I've been self conscious about a bump on the...
This is something I'm doing for myself, not for approval from anyone else. I had my very first consultation with a DC ENT doctor and certified plastic surgeon Dr. Chaboki when I was only 19. I was very comfortable with his expertise and personality, but I feared judgement from my peers for getting plastic surgery. It scared me out of doing it. Here I am three years later and I still dislike my nose. I've tried my very best to learn to like it, change hairstyles, etc. but I find myself shying away from cameras, certain angles...
I'm still a bit nervous about people judging me, but I've decided my opinion of myself is what matters most. I've only told my mother and my boyfriend. My mom seems rather neutral to the whole thing, telling me I'm fine the way I am ( what mother wouldn't say that?) but she isn't trying to talk me out of it either. My boyfriend has known about it since we first started dating 2 years ago. He tells me the same thing my mom has, but he wants me to whatever makes me happy and that he will do all he can to help me through the recovery process. His support has meant the world to me and it makes me feel better with my decision to have the surgery.
For the rhinoplasty, Dr. C plans to reduce the bump on the ridge of my nose that is composed of bone and cartilage and will narrow the bridge by osteotomy. We want nothing changed with the tip and my septum is fine as well. My procedure is pretty standard and he said it should only take and hour to complete, 1 week with a cast, and he thinks my swelling will be minimal due to a closed approach. I plan to have my surgery in march 2014. Specific date won't be set until February.
I'm really excited but also nervous because I've never had surgery before! I'm also hesitant to post photos...but I want to share my story with all the awesome people on this site... We will see :)
Possibly moving the rhinoplasty to January 16!!!
-- gauze pads
-- medical adhesive
-- q tips
-- saline nasal spray
-- arnica montana, bromelain, multivitamin including vitamin c
-- frozen peas
-- neck pillow
-- body wipes to freshen up
-- dry shampoo
-- moisturizing Chapstick
Things to have for the car ride home:
-- bucket in case I get sick from anesthesia
-- water bottle
Foods to help the healing proces:
-- kale, greens
Any suggestions welcome!
I find out today whether or not I go for surgery on the 16th (I'm on a wait list). I have my phone right next to me and my email open :). I'm still in the excited phase of everything but once I get a confirmation and a time I'm expecting the nerves to set in!!! I've never had surgery and I'm scared of the anesthesia and the nausea that comes after! But it will all th worth it in the end I hope!
My boyfriend bought me a neck pillow :) so sweet.
Dealing with nerves! :(
How can I deal with these nerves? I get sick to my stomach when I feel like this and it's not going to help me a week from now! I know this is what I want, but how can I calm myself? Or do I just have to deal with it lol. Agh!
It's getting real!
I just want to fast forward to Thursday and do it already! It's been a long time coming and at the end of the day I am happy with my decision.
So I have to get to the hospital at 5:30 am (dear god.) and have surgery at 7:30 am. My surgeon has estimated to the surgery taking only an hour, maybe two. He is going to shave down the hump on the bridge and then narrow the bridge by osteotomy. That's it, no tip work.
Prices. I paid $150 for 2 consultation fees ($75 each) and that was put towards surgery. I then had to pay $4,350. So it was $4,500. Anesthesia fee is $425. Hospital fee is $725. Grand total of $5,650. Pretty reasonable compared to most.
I am very confident in my surgeon. He is a certified ENT and only performs plastic surgery on the face. He does not completely transform noses, he makes them a better version of what they are naturally, and I want a subtle result. He also performs many complex reconstructive rhinoplasties for college students that get sports injuries at GWU located closely to his office, so he has a lot of varied experience. I've also messaged several people on realself that had nothing but positive things to say about their rhinoplasty experiences with him and that secured my decision.
I could go on forever about this since I'm so excited. Now is the hard part: PATIENCE!
On a different note, my surgeon has a Pinterest and he has a lot of funny stuff and informative stuff on there about plastic surgery. He seems like a cool guy. By my standards at least lol. :)
Feeling excited and less nervous as time goes by. Ready for the new and improved version of my nose!
I'm sorry if this is TMI lol! But I didn't read anything like this in other people's posts and thought I'd mention it. Anyone else go through the eye burning? How long did it last?
Then I woke up. So uncomfortable! Nose tampons in, lip in pain from the pressure of the breathing tube, and the dry mouth was the worst! The nurse was so nice and caring. She got me 3 ice cups and it helped immediately. I didn't get nauseous either! Just cramping that I later found out to be my period. Really life? Lol. My periods always come early if I go through high stress.
Now I'm home. No bruising that I can see yet, and these anti inflammatories are no joke. When I take it, I look like my pre op self in 10 minutes. It's pretty amazing. I've also been rotating frozen peas around my face. I go from forehead, right eye, left eye, right cheek, left cheek and I count to 100 at each position and I do it twice. I think it's helped.
Bleeding hasn't been a lot, but it hasn't stopped or notably slowed down either. We shall see. I get my packing out today thank god, I can't swallow properly with it in? I can only take small sips or else I start coughing.
I'll update again later!
Profile with cast
Doc showed me how to clean my nose. I asked him how my nose looked after surgery and he said he was very happy with the end result and that the anesthesiologist and nurses in the room just kind of watch the whole time and actually make comments during the whole process! Lol. It actually is embarrassing that my nose was the center of attention for an hour lmao. He said everyone loved it and he thinks I will too. He said my nose was actually very very wide and there will be a definite change in that area, but not too narrow of course. I had an expander when I was younger for my upper jaw and I'm sure that's why it got so wide, I remember feeling the pain in my nose and I didn't understand why but now I do. So technically I should end up with the nose width that I was actually born with prior to the expander. Pretty cool.
I'm feeling ok, but I look way better then I feel. Eyes still burn and water randomly, bridge hurts, just overall completely exhausted and I can't be bothered to eat. It takes a lot of energy to get up and prepare stuff.
Day 3, reflecting
If you're thinking about having rhinoplasty, don't think that reading the recovery blogs on here can possibly prepare you for what's ahead. Everyone's recovery will be different and you might experience things that others did not.
My surgeon was obviously very gentle in his technique and this is why I have had very little swelling and bruising. But I've been in a ton of pain and experienced things I had never heard of.
1) this was my first surgery and my first experience with anesthesia. I had no nausea, but it was very debilitating and robbed me of all my energy. I felt so weak and frail an I'm usually a very fit an active person so I found this very uncomfortable.
2) if you get packing, it's very very uncomfortable. All I wanted to do the first night was sleep, but I couldn't because of the amount of discomfort I was in. I had to take small sips of liquid to avoid choking when swallowing pills. It was scary to start coughing just from drinking water.
3) I had searing, burning, excruciating eye pain for 2 days after my surgery. I hadn't read about this on any one else's blogs. Most people look pretty banged up, but admit to feeling better than they look and I happened to have the complete opposite experience. I was terrified that my eyes wouldn't get better, but they did.
4) I honestly thought I wouldn't mind being cooped up inside for 6 days. It gets boring really fast! Tv gets boring, movies get boring, even the Internet gets boring! So you might tell yourself there's no way you'll go out in public with the cast. I told myself this too. But here I am on day 3 expecting to go out and see a movie later today because I feel like I'm missing out on life.
5) all the meds I've had to take have made me a bit of a zombie. I'm a very small girl so it might have something to do with that, but just thought I'd mention it.
I've felt very helpless throughout this ordeal and I hate having people take care of me so I've felt guilty an had some regret.
All that said, I am glad I went through it, I just wish I didn't let myself think that recovery would be some vacation or walk in the park. It's been very hard and I just want everyone that's thinking about this surgery to hear my story because its slightly different from what I've read on here.
I think I'm over the worst part of the recovery, thank god!
Thanks everyone who has commented and given me some helpful info and support. I appreciate it!
So I ventured outdoors!
Him: You're sliding down again, you need to sit back up straight.
Me: We'll, I guess that's that.
Me: Never mind. I give up.
Apparently I'm sassy when I'm sleeping and I don't make sense lol.
Cast removal soon.
Nervous all over again!
I'm both excited and nervous.
What if the bones didn't heal straight?
What if the bones shift or spring back once the cast is removed?
What if someone decides to punch me in the face!? Lol
I'm just curious as to how 'set' the nasal bones are at this point. I know from doctors answers on here that it takes about 6 weeks for them to heal enough to withstand minor bumps and a few months to regain their original stability. So after only one week of healing I imagine things must still be very spongey and could bounce back. But what do I know lol. I'll definitely be asking my surgeon tomorrow!
I love it!
It feels SO WEIRD running my finger down the bridge and it being straight!!!
Yesterday I was really regretting getting a rhinoplasty but today my nose looks better. This is a day by day process. Although obvious changes can be seen right at cast removal, final and true results take time. I just can't wait until the bottom half of my nose looks like it used to look (I had no tip work) As long as I can feel the tenderness there I'm just going to assume that I'm swollen.
Just to be clear, I have the upmost respect and trust in my surgeon and I think he did the best he could with the nose he was given and what was requested of him. I've relayed my concerns to him via email about the changes in my tip and he responded very swiftly and was very reassuring. It's only been 10 days and there's a lot of swelling left to resolve. It's not that my nose is too narrow now, I'd say its probably the average person's width. It just looks narrow on me because of my wide set eyes. It could also be that I'm just not used to it yet. Time will tell.
Day by day
Anyways, just thought I'd share my feelings. If you're thinking about rhinoplasty, don't expect to love it right away. You will probably go through ups and downs like most have described on this site.
A couple days ago I was so worried I'd be regretting this for the rest of my life. I was also pissed that I'd be paying it off for years and for something I regret. I'm so relieved that's over. I've lost 8 pounds through this ordeal, from not wanting to eat during recovery and then afterwards when I was too depressed to eat. So now my main concern is gaining it back lol.
I love turning to the side now too. My profile looks very feminine now.
Thanks everyone for the support, it really helped me when I was feeling low. I only hope my story is as helpful to all of you as you all were to me :)
3 week update!
My confidence has improved because of this and it's definitely been worth it in the end! I'll admit my nose looked different every day (just to myself of course) for the first week after cast removal but this week it looks so good :)
This has been such a positive experience overall and I'm so grateful to my surgeon who has been nothing short of amazing and informative throughout this entire process. The hospital staff was also great, and my boyfriend went above and beyond to help me stay comfortable during the first week after surgery. I also thank all of you here on realself that helped me stay positive!
I feel so blessed to have had such a great experience and I can't wait to share official before and afters when I meet with my surgeon in a few weeks! :)
6 week mark
I wanted to address something that I've heard a few people mention here before- dents on the sides of the nose after rhinoplasty. I had these, you couldn't see it but you could definitely feel it. I have no idea where they came from, perhaps the compression from the cast? Anyways, they are gone and the sides of my nose are perfectly smooth now.
I'm really looking forward to seeing my doctor again, just trying to find the right time, hopefully next week!
Good luck to you all and happy healing!
Dr. Chaboki is a very professional and sincere individual. He is very conservative in his approach to plastic surgery. He told me "every millimeter makes a difference" and it's true. I'm so glad I chose him for my rhinoplasty. The post surgery care was excellent and he provided his cell phone number for any questions I had. My results are subtle and that's exactly what I wanted. I certainly recommend a consultation.