Let me start off by saying that I am 33 and have lupus so this surgery was a concern for me because my healing time is doubled because my immune system is out of wak. I've wanted surgery since I was 15 but decided go give myself a chance to grow and like my nose. An adult now and well here I am. I don't think my nose was ugly I just felt like it didnt fit my face, and felt I couldnt have short haircuts because my nose was too big. I had a bump, my nostrils where a bit wide, and it was kinda long in my opinion.
It took me two years to decide on my doctor. The only reason I chose him is because of the work I saw on two other patients on this site. It just seems like he makes your nose fit your face, not like these other cookie cutter surgeons, where all the noses look the same.
Just had my surgery on the 29th of December 2011. I wasn't nervous the only thing I was thinking about was the pain afterwards, which really isn't bad. Its just like having a stuffy nose. I am taking arnica for the bruising and swelling, as with my condition, which is under control, I bruise quite easily on a daily basis. At the end of day 2 one side of my face became more bruised and swollen than the other almost purple. I kept icepacks on it. I get my cast off tomorrow. I know my nose will still be swollen, but I will post pics after a month.
My doctor is very kind and listens to what you want specifically. He knew exactly what I wanted. I didnt take a pic of someone elses nose like some people do, I wanted him to make my nose specifically for me. He removed the bump, narrowed the bridge, shortened the length, narrowed my nostrils and raised the tip just a bit. I wasn't nervous at all and I really cant believe I didn't get nervous. Dr C and his staff make your feel at ease. He is very professional and doesnt seem like a doctor just telling you what you want to hear in order to get your cash. He is very honest with the expectations.
My nose seems a little strange now because I have seened it a certain way for so long, I guess its a matter of getting use to the new look. The recovery is quite painless, I think I was more annoyed at having to sleep upright than anything else, oh and this itchy cast on my nose these last two days I am so ready for it to come off. Warning I have hurt my nose 3 times already, and it hurts owww. I have 2 year old twins and they can be unpredictable I have to shield my nose from them. I will be on guard with them the next couple of months.
Day 7 and the swelling has gone down and my bruising is almost all gone. I have cleaned the outside of my nose with q tips and peroxide and just the inner tip of my nostrils, I have been to afraid to go any deeper. My nose is less stuffy, it feels kinda runny. At day 4 I did try to put some saline drops in to help with cleaning or moisture, and OMG never again a drop reached way to in and it burned horribly I had read on the internet that you should begin the drops or spray after day two but, in my opinion your nose is still healing and still traumatized I don't think it should be disturbed anymore. I took all of my antibiotics and had vicodin but I only used them for the first 3 days as scheduled just incase, I didnt want to feel any pain.
The 3 day I only took half a tablet and by day 4 I was like let me see if I feel pain, if I do I'll take it but I didn't. The jelly ice packs are the best. Peas are even better but freeze and refreeze peas, too much hassle. Vaseline for lips, they will get very dry trying to sleep with an open mouth. I had a bed tray by my bed with water and all my supplies so I didn't need to get up. I would wake up with the driest throat at night, not pleasant at all.
I stayed in bed the first 4 days as I had the grandparents watching the kids. The first days I ate soup or watery substances, lots of water, misso (no msg) or organic soup, raw organic drinks with antioxidants and electrolytes. I didn't have pain chewing so I quickly went on to healthy low sodium foods. Lots of veggies and fruit if you can eat it raw the better. Pieces of ginger boiled to make a tea helps with inflammation as well, just add some sugar or honey for a sweeter taste. I know this seems very detailed but watching what you eat when sick makes a big difference. Sodium causes swelling and with my lupus I cant eat foods that might trigger a flare, swelling of my joints or pain in my bones. I also took vitamin C with bioflavnoids and calcium pills with vitamin D.
I don't usually see plastic surgery reviews of people with illnesses but I do know how important it is to express how someone feels when they do have one. Some don't heal as quickly as everyone else, and what ever can speed the healing process, I say why not express it. I know my review might seem a little sporadic but I'm just writing as it comes to me. I will update as my weeks go on. I will post some pics of me before. Any questions feel free to ask.