Hi everyone! My rhino/septo is scheduled for...
Hi everyone! My rhino/septo is scheduled for August 1st and I'm ecstatic! The stories on RealSelf have really helped me gain the confidence to go through with this, so hopefully I can pay it forward. :)
I have wanted rhinoplasty since I first noticed my nose was crooked in grade school. It's pushed towards the left side of my face - in terms of skiing, Dr. Hobgood described the left side as being a black slope and the right side a green. To add to the asymmetry, I have a hump visible from my 3/4 right side, and a straight nose from my 3/4 left side. Internally, my deviated septum prevents me from breathing well out of the right side of my nose, to the point where I have only managed to sleep on my left side a handful of times in my entire life. (Because when you're laying on your side, the nostril closer to the pillow swells, making you breathe predominately out of the other side. My right nostril is blocked, so if I lay on my left, I can't breathe enough to sleep through the night. Something like that.)
I got my hopes up when I was 18 and had a consult with a different PS/ENT, but received extremely negative feedback from my family. They supported the septoplasty for function, but not the rhinoplasty. I'd get comments like, "Your nose is beautiful! It's perfect for you!", and then I'd look in the mirror and see the perfect humped nose for a medieval fishmonger woman. I honestly have never felt that this nose was *my* nose. I'm always self-conscious of where I'm sitting at dinner tables, what angle pictures are taken at, where I'm standing when people are talking to me ... it's stupid. I have suffered from a lifelong, superficial despair of knowing that, regardless of if I put makeup on, or do my hair, or lose weight, I can't change my nose.
So, I am extremely happy to have this opportunity. I decided to look back in to rhinoplasty after learning that my cousin had it done several years ago in CA with fantastic, natural results. My skeptical mom came to the consultation with me, and by the end Dr. Hobgood had her laughing uncontrollably. I absolutely think he's the right doctor and love the results his other two rhino patients on RealSelf have had.
Looking forward to a not-large not-crooked not-humped nose!
Right 3/4 vs. Left 3/4 view
Holding a paper to my face for contrast.
Pre-op done and all paid for!
It's extra-official! I'll be getting surgery in two weeks!
My one worry with getting rhinoplasty has always been with the radix point. I feel like it looks strange when the nose just hits the face and goes up, or just slopes and looks like a continuation of the forehead. (Like the Target dog, or Avatar people). I know I'm going to be stressed out about the swelling after surgery. The doctor I saw in 2011 seemed skeptical about bringing it in, but Dr. Hobgood was very reassuring that it would wouldn't be a problem to deepen.
Woo! Next post will be post-op!
I have no idea
1 Aug 2014
Day of treatment
what I'm doing. I accidentally googled pictures of open rhinoplasty a few days ago, which really did not help. I'm pretty sure my nose is going to be flayed today. Like, in three hours.
This is something that I've always, always told myself I'd inevitably get done, but that has not helped me feel better. I've had a gnawing anxiety over the past few days and am really looking forward to two weeks from now.
1 Aug 2014
Day of treatment
I have zero energy.
My parents have been so supportive and I'm really glad they were both able to babysit me today. We got sonic afterwards, I got a slushie which really helped my sore throat.
I can already see that my hump is gone (no more looming in my field of vision!) and it's smaller overall, so I am happy. My tip pokes out the bottom of the cast and looks HUGE, but I'm sure it's just swelling. I got home, ate a bit, popped a painkiller, then took a nap, and now I'm feeling pretty good.
Overall, I had a very positive experience today. I just wish that I hadn't stressed myself out so much, that was the worst part.
Day 1 Recovery
Still have no energy today, even though I managed to sleep 9+ hours last night. I woke up around 5am and iced, and I'm really glad I did because I'm starting to get cheek and undereye color. My nose is stuffed with black blood crusties and still draining, I'm having this thing where half the time I swallow my nose gurgles and drips.
My biggest recommendation would be to invest in a bottle of biotene mouth wash and Vaseline lip balm. There's no reason to suffer dry mouth and chapped lips on top of everything else!
Day 2 & 3 Post
Yesterday was rough. On the first day post surgery I took a hydrocodone with breakfast, lunch and dinner, which was great for pain, but turned me into a zombie. I switched to just acetaminophen yesterday and had so much more energy, but frequently had uncomfortable body temperature shifts from being sweating hot to freezing. I also had bruising and swelling pop up, which I was hoping I'd miraculously not get.
I woke up today in the most pain I've been in, but it subsided an hour after taking an acetaminophen and eating. My eyes and cheeks noticeably don't feel as full or puffy as yesterday, so I'm hopeful that the worst is over. :)
Cast off in 9 hours!
I need this thing off my face! Now! It's gross! The tape is becoming saturated with a sticky oil and is starting to itch in areas I can't scratch. It also covers my stitches where there's been an impossible-to-clean scab for the past week. Very much looking forward to washing my face and hair.
Day 4 & 5 (today) update -
I only needed one acetaminophen yesterday. I wasn't in pain, but had an annoying pressure that felt like my nose was pushing against the cast. I'm pretty grateful that I didn't experience any of the headaches other people have described in their reviews. The bloody drippings almost completely stopped.
I felt great today and didn't need any painkillers. :) I went out to brunch with my uncle and grandma (
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Ouch! I wrote a much longer review, but it looks like it was truncated because I typed a left caret symbol. HTML problem?
It was worth it.
I wasn't expecting to immediately love my nose when the cast came off ... but ... I LOVE it! It's perfect! It's *my* nose! And it'll only get better! :)
Getting the cast off was a little painful. It was an uncomfortable amount of suction, like a toilet plunger was being used on my face. I also still have some of the nasty tape residue on my face -- but other than that, I'm SO happy. Today was better than Christmas.
I have a changed opinion of Michael Jackson.
"Do you look like Michael Jackson now?"
No. The dude had like twenty nose jobs. Nobody likes or wants his nose.
I used to resent him growing up for giving rhinoplasty a bad name, but if you think about it ... wow. It's really sad. I love my results, but holy crap I will not be happy if I ever have to go through this again. Can you imagine the self-loathing he would have to have experienced to do this TWENTY times? In addition to all of his other surgeries? To have that cast taken off and, again and again, hate your results? To not be happy with how you look, to the point where the tweaks outweigh this miserable recovery ordeal? That's horrible. I can't imagine being trapped in such a dark place. And because this guy suffered from an addiction rhinoplasty has earned a stigma.
Anyway. I still like my nose. It's surreal to not have a bad side. :)
I'm not going to get bumped in the nose, I'm not going to get bumped in the nose, I'm not ...
I got bumped in the nose.
It was the absolute most physically painful thing that has ever happened to me. I'd just showered, meticulously cleaned my nose, taped it, and was about to go to bed when I made the mistake of going downstairs to chat. My boyfriend's 6'4" 200lb little brother went to pat me on the head (WHY?!), and at the same moment I leaned back in my char. Wabam. His giant, hairy gorilla hand palmed me in the face. It was an instantaneous explosion of pain, I immediately screamed and sprinted into the bathroom. Blood started pouring out of my nose and I started hyperventilating. I was convinced he'd broken it, that I'd had the cast off for one damn day and now I would be back to having some crooked f'd up thing on my face. It's hard for me to say this, but I truly broke down emotionally and was sobbing, and shaking, and sitting on the floor while my nose drained blood into my mouth. The pain subsided and was completely gone about 5 minutes later, but it still took much longer (and lots of supportive words from my boyfriend) before I could actually stand and look in the mirror. It was extremely swollen, and full-feeling, but otherwise still looked centered on my face. It was around 2am at this point and I was extremely exhausted, so I miraculously passed out after calming down.
I called my PS immediately the next morning and he was extremely reassuring, that he'd never seen a post-cast removal blow to the nose significant enough to ruin someone's results. I also had been having some odd nostril swelling, and the sutures in my left nostril had peeled back and dried, which he assured me wouldn't permanently affect nostril shape.
All of this happened two days ago, my nose is fantastic and my nostrils are looking great. I don't think getting hit on the face did any lasting damage. My nose feels stronger everyday and is much less tender/painful to touch. I almost have my full smile back and am back to being able to eat everything. :)
Still very happy. :)
I used to be conscious of my nose ALL. THE. TIME. It was negative baggage that followed me everywhere. I'd catch small reflections of myself throughout the day - car mirrors, building windows, whatever - and have the same depressing thought of "Yup, I still look like Snape." Well ... not anymore! I can honestly say that I'm no longer focused on (or even thinking about) my nose during everyday social interactions. My new nose is by no means perfectly straight - it's still a little crooked and the right side is a little bit stronger - but it's still *me* and that's all I wanted.
I'm still waiting on the *official* before/after photos but will post them once they arrive.