Love love my new nose

So my story is pretty much just like everyone...

So my story is pretty much just like everyone else's on here.. i don't like my nose and have considered rhinoplasty for quite some time. Throughout high school and middle school I always thought my nose made me unattractive. Surgery was always on my mind but I never realistically thought that I would actually take the steps to find a surgeon and go through with it. My rhinoplasty is scheduled for August 9th with Dr. C and I am beyond excited and scared.. Scared because you really never know what your going to come out looking like lol ill post before and after pictures as it gets closer to the date of surgery and after

8/9- today i had my surgery at 8 a.m and I am sooo...

8/9- today i had my surgery at 8 a.m and I am sooo surprised at how easy and painless it was. Last night I barely slept because I was so anxious and worried also with the addition of not being able to sip water for 8 hours made it kinda hard. When I got there I met the Dr. C's nurse and anesthesiologist. They were so great and funny and it totally took my mind of what was about to happen. Once I laid down on the operating table, the anesthesiologist put the IV in my arm and casually talked to me about college and random stuff.. All of a sudden i'm in the next room with a cast on my nose and my eyes closed. That was the strangest thing I don't even remember closing my eyes or what I last said! The next nurse I met was AMAZING and so kind. I was a little dizzy once I got up to go to the bathroom but after that everything was completely fine. My upper lip was super swollen which it has gone back down to normal now and throughout the day i've had the same pounding headache. The ride back home to Long Island wasn't bad.. I had to keep changing my gauze and overall it really just feels like a BAD cold. I can breathe through my nostrils on and off. On the way home, my boyfriend stopped at my favorite restaurant and got me food which I could barely eat and actually couldn't taste it at all. At home I sat down for a while and watched TV and as of right now I feel great. I have the urge to clean my bathroom actually lol.. Ill post two pictures.. the first one is right when I changed my clothes before I swelled up and the second one I just took now

Also I kinda freaked out this morning on my way...

Also I kinda freaked out this morning on my way there contemplating my decision to have it done. Everyday this week I would think about it all day.. one minute I was all for it and the next I would be like no wayyyyyy its too risky I'm not going. But I ended up doing it and I'm not sure if it'll change my looks completely for better or for worse but the more I thought about it, I thought to myself life's too short to live in fear and uncertainty

Okay so i've gotten through most of the week, i...

okay so i've gotten through most of the week, i have two more days left before my cast comes off and I really can't wait any longer..each day this week has been a roller coaster of emotions and uncomfortableness. The worst day had to have been the third.. I had a migraine and felt nauseous for most of the day. The left side of my face is much more swollen than the right. The left side nostril has been leaking discharge for a few days now. I might have an infection but i'm already so close to thursday i'll just wait till then to find out. I still don't have an appetite and don't really taste food when I do eat.

the big question here on real self is "is it worth it"... going by what i've gone through this week I have to say NO. I would never do want to do this again. Even though I still have to get my cast off and I don't know what it's going to look like, I honestly would have just rather kept my face the way it was. I might be just letting my emotions get to my head, I guess i'll be able to say on thursday for sure if it's worth the torture and boredom.

I got my cast off today.... Forget what I said...

I got my cast off today.... Forget what I said about it not being worth it. It's amazing and everything i've ever wanted. When he was peeling the cast off and cleaning the inside of my nose it was super painful but the minute I first looked at myself, I felt like crying and my face looked so foreign to me. It wasn't until an hour into my ride home of staring at myself every second that I finally came to appreciate it. My profile is perfect for once. Right now my nose is really tender and swollen andI still have bruises on my eyes and cheeks.

i'll be honest, after reading all of these *perfect* 5 star reviews of people that had their nose done by Dr. Ciardullo.. I thought it was a scam and was really doubting this whole thing. All these months of thinking and researching him I thought to myself ..this guy can't be THAT good. And here I am actually sitting here commending him just like all these other people that had their noses done by him. He is truly talented in what he does and I don't regret it.. I feel like he changed my life as corny as that sounds lol
White Plains Plastic Surgeon

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
5 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 times
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where are the photos?
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What are your concerns about your nose at this point in the recovery? I am considering Dr. Ciardullo and would love to know more about what you are happy and unhappy with in terms of his work. Also, can you please post pictures? I would love to see the before and afters, even if it is just the nose isolated if you are not comfortable posting your face online...Thank you so much for sharing your story!
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It looks amazing so far! How much swelling is still on it?
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Thank you! =) It looks completely normal to me .. I can't wait to see what's not swollen if this is what they call swollen haha
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love ittt, you look amazing. Everyone has told me that if you love your nose now, you're going to love it like crazy once the swelling goes down
soo.. yay :)
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aw thankss =)
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congrats! looks amazing!! so happy for you & happy you LOVE it!! yay xo
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Thank you and good luck with your surgery!
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Aw don't worry about your emotions. What you're feeling is extremely normal. I went through the same thing. For the first 2 days I had packing in my nose. The 2nd and 3rd days i found myself crying and feeling so helpless (I couldn't breathe). i got my packing out I felt a lot better. I was extremely nauseaus everyday that I was taking my antibiotics, that I didn't take them the last day. I was throwing up.

I didn't have any bruising and a little swelling. When my cast came off I was in total shock. i loved my profile but hated the front. Felt like it was way too short. I felt piggish. Now it has swelled up even more. I feel like an avatar, but I do see that my lip is starting to look more normal, and that it's beginning to drop. The profile gets better and better, but the front still looks blah (flat with no defintion) I'm sure it is just swelling and will come down.

Good luck this Thursday and feel better! I just wanted you to know that what ou're feeling is totally normal. Can't wait to see pics! Dont' worry if ou dont love what you see when the cast comes off. TRUST ME I'm going through that right now. It'll be 2 weeks tomorrow since my surgery with Dr C. Definitely takes time

xx
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how did your surgery go?
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Unexpectedly easy and perfect! I feel normal and the only thing that's really uncomfortable is the stuffiness but other than that I can't really complain
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that's awesome to hear. Speedy recovery!!! Btw if you dont mind me asking, what type of work did you have done (bridge/tip/nostril tuck)?
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He chiseled the bump to make the bridge straight and lifted the tip a bit.. when I took the gauze out I got to see my nostrils and i can already tell its so much shorter than it was before
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Happy to hear it went good! Keep us posted about how your feeling! xo
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Good Luck!!! You'll do fine :) It's a breeze like michelle said. More discomfort when you get out. I'm the type of person who hates not having control so that's what really got to me after surgery..Even now!

Got my cast off and LOVE my profile. Getting used to the front though..Good luck!!!
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I just saw your picture.. it looks great! and thank you!.. Your so lucky you already got your cast off.. I'm only on day one and dying to just get it offf
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good luck on your surgery tomorrow, I had mine yesterday and it was a breeze. More discomfort then anything. You'll do fine, keep us posted.
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Thank you!
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ah good luck!!! I'm so excited because I'm going to be booking an appointment for a consultation as well :)
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Thank you so much! and yes you definitely should
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Don't be nervous! It looks like you don't need much done (sorry if that's sounding rude; if it is, just take a peek at my before pictures), so it won't be different to anyone else, but amazingly different to you. I'm about 8 weeks post-op, and can't believe that my nose is just a non-issue for me now. Get ready for ponytails and not worrying about people seeing your profile! I'm so excited for everyone doing this, because it was seriously worth every penny!
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Hey! Good luck and no need to be nervous. I just had mine yesterday and was FREAKING out the whole way there. I even thought I was going to throw up! The nurses and staff make you feel so comfortable. I was most nervous about anesthesia and that whole process but it was SO easy. I haven't felt much of any pain except for my throat of course. Discomfort with the packing but that gets taken out tomorrow. Good luck!
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You had your surgery with dr.C?
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Yes I did! Just got my packing out today. My cast comes off Tuesday :)
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How was the recovery?
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