On July 5th 2015, I broke my nose. Since there's...
On July 5th 2015, I broke my nose. Since there's not much you can do when this happens, I had it "set" via closed reduction in the small town where I live a week later. I was/am unable to breathe out of my right side and it was broken in several places.
After the splint was first removed, it looked like a slightly better version of what my old nose used to look like. I was able to breathe again, and I was very happy with it. Unfortunately, however, a few hours later I developed a noticeable headache & saw my nose had dropped back to where it was before my dr had set it and I couldn't breathe again. I've read/heard this can happen if there are underlying septal fractures and/or deformities, which may have been the case with me because I followed my dr's aftercare instructions to the letter.
My doctor was honest with me from the beginning that the success rate for closed reductions are fairly low, but it was still disheartening/sad to look in the mirror again & see my same broken, swollen nose.... not to mention I still couldn't breathe! The surgery is not as involved as a full rhinoplasty of course, but you're still intubated (which was actually more painful than my nose btw!), and face similar recovery issues from swelling and the splint afterwards.
I knew immediately that I didn't want to go through the rest of my life with this nose, and that I would definitely want a revision. However, I wasn't sure I wanted to "settle" for the surgeons available in my town, who IMO didn't seem to perform sufficient volume of rhinoplasty surgeries that made me feel comfortable. I had a bad nose to begin with, and now with it being broken, I just want to put this nightmare behind me and give myself the best chance for a good outcome.
Fast-forward to 6/2016... I did a lot of research and have been combing through realself reviews for a long time. Thank you all for sharing your stories; it has helped me immensely. I booked a consult with Dr. Grigoryants, and after meeting with him and seeing his work I'm fairly certain he is my top choice. My surgery is scheduled for 10/11, but I asked for a sooner date if available.
I will send updates! Thanks again for contributing your photos and reviews. They have made me feel less alone through this process.
More Before Photos
The pictures from my previous review on 5/24 are obviously from BEFORE my injury. I'll admit, they actually don't look that bad! However, do keep in mind that these are all mostly the product of good angles, lighting, and makeup lol. The vast majority of my photos don't come out like that.
Here are some less glam BEFORE photos, including those from my injury at various stages of healing.
update! and Insurance Question
12 Jan 2017
3 months post
Looks like all factors ($$, resources, time off, job, insurance, etc...) are all finally aligned and i'll be getting my surgery! I haven't been able to move air through the right side of my nose since it happened so i'm super excited.
I'm going through my work insurance for the procedure... anybody have any experience processing rhinoplasty this way?
Sorry for the awkward photos lol.... wanted to show where my nose is at right now.
more before pics
30 Jan 2017
3 months post
Trying to coordinate all the details of my surgery is kind of a nightmare and we're not even that far away from LA. Hope everything works out. Starting to get a little nervous too :o
pre-op apt 2/2
Got back from Dr Grigoryants office a few hours ago. Shizzz just got real!! Consents signed, meds dispensed, lab work and operative instructions provided.... geeez. Guess we're actually doing this!
I'm super nervous (obviously), but i'm trying to keep calm and trust the process. It doesn't have to look perfect or even "great"... i survived 30yrs with my imperfections... I'm just hoping for enough of an "improvement" in my result to justify the surgery, AND being able to breathe out of BOTH nostrils again after 1.5yrs of mouthbreathing would be awesome!
i am currently coordinating care, hotel, travel and transportation arrangements. Also making a preliminary list of supplies and a surgery calendar/timeline since there are a few rhinoplasty milestone dates to remember.