Rhinoplasty was the best decision I've made my nose looks fantastic ! My whole life I lived this large bump on my nose always getting stares. I hated my nose. I was considering rhinoplasty for a while but was afraid I would end up with a bad nose job. I did my research and most important I think when finding a Dr. is one that does several rhinoplasty procedures a week to keep up their skills. I was surprised when I went on some of these so call "rhinoplasty experts " web sites and not see not very may pictures. The quality of work shows it self not just in a few but many pictures of patients before and after especially the difficulty cases ( very large noses). That is what finally convinced me to do it. I was impressed with my surgeons work and felt comfortable with him doing the procedure. My rhinoplasty was done on the inside "closed rhinoplasty" . A closed rhinoplasty is the way to go because no visible scars are left on the out side and the recovery time is faster. When I woke up from surgery I admit I looked like I was at the bad end of a fight. I had black eyes and my face was really swollen. I remember feeling some burning in my nose the nurse gave me pain medication and after that I had no pain. Don't be afraid when you look at pictures post surgery because it looks much worst then it is. The only discomfort I had was nasal congestion( could'nt breath through my nose for a couple of weeks but it slowly improves) and a runny nose. Your nose is very swollen after but is subsides with time. The cast comes of in a week. During this time its like waiting for your birthday present you wonder how it will look. When I saw my nose for the first time I was amazed . The bump was gone and smaller with a slightly curved tip. I am happy with my nose its only been a two weeks and it will continue to look better once all the swelling goes down. I hope this helps people who are considering rhinoplasty. My advice to anyone considering rhinoplasty be smart and do the research. Rhinoplasty is one of the hardest cosmetic procedures to master so you want to make sure you have a experienced and skilled surgeon. Don't be discouraged from all the bad nose job stories because there are good surgeons out there that do good work who are not on advertised as the best doctors on televison. A popular name does not mean you will get the best work.
Good luck .. m.p. RN
I had Rhinoplasty seven days ago. My nose is very congested, and I still have to breath through my mouth. My nose continues to drip clear fluid. My concern is not being able to breath through my nose, as it been a week since surgery. Is this normal? How long will I be this way?