I turn 35 this year and for my birthday I am...

I turn 35 this year and for my birthday I am giving myself a new nose!
I have quite a big dorsal hump on the right side of my nose - more so than on my left side. I find my nostrils are particularly long as well, especially when smiling. What I'm hoping for is my hump shaved and my tip slightly smaller - so it is more feminine for my face. I have a typical Italian nose. It has given me grief for many years. I avoid taking photos on my right side. Even driving alongside someone is torture! It's given my quite low self-esteem.
I have my first consultation with Dr Peter Sylaidis from APSA in the city tomorrow and hoping for surgery in early September this year.
I have downloaded a plastic surgery simulator to get a rough idea on what I'm hoping for!
Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I'll update photos as much as I can :)
sexyyyyyyy. i love it...
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Haha thanks :D
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You are a beautiful lady :) I just got mine done at 35 also (two weeks ago lol), I'm not sure why I waited so long....I'm sure you'll love your new nose.
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First Consultation!

Had my very first consultation yesterday at APSA with Dr Sylaidis. Consultation was $160 - but if you bring in a doctor's referral Medibank will reimburse quite a bit back. Dr Sylaidis told me to look in the mirror and tell him what I didn't like about my nose. Front on, not much at all. I like the shape. It was the protruding dorsal hump and the length. We took some photos - he told me he didn't feel my nostrils were a problem at all and convinced me I didn't need work on them.
This was a great sign - a doctor who was genuinely honest and could have made more money for himself, but didn't! I looked at his before and after photos and they were amazing. Very skilled doctor. He has been doing rhino's for at least 20 years.
I had a computer generated image of my side profile taken and he started "fixing" it on the screen - straightening the hump, narrowing the bridge and lifting the tip just a fraction. My procedure was a stock standard one and would take just an hour to do.
Dr Sylaidis then went through what to expect with recovery and told me that revision surgery is always an option.
I was then taken to his Personal Assistant, Ali, who was lovely (we had been corresponding through email prior) and she told me the rough price of it all - even looking at the cheapest hospital to do it at. It would be approximately AU$7k including surgeon's fees, anesthetist fees and hospital fees. I was beyond delighted - I was expecting at least $10k. They also encourage payment plans with MediPlan for those who need financial assistance.
Overall I left feeling quite over the moon! I'm so ready for change and feel very confident after this consultation. The second one in a few weeks will be free!
I'll update my progress upon my second consultation!
Feel free to ask any questions :)
I'm in your boat! Just turned 35, and as a birthday gift to myself I'm getting a new pretty nose! Good luck on yours.. I bet you're thinking constantly about it like me. :)
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Haha, thank you and to you too! Why did we wait so long?! Oh yes think of it constantly!! When do you plan to do it? :)
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I plan on June ASAP. I'm a teacher, and have to wait until school is out. Normally this would mean June 3! But all these darn snow days mean not til June 20!! AH. Can't wait tho! And tho, sometimes I wake up like today, and think - am i crazy? Is this too EXTREME to go get surgery that isn't life-necessary? But I want it so badly..
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2nd Consultation

I had my 2nd consultation at the APSA this morning. It was a free consultation to see if I had any further questions. I asked about revision surgery - Dr Sylaidis doesn't charge for revision, but there are costs from the hospital and anaesthesia which could be around the $1500 mark.

Dr Sylaidis showed me my 3d image again - and told me exactly how he would remove my dorsal hump through incision. I will be going to the Burnside hospital and booked to go in September. I like how Dr Sylaidis does natural nose jobs - he likes to just refine the nose. This is what I wanted - I did not want a completely different look.

After the consultation I met up with his personal assistant, Ali, who is just lovely! We booked in the hospital and went through all the forms and guidelines with me. I don't need further consultations - If I have any more questions closer to the date, then I can make one but it's all booked in. I will be the first 7am patient :)
Hi I had an operation with doctor sylaidis last year and although the result wasn't perfect he fixed it for free and I couldn't be happier
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Hello! Was this a revision surgery or did you get it fixed after he did your rhino? What didn't you like about your first rhino? Would love to know. I'm undecided whether to make another appointment to see the 3d image again and if I'm 100% happy with it!
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Hey revision surgery cos there was still a small bump left on one side of my nose that he admitted he left it, you should go for it if you want the surgery cos he is a really good surgeon
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More photos

Surgery scheduled for the 17th September. Just adding some more pre-op pics of my nose. I hate taking side profile pics but I can't run from it :(

Photos, photos, photos

Photos pre-op
Yay congrats on giving yourself a new nose for your birthday!! What a great birthday present! Youre very pretty I look forward to seeing your results! I totally relate to even driving next to someone being torture lol. At stop lights I could always feel people looking at my huge nose even if they really weren't. I'll definitely keep updating my review with the progress of my incision. I haven't seen too many reviews that really talk about it and I know it would've been helpful for me to see other people's experiences.
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Thank you!! :) Haha driving is the worst! And also have to take pictures on my side profile only!! i'll rearrange everyone to make sure i'm on the left haha!! Yes, I am really interested in the open surgeries. Because i am getting my tip slightly shortened it was turned into open surgery! Loving your pics, absolutely stunning x
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You are lovely to begin with!!! Your simulation is nice, very natural and surely attainable in capable hands. Best wishes! xx
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Dorsal hump pic

My dr recommended the same for me--remove bump, narrow the bride and subtly lift the tip. I've got a Greek nose and I'm hoping that those improvements will be enough! Best of luck to you :)
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We are blessed with ethnic noses ;) Good to hear you're having the same done. Will be good to share stories and pics. And the best of luck to you too :)
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Good luck with your op. Im 4 months post revision op. Best thing i ever did. I went with Dr Mark Moore for first op - he didnt do a great job. For my revision surgery i went with dr stephen floreani (ENT) , he has done an amazing job. I have her sylaidis is also good.
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6 weeks and nervously counting

6 weeks to go and I LIVE on this site. I want to thank everyone for their honest stories and support. It's somewhat comforting to know that most of us get so nervous thinking about our upcoming procedure! I keep having dreams about it too - has anyone experienced this?? Anyway here's another photo from front - you can see the hump and my point a little too droopy.
Your really pretty already. I look forward to seeing your results. Thanks for sharing!
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That's very sweet, thank you! I just hate my side profile. It's not feminine. But getting very nervous about the outcome argh!!! Just read your ordeal :( but your revision pics are just amazing - you must feel a lot more confident!! What was your nose like before the first surgery? Was it just the hump you didn't like? :)
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So far I haven't had any nose dreams! I definitely won't be watching any nose surgeries lol!! I'm to big of a chicken. Good luck with your surgery.
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Last photos with this nose!

12 days to go. It's all becoming too real now. I'm feeling both anxious, excited and nervous about it all. I keep waking up at 3am and thinking about it!! I only *pray* it's just as beautiful as the noses I've seen on this site. I've uploaded a few more before pics so I can compare post surgery :)
You're so close!!! Good luck! Everything will be great :)
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Thanks so much lovey!!! I know, 2 more days arghh!!!! And you're not long after that!! At least we can go through this together :) xxx
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Your front view it perfect nothing needs to be changed. Just like me! My side view was very much like yours, stuck out and made my upper lip stick out too but i did not have a hump. My nose came out nice and i hope yours does too. I am soooo much more confident. :)
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2 more days......

2 more days. 2 more days left with this nose. Will be bittersweet :) Wish me luck!!!
Your already very beautiful, after reading your story and seeing your pics I'm so excited for you! Good luck on your surgery! Please post pics when it's all done and your feeling up to it :)
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That is so sweet to say xx I will definitely update my journey. No computer at home so hopefully my phone doesn't give me any grief! Thanks again, you're too kind xx
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Good luck!! Your day is finally here!!!
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Surgery completed!!! Day 1.

I'm still so tired from the anaesthesia so I'll do my best to make sense! I'm sleeping more than being awake at the moment.

I arrived at burnside hospital just before 7. Met with the nurse who checked my weight, height and blood pressure. She then led me to the day surgery area. I changed into my hospital gown and sat and watched tv until the anaesthetist came. Just went over the same details again. My surgeon briefly popped his head in and told me what he was going to do- get rid of the hump, slightly bring the walls in, shorten the length a bit. Then I say and waited for the nurse to bring me to the operating room. I had surgery 50 minutes after admission.

My surgeon was so gentle and put me to ease as i lay I'm the bed and got hooked up to machines. The nurse put a warm blanket on me which felt nice. The anaesthetist put the needle in and basically I was out like a light in seconds.

I heard a nurse gently repeat my name to wake me up. I was now in the recovery room. My pain threshold was about 8 as my nostrils hurt so I was given pain relief. I slept for a good hour and a half before I attempted to eat some custard but it was making me feel sick. So I was given something for the nausea. I then fell asleep again!

My surgeon saw me for a few seconds to tell me surgery went very well but I bled a lot- hence my washed, straight hair was now curly with dried blood in it. The nurse had tried washing it while I was under.

So it's been about 4.5 hours since surgery and I'm just sleeping. I have panadeine forte for the pain later. This anesthesia has really whacked me out! Was anyone else the same??

Here are some pics. I'll update more tomorrow. Goodnight haha xxx
beautiful cant wait to see it after!
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Thank you!!! I'm scared for the plaster to come off, the length is already so different!!
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Yay! You made it! Get rest:)
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Day 2!

Day 2 sees less bruising. I've been taking 3 arnica tablets 30c under the tongue up to 4 times a day and drinking lots of pineapple juice. Not eating anything hot. Can't open my mouth a lot. The sleep was on/off- kept waking up with a dry throat. Throat is a tad sore from the tube being inserted during surgery.

If I bend to brush my teeth or take a bath my nose bleeds slightly. If resting, no blood. Take it as easy as you can!

So far day 2 is great! Just going to continue to rest on the couch and watch game of thrones ;) update all you lovely people soon xx
hello again! so glad you're on the other side and looking different already! Its a nervewracking time wondering whats underneath but I won't be long until the big reveal! its been 4 months now and my tip still feels a little stiff but mostly all good. Hope you feel better soon :)
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So good to hear from you! I've been thinking of you and your progress!! Are you well? Are you happy with the results? :) x
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Mine looked shorter when cast was off. My dr did a good job on my tip. 6 months on it is still very numb and stiff esp under tip. had open rhino. My top lip felt weird for ages and prob only in the last month i have normal use of my top lip. I couldnt purse (think thats the word) my lips when puttin gloss on.
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Day 3!

Nothing new to report. Swelling under the eyes and the puffiness is uncomfortable. But nothing hurts. Still sick from the anaesthetic. Don't have much of an appetite, but drinking a lot of water and pineapple juice. Sleeping better too.

I was told in my initial consultation I would be having open surgery. But looking at my nose I can't see the incision mark! Is this a closed procedure? Sorry for the gross pic and it's very uneven haha. Xx

Closed rhino?

So it is ! Wow, cant believe he didnt mention the change of plans. Ah well its better anyway :)
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I know, right!!! I'll have to ask him why he changed his mind!
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Yeah you have no stitches. I had closed my first time round. Heaps better for healing. Might have been because he didnt need to do as much work as he first thought??? My nostrils were uneven this time round, maybe not as uneven, but its due to swelling and they have evened out. Hope youre feeling ok.
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Day 4

Nothing really new to report. Skin is becoming oily. I now have phlegm and it's beyond frustrating not to blow my nose, making it hard to breathe, especially with one blocked nostril.
I have been constipated since surgery. So trying movicol to see if it makes me go!
Hi again, mostly happy with mine although I noticed a dent on one side and the tip may be still a little long. My doc. says he won,t touch until the 12 month mark? My nostrils are uneven too? not sure if they were like this before or not? Your profile looks good already, bet you can't wait to get that cast off, its sooo annoying but feels great to get it off, must be any day now. I will post new photos soon. Rest up and try to be patient xox
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Can't wait to see your pics! Are you reconsidering revision again? I don't know if I could go through this all over again, it's been so draining! We should join the uneven nostrils club haha. Yes I want the darn thing off but going to freak out to see what's underneath. I'm scared it'll be crooked. Me just being paranoid and having too much time on my hands haha xxx
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How's your pain level? Your bruising isn't too bad. I'm so excited for you. In time you will look gorgeous again :)
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6 day post

This may be my last post until cast removal. Just because recovery is the same and no new surprises are popping up haha!

Still congested (hayfever to be partly blamed) and skin getting oily. Bruises are fading to a yellow tone. Getting on/off tingling sensations along my bridge (which I've read and been told it's nerves repairing itself).

Just resting, sleeping and being bored! Still don't feel great. I guess everyone is different in the way their bodies recover from surgery.
I may consider having a little tweak at the 12 month mark, I wouldn't have said that during the 1st week after surgery though lol, but we forget very quickly...I think I was mostly bored as I didn't leave the house at all for a whole week! that was hard...it seemed liked the longest week in history! Try not to judge your nose too harshly when you first get the cast off as I found it had taken on the shape of the cast and I looked a bit like an avatar,lol, it has changed a lot since then and the tip has dropped a bit as well, I can remember looking like a pig for a little while there :)
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Haha I hear you! I'm certainly not going to consider revision after the week I've had haha! I'm expecting to look the worst I've ever been haha my skin is so sensitive and has reacted to the tape so I've broken out with hives underneath the tape. I feel just gross :( I can't wait to see your pics!!!!!
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I'm not nervous now. I just want it over with so I can be on the other side of healing. :)
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Reaction to tape :(

So I'm day 7 and I'm so itchy underneath. I peeled back the tape a bit to find my sensitive skin has reacted to the tape and I have itchy big hives on my cheeks. It's very depressing. Too ease the itchiness I put some tissue over it and the tape over it so it's not itchy. It really needs to breathe. I don't have cast removal until Thursday I don't know what to do :( I might call tomorrow and see if I can get my cast off sooner. It's only a day and a half but I'm just so uncomfortable. Ah I need ice-cream to cheer me up :)
Try not to rush it. It seem long to wear the cast but it may be beneficial. Maybe you can call today and talk to doctor or someone in the office on what to do. Thursday will be here soon. It kinda sounds when I was pregnant and my belly was so itchy. I had to train my mind not to scratch so I wouldnt end up with a bunch of stretch marks.
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Yes definately call and ask to have it moved forward. 9 days is way too long with the giant cast that he uses :/
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Haha don't say that. Recovery has been the worst of it!! One week feels like a month. I'm here to vent to when you go through it :)
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Photos of allergic reaction

I called the nurse this morning. She was very helpful and sympathetic. She says the tape they use is very harsh and they get a few girls who have the same reactions. So she sent me off to the chemist and now on Zyrtec, over the counter topical cream and a sensitive skin tape to hold the plaster down.
Tomorrow 2.30pm the cast is coming off. Never wanted anything so badly!!
Heyy :) how are you?
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Hello! If I didn't have this dermatitis on my face, I'd be so elated to get the cast off! But it's just bringing me down. Hopefully no new skin problems!! Just a few hours away!! I'll update then :) x
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O my! Looks painful! Get well soon n congrats cant wait for cast off!
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Cast off and so happy!!!

My 5 minute cast removal was done so effortlessly! My Dr came in and took off the tape and cast- which wasn't painful at all. Took out two stitches that were on top of nose.

I told him it was a nice surprise that it was closed surgery! He said he broke my nose and the rest was easy so closed it was! I see him in 3 months.

My skin problems is now less of a hindrance cos I love the new nose so much!! I love how it's so natural and like my old nose, which I hated because of the big hump! Now it looks so much more feminine!! My aim!!

I look like an avatar from the front so not taking photos ;) x
Ahh it's so cute! Congrats!
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Thanks hun!!! Exactly what I had hoped!!!! X
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How are you feeling today?
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Puffy face :)

Just to give you an example of the swollen stage that comes and goes!
Last night I went to my local GP to fix my out of control dermatitis. He spent the better half on the consultation looking at my nose and touching it saying it's so smooth and he did a great job! And said to expect raccoon eyes for a while hahahaha.

Anyway, I collect my hydrocortisone acetate 1% cream and pray that it works. Get some fuel on the way home. By the time I reached my house I was a big puffy mess ;) but better get used to this for a few months! X
How's your swelling and dermatitis? I hope better. Good luck on your first day back to work. Bring some tylenol.
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Swelling going down very slowly - nose still swollen but to be expected. Dermatitis also fading very slowly, but getting there!!! Thanks hun xx How are you going??
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Congrats,your nose looks amazing! Try desonaide for the dermatitis,that's what i use and it thelps.
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Day 13 (incuding day of surgery)

Back to work I go! I was a bit anxious about coming back due to my dermatitis but so far it's been good. My swelling seems to have calmed around my jaw and cheeks. I do sleep with about 4-5 pillows. So uncomfortable but I want to get the swelling down!

Here are some pictures - I put them in black and white to see the definition better (bad lighting normally). Still loving the hump free nose! I have read to not take ibuprofen for at least 2 weeks after surgery. I may just wait to take any for the swelling as I have high blood pressure and ibuprofen is said to raise blood pressure = high BP.

Will review again in a few days xx
I meant as well as having my surgery too, that sounded weird...
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HAHA I understood :) thank you xx Never too late hey!! Wish I had done it earlier!!
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Day 15 (incl day of surgery)

Ah I know it sounds gross, but sneezing a few times has really helped the clogged dried up blood to come out...I can finally breathe from one nostril perfectly! But now the other one feels more clogged. Murphy's law i guess :)
My right side of my nose is more swollen than the left, which isn't surprising as my protruding hump was on my right side. More work to do on that side. Won't worry for now, hoping it's the swelling.
I'm still sleeping upright with about 4-5 pillows. I cannot wait for the day to sleep normally. Also cannot wait to wear makeup properly. My nose swells up when I eat warm foods (such as the amazing pasta I had last night) food first, nose second haha! But goes down eventually.

My dermatitis is clearing up - here are some photos. The key is manuka honey. It's fairly expensive and I've been sleeping with it on my face for the last few nights. It has really taken the redness away. Also good for scarring - so those who have had open surgery, this would be great for the scar underneath your nose!

Chat soon xx
Beautiful! So natural. I love your nose.
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Thanks sweetheart! It's getting better and better!!! I always wake up and feel that it's not a dream hehe
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Looking beautiful! Glad your dermatitis is clearing up too! Waiting for the swelling at the front is the most frustrating aspect of all but you well get there :)
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Day 16 Before and After shots!

I decided to put a dreaded before & after shot. Best decision of my life - I feel so much more feminine!!! Now just waiting for the swelling to go down.

Just a question - was anyone's smile crooked after surgery?? I seem to be more swollen on my right side (not surprising as that's where the big hump was) but my smile sways to the left. Is this normal?
WOWWOWWOW amazing, you must be sooo happy, I bet you can't stop looking at yourself, just perfect....I am still a bit disappointed with mine and the more I see of other people with great results the more I think I need to go back for a touch up! sometimes it looks so pointy still from the front and the dent in the side is really annoying although makeup does cover it to a degree?
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Thanks gorgeous!!! Haha i like looking at my profile but that's about it :) I just think we're never going to have the perfect nose but if it improves the old one, I'm happy! Does your doc offer free revision? I'd love to see some pics!!!
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My smile looked crap lol think it took a couple of months to get back to normal. I had a great deal less tooth show when i smiled and someone pointed out that my speech had changed, almost like a mild lisp. It was just stiff mostly.
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3 weeks post!

Hi all! Nothing much has changed hence the lack of posts. Dermatitis is basically gone. Nose fluctuates with swelling (especially in the morning) but by midday the nose looks almost perfect for my face. I am wearing minimal makeup around the nose (can't put anything on my nose for 6 weeks).
I still haven't gone back to exercise (I'm HANGING!!!)
My nose is still very sensitive. I kissed my nephew's head and slightly touched it with my nose and it hurt! Still sleeping upright with 4-5 pillows. It definitely helps with swelling.
I have more swelling on the right side than the left still - and a really small lump just under my eye socket. Has anyone had this before? A girl told me it was a hole that will heal - it has a dissolvable stitch in it (they make a hole to access the bridge of the nose)

So for 3 weeks post, I am SO incredibly happy!!! Cannot wait what the future brings!!!
That profile! Beautiful. I'm so happy for you girl. Turned out great!
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Thanks hun!!! Fingers crossed it stays this way too!! X
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Love it! Mine was done sept 4th..so curious as it changes slowly! Enjoy and happy birthday!
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Swelling :)

Just to show you a few photos of how the swelling fluctuates throughout the day and night. Tonight's nose: swollen :) but still rather this than my old nose!!
Love it... You look amazing with your new nose
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Thanks hun xx
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Ready for a night out :)

I'm ready to venture outdoors. 3 1/2 weeks post op. Little swollen. Feels so nice to put some make up on and straighten the hair xxx
Your "new" nose looks fantastic! Congrats :)
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Thank you! Hopefully it stays this way ;) xx
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Your results look so wonderful! Thanks for posting your journey! My surgery is tomorrow eek! Hope I look as lovely as you afterward!
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1 month today!

It's been a month already! Wow!! It's flown alright. And I've had absolutely no problems so far *touch wood* it's never crooked or swells too much. It's been a very happy recovery process :) my smile is 90% back. Just LOVING life atm :) still has crusty stuff up my nostrils and I can feel the stitches but you can't see it.
My skin is great. Nose still a bit rough but nothing major. No peeling. I drink up to 4 litres a day of water and I'm convinced it helps with my skin and swelling :D xx
Yes I need to drink more water. U look great!
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I have bottles of water stashed everywhere ! Haha it definately has an effect, even a few months on I notice the difference. Looks so great ! :D
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For sure! Definitely helps with skin too!! Thanks hun!! How is your recovery going? Have you booked an appointment yet? Do they send you a reminder?? I can't even remember if it was 6 weeks from cast removal or 6 weeks from op!! x
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5 weeks update

Just photos. No new developments :) nose at 5 weeks
Very nice :)
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You look wonderful, congrats!
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Thanks hun xx How are you going with it all?? :)
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