Cast Removal Day!!
- updated 9 months ago
About a month ago I went in for a consultation...
- 5 Jan 2013
- 8 days pre
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...
- 9 Jan 2013
- 5 days pre
4 days to go til the big day, and I have to say...
- 10 Jan 2013
- 4 days pre
So I had my surgery yesterday, the actual process...
- 14 Jan 2013
- Day of treatment
Well I'm officially one week post op, and I can...
- 21 Jan 2013
- 7 days post
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...
- 24 Jan 2013
- 10 days post
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...
- 10 Feb 2013
- 27 days post
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