In 2008, I began having pains around my eyes. I thought I needed glasses. I began having chronic sinus infections. In 2012, an MRI showed I had a severe deviated septum. I was given steroid sprays, but decided that I wanted to have septoplasty to avoid the effects of long-term steroid use. My brother had the surgery, and my mom was suffering the effects of using nasal sprays for so long, so it was an easy decision.
Of course, once I decided on septoplasty, I knew right away that I wanted rhinoplasty with the procedure (if you're going to straighten the inside, why not straighten the whole nose too?!). I was afraid at first at what other people would think, but I realized that this is what I wanted to be happy. I was not going to turn down this opportunity to feel good on the outside because of what other people might say. Surprisingly, my family was very supportive. I scheduled my December surgery in July, and anxiously counted down the days.
The surgery went very well, better than I expected! Although I swelled up a lot the day after surgery, I did not have much pain. I was very diligent with taking my pain medication and took it every four hours, even setting alarms while I slept at night (highly recommend doing this- stay ahead of the pain!). Post-surgery was more just annoying than painful. Since I had splints in my nose from the septoplasty, I had to breath through my mouth the entire time and could not taste any food! I slept in a recliner and had my vaporizer by my side every night. The most annoying thing was the drainage and bubbling in my nose. Although I couldn't breath through my nose, exhaling through my mouth and swallowing created pressure that pushed drainage out of my nose, which made a high-pitched squeaking sound. My fiance said it woke him up sometimes during the night! :) Not painful, just annoying. Also, the oral steroid and pain medication gave me nightmares and made me itchy, but it was bearable. Overall, it was not a bad experience. Now my tonsillectomy...that was a different story. If you have that done, then I feel bad for you! :)
Getting the cast off and splints out and seeing my new nose for the first time was a life-changing experience. I was thrilled with the results. I even cried for an hour because I could not believe the nose I now had. I would definitely recommend this surgery to anyone who is considering it. Now, am I saying that cosmetic surgery will rid you of all self-esteem issues and that everyone should get it? No. But if it is something that you truly want, why not go for it? Some people save up for a new car, a vacation, or a new wardrobe. I saved up for this "nose job," and I'm sure glad I did!