Surgery Day: Arrived at the hospital early and checked in. Was waiting around for a couple hours until I was wheeled into the pre/post op room. After waiting around 15 mins I was wheeled into the surgery room and the theatre staff began prepping me and asking me various questions. A cannula was placed into my hand and very soon after the anaesthesia knocked me out. Next thing I know im waking up in the pre/post op room feeling like I had a great sleep and was in minimal pain. My mouth was really dry though and i was starving so they gave me an icy pole. I also had bandages over my eyes for the next couple of hours to reduce swelling. Not long after I was wheeled back to my hospital room and just listened to the TV. I started to be in pain so they gave me Panadeine Forte but I found this didn’t relieve the pain much. Instead it made me feel really warm and a bit uneasy in the stomach. A couple hours later I got the bandages off my eyes which were pretty bruised and swollen. Later in the night I was given a different pain medication called Tramadol but that barely relieved the pain either. It was about 1.30am in the night and I was so exhausted, sore and couldnt sleep so just ended up breaking into tears. One of my inner ears was in a lot of pain as well which I think was due to the pressure of the packs in my nose. Eventually I was able to get to sleep but I woke up a couple times during the night.
Day 1: I was woken up early by the nurses and complained about how none of the pain medications were working so I was prescribed Endone and Panadol which worked amazingly. As I have such pale caucasion skin I tend to bruise easily and my eyes were so purple and swollen. Everyone who came into my room commented on my eyes so I was constantly resting cold pads onto them for relief. The whole day I just watched TV but barely anything good was on during the day. At night I felt quite nauseous and was sick about 5 times but after that I was fine and just fell asleep. I had a hard time sleeping on by back though as I usually sleep on my side.
Day 2: I was in even more pain than yesterday. My eyes were almost swollen shut and tearing, my gums and teeth hurt, my cheeks were swollen, I had a headache and my lips were super dry. Not long after I woke up the nurse pulled out my nasal packs which provided a bit of relief. Around 10.30am I was discharged from the hospital but I couldnt stop crying from how much pain I was in due to the swelling around my eyes so I ended up going around to the surgeons clinic and got anaesthesia injected around my eyes to relieve the pain. He told me I was in the minority for people who swell this much. This was probably my worst day.
Day 3-7: Things started getting better from day 3. I was still in pain if I didnt take medication but by day 5 I was able to decrease the amount I took. At first I looked like a panda as I had purple bruising around my eyes and chubby cheeks from the swelling but it lessened each day. I had a small nosebleed on day 6 which was a bit painful but it didn't last long. My appetite had gone down a lot as well.
Day 8: I got my cast off. There was still yellow and some purple bruising around my eyes and nose. Nose was very swollen too as expected but I could see the shape and was very happy with the results plus breathing through my nose was so much easier. The surgeon told me when he operated he found a large spur of bone at the very back of my nasal passage caused by trauma which was obstructing my airways. I also still had pain from the swelling but it was minimal and only required mild painkillers for relief.
I did have a bit of a rough recovery but it was so worth it and I would do it again. Rhinoplasty is something that you have to be very patient with as the swelling takes a long time to go down but I am very happy with the results.