I had septoplasty and rhinoplasty a few days ago in Saudi Arabia. The septoplasty was because my nose had been broken a few times from fighting in High school and the doctor stated was severely damaged. The rhinoplasty was to remove the small hump on my nose, not for cosmetic reasons, but because it was sensitive to masks such as SCUBA and firefighting. Keep in mind that neither has seriously affected my life as I am a firefighter and can run half marathons, but since my insurance covered the septoplasty I figured it would be nice to be able to breath through both nostrils at the same time, and for only $1,600 more out of pocket I could get the hump removed which I also figured was worth it.
My expectations are simple. For the inside of the nose to be fixed with clear passages in both nostrils. On the outside I just wanted the hump removed. Today is day 3 and I just got back from the doctor cleaning out the passages. He says everything is fine so far and on Sunday I should get the outside split off(There are also little blue splits inside that he says will probably come off next Wednesday). I have not felt pain at any time except when he cleans out my nose by shoving gauze and the suction inside. For about 6 hours post-op I could barely open my eyes due to swelling and bruising. For 24 hours post-op I could not swallow a drop of water or food without vomiting blood. But I and the doctors believe that was from the anesthesia, which I had the exact same reaction the only other time I have had surgery.
My nose continuously runs and was also congested until he cleaned it today. Now I can breath through both nostrils at the same time for the first time in my adult life. Drawbacks right now are the runny nose, congestion, severe burning of the eyes, taking wet wipe baths, and itching under the split. Also my nostrils are uneven in size but at day 3 I do not think that matters due to swelling. I only decided today to post about my experience so I do not have pictures from everyday. A friend took pictures post-op+1 which I will post when I get them.