Cast Off- I look like a different person!! White Plains, NY

Being a first generation American, I generously...

Being a first generation American, I generously (sarcasm) inherited very Eastern European features. It also didn't help that I played lots of sports when I was a kid. I'm sure I've broken my nose and a few other bones at that (my family doesn't believe in going to doctors). Personally, my nose doesn't bother me to the point where I NEED this surgery - what bothers me is that people define me by my nose. I was hoping that eventually people will like me for me and all my wonderful qualities-unfortunately, in this day and age.... this will never be possible. I was made fun of severely as a child. Even as an adult, if someone needs to point me out in a crowd the description is "the girl with the big nose". So I held out on getting a rhinoplasty as long as I could. Now I'm 31 and I am ready for this change. I'm just super nervous because it's my face. I fear that I'll end up with a botched surgery and make my situation worse.
 

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You are only 5 days away from your dream operation! Best of luck to you. Hopefully soon in a crowd, someone will point you out by saying "the girl with the beautiful nose"!
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Wow! Sometimes people are so stupid! I have had people ( complete strangers ) come up to me and say " You know, you would be really pretty if it wasn't for that! ( pointing to my nose)" Seriously people are so lame. haha I hope the best for you and pray that the outcome is better than you could imagine! ;)
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Gonzo! You're so silly. You're beautiful, but I hope this makes you love your face even more.

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Keep us posted! You're less than a week away.

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So, the surgery is getting closer. I'm excited,...

So, the surgery is getting closer. I'm excited, scared and anxious. :/ I'm not really worried about the pain. I'm more concerned about possibly making my face worse.

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I think I was in the waiting room with you.. I'm not sure though lol I'm feeling the same way! I hope surgery doesn't make it worse, I'm not even concerned with the pain!
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What day did you see me in the waiting room? I'm not concerned about the pain either. When is your surgery? I have a day left with my nose. I honestly feel like I'm going to be losing a part of me. As crazy as that sounds??
Hi & welcome. Wow, you are stunning, but I understand how you feel about your nose and the concerns you have about being worse after the surgery......but that is not going to happen. These surgeons are skilled and gifted and know what they are doing. My op is on the 14th so you are week ahead of me, and probably will be getting your cast removed when I will undergo mine. A modified nose is going to be the best thing you have done for yourself. Go for it!!
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So tomorrow morning is the surgery. I feel like...

So tomorrow morning is the surgery. I feel like I'm going to lose a part of me which sounds absolutely crazy- almost like losing a best friend or a pet. This is all I know. I'm super anxious. I haven't really been sleeping well these last few nights :/ My friends have been super supportive and are telling me how wonderful I'm going to look. I just don't know. :( What if I don't like it?

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Hey there beautiful!! I think I have a very similar nose to yours... I wish I was getting surgery tomorrow like you! Lucky!!!! I have to wait until April, Grr!!! Best of luck... I know everything will go very well and you will be so happy with your new nose. Post soon!!!
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Best of luck to you tomorrow!! Your in good hands Dr. C does some of the most naturally beautiful noses around :) your nose will look stunning :)
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You are very pretty! Good luck tomorrow, sending positive thoughts your way for your surgery :) I have a week till my surgery and I have woken up with the same feeling about not "being me" or questioning my decision. Everyone says its normal... just think about how happy you'll be in a month.
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Day of Surgery: So I am currently wide awake at...

Day of Surgery: So I am currently wide awake at 2am since I slept a whole bunch throughout the day. The surgery went well I believe. The nursing staff and the anesthesiologist were very lovely. I saw Dr. C briefly right before surgery for like a minute (which was a little disappointing). I felt like I had more one on one time with the anesthesiologist. I had to keep asking the nurse if the surgery went well since Dr. C was already in his next surgery. So honestly,... I'm just guessing it went well at this point? So, I definitely was groggy after the surgery. Very Disoriented. It took a while for the anesthesia to wear off. I feel asleep on the ride home and I passed out quickly when I got home sitting up like I was supposed to. At that time I was pretty miserable. A few hours later after being well rested I'm feeling great. I really have minimal swelling and bruising. I'm not going to lie. I went a little crazy with the arnica gel and pills pre-op. I even applied the gel to places I thought would produce swelling. I'm not sure if that is the reason or if it strictly depends on the person.... all I know is that I have been pretty lucky. I can't tell if my bump is gone with my cast. it feels like the cast is a bit raised off my nose and I really don't want to press down on it. I definitely think my tip is elevated. I do hope it fall slightly but not too much because I sort of like it. I'm super excited to see my nose when the cast comes off. I think since my nose was so huge- the differences will be more noticeable. Any nose will be better than the thing I had. So all in all- I'm pretty happy and glad I went through with it because I was definitely scared and anxious. Will continue to keep you posted. Please tell me if you think you see a different even with the cast?

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It looks gorgeous even with the cast!
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congrats on making it thru!! did you have to get a nostril tuck?
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Not that I know of! I hardly talked to Dr.C and didn't see him after I woke up from the procedure. I don't think they did though. I've been pretty lucky in regards to having minimal swelling and bruising. I'm sure it is starting to swell under the cast though since today I've been feeling a lot of pressure. How are you feeling? Are you feeling better about the results? A little happier? I think you look good :)

I had my cast removed today. Sadly, I had to wait...

I had my cast removed today. Sadly, I had to wait 45 mins to get my cast removed and I couldn't get it removed until later on in the day (which was annoying because I wanted that thing off like crazy). During the time I had the cast on I had episodes of disorientation and high levels of pressure-not so much pain. It hurt a lot having him take it off (cast/splint) since it is mega swollen/tender.
I completely had a mini freak out in my head when he gave me the mirror. It is weird looking at yourself in the mirror and seeing someone else. I posted pictures on facebook for my friends to see - THEY ARE FREAKING OUT TOO. I think I received a billion phone calls from people telling me that I don't look like myself. I love my new profile but I didn't want to look like a completely different person. I have to get used to THAT. Apparently the swelling is going to be super bad tomorrow. I'm scared to touch it (It is tender to touch) and I can't smile. I don't look like me. I just met up with a friend and it freaked him out a bit too. I knew it was going to be a dramatic change but I never expected this.

Not only do i have to get used to it but so does everyone else! I really don't know how to take that. I just don't know. I love it but it is not me when I look in the mirror. It is confusing

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I agree with gift2myself, the_life_obscure, and LGgirly!
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I think your nose turned out great, and I think you look like you! It's just that now we see first your eyes, and then your mouth, whereas before the first thing we saw was the nose. It's sort of a different way of looking at you, but you still look like you. Only better!
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You look absolutely stunning! I would gladly take your nose :( I think you're just not used to it. The change looks natural, it looks like you were born with that nose...Maybe people are just jealous. Don't let what others are saying get to your head. Be confident! It looks like the swelling has gone down a lot already :)
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Hey everyone, I'm a few days short of my 2 week...

Hey everyone, I'm a few days short of my 2 week mark. The swelling is slowly going down everyday. I can not emphasize enough the power of patience- even though it is easier said then done. Everyday I'm feeling more and more like myself. Everyday I like it more and it is becoming very natural looking. I will have a better idea of people's reaction in a few days when I get back to my daily life (been on vacation throughout this whole process). I'll let you know how that goes. My change is pretty dramatic so everyone knows I had it done- I wasn't going to pretend my nose just disappeared overnight. I'll keep you posted!

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I am agreeing too more and more everyday. Thank you
I completely agree with you. My old nose was such a prominent feature on my face- it was the first thing people would see. I think that is why people who know me very well are extremely thrown off. :) I love the fact that people can actually see the rest of me now!
I have told people who I just met that I recently had a rhinoplasty and that is their reaction too. They are like - "this nose looks like you were born with it". That was the kind of reactions I was shooting for! I just need to get used to it. I am liking it more and more everyday.

So tomorrow will be 3 weeks post op. Swelling has...

So tomorrow will be 3 weeks post op. Swelling has significantly decreased, especially these last few days. My tip is still swollen and super sensitive to touch. Putting on a shirt is painful or if I brush my nose against something. (Don't even think about making out with anyone for a while). I've bumped my nose a few times which would result in swelling. I get random tingling and pain sometimes..especially by the bridge area ( I believe it has something to do with the nerves regenerating.) I've received a lot of positive feedback- which has been nice. :) I do not regret this decision at all.

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Wow, he didn't work on your tip. I didnt want tip work done but.. ta-dah.
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Hope your recovery is still going well! Your results looked great and you had a beautiful face to begin with! I am scheduled with Dr. C for May 2nd!
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Can you please update us on your recovery journey? Do you have any recent pictures?
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So it has been 8 months since the surgery

I'm overall happy. I wish he did a little more work on the tip but can't really complain since it looks so much better than before. The only issue I have now is the fact that I have difficulty breathing out of my left nostril. (Worse than before). I'm just happy I finally had it done

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you look sexxxyyyyy now
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I'm a female..but I would definitely do you
hahaha

8 month other side view.

I'm so used to taking pictures on that one side - despite the new nose. Old habits are hard to change.

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Beautiful results, very natural looking it looks like the nose that belongs in your pretty face!
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You look awesome, I think any more work would have been a mistake. You nose looks perfect. I love that you still look like YOU! How did people react to the change? Did you tell your co-workers/friends? I'm getting ready for my surgery and I'm still really insecure about peoples' reactions....
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I told everyone because it would be obvious. FYI The swelling took a while to go down. I didn't want to blow my nose for a good 3 months. I originally had a huge bridge. Not sure how much work you are getting done though. I think people are more accepting of plastic surgery. Everyone knew how much my old nose bothered me so they were very understanding and supportive.

1 year

One year anniversary- final results! So happy I did this and only wished I did it sooner. This past year my nose went through so many transformations. If you take anything from my experience or anyone else's,...... It is definitely Patience

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Bangs

For the first time I can have bangs since I no longer have a big nose! Most wonderful feelings ever!

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Thank you for the update. It really helps to see the refinement of others noses that are further along in the healing process. You had a great Dr. with AMAZING results!! Super happy for your outcome and your happiness!
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wow! your before nose reminds me of mine and i hope my after comes out as beautiful as yours! My surgery is in a week :)
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You had a great result. Congratulations.
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