I became acquainted with plastic surgery through a...
He has beautiful work, that does not scream "rhinoplasty", and spent a full hour with me discussing the procedure. He seemed well booked for a good 8-12 weeks. Two weeks after my consult, I booked the surgery. Honestly, what makes me most nervous, is possible nausea and vomiting. I have not thrown up in at least 15 years and am TERRIFIED. The procedure itself, well I'm not that nervous about it!
My nose is very wide and bulbous. He also told me I have thick skin, but I am in no way "ethnic" so that baffles me! I'm a red head, Welsh kid with parents and sisters with cute little noses and thin skin. Apparently, having a palate expander as a child, widened not only my palate, but also my entire nasal cavity. We looked through photos and sure enough! My nose became much wider.
Not much bothers me about my nose except the size of the tip and width of the bridge. No hump, the length is fine, nostrils fine, septum is fine, I breath fine. The width really overwhelms my face. I'm slightly concerned about the thick skin and swelling that comes with it, so salt will remain out of my diet for the foreseeable future. I also have Factor V Leiden blood clotting disorder, and although the hematologist says it's not a concern, I know someone who threw a clot after a rhinoplasty.
Day 2 I've been rinsing the nose with saline spray and cleaning it. No real swelling so far, just continual blood which gets annoying.
Hoping for the bleeding to stop soon!
Day 4 now and I can feel improvement. The Sudafed helps the congestion too. The eye swelling moved down to the lower cheeks today, which I guess is nice.
The headaches, throbbing, swallowing pressure...can't wait for this to be over!
Day 5 most bruising has resolved and just lower cheeks are swollen. Slight drainage still from one nostril.
this dizzy needs to go
I've never had vertigo in my life or much dizzyness at all. Can anyone give me some hope on this?
scopolamine patch withdrawal?
I think this is my problem. I've never used the patch before and will never again. It sounds like a high dose of meclizine (Bonine) is a fix until I can ween off that. I will talk to my PS about it tomorrow, but so far this is miserable and I don't even care about my nose, just want the dizzy to stop.
I was very happy with the result on day 6 when the cast came off. Clearly, the tip is swollen, but it looks just like it did before, so nothing I'm shocked by, and the bridge is so much narrower. I almost have a ridge instead of a plateau on the top of my nose! I really loved it. The surgeon was also very pleased. I can't wait to see how it develops.
Dizzy is 90% gone. I do believe it was the Scopolamine patch withdrawal, as much as every doctor says that's impossible (Google it!). DONT WEAR IT LONGER THAN 24 HRS!!
Otherwise, feeling good finally! I even shaved my legs!
Avogen for Scar Tissue Reduction
I'm paranoid because I have thick skin and love to exercise-which I'm afraid will lead to a very swollen nose for a very long time!
Supplements for Healing
My 2nd week of recovery will include
-Camu Camu powder every morning
-Turmeric powder every morning
-Avogen supplement (capsule)
-Inflammatone supplement (capsule)
-MSM supplement (capsule)
-Bromelain (continuation til the bottle's gone)
Anyone have experience using any or all of these? I'm also trying to somewhat follow an anti-inflammatory diet. This swollen tip is gonna get old!
2 week PO pictures
Inside Nostril "Bump"
PhD graduation- just short of 3 weeks
side by side
the joys of thick skin-one month
You can definitely seen the uneven nostril/cartilage/columella swelling, but the shape of the tip is clearly now a triangle instead of square.
My changes seem very minimal. Let's fast forward 6 months now!
almost 6 weeks
5 months PO
From the initial consultation, I felt very comfortable with Dr. Funk and his receptionist and patient liaison, Leah. I traveled to Houston from St. Louis because I felt more comfortable with the doctors and had family there. I had a trip for the consult, a trip for the procedure, and will have an additional trip for the post op appointments. This procedure was for an open rhinoplasty with thick skin and a deviated septum. Dr. Funk came recommended by 2 people I know, at a year or more post-op. Dr. Funk spent a lot of time with me during the consultation and I was the only person in the office, how nice! No wait time. I scheduled the surgery a week later for 2.5 months ahead. He uses an outpatient surgery center and a downtown Houston hospital, depending on what you want. I went with the outpatient center and it was fantastic. He takes Care Credit, which I utilized. My primary concern was vomiting after surgery. I made it clear to both Dr. Funk and the anesthesiologist my fear, and I had no nausea or vomiting at all! Yay! The recovery was, well, a recovery, but both Leah and Dr. Funk called me the day of surgery to check on me. I had bruising for literally days 2-4 and that was it (and I had bones broken). My first followup was on day 6 and the cast was removed, no pain at all. It was then taped to day 10 when more sutures were removed. Again, really no pain. He then does followups at 1 month, 3 months, etc. So far everything is normal, symmetrical and going well. Leah responds to all questions and emails promptly. I am very happy with this decision.