'll be back to give another update in a month! Take care RealSelf friends, and for those of you going through the first days of recovery right now, stay strong and stay positive!! Much love, MJ
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