Cast off in 2 days :) United Kingdom

Reading all these real life experiences has really...

Reading all these real life experiences has really given me the confidence to finally initiate my rhinoplasty journey. All the posts have been so helpful as well as the feedback given by other people who are all going through the same thing. I have always been self conscious of my nose and my profile in particular. I have quite a small face and feautures and my over projected nose just does not match. Im so sick of havig to worry about my nose in every photo I have taken of me and am so jeaous of my friends who have small delicate noses that perfectly complement their faces.

People I have told about my plans for surgery have told me that I am being sillyby worrying about nothing and that my nose suits me just fine but I cant see it. I am completely doing this for my own confidence and not for anyone else.

I had my first consultation with my surgeon a few days ago. I know everyone says to see as many surgeons as possible but I think if i go through with the procedure I will stay with him. He has great reviews, is very well qualified with a special interest in rhinoiplasty and overall I felt really comfortable and at ease with him when I was expecting to feel intimidated and overwhelmed. During the consultation, he generated some images for me which I was really happy with. He smoothed out my bump, shortend my nose a little and made it less projected. The frontal view will be more or less similiar. I have spent ages analysing the manipulated image and am starting to think the proposed changes are too conservative and I might want my nose a bit smaller and even less projected. ??

If I decide to go thorugh with the surgery, it will be sometime in January. I want this so much but my fear is just holding me back. It is such a huge and permanent life changing decision. If it goes right, I am positive I will feel soo much better about myself. But what if I am unhappy with the result? How devesatiting would that be. I know I will regret not doing it anyway so I am about 80% leaning towards doing the surgery.

Ok so I had a second consult with another surgeon...

Ok so I had a second consult with another surgeon in my area I saw on this website. Turns out i got a free consult (usually $200) by mentioning the site-thanks realself!!

I've spent quite some time analysing the images the surgeon generated for me and quite like them. I really just need some reassurance that they are natural looking sooo what do you guys think? Any suggestions?

Had a second consult today with my surgeon and...

Had a second consult today with my surgeon and have fully booked in for Feb 4th and paid the deposit! No looking back now. Such a big step and one that I cannot believe is actually happening! I really hope I like the outcome. I'm getting nervous just thinking about it but at the same time very excited :)

One week to go!! soo excited but getting quite...

one week to go!! soo excited but getting quite anxious as the day draws closer..

The day is here! wish me luck, leaving shortly :)

the day is here! wish me luck, leaving shortly :)

Thanks for the support guys. Well its done. And I...

Thanks for the support guys. Well its done. And I have to say I am having a really hard time with the recovery. Having to breathe solely through my mouth is really getting to me and I am feeling a little claustrophobic with the cast on and not being able to breathe properly.

Its been about 24 hours since the surgery. I tried to have some lunch today and a little while after started feeling nauseous and have been vomiting quite a bit, making my dry throat even more sore.

The worst part for me is waiting around. I can barely sleep and am quite listless. I keep telling myself that the end result will be worth it, and that its only going to get better from here but am having a hard time. If only I could fast forwad to a week from now!!

On the plus side I dont have much bruising. I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to all you who have been so supportive. Even though I am feeling quite miserable its helpful knowing that you have all gone through the same thing and come out the other side ok!

Seems like you have all had much smoother recoveries so far than I have. I dont know how some people managed to leave the hospital shortly after the procedure. I needed to stay a night and thank god I did. The nurses were so helpful, there is no way I would have managed on my own!

So day 2 has been a little better than yesterday....

So day 2 has been a little better than yesterday. Have not felt too nauseous today and managed to hold down some food.

I slept quite well overnight thanks to the painkiller which has the added bonus of knocking me out!

I dont really have any bruising however my eyes are quite swollen, making it difficult to see clearly and concentrate on reading text for more than a few minutes. Hopefully I will continue on this path and will be feeling more energised tomorrow!

Just had a quick peak at my nostrils- did anyone...

Just had a quick peak at my nostrils- did anyone else have really assymetrical ones? I know its so soon after the surgery and lots will change but at the moment I have a piggy nose and two very differnent shaped/size nostrils!!

Up to day 5 and am feeling sooo much better!...

Up to day 5 and am feeling sooo much better! Physically I feel fantastic and have the energy to carry out a normal day, its just my face that is stopping me. I havent had any bruising throughout this whole process and the only major swelling has been around my jaw line and my lips which is diminishing by the day. Still cant breathe through my nose, but I have gotten used to it and have learnt to just keep sipping water through the day to keep my throat nice and moist.

I definitely feel that this is more a mentally tough process rather than a physical challenge. Being cooped up for a week can make time seem to pass very slowly as well as feeling restless all the time. Doesn't help that I am usually quite an active person either.

My cast is to come off in two days which is making me feel excited and apprehensive. It just feels great that the hardest part is now over! I will put a few pics up later for you guys.
Was this review helpful? 3 others found this helpful

Comments (24)

Sort by

I am pleased you are going along nicely and are over the hard part. I can't wait to see some new photos. All the best for Monday; I hope you are rapt with the early result.
  • Reply
Congrats on getting through surgery. The first few days are the hardest, but I think some people have more done and will find it harder than those who have only a little work done. I stayed overnight in hospital too and was very glad I did. Take care.
  • Reply
Good luck!! Happy healing :)
  • Reply
All the very best to you for your big day. Waiting for you on the other side of surgery.
  • Reply
So exciting!!! Good luck, everything will be great!
  • Reply
*best
  • Reply
Hey Ashlee! Your simulated results look great! You're going to be soo happy with your new nosie!! Ill be rooting for you! If you want you can check out my daily video documentation of my rhinoplasty I'm on day 7 and getting my cast off today:) Maybe it can help! This is the URL http://www.youtube.com/user/biancamichelle8d/videos?flow=grid&view=0 I wish you all the beat and keep us posted on any updates:)
  • Reply
thanks! eee its tomorrow i am sooo nervous!!
  • Reply
Hi there! I hope you're not getting too nervous! Wishing you all the best :) x
  • Reply
Wow it is nearly your turn!!! I'm very excited for you. Keep posting and seeking support as you feel you need to.
  • Reply
thankyou :)
  • Reply
Good luck it'll be the best thing you've ever done , I'm about 7 weeks post op and it's the best feeling ever :) good luck and try not to be nervous xxxx
  • Reply
I love the pics!! I think that nose is stunning & looks great on you :) I know exactly how you felt. I saw a surgeon, booked my surgery and backed out at the last min. (luckily I didn't lose any money) it was all I thought about 24/7. I regretted it do much. A few weeks later I found a surgeon I was more comfortable with and had it done. I'm now 5 days post op and don't regret a thing! I think the reason I first backed out was due to the surgeon. I wasn't that comfortable with him & almost second guessed myself! Good thing I listened to my gut. I'm feeling so confident now :) if it's something you want go for it! Your new nose will look beautiful :)
  • Reply
Congrats on booking your surgery and all the best for the 3 weeks leading up to it. I love the pics!
  • Reply
I know how you feel! Having had to cancel last year, and tried to convince myself that I am happy as I am as everyone else told me, I have restarted the process of finding the right surgeon as ultimately it is me that is not happy, and I can't change the way I feel. You do right, sounds like you have thought it through and have probably already decided yes. Looking at all the posts here most people have huge success with their rhinoplasty's. I think research and knowing exactly what you want and listening to surgeons advice is key to getting it right and less complications as others have also said. Stay true to yourself.
  • Reply
Just take into consideration that your doctor listens to your concerns and does not impose himself on you, it should be both the ways. Its not the top doctor but a doctor you can communicate with and gives you time, no questions is silly. All the best for your plans! May everything works out for you.
  • Reply
Hi aslong as u go to the right place a good established surgery I'm sure everything will be fine , I'm getting surgery on the 17th of nonmember and I am so nervous about the results incase I dont like it , I'm sure it's normal , but I just no if I don't get it done I will always be wondering and wishing I did :) x
  • Reply
little robin thank you so much! i think i really needed to hear that from someone haha
sush_kr- no i didnt do them myself my surgeon did
  • Reply
no problem! message me anytime if you need someone to talk to or anything :)
  • Reply
Hi,

Did you morph the photos yourself? If yes, which software did you use?
  • Reply
hi! I know it's scary, but trust me, you will be so much happier with yourself when you do it. It's a scary thing, I know! I was afraid to do it too. I almost backed out a couple times, but I saved up all of my money & the regret I knew I would feel helped me stick with my decision. It's weird because people I haven't seen in a long time didn't even notice when I told them & here I thought it was the biggest thing on this planet, lol. It's one less thing to worry about & if you pick a good Dr you will have beautiful results. You're very pretty already, but in the end it's all about how you feel about yourself.
  • Reply
thanks guys! this site has been amazing in giving me confidence. its so good to read about other people all experiencing the same thing
  • Reply

Welcome to RealSelf! Your nose reminds me a lot of mine, pre-op. I also had/have a small face and an overpowering nose was doing me no favors. I have not for one second regretted my surgery, even though I didn't do enough research at all and ended up with a revision. Still so happy I did it all. Make sure you're very communicative with your surgeon so he knows exactly what you want. It still wouldn't hurt to talk to some other doctors to find out what their approaches would be. Here's a list of basic questions to ask your prospective surgeons.

  • Reply
Hi! I am in a similar boat as you... I'm thinking January for my surgery as well. I think the key to letting go of some of the fears is finding a doctor that you have confidence in. I also have only met with only one doctor but I do think he is the right choice for me. I have another consultation scheduled for December, which is when I will schedule my surgery. I have also heard that many people like the results much more than the morphed images. Good luck :)
  • Reply