I had a septorhinoplasty 8 days ago. He did a complete overhaul on my nose, shaved the bump, took down the fat tip at the end, shrank my nostrils, and brought the entire thing down so you couldn't see into my nose from straight onlook.
My issue has nothing to do with the apperance, but the (artificial) grafts used to do the job. I can feel the grafts at the tip, it's extremely hard to the touch with NO wiggle room, in addition, when you touch it, I can actually feel the graft at the base of my nose (where the nostrils meet my face but in the middle) when I touch the tip of my nose at all and it HURTS!! It seriously hurts, like someone is pushing a plastic graft into an open wound. It feels as if the graft is too large, and it's extremely uncomfortable. Or maybe it's off and it's pushing into something it shouldn't??
I just got the cast off today, and all along I thought there was a metal stent in my nose (because that's what the pain felt like) and was extremely confused when he said there was nothing in my nose to remove.
I am unsure about everything until I get an answer to this question. At this point I am just worried that I may have to do this entire thing over and I really don't have the money, time, or desire to do such. HELP!
Throughout the entire healing process I have been excessively swollen and since the beginning it was difficult to breathe through my left nostril. My right side healed pretty quickly, I breathe fine through it and the swelling is pretty much gone, so much so that the other side (which is still very swollen) looks very lopsided. Not only am I upset at the way it looks, but I am sick and tired of not being able to breathe through my left nostril and thus breathing through my mouth, drying up my throat.
I'm depressed that my nose is now lopsided and I can't breathe. I am starting to think I should not have even gotten this done, the pain, and aggravation, all to look worse than before and now add not having use of my left nostril... it's sad.
If it's really bad, my doctor offered to do a revision for free, and I would just pay the hospital/anesthesia cost, but that is still a lot of money... However, I'll do it if it will help me breathe, fixed the asymmetric lopsidedness.HELP! Is this pain going to remain this way? Will the tip ever soften? Will I build scar tissue to cushion the nostril and protect me from the pain I feel?? Pls also note I am not good with pain, could I be overly whimpy? Or is this not normal? -- Updated Jan. 18, 2010 -- I am wondering if this much swelling is normal for 2 mos. post-op, and if it's normal for it to be only on my left side? I can feel scar tissue or something like that, kind of puffy feeling on the insides of my nostrils, is this normal? It's puffier on my left side, as is everything else. Even my left cheek is a little puffy still. Every time I tell my doctor about it he says it takes up to a year or more for swelling to subside, and that it's normal for it to be lopsided. But everything I have read online says swelling should be down 90% by 2 mos post-op, and my left side isn't down AT ALL. In addition, the left side is still numb. When I touch it, it feels like someone else's nose/skin, not my own? Should I be worried? Please help!! I am desperate.