22yrs Old, Female - Wanting Rhinoplasty with Lucion Ion - London, GB
Ever since primary school I have been extremely...
Less than a month to go until the big day!
But it's crept up on me! My pre-op is only on 17th October and i have now bought my train tickets to London! My surgery is booked for 1st November. I am getting really nervous but excited at the same time! I am just PRAYING i do not get ill!, there are lots of bugs and cold and flu going about at work at the moment and it will be sods law i fall ill just before my surgery and it will have to be cancelled!
I really hope it doesn't as its taken time negotiating the time off work AND i now am getting married in the 1st may bank holiday weekend 2017 so i want as big a gap between the wedding and my surgery as possible!
Does anybody have any pre and post op tips/advice for me!?
1 Day Post Op
So, I had my Pre-op on the 17th which was just a basic meeting to see if we are still on the same page and check my preparations for the op.
-bromelain for swelling (check)
- arnica cream and tablets (check)
-probiotic tablet with immune support (check)
-neck support (check)
All good to go! In the last two weeks running up to the appointment nerves started to kick in and I did almost start to reconsider. But I held my guns and spoke to a few people who had treatment with him and I'm glad so far I went through!
My operation was yesterday, I arrived early at the hospital at 6:45 with both my mum and fiancé ..... which did not have an overly 'clinical' feel to it at all which really helps. I filled in some forms and I was escourted to my room. The room was lovely, a smaller size to what other people would have and also no ensuite (but I was a daycase so I presume that's why). The nurse and HCAs introduced themselves, they were all super lovely and I was given a gown, slippers and charming big see through knickers to wear! :P
They took my bp, pulse, weight and ran through some final medical checks and put wrist bands on me.
Then, my anaesthetist(who had emailed me Individually earlier that week) came to see me and run through some things. He knew I was nervous, it was my first time having a GA but he reassured me.
Not long after dr.ion came up to my room to check I was ok and run through my photos and what we were doing again to make sure we were still on the same page.
By 8:20 I was collected and walked down to theatre - this was it - it was finally getting real! When I got to theatre I expected it to be a team of people In there and all guns go! But it wasn't.
It was just the guy who escourted me who prepped me up on the bed and then my anaesthetist came in. He fitted a cannula but my left vein wasn't playing ball so we swapped it to my right hand. I was waiting for him to to tell me he was going to put the ga in now and ask me to count but he didn't. He moved the bed and asked if I was ok. To which I replied "yeah I'm fine I don't feel any different" he was like "really!?" ...... that's all I remember! I was out like a light.
I'm actually glad he done it that way as it meant I was a lot more relaxed. The next thing I know is someone waking me up really nicely. Although my first thoughts was that I had to get up and go to work and I was soooooo cozy, I was a bit bummed to be woken up. I tried to go back to sleep but she wouldn't let me, she gave me water but it was exhausting to try and focus on the room. The first thing I tried to ask about was where my mum was and I got a bit emosh! And my hand instantly went to touch my nose Haha. Once I was a bit more with it then took me up to my room and got me settled in. I was freezing so they layered me up with blankets and put the heating on.
I wasn't in any pain. I'd honestly had periods and piercings that hurt more. It wasn't long until I reallly needed a wee , it was so soon that I didn't have any energy still but it's on the checklist to do before they discharge you! :)
My mum and fiancé came to visit with a present for my and the staff gave me lots of ice cream and my food was ready! The food was lovely and I spent a few hours just chilling and getting my strength back. By 5pm I was discharged with a big bag of medication including a cream to clean my stitches with, a weeks worth of clexane injections, antibiotics and codedrydamole for pain relief and transamic acid.
I felt good and could even breathe through my nose!
However, the first night I did not sleep well as I'm not used to sleeping on my back with my head up and I can feel the bruising and swelling coming out more now on my eyes.
2 days post op
Staying up together with my meds and using a cold compress to try get the swelling down.
3 Days Post Op
I'm hoping that was the worst of it :P
Still bunged up as I plan to have cast and packing in until 7 days post op and the tip of my nose hurts and feels tender. (You can forget about smiling/yawning-sneezing!). Where my stitch is on the septum is very red and sore so trying to just keep it clean and keep an eye on it.
2 weeks post op
Good to breathe again, I still had some swelling but not much. I've been sinus rinsing 3 times a day since and I had to have antibiotics for another week as my stitch site was a little infected but nothing much and seems to have all cleared.
Feeling and movement in my upper lip has returned now and pretty much in the up of my nose too but it's rock solid and still tender to the touch but not unbearable.
So in love with my new nose and happy with my results and the care I have received from dr.ion and his team! I highly recommend!
2 months post op
No ones fault it's just as the swelling is going down in time they became more visible (they're clear too!)
From time to time I get slight swelling flare ups if I get hot/upset but I've battled 2 colds in the post op period too! It's been fine!
The tip of my nose is still hard but there is movement coming back slowly and from time to time I get a sharp pain when the scar on my nose is but it's not unbearable.
Love love love it :)