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Finally getting my new nose! Never actually thought I'd go through with it!- rhinoplasty

My nose Is always something that bothered me. (I...

My nose Is always something that bothered me. (I have a large hump i got from my dads side of the family. I know im a pretty girl but when i see my side profile it still bothers me. I've been researching getting a rhinoplasty for about 3 months now and have had two consultations but I still feel torn! Should I go for it!? It's such a big decision. I will be going to two more consultations then ill make my decision. Wish me luck! :)

I booked my surgery!!

I can't believe it! I booked my surgery!! I'm sooo excited, But I'm also nervous. I went to my second consultation with Dr Michael Elam and he answered all my questions. He has so much expirence and seems like the best option when it comes to having a natural rhinoplasty. Ill update as soon when I have my pre op. Please let me know if anyone has any advice before surgery that might make thing go better.

Saying my good buys to my old nose

When I was made fun of in Jr High I hated hated hated my nose. I would think why am I so different? Why can't I have a nose like everyone else. But the good thing is I always had the support of the family and in high school I grew into it, I embraced it. For a while I felt that it made me unique and set me apart. I didn't get teased a lot in high school and never got teased as an adult. For the last 10 yrs I would say I was fine with it. But recently I watched my wedding Vedio from 2008 and HATED my side view and so many old insecuritys came flooding back. I huge part of me is sad to do the surgery because I'm afriad what my family will say but I'm doing something for me for once and I'm so very happy! So good buy old nose! I'm still going to look unique ( which I love) but unique with a better nose lol.

Before side view

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All done!

It's done! I'm feeling pretty awesome but that's most likely the medication lol. The surgery was about an hour and Dr. Elam, the nurse and staff were great. They made me feel comfortable and explained everything to the T. I will be going back tomorrow. So far not to much bruising or swelling but I know this is just the beginning. I've been taking arnica and eating papaya so hoping swelling and bruising wont be to bad.

Day 1 post Op

The day after, I'm a lot more swollen and bruised but that is to be expected. I've been using the ice packs Dr Elams office provided. Also I got my packing taken out today and yay I can breath, wahoo! The tip of my nose is very swollen , I'm hoping the swelling medication will help. Ill keep you updated.

6day post

Hello everyone. Here are some updates: bruising has gone done lots as well as my nose and eyes swelling. Im starting to feel like my self again and i even went out and ran a few errands. People looked at me like I was crazy but all in all I feel great. I will be getting my splint removed tomorrow and I can not wait! I will keep you all posted.

7 day post /splint Removal

Today was my cast removal and I have to say I am a happy girl. I do have a few concerns but its day seven and I know I have a lot of swelling to go down. Here are some pics. I have a follow up appointment Tuesday and I will post more pics then. I can't stop smiling!

17 day post

I'm 17 days out and my nose is getting more swollen. I'm still happy with the result but my nose is peeling and breaking out which is not fun. Also I am forming a small pump on the left side of the bridge of my nose. It's got me very worried and I hope it goes down. Anyone else expirienced this? Any advice?
Dr. Michael Elam

Dr. Elam was wonderful and caring. I feel like he listened to all of my concerns and during the surgery process he was very gentle with my face. My bruising was minimal. As far as the staff goes I cannot say enough good things, Jodi, Lupe an the nurses were so nice and comforting during the whole process their support was a huge help. I'm very greatful to of found such a great doctor and i look forward to my final result. I would highly recommend Dr Elam. I already have a friend that will be going to him.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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The front looks very nice! IMO it looks like you still have a hump or maybe it's just swelling!??
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I don't have a hump anymore but the left side of my nose has a small bump :(
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Wow! You look so pretty! Yay!
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Thank you! :)
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you are such a cutie pie. Can you ID the lipstick you're wearing in the last pic?
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Thanks :) it's called Costa Chic by MAC
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You should probably go see your surgeon about that bump-- I have not experienced that in my recovery, but maybe it is common?
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I brought it up to him when I first saw it and he said it should go down but hasn't. I'm seeing him again soon so hopefully he can give me some advice
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Congrats. Beautiful!
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Thank you. How are you doing?
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Great. I just updated my review after cast removal!
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Wow that looks great xxx
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Thanks :)
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So far your new nose looks great! I'm sure once the swelling goes down it will be even better!
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Thank you. I can't stop looking in the mirror lol.
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Beautiful!!
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Thanks! I'm so happy...I can't wait for the final result. You are looking beautiful as well. How does it feel?
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aw thanks! it feels just fine surprisingly. Also, to my happy surprise, I was able to kiss someone today without having a giant nose get in the way haha. Accidentally bumped my nose, not too hard but it didn't really hurt - it was just that same sort of discomfort like when I had my cast on. Mentally it feels awesome! I feel like my face looks super different though so it'll take some getting used to. I'll probably post updated pictures in a week or so
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Are you happy with the hump reduction- best of luck with your final outcome :)
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Absolutely ... I told my doctor that I still wanted to look like me and to have my front view not realy different at all just my side. I feel like he listen and I'm very happy. I'm still very swolen and can't wait to see my final result.
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glad you got exactly what you wanted- that's always a good feeling!
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Thanks :)
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Lookin good! The yellow/bruising from my day 6 post was about the same as yours and it disappeared FAST so you probably won't be bruised for long :)
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I hope so... I don't want to go to work looking like I got beat up. How are things going for you? Did you get your plint off?
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My healing process is going very well! My splint came off yesterday morning and my bruising is gone already. Looks a little weird from the front but my nose was a little weird to begin with :p
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