TOMORROW is the day!! Nervous - Edina, MN
I have had insecurities about my nose since I was...
3 weeks out!
Any ideas from people who have gone through this, when should I start taking arnica? I already have it but have no idea when to start.
Any tips on things ill need after surgery!?
Do NOT YouTube!! :)
Chair or bed?
Let The Count Down Begin
I am worried about the pain post-op and that it will turn out as I hope. I'd hate to do all this for nothing. :/ I am hoping being I had a baby and had a 4th degree tear this pain won't compare :)
Any more tips would be great! Love having this community!!
Good thing I have almost all of it paid for, otherwise I'd probably back out! SO scared
I also got a nice big blemish on the tip of my nose so I'm sure it will be HUGE when I get my cast off :/ grr.
My stomach has been acting up so much due to nerves. :( not fun
Prayers please!! :)
I can't believe it!
I'll try to keep you all posted. Prayers around 7:30 AM would be fantastic!!
The nurses were splendid! I'm in a lottle more pain than expected, I think from the turbine procedure. But so far my profile even already looks so much better.
Signing off to rest. Please pray for me!!!
12 hours post op
The bruising is coming. It's not horrible though. I've been applying arnica and taking the pills.
For those of you on MN, Dr Hilger is so good that one of his nurses had also had her nose done by him. That is his area of expertise. The nurse said she's seen about 20 other doctors perform rhinoplasties (as that's all she assists with)... And she chose Dr H! That speaks volumes.
Good so far!!! I can't wait to see the final results. It's already surreal!
Post op question
3 Days Post-Op
As you can see from the pic, my eye swelling is finally going down. I still have quite a bit of drainage from my nose so still wear the gauze to catch it.
All and all. This has beena bit more challenging than I expected. I think it's because of the scale and amount of things he had to do to my nose. He broke it in several places as well as placed in some grafts. He also made my turbinates smaller and correct my super messes up septum.
I shall post more updates soon! Oh, my husband had just washed my hair in this pic! Yay!!!
Some Input and Encouragement Needed
When the splints come out does the tip get narrower at all? My tip is still completely rock hard. I can't even feel it.
Also, when did everyone's nose stop dripping stuff out? I am 4 days post op and I still need the gauze tapes below.
I'm praying I didn't so this all for nothing :( starting to get so worried/depressed. Any input would be very much appreciated
A little less swelling
Just thought I'd share a profile shot of before and after. Obviously still so swollen. The slight up turn will calm too but so far I think I'm going to like it. The projection is perfect
Cast off day!
My tip is still SO swollen! I'm scared to see the rest. I'm actually hoping he will tape it for a while longer. The tip is up turned a bit too. So odd.
Wish me luck! This went by so fast! Glad the worst is over!
Just a Tape Tip :)
If you look at most people's photos with their casts on, they have tape that goes under their tip. What this does is creates shape in your nose. Differentiating your tip from your nostrils. So...for the next week 24/7, I Will be taping my nose like in my picture. And then for a couple of months just at night.
I have only been doing this for 2 days but look at the difference already! It is quite stunning on quickly you can change the healing and shape of your nose. If you haven't had your surgery yet, suggest this taping under and around your tip to your surgeon and if you have had surgery and you aren't happy with your tip shape, tart taping! You can find tons of tutorials online :)
Happy taping friends!!
Holy Tired Toad
If you look at my pics, from the bottom it looks like it has a nice refined shape. Then straight on, it's horribly bulbus. I have been keeping it taped still 24/7. When it's taped, the front looks a lot more refined.
I know my dr didn't tape with my cast on so maybe that's why there is still little definition? I'm just so frustrated and am almost regretting having the surgery in the first place :(
Sorry about the NO makeup pics
Good bye for now
Ok, let's try this again...
I think my biggest mistake is comparing myself to others on here. I assumed I'd love my nose the second my cast came off, when in fact... That is usually not the case at all (although, if you do.. Great!). :)
I keep forgetting that my surgery was over 4 hours long! My surgeon said average is 2. I had my septum fixed, turbinates reduced, tip work, small bump shaved off and an open procedure oh and I have thicker skin so it's going to take a bit to heal.
I've always been a perfectionist on myself. So of course, I was expecting immediate perfection. More than the physical aspects of this all, I think the mental part of it is the most challenging! Especially when random people come on here and say rude comments (I don't understand why that can't be monitored more closely).
Anyways, I'm finally seeing some progress. Is it great?! No! Is it in the right direction?! Yes! Il keep on keeping on believing that my surgeon is top notch and I will be thrilled with the end result.
Hurry up and leave swelling!!! Any day now! :) oh and I still can't smile with teeth yet. SO not cool ;) Hay healing all!!
Possible Infection/Reaction to Stitch?
Oh and has anyone had grafts done in their nose? I forgot I has those done too. They hurt a lot and the most. Grr
Here are some pics from tonight. The first pics I've ever taken at night. Finally a little shape is coming through. STILL swollen though.
Happy 4th Starting to See Improvement!
I haven't posted in a while so thought I would. The nose is still pretty far without much shape but it's getting better! I'm finally feeling comfortable in public. I STILL can't smile normally.
Hope you're all doing well!! Cheers!
For Those Who Are Discouraged...
So look how horribly swollen I was!! This was day two after cast removal and then on my one month post op date.
So if you're hating your nose post-op, just believe it will get better! Mine was almost like a ballon on my face! :) had a Dr appt today and he said there is still about 50% swelling that needs to go down! Whee. Got a steroid shot in my tip to help.
2 Month Update
Did a lot of research. A few friends used this Dr. I also called several other doctors, and they all referred me back to the same guy. I think Im in good hands. I just hope my expectations are met :) Now that I am post op I just wanted to add that Dr Hilger has been a better than expected Dr. My husband has called him a few times with questions and every single time Dr Hilger himself calls my husband back within minutes! I haven't come across this before with a Dr. We have been very impressed with his caring nature and general interest in me as his patient.