Rhinoplasty soon approaching

Hey everyone, So I've been lurking around on...

Hey everyone, So I've been lurking around on this site for a a few weeks now and thought it was high time that I finally start my own story. My rhinoplasty is scheduled for April 23rd and is soon approaching! I've wanted this for as long as I can remember but the as the date comes closer, I can't help but get more and more nervous! I've never had any sort of surgery before so I am not familiar with any of it. I'm nervous about the post-op recovery and I'm nervous about going under general anesthesia. I guess I just need to stop being a wuss lol.

Anyways, my story is that ever since I was in elementary school, I've never liked my nose. I have a bump and my tip is droopy as well as a bit bulbous. I always told my parents that when I was older I was going to get this done. I'm finally at a stage in my life where I can afford this procedure and as soon as I had saved up enough money I started doing consults. After meeting with 2 very skilled surgeons I finally made my pick and I am very confident in my choice.

So my surgery is finally tomorrow! I can't believe...

So my surgery is finally tomorrow! I can't believe it creeped up on me so quickly. I remember booking it and thinking, "wow this is so far away!". I am still soooo nervous for tomorrow but luckily I had an exhausting day today so I don't think I will have any trouble sleeping tonight. Thank you to everyone who has reassured me and given me an idea of what to expect - definitely better than any unpleasant surprises ha. I will try and update tomorrow. Hopefully I will be one of the lucky ones and skip the nausea... here's to hoping!

Day 2 (day after surgery): I feel like crap. Kudos...

Day 2 (day after surgery): I feel like crap. Kudos to all the people who say that they don't feel pain and just discomfort. I on the other hand feel like my entire face is going to explode. I have the worst migraine I've ever had and my face is completely swollen. The bruising has spread and I woke up with a pretty nice black eye. My nose bled a lot yesterday once I got home and I had to change the "mustache gauze" quite a number of times. I also freaked out this morning because my cast seemed a bit crooked, but I think a lot of that has to do with all the swelling I have. Did anyone else notice that as well? Other than that, that's it... hopefully the pain will subside soon.

Day 4: Feeling a bit better, but for the most part...

Day 4: Feeling a bit better, but for the most part still feeling pretty crappy. Day 3 was terrible pain wise. The pain has gotten a bit better today and the swelling has been moving downward (from my eyes to my cheeks), but for the most part there is still a lot of pressure in my face. I've been taking the pain meds pretty regularly and I literally fall asleep within 30 mins of taking them. So all in all, there is been a lot of sleeping. I get the stiches out tomorrow and I'll also find out when I can get the cast off as well.

Day 7: Hi everyone! So I'm at Day 7 now. The pain...

Day 7: Hi everyone! So I'm at Day 7 now. The pain is completely gone and yesterday was the first day I was up and about. Still some swelling in my face and still have one nice big black eye which isn't even turning yellow yet. Does anyone have any tips on how to make bruises fade quicker, other than using arnica? I'm not sure where to buy arnica pills in Toronto. I went in on Day 5 to have my stitches and stents removed. Dr. Smith mentioned that I was really swollen compared to other patients and that it's just a matter of time. Getting the stents removed was extremely painful for me, Dr. Smith said it was because my nose was quite swollen from the inside as well. Anyways, now that that's all done with I'm just waiting until Tuesday to get my cast removed. I'm pretty excited but at the same time my nose is SO swollen that I don't think I'm going to have any idea how it's going to look later down the road. I'm hoping the swelling goes down by Tuesday but I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen and even if it does it's only going to go down minimally. I will update again on Tuesday.

Day 10: Hey guys. So I got my cast off 2 days ago...

Day 10: Hey guys. So I got my cast off 2 days ago and unlike some people here who love their nose right away, I was definitely not in that place. My bump is gone but my entire nose was SO swollen. I looked like an Avatar. My doctor was also quite surprised at how swollen I was and said that there's no explanation for my unusual amount of swelling at that it's just a waiting game. It was comforting to know that it was swelling and not my actual nose, but it's still very frustrating at the same time. At day 10 my nose is still very swollen and it still looks kind of avatar-ish. I also still have my black eye. I have a couple of wedding events to attend in the next couple of weeks so I really hope my swelling goes down soon.

3.5 weeks: All traces of bruising are finally gone...

3.5 weeks: All traces of bruising are finally gone right now. To be honest, I don't know how I feel right now ... I don't see a big difference. My bump is gone, but the overall size of my nose does not seem much smaller. In fact I saw one of my best friends today who I've known forever, and she didn't know I was having this procedure, and she didnt mention ANYTHING about me looking different. No comment whatsoever. My biggest worry was that it would be too noticeable, but now I'm upset that people aren't noticing! I didn't want to look like a whole new person, but I didn't want a big nose at the end of it still either! I'm not just talking about the front (because I know there's a lot of swelling there), I'm talking about the profile. Even though my bump is gone, I still feel like my profile is kind of beaky. For a few days I liked my nose, but ever since then I feel like my nose is growing and becoming beakier... has anyone felt this way? I really hope my nose goes down a lot from the profile as well. I was telling my mom yesterday how I still felt like I had a "big" nose and she gave me her honest opinion and agreed with me and said it's probably just swelling, but I feel like from the profile you have a pretty clearl idea, and the general size from the profile can't be attributed to swelling. Overall I'm just feeling a bit down about the whole thing because although I wanted to keep it natural, I guess I wanted a more drastic difference size wise. I still see a nose that is too large for my face...
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