Hello! My name is Taylor, I'm 18 years old and...
7 Jun 2012
Day of treatment
Hello! My name is Taylor, I'm 18 years old and just graduated High School. Before I go to college I wanted to give myself a boost of confidence and fix something that has bothered me for as long as I can remember; My NOSE! I hate it. It's to large for my face and doesn't "fit" me. I learned to cope with it someways, being photographed at a certain angle were my nose looked somewhat nice to me was the biggest issue. I hate taking photos! I went to consultations and finally decided on Dr. Golden. He is a Rhinoplasty specialist here in Michigan and I felt comfortable with him operating on my nose. I just had surgery this morning at 11. I'm home now and feel absolutely great. It is bleeding some but I just change the gauze when needed. One thing that is annoying is that my nose is stuffy. I have the constant urge to blow my nose haha. I will keep updating as my new nose begins to take shape:)
Today is day 2. Last night wasn't so bad....
Today is day 2. Last night wasn't so bad. Breathing out of my mouth is what wakes me up, I would constantly have to get water, my mouth is so dry and sleeping propped up on pillows is hard! i usually sleep on my stomach so that was new for me! I also still have a stuffy nose and dried blood around my nostrils. I am taking Arnica, it was recommended by my doctor and so far my bruising is minimal and mainly around my eyes so I don't look AS bad as I thought I would. The gauze is still needed though, I feel like I'm bleeding a lot. Has anyone else thought this? I haven't been able to eat much but smoothies, my mom picked up a bunch of NAKED smoothies for me to sip through straws:) I will post pictures later once I get them off my phone.
Day 3- Today was good. So far I haven't had to...
Day 3- Today was good. So far I haven't had to take any of the Vicodin the doctor prescribed me, I don't feel any pain! I do feel like I have a serious cold and I can see all this dried crusty blood in my nose :/ ew. I sleep good through the night but when I wake up, WHOA! Dry mouth:( I have to keep drinking water when I wake up but so far I can see a great improvement in my nose. I love the profile, so much smaller and doesn't stick out from my face:) I get my cast off Tuesday, I'm a little nervous to see the rest. My bruising has increased over one eye but lessened over the other also.
Day 4- Last night I didn't use the drip pad and I...
Day 4- Last night I didn't use the drip pad and I haven't had to use it today either:) Yay, that thing was annoying. So, today has been the same for me, I am getting bored of just sitting and watching TV all day though. My bruising has started to turn yellow but my cheeks are still a little puffy and the tip of my nose is noticeably bruised and swollen. I've also noticed that my face is SO oily! I don't usually have oily skin. I just use face wipes and clean my face frequently. I haven't let my friends see me yet. I'm gonna get out of the house when the cast comes off and hang with them. I'm excited to show them! I've only told my two closet friends and my family. They were very supportive but I worry about what others will think when they see me....
I GOT MY CAST OFF TODAY! Yay! I sat down and first...
I GOT MY CAST OFF TODAY! Yay! I sat down and first he shoved these cotton swabs soaked in medicine to numb my nose (that tasted disgusting!) next he started to clean out all the nasty dried blood in my nose. He asked me if I wanted a souvenir, hahaha I said I'll pass. He took out the stitches at the bridge of my nose and the inside of my nostrils. That didn't hurt at all. Now he took off my cast! It looks awesome, swollen but awesome! He said it turned out perfect and I was doing well for just 5 days in. My bridge is really swollen where he shaved down the bump and I also have one nostril that is slightly more swollen than the other so it looks a tad uneven but he said you couldn't really tell and it will go down fast. He taped my nose up, which honesty has been the most pain i've felt since getting the surgery, he pressed down really hard:/ I go back on Friday for a check-up and another clean out. My mom and dad said they cant see a difference but after I went and hung out with friends and they said they could tell and it looked better:) Now, I just have to be patient and wait for the swelling to slowly go down.
Today is exactly one week since surgery and I feel...
Today is exactly one week since surgery and I feel fantastic about my decision to get this procedure so far. I've had my cast off for two days and can already see a huge change in my nose, even with all the swelling. My bruising has started to fade and turn yellow. I have a small amount of darker purple on one eyelid but that's really it. I'm just about out of my Arnica pills and I don't think I'll buy anymore. Also, my breathing has somewhat returned, in both nostrils but I still feel stuffy. I have tape on my nose until Friday, I have to go see Dr. Golden again. Hopefully he doesn't put anymore tape on. I wanna go out in public! lol I will post pictures after my appointment tomorrow to update:)
Okay so I took a shower today and the tape that...
Okay so I took a shower today and the tape that was on my nose fell off! I called the doctor and he said it was perfectly fine to have it off, it just was helping with swelling but, that means I'm going out with friends tonight and out in public! yay! I also took pictures without the tape. I put cover-up on what bruising I do have and I am in love with my nose!
It's been 13 days since my surgery. I went and saw...
It's been 13 days since my surgery. I went and saw Dr. Golden yesterday, he said I am healing amazing! He said, "For 12 days it doesn't get better than this!" haha. He also had one of his potential patients (around my age) come in and they looked at my nose and she asked me questions. I was glad I could help someone through this process. I told her about this website:) I'll just post new pictures. My bridge seems to be the most swollen right now, my tip not so much or that i just don't notice it as much as my bridge at the moment lol. I wear tape at night to help with swelling. I go back in around 6 weeks to see the doctor again.
It's hard to believe it's been over two months...
17 Aug 2012
2 months post
It's hard to believe it's been over two months since my surgery! It was the greatest decision of my life. I've been super busy these past months, I went to Mexico and and am preparing to move off to college in just one week. Ahh, its all so crazy. I just wanted to do an update and put new pictures up. Here are Pros and Cons I've been having. Pros: I love the shape and size of my new nose, couldn't have been better. I have most of the feeling back in my nose tip. For about a month it was numb and had no sensation in it. That was annoying Cons: My nose is stuffy, in the mornings and nights are the worse. During the day when I'm doing activities I'm fine. I do wear glasses towards the end of the days and when I do there is still some discomfort with it resting on my nose( esp. the bone part.) The bone/bridge is the most sensitive still if or when it is touched. . I do find (and the doctor told me this) That my nose is the most puffy looking in the mornings and it is. After I get ready and take a shower it looks like its normal new self:) I have been hit in the nose quite a few times, it's scary and painful. Just be super careful and watch out. I never realized how much it could get hit! I Think that's about it...if you would like to know something more I didn't talk about or something in more detail leave a comment. Thanks!
Thank you everyone for your amazing support and...
20 Aug 2012
2 months post
Thank you everyone for your amazing support and kind words. I just wanted to add one picture of me from before to now. I probably won't have time to update in awhile, I'll be starting college with my new nose and a new confidence. :)
Wow. It's hard to believe that my procedure was 8...
Wow. It's hard to believe that my procedure was 8 months ago. I've been off at college enjoying my life the way I always wanted to. I have confidence now that I never had before this surgery. My doctor wasn't kidding when he said every month I would see a change in the appearance of my new nose. I had a lot of tip work done and that took by far the longest to reduce swelling. I still have some tenderness at the bridge (on the bone) and the tip of my nose feels somewhat harder than it was before the surgery. When I first got the surgery I was worried people would notice but at college nobody notices and I never think "I had a nose job" or "my nose if huge" all thanks to this surgery. I can't wait until I hit the one year mark to finally see what it will look like. I love my nose, I will update some photos for comparison.
Almost a Year...
26 May 2013
11 months post
I can't believe it. I'm almost at the one year mark. I have no complaints and am 100% in love with my nose now. The confidence I have gained from this procedure is priceless and something I've longed for. Taking pictures isn't something I cringe at anymore. The only thing to say is that Dr. Golden hasn't called to check up on me since my one month post op. I didn't need him to, it just would have been nice to have him check up in case something had been bothering me or just out of common courtesy. But nevermind that, I love my nose and thank him and every second moment since I had the procedure. Here are some updated photos. 11 months post op.
1 year and 1 Month
Just adding a few pictures. I don't really see anymore change, I'm very happy with the outcome and decision to have this procedure.
Just going to add one photo, i have stopped noticing any changes and since i has been over a year i really dont expect any. Everything has been going well besides that! I wish everyone good luck with their procedures and hope the best for them:) thanks for all the wonderful comments also, this site has been an essential throughout this process.
Life goes on.
Hello all! I still frequently check back here just because this site was so helpful to me during my process, I like to check up on others progress. It will have been over two years since my surgery (in June) and I've had no problems still and no regrets with anything. I'll be moving out to the west side of the state, two and a half hours away from my current livings and look forward to making a life out there. Here are some pictures...hope all is well:)
Dr. Golden was great! He tells you what he can and cannot do on your nose. He doesn't sell false expectations. His staff is awesome, so friendly. He is quirky but the man knows what he is doing!
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