Rhinoplasty/Septoplasty, Cast is off & SO HAPPY! Why didn't I do this sooner? Totally 100% WORTH IT! - Toronto, ON

Hello All! I joined this site on a few days...

Hello All!

I joined this site on a few days ago, and today was my first day post op (day 1 of my recovery). I've wanted my nose done since the age of 12, and finally all the factors (being 100% sure, timing, money) came together.

The surgery wasn't bad, and the post pain is a breeze, however the swelling has been quite a challenging! Last night (the day of my surgery) I started to balloon up, mainly around my cheeks, eyes, and between my eyebrows. My surgeon warned me before hand given our procedure, he would expect a lot of swelling (Open Rhinoplasty, fracturing the bone, shaving the bump, sewing the side cartilage to contour my nose, drop the tip, slightly narrow the tip), NOT A WALK IN THE PARK! ;)

I know my poor face probably took a beating, and it is only my first day of recovery so I'm going to give it some time. Overall things are going well, my nose doesn't look too swollen and I already love the tip! I'm getting my cast off on Monday, I will keep you posted on my progress w/ the swelling. For now I shall ice & elevate!

Forgot to mention they also evened out the size of...

Forgot to mention they also evened out the size of nostrils to match!

So today is day 2 post op, the swelling isn't as...

So today is day 2 post op, the swelling isn't as bad as yesterday (my eyes, between eyebrows are still very swollen) & the bruising is lightening up. Today when I woke up I began to manually clean my eyes when I noticed the far corners of my eyeballs had broken the blood vessels (I had to pull my swollen eyes back to notice it, thats how swollen they were waking up). My right eye isn't as bad as my left, my left eye bruised instantly after surgery and has been way more intense. The broken blood vessels in my right eye have calmed down, but the left one still looks pretty rough. I'm going to start taking Arnica today (both topically and supplements) to try to subdue a bit of the swelling (I really should have started taking it 2 weeks prior, no idea why I didn't!). Hopefully it will only get better from here!
Cheers!
Jo :)

So today is day 3 post op, swelling is slowly but...

So today is day 3 post op, swelling is slowly but surely residing. I get my cast off tomorrow, which means I'll only be wearing my cast for 4 full days (I thought that was a little short, but my P.S thinks it will be fine). I'm expecting it to swell a lot once it comes off (given how much my face swelled, & it seems to be a common thing when your cast comes off) So I'm just going to keep calm, get rest, take arnica, eat pineapple, and be very patient. :)

So tomorrow is my cast reveal! I'm getting better...

So tomorrow is my cast reveal! I'm getting better by the hour, the swelling has gone way down & I no longer look like a character off of Star Trek (lol seriously). I started taking Arnica orally (I know I'm super late -- it's post op day 3) and putting the gel on my eyes from time to time (I'm not too crazy about the gel, it's drying and kinda stings). I was able to take my bandage under my nose off for a few hours this evening to let my nose breath, but then I started getting some drip action going on so I suited up again (I actually had a minor cold when I went in for my surgery... I think it's the mucous backed up from that, the blood has pretty much stopped now.) Any who...I'll keep you all posted on how my unveiling goes tomorrow!
xoxo

So my cast just came off and I'M LOVING IT...

So my cast just came off and I'M LOVING IT ALREADY!!!! I know its swollen and will continue to swell due to the fact that the cast if off now, but I'm so happy! They did such an amazing job, it's everything I wanted & more! I can't wait to see the final result, but I will because good things come to those who wait! ;) (not that I have much of a choice anyway!) :-)
Now I'm going to try to keep the swelling down the a minimum by lightly icing the areas, taking my arnica, drinking the pineapple juice, and loving life! weeeeeeeeeee! I'll post pics soon!
xoxo

So today my P.S took my cast off (as you could...

So today my P.S took my cast off (as you could tell in my previous post), I'm thrilled. The removal of the cast was painless, overall it has been a pretty painless experience (not so pretty appearance wise though!). I'm 4 days post op and yet to experience any major pain, the only time I really felt any real pain was immediately after the surgery...the nurse gave me 2 T3's and 30 minutes + beyond that has been a breeze. The swelling on the other hand is another thing all together....I really didn't expect myself to balloon up as much as I did, I know it sounds silly but I'm pretty resilient. I believe the hemorrhaging in both my eyes were actually caused by the INTENSE swelling that I experienced (I'm talking practically swollen shut, defiantly resembled a Star Trek character at one point). I'm a pretty quick healer, today is day 4 and most of the swelling has subsided. I was able to cover most of my bruising (which is fading ever so quickly) wear makeup and went to see Django Unchained (Great movie BTW). The only thing that is really bothering me at this point is my blood shot eyes (I wore sunglasses out), but that will heal on its own in the next 1 or 2 weeks. I'm expecting some residual swelling to appear tomorrow due to the fact that tonight will be the first sleep post cast removal. Also, I had my stitches placed at the bottom of my nose and they are fading quite nice already! All in all things are going great and I can't wait to see how it heals this next year!
xoxo

Day 5 So today is post op day 5 and the morning...

Day 5
So today is post op day 5 and the morning after my cast removal. I'm pleasantly surprised with my swelling, I was expecting the worst! The swelling isn't too bad.., and if it's only going to get better through the year, I'm a very happy camper! Also my right eye is beginning to get a big better (regarding the redness in my eyeball). I'm continuing to ice, clean my nose w/ saline rinse & spray, and relax!
:) :)

Day 5 - NEW PICS

Day 5 - NEW PICS

20 DAYS POST OP*** So my eyes have healed!...

20 DAYS POST OP***
So my eyes have healed! YAYYYY, no more vampire eyes!
So I've discovered the angle and side that is less flattering, looking at my nose from the left side is definitely the loosing angle. I find I can notice a tiny bump on that side, however I think it might be caused my swelling on the sides of my nose (I've come to this conclusion because when I lightly push the side down I no longer see it) Or maybe I'm just going mad? :)
Any who, all in all it's a 100% better & only been 20 days so I can't really complain.
....But I do want the tip to thin out more (as I'm sure we all do) I here that takes the longest to come down :-/
I hope everyone is having a healthy healing process as well!
xoxo
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You look amazing. I may contact this doc.
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Thanks my loves! I'm very happy, yes! All the best. xoxo
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Absolutely gorgeous is what you are. I'm so pleased you are happy with the result.
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i just saw your updated pictures!!! ah love love love it, you must be thrilled
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Wow it looks beautiful so far! You are gorgeous girl! :)
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Thanks friends, you all are amazing! I wish only the best results for all and to be as happy as I am. :) xoxo
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It does look great!!!
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Sorry meant to put: It looks great!!!! Doesn't look very swollen. Glad you like it!
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Your nose looks stunning :) I'm 4 days post op & get my cast off on friday. After seeing your pics I'm super excited & can't wait!! "Happy Healing" :)
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Oh my goodness I love the " I LOVE my new nose stories"! I'm thrilled for you :)
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Thanks for posting on RealSelf. You're completely gorgeous, so I can only imagine how stunning you'll be once you're healed. Looking forward to seeing your post-op pics!

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So glad to hear how happy you are! Cant wait to see pics :)
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congrats!! =) cant wait to see!
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I'm so glad you love it so far! :)
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ENic88 so you're waiting a week after the cast removal to wear makeup? Is that what they suggested? I can't wait to wear makeup and cover these bruises! @ Newnose4me thanks so much for your support! xoxo
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Im on day seven! Got my splint off today and I do like it! Its a little skinny looking but they say its pinched for a week after cast and needs to breath and spread out, also swelling goes down around it! Cant wait for next week when swelling goes down a little more & i can wear makeup!! woo hoo
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All the best for your "reveal". Can't wait to read how you go. I am pleased you are healing well. Keep up the great attitude you :)
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Thanks hun!
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Good luck today! ;-)
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Thanks Rayah and Amor!
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So exciting! I hope it turns out great for you. :)
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Hey, there. Yeah, my cast will only be on for about 5 days. I thought it was short time too, but my surgeon said it would be okay. I totally agree, that you should keep calm and let the healing do it's thing :) Good luck hope everything turns out great!
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Awesome, how is the swelling/bruising for you?
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I'm so excited to see your nose! It's going to be gorgeous :) I'm 2 days post op & I'm dying to get this cast off! I can't wait to see pics!
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@amorandpeace How did your surgery go? Open or closed? All the best! xoxo @Rayah7 thanks so much! I get my cast off on monday, I will defiantly keep posting pics of process :)
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