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.