I am two full days post-op going on into my third...
I am two full days post-op going on into my third day and am feeling good. I still have some drainage but it is clear. I also bruised around my eyes- it looks like I lost a fight. The day I came home wasn't too bad: I didn't have any nausea, wasn't in any pain, and was able to sleep through most of the night with a few wake ups of changing the gauze under my nose and getting drinks of water to hydrate my throat. Throughout the recovery time, I choose not to take my pain killers and just went with Tylenol. It worked well most of the time expect for yesterday, when I wished I had the prescription pain killers. It is much better today and I will feel it out but have a feeling I will continue to stick with Tylenol. I am also taking Arnica which my surgeon gave to me and will begin taking Bromelain tomorrow, my third full day after surgery. Overall I am taking it easy at home waiting for Monday to arrive so I could have the cast taken off.
Tomorrow will be the big, also swollen, reveal!...
Tomorrow will be the big, also swollen, reveal! I'm excited to see the new shape of the nose but also nervous to see how swollen it is. I'm still bruised (yellow and a little green) under my eyes and partly along my jaw line where I swelled up. I'm still swollen in my cheek and jaw line area and am hoping it goes away soon. I look like I'm storing nuts in my cheeks like a little chipmunk. My husband and I have had some laughs (tight lip smiles) about my swollen looks which makes me feel more relaxed about this whole situation. After all, laughter is the best medicine.
So... today was the big reveal! To be honest I was...
So... today was the big reveal! To be honest I was shocked to see what my nose looked like once I looked in the mirror. I felt like the bridge was very narrow and I was told that's due to all of my swelling focused on the tip. The tip is very swollen so he thought it would be best to use a kenalog shot on it. I had a huge pimple on my nose, which was hidden under the cast, and they helped me out by using a light chemical peel on it to help with the condition of the skin, mostly the huge zit and pores. I am very happy with my profile, it's not too piggy like and the bump is gone. However, I'm not pleased with the way it looks from the front. My husband went with me to the appointment and he himself was a bit surprised/shocked the way it looked. I of course began crying because I was upset the way it looked and they tried reassuring me that it takes time. I'm thinking though from what I have read, the swelling will only decrease, which would narrow the bridge even more. The doctor told me to trust him and he asked to see me in two weeks for a moral check- to see how I'm doing since I was so upset. I went home crying. My husband tried reassuring me to make me feel better. Later in the evening, I received a phone call from my surgeon and asked me if I could come in on Friday instead to see how I felt about it then to help me with my moral. He was nice to call today after our appointment and I hope my future appointments go better than todays. I would love for Friday to be just here because all I do is look at my nose to see if it looks any better. Once some time passes I will post pictures to show everyone and get everyone's opinion.
It has been a while but wanted to update. I went...
It has been a while but wanted to update. I went to my PS's office on Thursday and he checked to see how my nose is doing. I feel overall, my nose is getting and feeling better every day. I have noticed recently that my nostrils a little asymmetrical and pointed it out to my PS, and he said it is the swelling and it just takes time. So... I'm waiting patiently. He reassured me he has seen the asymmetrical nostrils before and it works itself out. He said to trust him and he will be there for me throughout this whole experience. I worry about it but do trust him, so I'll just keep on waiting.
While checking my nose, he cleaned it out which helped me with my breathing. Also, my PS was very nice to offer me a complimentary chemical peel again on my nose after my meeting with him since my pores are still clogged and gross looking. It works out really well that he has those resources available and I felt much better leaving his office after they cleaned my nose. I still have some serious looking pores but it is getting better with time.
My next appointment with him is in three weeks where he will check the progress of my healing and he said he might do a kenalog shot if my swelling is stubborn. Overall, I'm happy with my nose so far and am looking forward to seeing how it heals. I still have it check it as undecided until some more time passes to see how my nose heals and get a better idea of what my final nose will look like. I will post pics of my progress soon.
Here are some pictures, finally. However, I don't...
Here are some pictures, finally. However, I don't feel comfortable showing my whole face so my nose will have to do. I still notice the asymmetrical nostrils from the front and it worries me since it has been more than 3 weeks since cast removal. July 3rd will be a whole month after my procedure and I will see my PS the week after. I'm looking forward to getting a kenalog shot so hopefully it will even out the swelling of the nostrils. My PS told me that it is uneven swelling but I worry it is not so I guess I'll just have to wait and see.
It has been a while but wanted to let everyone...
It has been a while but wanted to let everyone know how it's going. Yesterday I visited my PS and he said everything looks great and gave me a steroid shot to help with my swelling in the nose. I seem to have a small bump from where there is a collection of swelling which makes it look like there is a horizontal line right across the top 1/3 of the nose. However, I'm not too worried about it since it feels like swelling and it doesn't feel like a bone. He asked to see me in a month to see how the shot did. Afterwards, I received my complimentary facial which did wonders. The esthetician did a wonderful job!
My nostrils still seem to be uneven- more so the tip. It seems the tip is kind of funny looking which makes it look asymmetrical. I was told at my previous visit not to worry about it and that it would take time, up to a year. It still bugs me but I guess all I can do is wait, which sucks. I'll mention it again at my next appointment.
I'm still stuffy which makes it difficult for me to breathe but its more of a nuisance than anything. I'm looking forward to feeling like I can breathe 100% through my nose. My PS said the stuffiness comes from the stitches I still have in my nose and dirt and icky things like to collect around it, which leads to the feeling of stuffiness or difficulty breathing through the nose. He said it should be better around the 2-3 month time frame, which will be sometime in August-September.
Well... that's about it for me but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. :)
So it has been three months since my surgery and...
So it has been three months since my surgery and the swelling has gotten much better with time. I can now breathe much easier since the swelling has gone down inside my nostrils. I visited Dr. Nayak two weeks ago and he said he couldn't be happier with the progress. I on the other hand am still weary about it due to my uneven nostrils. My nostrils still look uneven and he acknowledged it as well. He said something he could do once the one year has passed is to inject a permanent filler. He pointed out in my before pictures that I had the uneven nostrils, but I wish when he operated on me he made a professional judgement to camouflage the uneven nostrils better, but can't turn back time. I still have a bump from swelling which the doctor told me to put tape on the swelling to help reduce it. I wear the tape over night and so far have not noticed a difference. I still haven't checked if it's worth it or not worth it since I feel like I'm still getting the little kinks worked out. I know the uneven nostrils and the bump from swelling has affected the final nose look but it has also affected me emotionally. Going through this surgery made me think should I have done it, should I have been happy with what I had to start with, and other days I think well it looks better than it did and other days I think I should have left it alone and never had the surgery. I think I'm still trying to figure out how it looks on my face since I recently took a picture and didn't think it looked natural, of course being used to seeing my old nose. So my thinking is all up in the air. Also, I have noticed recently, my review is not posted under my PS's reviews under realself. Even when I click recent reviews under my PS's profile, my review is not visible and it makes me wonder what's wrong??? Updated pictures will come soon.
I am 4 months post op now. Recently, I went to my...
I am 4 months post op now. Recently, I went to my PS to get a steroid shot for the swelling in the middle of the nose- there was a bump of swelling in the middle which prevented my nose from looking smooth from a profile point of view. It helped with the swelling and hopefully it will stay like that. I really like my profile and am very happy with it. However, I'm not too crazy about my front. My nostrils are still uneven and I have noticed how the definition on my sides is not the same. On my left side, the defined line seems to be straight and it ends with a prominent rounder edge. My right side is more relaxed and doesn't have a definite line like the other side. I have noticed when I take pictures and I smile, my nose looks like it leans towards my left side which seems to be more defined. Also, a few days ago, I had a red bump come up by the incision mark inside the right nostril. I called my PS's office (on a Saturday) and the nurse told me my PS wasn't in the office but she'll pass the note along to him. He called me in less than five minutes and prescribed me an antibiotic. I also sent him a picture of my nose to make sure everything else was ok since the red and inflammed bump was by the incision mark. He thought it was an ingrown hair which might have gotten infected. It seems to be getting better but I think I'll try to go in the office to make sure everything is ok since the bump is still there but the tenderness is almost gone. I think it is great that my doctor takes the time to be proactive when things like this arise but I am disappointed with the outcome of the front so far- I'm praying and hoping it gets better with time but I feel time has only brought out more concerns.
Hi everyone. I have received several...
Hi everyone. I have received several messages/questions regarding my PS's work so I figured it would be easier to update. He seems to be a popular doctor in St. Louis.
It has been 8 months since my rhinoplasty and I'm still unhappy with the results. My nose has a pointy side/end at the tip on one side which makes it look slanted/crooked/just not right. I'll try to post updated pics of it so everyone can see. My nostrils are still uneven and he said that was there to begin with so he can't change anything. Too bad it wasn't brought up/pointed out before my initial surgery. I guess this is one of the those situations where I have to choose my battles.
It was at the six month mark after my surgery, Dr. Nayak agreed that he needed to revise my nose since it didn't heal as well as he'd liked. I have my revision scheduled on March 19th. He is not charging me anything for the 10 minute procedure on my tip, however, I'll have to be under for about an hour or so. In addition, I'll have to take off a few days from work which will be an inconvenience. Dr. Nayak said the revision shouldn't be as hard of a recovery compared to the original surgery and I won't need to wear a cast, only tape for a week. I'll have to get opened up so I'll have to get stitches removed again. He said he would only work on the tip. I will have a pre-consult with him/his staff two weeks before the surgery over the phone. Since I have already gone through this procedure, there's no need to have me come in.
I'm glad he is revising the nose because I feel really self-conscious about it, especially when taking pictures because it reminds me of what it looks like. Recently, I have been positioning my face side ways so they see more of the profile view, not head on as the curvature is more apparent. However, the point that really made me upset was when I was washing my hands in a public restroom and the walls were encased in mirrors. I caught myself in the mirror at the 3/4 view and it became apparent to me how much the nose shifts towards one side due to the tip.
This whole experience has put a damper on for the last six months and I'll be glad to have this fixed and put it behind me. Due to the revision, I had to put my life on hold with some life choices. My husband wasn't too happy to hear we had to wait to have a baby in order for me to have a revision. However, he has been a good sport about it. He agrees that a revision is necessary and is glad as well that we do not need to pay anything out of pocket to fix this mistake.
I'm looking forward to putting this in the past. I think Dr. Nayak can fix my nose since he has fixed far worse. I do feel he is an expert and am glad he is trying to make this situation better. I am a bit scared to go through the surgery again because of my initial experience of removing the cast and being displeased with the look of the nose. I'm hoping I don't have to experience that again. Part of my feels like I might not experience it though because the point on the tip didn't become as apparent until the three week mark after surgery due to the swelling. Another part of me wants March 19th to come already so I can get it over with and see what my "newer" nose looks like. I want to move on and not think or worry about my nose. Until then, I'll be waiting for the time to pass.
I'll post updated pics later on.
I posted some pictures; they are 9.5 months post...
21 Mar 2013
9 months post
I posted some pictures; they are 9.5 months post op. I was supposed to have the revision on my tip on March 19th but I didn't go through with it. I came into the office expecting everything to go like it did the first time. However, my PS came into the room and asked if we can think about if my revision is really necessary and for us to look at some of my pictures to see where we came from. Before we looked at the pictures, he also mentioned how he is hesitant on doing the revision because he had a scare with another patient he revised a nose on. He thought the skin on the nose for the other revision was turning into dead skin... I guess skin can die. He became worried and worried the same could happen to me. He also worried, if he operated on my tip and removed the prominent part that sticks out, that something else would come out not good. He felt like the risks wouldn't be worth it. I of course became worried, and thoughts came racing through my head: would my revised nose be worse than it currently is, would my skin die, what would the revised nose look like? So he said it would be up to me. I came into the office expecting to get it done, but once he told me all of his worries, I had second thoughts and freaked out. My husband didn't think it would be worth the risk. So we went home without having a revision done.
However, today as I am thinking about my choice I think I made the wrong decision. I feel I should have gone through with it. Another part of me feels like I shouldn't have gone through with it because it could turn out worse. My PS told me if I change my mind, that I can come into his office while he is still in practice and he will revise it free of any charge, no matter how long I wait.
So, as some of you are reading this post, I'd love your feedback on my nose. I strongly feel my left side is pointy and prominent and it doesn't look too good from the front. However, at certain views: 3/4 views, it looks good. It showcases my PS's great job on my profile. Sometimes, I wonder if I shouldn't have ever gone through with this. I guess it's easy to look back and wonder how everything would have turned out had I taken a different path.