23 Years Old, Upcoming Rhinoplasty - London, GB

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Hi all, I felt it was about time I made my very...

Hi all,

I felt it was about time I made my very own contribution to Realself as I have found the help of others so useful! I am booked in with Mr Ion in London next week and I'm beyond excited!! I think since it hit 7 days I've gone a bit crazy with impatience so starting my story now on here seems like something good to fill the time!

I, as with everyone else on here, have spent the best part of my life so far suffering from extreme insecurity about my nose. When I was in my earlier teens it would literally prevent me from leaving the house at times if I was having a bad day, missing out on things with my friends because I felt too self conscious. When I went to university I was lucky enough to meet my boyfriend who has done remarkable wonders that I never thought possible for my general self confidence. However the damage with my nose was done long ago so although I have matured and it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be, it is still a very big problem. I think the names started before I was actually aware of my nose being a larger size - I went to an all girls school which can be very harsh!! People used to call it 'Mount Everest' and I became incredibly concerned very quickly. Even now I am aware of people commenting on the size of my nose - often because they are just commenting on the fact without realising that it is something that deeply worries me (perhaps not everyone realises how much I hate it). Anyway that is all in the past because in 7 days time I will have a brand new nose!

To anyone considering Mr Ion although of course there is much to be seen I currently have no hesitation in recommending him. I had my consultation back in March having waited 6 weeks for an available date and really for me as I had done so much research it was more of a formality, unless something went drastically wrong I was quite sure I would have opted for him. The other name that kept popping up was Matti however I had read some things about his bedside manner that made me wary. Well Ion was really something. Warm, professional, knowledgeable, and thorough. I have no doubt that I am in possibly the best hands available in the UK for rhinoplasty! To anyone
considering this surgery I really would advise you to at least see him for a consult. Yes, he is expensive, but you cannot put a price on something like this. Wait that little longer to save up, or get a loan (I got mine through my bank, Nationwide in case you are wondering)! I have uploaded some photos though it does make me feel paranoid, I'm not quite sure why? My op is no secret at all but it seems very intimate to be sharing on the internet an insecurity that I have internalised for so many years having been mocked for so long. I actually have morphs (front and side) but I am not quite 'there' yet to post my profile - very happy to message to those who would like to see!

I absolutely plan to utilise my 2 weeks off work post op by updating this post so let me know if anyone has anything in particular they want to know! As it is now gone 1am as I write I can say it's only 5 days to go!!

Update! Cast removed yesterday....!

Sorry for the delay in updating but I’m now Day 8 post op and have a very detailed review ahead! I’ll start with the consultation then cover the surgery, recovery/post op, and cast off and hopefully I won’t miss anything out!

First and foremost I had my consultation back at the end of March having booked 6 weeks previously and that was the first available appointment. The consultation if I remember correctly was £150 at the time and I paid as I booked. I live in Birmingham (from London originally) so I came back home for a night and my mum came with me to Harley Street for the consultation. My heart was racing as I went in, I think it was all so surreal and I’d been eagerly awaiting it for so long! I was greeted warmly and provided with a clipboard and some forms to fill out in the waiting room upstairs. Basic personal questions and then lots of tickboxes on my medical history, GP details, previous injuries, smoker or not etc. before going in to Mr Ion’s room.

From the moment I met him I felt in safe hands - he is warm, extremely knowledgeable, open, and explains everything properly. First of all we sat down and he asked me what I wanted and we talked through briefly what I didn’t like about my nose. He then took some photos from every angle (front, both profiles, then in between front and profile each side). He uploaded them to his computer and then created the morphs checking I was happy with the shape, which I was. This process is weird by the way, for the first time seeing yourself with a different nose! He then asked me to lie down and he looked inside my nose with a torch before sitting me back down and going through the procedure fully and how it works, as well as showing me some previous examples of rhinoplasties he had done. He also told me that I had to give up smoking, at least 2 weeks before but ideally asap. This was huge for me as I was a smoker of 9 years but I am currently about 2 months smoke free and will not be going back! We went through any questions I had and then his secretary took me in to another room and provided my quote and information on what happened next. The consultation for me had been more of a formality as I knew from my research that unless something just didn’t feel right at the consultation then Mr Ion was the surgeon that I wanted. As it had gone so well I wanted to book there and then but his secretary would not actually let me! It was a Thursday, and she told me that sometimes excitement can take over and that nothing will change if I held off until Monday, so to really take the weekend to digest everything and call on Monday if I was ready to book. To me this is testament to the practice of Mr Ion and I have read a review or two of people he refused to operate on because he didn't feel they were mentally ready or prepared. I was provided with a quote of £7,520 (£5,700 surgeon’s fee, £1,820 hospital fee, £500 anaesthetist fee) and informed that upon booking a £500 deposit was required. Please do note that I think this changes frequently so may have since gone up! I called back to book and there was exactly 11 weeks between booking and the first available surgery date…this was a killer as I’d read somewhere it was more along 6-8 weeks but he was going through an especially busy period!

Surgery Day:
My op was at Weymouth Street Hospital (just around the corner from Harley Street) and I was due to arrive at 7.15am for an 8am slot. I had been called the day before as my initial booking was 10.30am but someone had cancelled so it was a huge relief to know I was first on the list! In reception I completed some forms and provided my bank details in order to pay for the prescribed medicine which I would receive before going home and this came to about £40 total so not a lot considering! I was then escorted from reception to my room by a really nice guy who then showed me around the room and talked me through the food menu advising me what was best to eat given I was having rhinoplasty! He then left and I was with my mum who helped me get all kitted up in my surgery outfit! Next a nurse came to see me to go through a whole load of questions about my health, closely followed by the anaesthetist. He was fantastic, very lively character and asked a lot of questions, took the time to get to know me and made me feel at ease and answered any questions I had about the anaesthetic. I then had a few more questions from the nurse who gave me my pressure stockings and then Mr Ion came in to see me for a few minutes. He had printed copies of my morphs which we recapped and he also asked me whether or not I was happy to agree to a new thing he has been doing in recent ops involving blood extraction from my arm (whilst under) to then use during the op. Not sure of the technical side but I believe they extract some element of this blood to then put back in the nose before the end of the op to help healing/swelling/bruising etc. I then signed what I guess can only be described as my disclaimer which he also signed. He was really warm once again and I just felt so relaxed and trusting to be in his hands. My mum then had to go and put money on for parking so I was left alone for a few minutes but I felt remarkably calm having seen Mr Ion again. After about 5 minutes the nurse came to collect me, I was prepped for anaesthetic and at this point when they lay me on the bed and the warm air was blowing my heart stated racing and I became really scared!! The lady there though was fantastic, really calmed me down and then the anaesthetist came and they were both talking away to me...last thing I remember was my chest feeling like it was going to combust in a bizarrely nice way and I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer and then I was out!

I came to fully in recovery about 12pm though was very aware of the fact that I’d been trying to come out for quite some time beforehand and really struggled. At one point I knew Mr Ion was there and I was so desperate to try and come to and talk to him and just couldn’t! Having never had an operation I will admit I felt extremely weak, out of it, and my face was painful and throbbing! I was in recovery for around half hour and the nurse with me offered me painkillers a few times and I gladly accepted anything I could get! This was put in through my cannula which felt very weird. Mr Ion also came over whilst I was here briefly to let me know he’d been up to my room to tell my Mum it was all done which I thought was great. I was taken back to my room and the next 2 hours or so were just sliding in and out of consciousness. I was offered my food but wasn’t quite ready and then I went to the toilet and I think the movement and walking triggered my appetite back! Lunch was a nice selection and exactly what I needed – tomato soup (I was told to make sure this cooled fully because steam encourages bleeding of the nose), soft cheesy pasta, ice cream and a diet coke! My nose was bleeding quite heavily and my gauze was changed about 5 times and I was given some to go home with. I left around 5.30pm to go home and was given antibiotics, painkillers, blood thinning injections and pills to prevent bleeding.

7 Days Recovery
Night one was really tough as I was so nervous to fall asleep any other way than directly upright and every time my head dropped I jerked awake! Around late evening though I managed to get comfortable and slept through the night, though I was waking up every hour or so to drink as I had such a dry mouth partly from the anaesthetic but also because I was only breathing through my mouth.

Day 1 I still felt very weak and spent most of the day in bed in and out of sleep, before also sleeping the night through. Day 2 still weak but a little better, I left my bed for a few hours in the late afternoon before going back to bed for a long night though I was tossing and turning for hours until it was getting light and I finally managed to doze off. Day 3 I got up, showered and dressed and felt slightly more alive! Day 4 I spent the majority of the day out of bed and then Day 5 had some friends over and felt much more human! Day 6 my nose became very itchy and dry and I was really ready for my cast and splint removal as it was becoming really irritating. The whole time I was very congested though this dried up the last couple of days (still couldn’t breathe properly through my nose). I also really struggled to sleep in the evenings I think because I was doing nothing all day to tire my body so a couple of nights I took some Valium to conk out.

Cast Off:
So yesterday I had my cast removed! I arrived for my appointment and was greeted by Mr Ion’s nurse, Rosie, who was absolutely lovely. She asked me to lie down and then slowly started picking ‘bits’ out of my nose, removed the stitches, pulled the splints out, and then removed the cast itself. She was extremely gentle and so friendly so was talking to my Mum and I the whole time so I barely even realised what she was doing! As most people say I felt discomfort during the removal of the splints not in a painful way but more because it just felt very weird and I was gobsmacked how long they are! The stitch removal was slightly painful but lasted just a few seconds so it was fine. I was then just lying there and my Mum and Rosie were having a chat but I suddenly had a moment of panic so left them to it rather than sitting up or asking for the mirror! After a minute or two though Rosie sat me up and asked if I was ready…and then I saw! My instant reaction was ever so slight panic as my tip looked too high but I think this was because it wasn’t raised before so it was a shock initially. Also it has since dropped down, it must have been raised up from the cast/swelling etc. but is now perfect. I couldn’t believe it! I loved it!! I booked my 1 month follow up and thanked Rosie who really was amazing before leaving. One thing that was fab was I met someone in the waiting room who I’d been messaging through the week who was having their cast removal just after me :) we said hello briefly and then I left.

In the car I was elated…I think for me that’s when it all sunk in! I of course started taking lots of selfies from different angles and sending pictures to close friends and family! I really am SO over the moon with the result. I will be yet another person to add to the list of those in total and absolute awe of Mr Ion and his work. I can see my nose is still very swollen and there is likely to be much change over the coming weeks, however I already see how symmetrical and perfectly shaped it is. The nose itself I feel is beautiful, and almost a little sexy! It is certainly very feminine compared to my previous shape and I couldn’t be happier. Mr Ion creates such a recognisable shape and his tips are perfectly crafted, ever so slightly raised with a minimal point to make it feminine. I haven’t been concerned at all about the shape through this whole process because I had such faith in Mr Ion from the start and I’m just so relieved I was right not to be! I’ve uploaded some photos and will continue to do so over the coming months.

Too long didn’t really read?! Mr Ion is an absolute amazing artist and genius and I would recommend him and his staff to anyone considering rhinoplasty! The best money I have ever and will ever spend! Truly superb service and care throughout which is exactly what you need during an operation of this gravity.

If I can help anyone at all with any questions I am more than happy to do so, especially those considering Mr Ion – you will not regret it :)

Just some more photos!

3 weeks post op - inflamed scar?

Hey, so I'm now 3 weeks post op! As I have become used to the changes and the smaller size of my nose, I am now becoming slightly obsessed with the swelling! I'm very conscious of a swollen tip though I know this is not noticeable to anyone else and that I just need to be patient and wait, there is no point fretting. It is just very frustrating!

I have also noticed just today on the right side of my bridge a very weird bony bump, I can barely bear to touch it. Has anyone else had experience of this? From doing a quick search, this is something that can happen as the bone heals but with time they should disappear. Again trying not to worry too much, it's just something I noticed!

I went back to work this week 2.5 weeks after the op and that was depressing, I quite enjoyed becoming a lady of leisure (even if I didn't leave the house for the first week)! Care-wise I am using my sinus rinse twice per day, morning and evening, followed by using saltwater to clean the scar area. I then apply Savlon to the scar and cream to the skin of my nose. At night I am still taping and will probably continue to do so until swelling reduces significantly as it's no bother and I think it helps.

One thing I have noticed is that my scar is inflamed. Only if you look really closely can you see it, and also very close up it almost looks like my columella is drooping but this is an illusion, it's really the scar being inflamed. Does anyone know what has caused this or what I can do to help? I don't have my check up for another month and I'm not concerned, but just wondered if anyone else had this issue!

My swelling is definitely worse in the tip now than after my initial cast removal. The bridge has gone down a lot though one side more than the other (this is not noticeable to anyone but me though). I know patience is key but boy is it frustrating! I don't think the swelling is helped by the fact we are going through a heatwave by UK standards and my flat is boiling! My skin is also very oily and my tip a little shiny :( as seems to be the trend I don't think there is much I can do but wait!

I've posted a couple more pics but here's to waiting and seeing what changes take shape over the next month! Hope everyone is well :)

10 Weeks Post Op!

Hi all, I am sorry I haven't updated in a while, life kinda took over! I've added some more photos - I am still totally in love but as I'm sure you will see my swelling has yet to go down! I went to see Lucian around 2 weeks ago for a follow up and he said there is a lot of swelling, especially around the tip which although I knew, was reassuring to know. He offered steroid injections as an option but did say that if I was happy with how it was progressing, not to have them. I chose not to as even if my nose did now stay how it was, I'd be delighted! I'd rather let nature take its course.

I have been using my Sinusrinse regularly (once a day although I know it should be two..need to get back in to this habit). Some days I am congested, some days I am not but on the whole it's much easier to breathe through my nose when awake and during sleep. I cannot explain the psychological effects this has had, I am just so much more confident and it feels amazing. I feel like for the first time in my life I can meet new people and not feel uncomfortable, I am walking around with my head held high rather than sinking in to the ground and trying to avoid eye contact with strangers!! My job is people facing so I'm happier at work, I just generally feel amazing! I've recently had some job interviews and going in to them I just felt like a different person, the liberation cannot be explained and only can be truly understood when you have been through it yourself!

I don't have a huge amount to update, like I say the swelling is still quite bad (and more noticeable in photos than real life). Healing is going very well and I'm very happy :) if anyone has any questions let me know! I'm back to see Mr Ion again early December, so hope by then much more swelling has gone down - the humidity hasn't helped either so hopefully with Winter it will really take shape!

PS. I don't usually take this many photos of myself and obviously lots are cropped to cut other people out, but for nose purposes has to be done!

Can't believe it's over 18 months! By far the best thing I've ever done

I thought it had been quite some time since I'd been on here and it might be good to see an update long term. I love my nose so much - so worth the money and the wait! In November I even got my nose pierced and I absolutely love it.

Even last week I noticed slight refinement in the shape and my tip is still a bit hard so I think it might not even be 100% healed yet. I do find I'm more sniffly in general, but it's not a big issue and normally only impacts me when I'm sleeping as I sleep with my mouth open a lot more than I remember doing before. For me a price well worth paying!

It's changed my whole life. I've learned self confidence and all those horrible feelings you used to get meeting new people, walking in to a room at a party, or just having someone face you side on, have gone. It's allowed me to do things I would never had the confidence to do - and it's helped me hugely in my career and personal life.

Happy to answer any questions if anyone has any! Hope others have found the happiness I have :) I've cropped a lot of the photos because other people might not want their pics on here!
London Plastic Surgeon

Mr Ion is a superb surgeon. Even before meeting with him having read so many reviews and seen so many flawless results, I knew I was in safe hands. Supported by fantastic staff the process has been smooth running and I have felt supported every step of the way. Mr Ion really took the time to understand my personal requirements and having seen the results so far it is evident he is truly an artist when it comes to noses with a real grasp on beauty and symmetry whilst maintaining a very natural look. I really cannot recommend him enough and would strongly advise anyone to at least meet with him for a consult if considering rhinoplasty. It has been worth every penny spent and I can't wait to see the final result over the coming months! Although there have been long wait times I have still rated this as 5 stars because to me this demonstrates his excellence and popularity as a surgeon.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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