The procedure itself took approximately 3 hours. The anaesthetist Dr. Webster works with is extremely gentle and really made me relax about my first time going under a general anaesthetic. I stayed in hospital overnight and was ready to go home by 10am the next morning.
By far the worst part of recovery were days 3-4, where it felt like the swelling in my jaw was making it difficult to breathe. It wasn't, I just wasn't used to the pressure, but having my mum at home and basically not leaving the couch for 5 days made that pass really quickly. I did phone the surgeon to check, and his nursing staff were great about checking back in with me over the next couple of days.
After 5 days my cast came off for the first time, though I continued to keep it on at home. It was a relief to be able to shower properly, but even after 5 days the bruising was almost completely gone, and after 1 week my swelling was minimal. It was only apparent to my family and friends that I had been swollen, when they saw me a week or two later and noticed the difference.
Really it was the best decision I've made. My confidence has improved enormously, and I absolutely love my new profile. The change is minimal - and completely reflects my surgeon's ambition to keep me looking like me, just with a smaller nose and more balanced profile.
For one week of enforced rest and what were really only 2 days of serious discomfort, it feels amazing! I still find myself running my finger over my nose to reassure myself that the hump really is gone and it's smooth and straight. So so pleased I went through with it.