Ok so i was contemplating on doing a story on here but i have been coming on here for about over a month now and reading ppls stories to find out more info on rhinoplasty and i finally decided to make one because i need your help afterall.
I just had surgery on friday 3/22/2013. Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty. Everything went well. I trust my surgeon. He has over 40+ years practice in cosmetic surgery so i know i was in good hands. He is very old fashioned so he didnt have any before or after pictures to show me and he didnt do the 3D morph pictures. Its either you trust him or you dont. So i did.
Surgery was 3 hours long. I woke up from anesthesia in a lot of pain and i was very nauseous so i threw up blood which is normal they said because u swallow blood during surgery. I came home fine, i was walking around, i felt great. I didnt even feel like i had surgery. I was in and out of sleep due to the Oxycodone they gave me for pain. I had minor drainage and bleeding and not so much bruising or swelling yet.
Sleeping was HORRIBLE. Woke up every half hour, my mouth was sore and dry. Had lots of bottles of water next to my bed. Could not sleep at all because i could not breathe due to the packing in my nose! I could def tell that my nose is smaller and my tip is noticeably smaller doesnt droop anymore. So far i could tell that im going to love my new nose!
Post op day 2:
Woke up with brusing. Not so much swelling only a little. Only had a little of pain but i would take the oxycodone once every 4 hours as needed. I was just drowsy all day so i was in and out of sleep. Didnt do much. I walked around a lot. I have ADHD so im not the type to lay around all day. Later on that night i started to get really swollen and deep black and blues under my eyes. But i know that is normal so i went to sleep hoping every day will be better.
Post op day 3:
Boy was i wrong, I woke up VERY Swollen and black and blue. Which was fine because on here i read day 3 and 4 are the worst days so this was expected.
My Dr called me this morning and wanted me to come into his office to remove the packing. I was so happy. I met him at his office, mind you this is Sunday, he doesnt see patients on the weekend. Thats how nice and caring he is of his patients. He removed the packing which was HORRIBLE!! SO much pain. I think that was the most pain i endured since this surgery. He then removed my splint off my nose. I was so confused because i thought you had to wait 7 days to take off the splint and its only been two days?? He said the only reason a hard splint is on is to reduce the swelling. He took it off and said its still going to swell with or without the cast. But boy was i happy to remove it and did not care that he did!!
He wants me to go into his office on thursday so he can "squeeze my nose to narrow it". His exact words. He said my nose is still too tender now since i just had surgery and he doesnt want to press on it. I came home and revealed my new nose and i was so happy with the results. It looks great just VERY VERY swollen and bruised. Everyone loved my results. Later on that day my face began to swell very bad. Especailly in-between my eyes and the bruising went over my right eye. I look really bad and is embarrassed to have anyone see me. I look like Avatar and im not exaggerating or trying to be funny. I have been upset and my mom keeps telling me its only been 3 days since surgery but im just so eager and upset because i read alot of ppls stories on here and no one looked like i am. I went to sleep and hoped the next day it would go down.
Post of day 4:
I slept a little better. My nose was still stuffy even after i took out the packing. I still find myself breathing out of my nose. It feels like you have to blow out of your nose but you cant blow your nose via the doctor. I woke up and still looked like Avatar. I look so ugly and i just want to cry. My mom said i look better than yesterday but i think shes just saying that to make me feel better. Im starting to think my face is going to stay like this. Im so scared. Ive been drinking pineapple juice bc i heard it reduces swelling and bruising.
I asked my surgeon prior to the surgery about Arnica gel and tablets and he said dont waste your money. Your going to swell and bruise no matter what. What can i do guys to minimize the swelling and bruising? Oh and im not allowed to ice anymore because he said 48 hours after surgery you just stop icing and since my cast is off he doesnt want the ice to set my nose because it still has to be tender for when he narrows it on thursday.