Rhinoplasty/ Septoplasty Sydney, AU - 6months post Op
I have been reading peoples posts here for a while...
I have been thinking about getting a Rhinoplasty done now for 6 years or more I am 23 now.
I have my surgery booked in for the 22 of July and I am super nervous about it all but excited at the same time. I am also getting Septoplasty done at the same time as the Rhinoplasty.
Ever since I broke my nose I have had problems with hay fever and snoring too which is quite embarrassing for me to deal with. I also feel like my nose is too big with the huge bump in the middle and too wide plus the tip is uneven and I feel like it doesn’t fit my face well.
I hope that I am making sense with what I’m trying to say, I suffered bullying in high school because of it like so many others.
I should also add im from Sydney Australia so hi to any fellow aussies :)
Just adding some more before pics
just another before pic
Nervous about things...is that normal.
My fears are that I won't like the final result or that something will go wrong (which it probably won't )
Or I'm just nervous about the recovery period too...
Am or being stupid? Or is this normal?
A bit calmer now
And also reading other people's reviews has certainly helped too. I am glad a site like this exists.
I had a huge chat too also with my mother, who is going to be my main person taking care of me after the operation. She said to me that she thought that my fears were very normal and everyone has doubts about many decisions in life. And this is just one of them. I am so grateful to have a supportive family! If I didn't I wouldn't know what to do.
I have been stocking up on things I'll need after the op, things like ice packs and other medical stuff, plus also lots of movies to watch and some magazines and books too.
I spoke with the hospital yesterday just checking that they had got all my paper work from the doctor that I had to post in and that's ok it's all set.
So yeah that's about it, I'm still a little nervous but not freaking out like I was before which is good.
Just adding some more before photos
Can't believe it's so close.
I have been buying things for after the operation, here's a list of what I have brought so far.
More pillows, and a u shaped pillow to prop my head up, ice packs, cue tips, cotton balls, pain killers. And Biotene if my mouth/throat gets dry, eye drops ( I have dry eyes), hirudoid cream for bruising and swelling.
I also brought a thermometer in case I need to check my temperature for signs of infection totally weird I didn't have one already.
So that's about it if you have any other suggestions for me I'd be grateful I hope I have everything.
Oh and I almost for got I brought lots of movies and books to read after the fact if I'm up to it.
Details for Surgery
I'll be hospital overnight after the op so least the nurses will be there to take care of me.
Other things I have brought are gauze pads, saline nasal spray,chapsticks.
I just want it to be over and done with now lol.
More before pics.
Preparing for hospital
Feeling ok about it all just want to he over and done with.
So yeah I'll try and update after the fact as much as possible.
Wish me luck :)
Had pain killers for the pain but I'm all right jus tired and got the stupid iv still me want it out now.
I was meant to stay on hospital overnight but I discharged myself reason was I couldn't sleep there much more comfortable at home.
The doctor was alright with it all. I can breath through my nose my swelling eye wise is bad.
The doctor said my bone was wide so they had to narrow it a lot after the hump was taken down.
Hence the really black eyes! And swelling .
The pressure/headache from the nose feels like bad head cold.
I've been on pain meds and they are making me drowsy too.
The swelling and bruising is bad I have really black eyes.
And I've been changing the drip pad alot as it's been oozing with blood. ( sorry if TMI there)
That's all so far I'm just going to sleep I see the doctor in 5 days time for the cast to come off.
Omg so bruised
Feeling tired still
The bruising seems better around the eyes but my cheeks have swollen out so I look like a chipmunk.
The morning of the surgery I was beyond scared they gave me a pre med to calm me down. Waking up in recovery was not pleasant I was coughing a lot my throat felt like razor blades every time coughed.
The nurse had to feed me some ice as it was that sore. I kept asking if I could have the Iv drip I was hooked up too taken out all the time! Those poor nurses I must of asked like a million times.
As I mentioned earlier I discharged myself early so I could go home and be more conformable there.
I have been sleeping with my head right up on a lot of pillows and mostly breathing through my mouth.
I'm seeing my surgeon on wednesday next week that's when the cast will come off I assume.
Feeling a bit better
I'm getting the cast off Wednesday next week. Pain wise I'm still on the pain meds as I still am getting a mild headarche and throbbing sensation.
I am able to breath through my nose again too. Some times I also get a stinging pain comming from the stitch.
The gave me some antibiotics which I've been taking even though they make me feel like I'm going to vomit.
Cast will be off tomorrow
The brusing and swelling around my cheeks and eyes has gone down considerably.
I'm back to eating normally too. The pain is not too bad. I'm on over the counter pain killers still.
My upper lip is very stiff making it hard to smile I am hoping that will improve.
Cast is off!
So everything is fine with my nose it's still very swollen from the front I have to be patient and wait for the swelling to go down.
I also have this huge bruise in the middle of the bridge.
Getting the stiches out wasn't pleasant the cast comming off didn't hurt though.
I love the profile view! Even though its swollen just have to be patient for the front.
Pain wise there is much. My next appointment with the doctor for follow up is in 5 weeks.
Over all I'm so happy with it and even though its swollen a lot and the tip is swollen I am sure ill be happy once all the swelling goes down.
I look like crap with all the brusing and swelling still lol.
More after pics
Took some better side on ones in natural lightning today.
My nose is very swollen today but I'm still liking it especially the side view.
I'm all broken out from the cast and the skin on my nose is peeling eww!
Some more after photos.
Still so swollen around the tip.
I've been using a saline spray for the stuffy feeling. I'm still getting a weird pressure type of pain sometimes.
Still can't believe that ugly bump is gone! I catch myself staring in the mirror expecting to see it there still.
Everything is going really well I'm really liking the after result so far.
My breathing is back to normal.
I'm still swollen of course and the tip of my nose still appears big from certain angles but that's normal.
I'm still getting blood sometimes from my nose that's also normal.
I'm seeing the doctor in two weeks for follow up.
I think over the past almost month, I have been processing the difference in the appearance with my nose.
I was doing my make up on the mirror and I caught sight of my nose and started crying about how great it's looking.
So at this point even though I am swollen still it was 100% worth it.
I have read that it's normal to be emotional after surgery. But I'm very happy with the results so far and am sure I'll be thrilled once all the swelling goes away.
Details about what was done n my nose.
I had an open rhinoplasty done, where the dorsal hump in the middle of my nose was removed. I think they shave that down as far as I'm aware.
I'm no doctor but will try and explain it as best I can. My nose was then narrowed as it was way to wide. That was done my two small external cuts that were made either side of nose so the surgeon could do it.
There are two tiny little scars from that, but they are mostly healed now. The tip was uneven so that was fixed and it was rotated slightly up.
I had both internal and external stitches the external ones came out on the day the cast was removed and two of the internal ones as well.
The rest of the internal ones have to stay in there they are dissolvable.
I'm still quite swollen especially around the tip but I can already tell it looks so much better and I'm very happy with the result.
Had second follow up appointment.
The tip is of course still swollen so that's just a waiting game. I'm no longer getting any pain or bleeding.
My next follow up is in three months time.
First off it's like 1am as I type this where I am so forgive me for the crappy spelling.
I have been super busy and I have also caught the flu which has taken a while to get over.
I'm still very happy with my nose, the swelling has gone down a lot especially at the tip. It's starting to look much more refined. And the more I get to see the swelling go down the more excited I get about the final result.
I love it! It's so much better them being paranoid about that stupid bump I had in the middle of it.
I no longer feel weird if someone were to look at my side profile or take a picture. My nose was also narrowed as well which I really like the result of that too.
I have been a bit congested from the flu but am slowly getting over it.
Just a another pic. And update.
Makes me so self conscious, it's like I finally have a nice nose and my skin starts again! Ugh. I'll be sorting that out with my dermatologist in January.
Apart from that I still like it. The only thing that annoys me is the swelling. I love exercise and after it my nose is always swollen and looks much bigger towards the tip. But that is normal. It always goes back down.
It's been a little while since the last update.
Anyway my nose is going pretty good the swelling has come down a lot from the side view and front. It is holding a bit swelling still towards the tip and it is still numb there.
I find the hot weather or exercise makes the swelling worse. Like today it is summer here in Australia at the moment and it is absolutely boiling. So of course my sinus flared up and as did the swelling.
Am I still happy? Yes, it is so much better then my old nose.
Very professional doctor and staff. I felt very comfortable from start to fininsh of my surgery.