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 :)

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 :)

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 :)

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

Dorsal hump pic

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.

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 :)

2 more days......

2 more days. 2 more days left with this nose. Will be bittersweet :) Wish me luck!!!

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

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

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?

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!

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.
Dr Peter Sylaidis

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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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No pain at all. Just discomfort- my eyes are always watery as the cast is so close to them. So much pressure under my eyes! I feel gross. 5 more days of this haha. How are you feeling? :)
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Getting nervous? I'm hoping this is the worst of it because it's horrible! Haha
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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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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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Oh really?!! That sounds promising!! Yeah I guess so, just so weird as I prepared myself for open!! He did mention a few minutes before surgery that my walls were pretty even- might have changed his mind last minute! I'm assuming my uneven nostrils are too! Thanks hun, feeling ok, just can't stomach much :(
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My nostrils now are uneven, where as they werent before, i dont think anyway lol never noticed that part :p but yours looks like its just the swelling, mine still could be swelling too. But im not complaining, its still an improvement ! Haha
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Mine are sooo uneven!! Mine weren't before either, hopefully for us it's swelling!!
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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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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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Thank you! Lounging on the couch watching game of thrones all day!! Not too bad for day 2!
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Yeah the anethesia made me feel awful for weeks. The first week is the worst though, and not being able to breath is hard going, but then its all over once splints are out. Hope youre doing ok. Its a big op but worth it. Im 6 months post op now and seeing less and less swelling. Looking forward to seeing photos when tapes off. Take it easy this week xx
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I don't have splints! One nostril is clogged up but can still breathe *currently!! Not allowed to touch the insides so will be an uncomfortable week!! Can't open my mouth to eat properly!! Did your nose look longer when the cast was taken off? Mine looks tiny but swollen haha. Thanks for giving me the heads up! Definitely taking it easy, nose is bleeding on/off. Hopefully by tomorrow not as much! Would love to see your 6 month post pics!! Xxx
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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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Haha the tip is so numb- doesn't feel real!! I had open too. I'm scared to see what's underneath!! My top lip feels weird too. Were you able to clean inside your nose? I can't but thankfully can still breathe through a little bit!!
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Yeah the tip feeling is so weird and i still cant scrunch my nose. I couldnt fit a cue tip into nose but i wasnt allowed to anyway. I sooooo wanted to stick stuff up it. I put saline solution up my nose twice a day for 2 months as directed to keep it clean and moist. It helped heaps with stopping the blood drying in the nose. It was scary thinking what was underneath, i wondered if it would ever look normal again as all i could see was stitches and blood.
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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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