11 days post-op

I've disliked my nose since middle school when I...

I've disliked my nose since middle school when I developed a dorsal hump (I'm 23 now). I've always wondered if I broke my nose when I was little because no one else in my family has my nose. I was never teased about my nose, but I really realized that I hated it when I was getting my senior pictures done in high school. One of the "default" poses that my photographer does is a profile/silhouette pose... Ewww. No way did I purchase those few shots :) Anyway, now that I have a good job and have saved up, I'm ready to fix my nose!

After a ton of online research I booked a consultation with Dr. Golden. I met with him on July 17 and could tell right away he knew what he was doing. His calendar is booked solid with rhinoplasties (up to 6 every single week) and I like the look of his noses (straight with the tiniest bit of a slope and very elegant). He told me I had good skin (very thin, not thick) and would see great results. We talked about what I wanted to change (removal of dorsal hump, reduce projection) and then tentatively booked my surgery for August 17!

I'm putting my deposit down this week and have since been gathering all of my pre-op supplies. So far I've bought the following. If there's anything else I should pick up, I'd love all of the tips I can get! I don't personally know anyone else that has gotten PS, so I'm relying on the helpfulness of everyone at RealSelf :)

- Vitamin C
- Arnica pills + gel
- Non-mint toothpaste (apparently mint can counteract the effects of arnica, so I bought this nasty sounding Fennel toothpaste from the health store :)
- Multivitamin
- Handheld shower attachment thing so that I can wash my hair!
- Chapstick
- Vaseline
- Qtips
- I still need to buy bromelain, but is there anything else I'm missing?

Getting excited ... less than a month! :)

Only 3.5 more weeks to go! I've started taking...

Only 3.5 more weeks to go! I've started taking Vitamin C, Zinc, Biotin and a multi-vitamin religiously and have been eating very healthy. Minimal salt and no alcohol is a small price to pay for a quicker recovery!

I'm still in the excited phase, less of the anxious phase, but I'm sure I'll get there as the days dwindle down. The only thing I'm feeling a little nervous about is the car ride home. I live 2 hours away from the surgeon, and my boyfriend will be driving us home after the procedure. I really don't want to be nauseous and uncomfortable in a 2 hour car ride! Any tips? I know I'll bring water, some kind of crackers, and a bucket just in case! ;)

Lastly, I'm still trying to decide who I'm going to tell. What does everyone normally tell their boss/coworkers? I'm also debating not telling my parents as I'll be seeing them 1 month after the surgery and kind of want them to figure it out on their own :) Thanks for any advice!

I put down my deposit today--only 12 more days...

I put down my deposit today--only 12 more days until my pre-op! I'm going to add some "before" photos tonight when I get home from work.

Just added a couple before pics. At first I was...

Just added a couple before pics. At first I was nervous about recognition, but as others have said, anyone on RS is considering PS too! Not to mention that I don't like reading the reviews without photos, so I can't contribute another non-photo review :)

Things I'm hoping to improve on the side view: eliminate my dorsal hump for a straighter profile; deproject the tip, and a little bit of upward tip rotation. Things I'm hoping to improve on the front view: straighten/thin out bridge and I think the Dr. said he's going to "debulk" the tip a tiny bit.

I have my pre-op next Tuesday where I hope to solidify my plan with my doc. I'm confident he can improve my profile, but I'm more nervous about how the front view is going to turn out. Going to bring lots of examples!

Countdown to surgery: 18 days!

COUNTDOWN: 14 DAYS My surgery is in exactly 2...

COUNTDOWN: 14 DAYS

My surgery is in exactly 2 weeks and I'm getting more and more excited. My boyfriend and I are going out to eat and drink tonight as a last celebrate of sodium-laden restaurant foods and alcohol. After tonight, I'm sticking to healing, healthy foods (fruit, veggies, eggs, etc.) and water.

My pre-op is in 4 days. I'll get my prescriptions and show him the photos I like one last time. He's also writing me a prescription for Latisse, so I saved a dermatologist visit ... score! Side note: A lot of people cite a favorite celebrity nose. Lots of Jennifer Anistons and Megan Foxes. But my ideal nose is Hilary Duff's post-op nose. Very straight and feminine.

Question: Has anyone had a chin implant after a rhinoplasty? I know a lot of people get them during the same procedure, but my doc doesn't do chin implants. Does anyone have an idea as to how long to wait between procedures? Thanks!

COUNTDOWN: 9 DAYS I had my pre-op today. The...

COUNTDOWN: 9 DAYS

I had my pre-op today. The doctor had me come meet one of his patients that was there for her 2-week checkup. Her nose looked fantastic, and she told me she had literally no post-op pain; didn't even touch her pain meds!

I paid my balance, got my blood drawn for the blood work and got all of my prescriptions to fill before surgery. An antibiotic, Vicodin, a nasal ointment, acidophilus (to put good bacteria into the stomach) and Latisse (I will probably start another review on RS for this!).

Lastly we looked at the print outs of my photos from my initial consultation and reviewed the work that would be done. Basically the bump will be shaved, my nose will be broken and reset to thin and straighten my bridge, I'll have weir incisions to decrease my nostrils and he's going to straighten out my septum. I realized when I got home that we only looked at the front and 3/4 view, so I'm going to send an e-mail to make sure we're on the same page with the profile too. IMO the tip needs to be de-projected and rotated a tiny bit.

I'm very confident in my doctor and now I just feel very impatient ... I can't wait for my surgery!

COUNTDOWN: 3 DAYS Only 3 more days until...

COUNTDOWN: 3 DAYS

Only 3 more days until surgery and the days are draggging on. I'm excited and just want to get it over with at this point! I am trying to be as proactive as possible in regards to bruise/swelling prevention, so I feel like all I do is take pills these days! :) 3 days, out, I'm now taking daily:

- 1000mg Vitamin C
- 500mg Zinc
- Biotin
- A multivitamin
- Bromelain
- Arnica montana (5 tablets, 3 times per day)
- Acidophilus (3 times per day)
- Mupirocin Calcium Ointment 2% (applying inside the nose 3 times per day)

A small inconvenience, though, if any of these tactics help me heal faster!

COUNTDOWN: 1 DAY Very weird to think that in...

COUNTDOWN: 1 DAY

Very weird to think that in 24 hours I'll be 1 hour into my surgery. I don't feel nervous at all; I'm not sure that it's registered that tomorrow is the day! This week I made and froze big batches of Butternut Squash Soup and Tomato Bisque so I'll be all set with liquid foods for a week. I also stocked up on Naked smoothies and juices. I have a haircut tonight and am getting about 6 inches cut off to help throw people off the trail of "what's different?" post-surgery.

I think my PS and I are on the same page as to the aesthetic I'm going for, but I do hope I get sufficient time before surgery to confirm everything with him one last time. Wish me luck! :)

Surgery was almost a week ago and went perfect....

Surgery was almost a week ago and went perfect. Recovered in the office for an hour or so before my boyfriend drove me 1.5 hours home. No nausea in the car ride (or ever actually). Woke up super swollen day 2 .. could barely open my eyes. Got 2 black eyes, but they were super dark, more "green" eyes and they've already faded to yellow. Swelling in my face has dropped to my cheeks, but will probably be completely gone in 2-3 more days.

I got my cast off and sutures removed on Tuesday (4 days post-op). Was uncomfortable (and the numbing liquid tasted gross) but not painful at all. As for the nose ... I LOVE it. The profile is EXACTLY what I wanted. It's still super swollen so the front view isn't perfect, but I can see what it will look like when the swelling subsides and it's perfect. It's straight, not piggy and my nostrils are smaller.

For anyone looking to go with Dr. G, I can't recommend him and his staff enough! I'll post photos when the swelling goes down a little more. Marking my experience as "Worth it!"

12 DAYS POST-OP I had my second follow-up with...

12 DAYS POST-OP

I had my second follow-up with Dr. G today. He pulled out more gunk from my nose and one more stitch. My bruising is completely gone today and so is 98% of my facial swelling (not including my nose). I went back to work today and people who didn't know I had surgery didn't notice anything. So for those asking, 1 week off from work (including 2 weekends) seems adequate for a closed procedure.

My tip has noticeably dropped a little which is ok by me. Still considerable swelling in the bridge. My only complaint at this point is that my nose is filled with tiny whiteheads and blackheads. Dr. G recommended applying my leftover antibiotic ointment to the top of my nose to kill the bacteria. Crossing my fingers this will help. Will post photos soon!
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