I wanted to do rhinoplasty since I was in high...
I wanted to do rhinoplasty since I was in high school. I am doing a PhD and I passed last December just before Chrismas I decided it is time to do it. It is the right age and stage!. Choosing a surgeon is a hard mission. I chose another one before Dr. de Silva and then decided to change after reading bad reviews about him. Dr. de Silva has good reputation and this motivated me to do it with confidence. My operation was last night and I am so tired, have a lot of swelling around my eyes and cheeks which I hoped does not happen because I did closed rhinoplasty. I will update the post when I feel better and add some photos later
3rd day post-operatively
This is my 3rd day. I feel much better fatigue, swelling and brusing are all reduced. still feel I want to stay at bed but generally I feel better. I thought the whole experience will be so difficult and painful. Thanks to God and then to Dr. Silva I feel ok so far. no bleeding or sever pain even in the first day. I received a message this morning from dr. silva asking how I feel and if I have had any discomfort. the only annoying thing is the congestion which causes trouble at night becuase I have to breath from my mouth.
4th Day post-op
My bruising now is yellow in colour so it is fading more than yesterday. Swelling also decreased so I feel happy about the progress. I can't judge the nose shape yet with the cast on but It is clear that it is straight. One nostril is smaller than the other but this may be due to swelling
5th Day post-op
I feel great. Again bruising is fading, congestion is decreasing, and started to feel the splint is not tight as before. But I think it is still early for me to do too much or walk outside. I cooked a meal yesterday, and I noticed little pressure and bleeding from movement. Overall, there is an improvement on a daily basis. My daily medications include prednisolone, arnica, Vit C, antibiotic plus Fucidin cream and saline spray. I think prednisolone and arnica are working nicely decreasing swelling and bruising as I can see every day but I also believe? that Dr. de Silva has good hands and did a clean procedure and professional work. I can tell that from many stories I read about bad healing, infection, and scar after the procedure.
I feel ok, but congestion still bothering me at night and disturb my sleep. I am not good at breathing from my mouth. I had the courage to do more cleaning today and remove part of the tape from the tip to see the nostrils clearly. I am not worry that they are not identical 100% because originally they were not. I think the tip is large and want it to be smaller. Dr. de Silva said in the first consultation that my tip is not bulbous and doesn't need modification but I am hoping it will be smaller after the swelling goes down
7th day post-op
Nothing to add except congestion significantly disturbs my sleep. Tomorrow is the big day, cast will be removed and I can't wait to see you my profile
2nd day after cast removal
I think my nostrils look more symmetrical if we compare them with cast versus after removal
3rd day after cast removal
The swelling has increased, and the lower part of the bridge and tip are hard and swollen. My nose was better yesterday. "Be patient" the advice I am giving to myself at the moment, but I really wish to see my nose smaller :( I am taping my nose at night as advised and hope it helps. My doctor said no need to take Arnica but I think will continue till the end of this week hoping that 2 weeks treatment would make a difference?
I am not happy today
My nose is getting worse not better and there is swelling and irregularities in the bridge.
I know the answer would be " wait this is because of swelling"
I don't know I have doubts
Swelling is getting worse
So far nothing has improved but getting worse. more swelling which causes slight deviation and there is a small dent in the bridge too. It is very difficult to keep the morale high
2 weeks post-op
Today is two weeks post-op.
The swelling is not improving, and I can confirm that there is a dent and discoloration at the site of cortisone injection which is according to my reading are a side effect of the cortisone injection. The swelling caused slight deviation in my nose. This swelling is giving me the feeling that I removed the hump from the bridge to have it on the lower part and the tip. I still have hope that the dent, discoloration and the deviation are not permanent. I am sorry that I can't post photos at the moment because I am not happy of how I look but will do when the condition improves and things get better.
breathing is good
Last night was the first night to sleep well with no breathing problems. It was fantastic feeling I am very happy.
The swelling did not improve yet
dent after injection
As shown in the photo, there is a dent in the bridge where cortisone was injected. There is a discoloration that can be seen from in front view. I sent Dr. De Silva an Email with the same photo. I have no expectations as I know no intervention can be done in this stage.
Calm Down ...Be patient
I think I was freaking out the last few days.. I decided to keep myself busy with positive things and ideas.. get rid of the mirror and leave my nose alone to heal. There is nothing more to do as the swelling needs time to go down for the result to appear. I met Dr. De Silva today and he was very supportive. will post a photo when I notice a change hopefully within the next 2-3 weeks
My nose is stiff, tender and swollen
I am stubborn person but my nose is worse than me
I am OK
less stiffness and tenderness this morning.. I think there are some positive changes but still don't want to post photos.. I think will wait till 2 months post-op
I understand now the significance of ethnicity and having thick skin.. from reading people stories in this site I can see how they notice changes by 10-14 days post-op even with the swelling.. very slow changes are happening in my case. My nose has a long journey
I started to feel that my whole life is converted into activities caring and thinking about a nose!!! if that nose able to talk it would say: leave me alone and so I will do
swelling like a bite
My tip looks square from the swelling and in one side looks like if I got insect bite hahhah.
When I touch the tip with my finger the skin is like filled with fluids.
I have no worries. swelling will take time and ends
Swelling !! my nose like a balloon the swelling is depressed by the tape but once I remove it.. my nose inflate again hahahaha...... it is so funny but sometimes I get angry
Can't believe how terrible is it the swelling on the supratip and tip areas... no way .. I hate this
It is one month now..still tender, stiff, hurts ..looks deviated to me and there is a depression
I will do acupuncture this week hoping it may help to reduce stress and swelling. Not sure how effective it is but will give it a try. Why Not?
There is little improvement in the shape. The swelling slightly decreased, and the dent on the bridge is not too deep as before not sure if it is filled with scar tissue or whatever but that's not bad.
I met Dr. De Silva today and he thinks my nose will improve over time. He said if the right side did not improve he can smooth it with a filler. I don't think will add a filler I will go for a surgery in the future to fix it if necessary.
I told him I think my nose is too long and wished to have it shorter. He explained to me the correct dimensions of the nose to the rest of the face and believes my nose is in harmony with my face.
I don't know my self- image says it is too big !!! not sure how I convince myself that it is not.
Anyway.. I don't have positive or negative feelings at the moment. I will wait till it is 6 months post-op and see how things going. I don't wish to go to the operation room again except if there is something that I can't live with..
Still not in the mood of adding photos here.. sorry!
Stiff and hurts
Although I can see a reduction in the swelling, cold weather increases pain, stiffness and tenderness.
My nose is very sensitive.
I can't say I am happy about my nose. it is still swollen, big and the positive changes are not easily seen.
I hate it !
10 Apr 2016
2 months post
Have no words...generally still not happy
17 Apr 2016
2 months post
little refinement and reduction in swelling improved my mood :)
3 months soon
24 Apr 2016
2 months post
No much to say. still have the same concerns
7th of May
It is getting worse in terms of swelling, dent and deviation. No positive changes till now. I can't believe it will improve after a year without evidence. I will not wake up on the 4th Feb 2017 and see magic transformation.. positive changes accumulate and build up over time, ?but they should be noticeable.
27 May 2016
3 months post
The dent is permanent there is no way that it will improve from itself
14 Jun 2016
4 months post
It is 4 months. At the moment Photos would say nothing new so I will not share.
as seen in the photo.. same situation
18 Sep 2016
7 months post
I noticed a little reduction in the swelling which improved the shape of the nose. I was so pleased :)
I wish to wake up one morning without thinking about my nose
8 months post-op
It is better than before but my satisfaction rate is still low. I can't cancel the idea of doing a revision. I want more feminine nose.
13 Oct 2016
8 months post
My nose started to swell more since yesterday and the tip is stiff and rigid. Not sure what is happening at 8 months postop.