On 23.12.13 I went in for Rhinoplasty (combined...

On 23.12.13 I went in for Rhinoplasty (combined with breast augmentation).

I was super concerned about how I would go not being able to breathe through my nose post-op and the pain!

I was also worried about the current sinusitis/cold I felt coming on.

I was so nervous I balled my eyes put when my partner left me and I went into the patient area pre op.

The nurses reassured me that I would natural start to breathe through my mouth, they would give me pleanty of water and they would put vasiline on my lips post op. They were a blessing and so was my anaethatist!

Post op I was FINE! No pain and I could breathe BETTER through my nose than before!

I woke to a splint, cast, plastic support work inside my nose literally ALL the eay up my nostrils on both sides, gauze on the end of my nose and a big bleed pad which wrapped around my ears.

The pad which wrapped around my ears was the most uncomfortable due to it pulling on my ears.

When my partner arrived to collect me I was wide awake and very chatty. I asked him what I looked like and to take a photo. I looked like a vampire hahahhaaha pale but only with one set of bruising under my eye and bearly any swelling. Lucky me!

I couldn't see my nose and still won't until 2/1 (splint removal).

Initially I was so worried my nose looked shorter and now I love that the tip is shorter.

My breathing has gotten better. I have days where the congestion and packing internal/external drives me mad, and I have to be cautious of everything I eat to ensure it isn't chewy (displace the bones).

My nose has been getting itchy and burning around the stitches as the days have passed.

I have continued with cleaning with sailene solution and applying bactropan oitment (prescriped), and finished my pain meds, and meds to prevent a nose infection yesterday.

Continuing with the stuffiness, difficulty breathing and burning/itching but I assume that's all normal.

I am excited for 2/1 but nervous about the pain of having the internal/external packing removed and my nose swelling up once free from the cast.

On 2/1 I had the splint removed and it didn't hurt at all! Even removing the internal packing didn't hurt.

When I first saw my nose I didn't like it at all. It looked so straight and long. It was, to be honest, hard to recognise myself. My partner also thought it may have been a bit crooked.

I thought I'll get home, put makeup on and then judge it.

My Surgeon taped my nose before we left and for the following 2 weeks that I had to tape my nose for 24hrs I was fine, my breathing was good and I would only get stuffy every now and then.

Once I had to remove the tape (9/1) and have a "naked" nose 24hrs my whole perception changed! From Thursday (9/1) to yesterday I really struggled. I cried A LOT and I really lost all my confidence.

My partner and my Dad reassured me that it looked better but I just couldn't stop looking at previous photos of my front view, and thinking what have I done. I have felt less attractive and was really struggling.

Today (17/1) I am doing a lot better. I don't stare at my nose all day, I haven't been starring at old photos and when getting ready this morning I tried to look at my entire face rather than focusing on my nose. I am doing much better today and have started to like the view of my nose from my profile. I am still struggling with my front view.

Hopefully as the nerves return and the swelling goes down over the next 12 months I will be happier and happier.

Has anyone else experience the same feelings post op?

Post Op Photos

Post Op - Splint

Post Op - Splint

First week, not much swelling or bruising

Post Op - Split Removed!

Very happy with my profile!

Not so happy with the front view. Tip is very swollen still

Tape Removed!

Serveral weeks ago I stopped tapping my nose for 24hrs and I am now only taping the nose at night.

I am still adjusting to the new me and am happy with my nose.

The swelling at the tip/underneath my nose is still a little "bubble" which gets me down sometimes.

I've read the tip takes at least 6mths and the final result 12-18mths so I am trying to be patient.

My nose still doesn't feel "normal" but at 1mth post op I think everything I am experiencing is normal.

I'm looking forward to my next post op to see whether I can get injections into the tip/bottom

Tape Removed - Photos

5 Weeks Post Op - Swelling & Patience

Where do I begin? I think I've cried more since this op than in my entire life!

I am still struggling with my new nose. I still feel like it has changed my face completely and I still feel like I have a long little sausage on my nose :(

The good news is when I compare my post op photo when my splint was remove to 5 weeks post op, I can see the swelling in my bridge has gone down and my swelling on the sides of my tip are reducing.

The little "bubble" where my incision was made (open rhinoplasty) is still present.

I am trying to be patient and try not to take photos, and look at it all day for the sake of my sanity, my relationship and work.

I cannot wait for 6 mths to a year and I am praying it will get better, and I'll be over the moon. Fingers and everything crossed.

I wouldn't do this again :(

First Post Op Consult - After Splint Removal

I went to see my Surgeon on Tuesday and was completely honest with how I felt.

It was great to talk to him and get it off my chest.

I am certain I am being impatient and having difficulty adjusting to the new me.

He assured me everything is going well and that the surgery had no complications. He said he can give me a shot to assist if I am still quiet swollen in the tip but for now he wants to let it heal naturally. He said it will continue to change all the way up until Dec.

He asked that I please be patient and stop looking at my nose 5 million times a day.

I've really made an effort not to look and try to appreciate, and embrace my new look rather than fight it.

My next post op is on my birthday in April. I am hoping to be much happier.

Here is a before and after photo to date.

6 Weeks Post Op - Photos

7 Weeks Post Op - Photo

7 Weeks Post Op

I have been trying my best to "ignore" my nose and move on with things until my next consult.

I am still having days where I feel really sad about it. My primary concern is the swelling at the base and underneath the tip. I have read that if it is hard it is likely to be swelling. Fingers crossed this is the case.

I have posted a before and after photo at 7 weeks to give you all an update.

Fingers crossed the little "bubble" of swelling reduced over the next 12 months. I can't imagine it was sculpted to be larger than before...

3 Mths Post Op

I am a little over 3 mths post op (23/3) so I thought I would update my photos for those ladies that have been following me.

I think the swelling is going down, ever so slowly, but we are getting there, another 6 mths to go until I see my final result so I am hoping it will continue to improve.

Thank you all for your support xxx

Photos - 3 mths post op

Getting VERY worried!

Hi Ladies,

I haven't posted these photos because they're so embarrasing but I am getting desperate!

This is my nose, post rhinoplasty, 4mths in.

I have what appears to be pinched nostrils, flary nostrils and a hanging columella. I am not sure if I am correct (especially with the medical terms) but as far as I am aware there is definitely something not right with the tip of my nose.

I saw my surgeon on 8/4 and I kind of thought it was getting better, and he thinks it is progressing well.

He said the swelling in my columella is just swelling.

What do you think? I am thinking of sending his surgery these photos and asking if I can come in for another consult or even looking for a specialist revision rhinoplasty surgeon.

I am really getting worried :(


Here is a photo of my nose from underneath, looks pinched about the nostrils


For those of you that have been following me and especially those that have had rhinoplasty, you'll know how hard it is to cope with swelling, I've stressed over my nose and done endless hours of research.

I wanted to share some of my research with those of you going through the same thing.

Hopefully we can all get through this and move on with our lives being happy! :)


Almost 5 months!

1 month and a few weeks off half way there!

I am hoping at 6mths the swelling in my columella and tip will improve significantly.

My tip, columella and above the tip is still very sore, and tender. I am hoping this is from the amount of work that was done causing so much swelling.

I am still adjusting to my new nose and cannot wait until I have a year behind me.

When I look in the mirror I hate it and in photos (most) it looks better so I do think it's a mind game.

If I could I would never have done it and just embraced me but I've learnt, and I am trying to see the results the way you ladies do x

Trying to make an effort!

Hi Realself Friends!

I've been trying to make an effort to get back to my usual self. Wearing my hair out and getting dressed up.

My columella/tip still looks narrow, droppy and long.

I am hoping this will continue to improve.

I think there is swelling there and I know I have 7 months to go so fingers crossed it improves.

If only I saw it the way everyone else does. Unfortunately it is what we think that matters the most.

I hope you're all doing well xx

Steroid Injection

I emailed my Surgeon's assistant this morning attaching my photos under the heading "Getting VERY worried" and he's got me coming in for a steroid injection tomorrow afternoon.

I have attached a photo of the area I am concerned with. It is the swelling below my nostrils which accentuates my tip and makes my nostrils appear flared when I smile.

Fingers crossed this will make a difference.

Post Steroid Injection

Yesterday I saw my Surgeon and he was fantastic!

He went through everything with me. What was achievable and what is not (part of my anatomy), and listened to my concerns.

In a nutshell he has explained that swelling is playing a big part of it and I of course, as we all know too well, need to be patient and wait until Dec (my full 12mths), in the interim, he has injected two steroid shots into my nose and the tip (the area I was most concerned with).

The injections simply felt like a bit of pressure and a sting. There was a tiny bit of blood afterwards. My nose was very red and appeared to initially swell up more (this has since come down overnight).

I am not too sure how long it takes for the injection to have effect. I recall reading 4-6 weeks.

We also discussed my nostril show at rest and when smiling. I mentioned that I didn't like how my nostrils were more showy at rest and flared when smiling.

My Surgeon has said that in any surgery there are variables as a result of the surgery that sometimes cannot be seen at the time of surgery, and nostril retraction (increased show) is one of these. My nostrils were a little showy before the operation and now they have increased.

We have pushed forward my final consult to August where we are going to discuss alar rim grafts to decrease my nostril show. My Surgeon said he can bring it up on the computer to show me exactly what it would look like post alar rim grafts.

So for now, I will let the injection do it's work, be patient and make a decision after my consult in August.

Fingers crossed the tip, columella and nostrils all settle a little more each month xx


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