Nose Job Number 2 - Nov 4th 2012 - Septorhinoplasty - Manchester, UK

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I had my first rhinoplasty in February 2004 when I...

I had my first rhinoplasty in February 2004 when I was 18. It was done for free on NHS and although it is improved and I am very happy I had it done, it was done to fit with my face and not cosmetically how I would like it. There was a bump that was filed down and the tip was revised very slightly. It was lovely whilst it was still swollen lol but when it settled down, there is some bump remaining at each side and I still have a lot of columellar show from the sides and a 'V' shape to the front. This is the first thing I see on photos.

I have left it nearly 9 years and am still unhappy with it, so I and my credit card have taken the plunge!! I am booked in with Transform Abbey Pines hospital in Manchester, England on Sunday 4th November 2012. It's fair to say I'm super excited and the day can't come quick enough - in fact they rang me today to go on 4 hours earlier :-D I'm sure I'll get nervous on the day, but for now I'm keeping everything crossed for a much-more-me nose! Less bump, less collumellar show, being able to breath through my right nostril and hopefully a much cuter tip.

Surgery seemed to go well today. Took ages to wake...

Surgery seemed to go well today. Took ages to wake up and also vomited a fair bit of blood which they said was normal, just a downside to the surgery swallowing your own blood eww! Slept for an hour or two after coming out and was feeling all good really, can see less collumellar and V shape, but I do have a cast on, nose packing and tape holding it up over the stitches. Took first pain killers after 4 hours, oddly my teeth were throbbing? As was my whole nose in fact. Also not stopped dripping blood all day grr. Managed 2.5 hours sleep so far and have fought off 4 sneezes, couldn't stop one though d'oh! Can just feel throbbing nose and teeth and stinging inside my nose so got more pain killers from the nurse. Hopefully get some more sleep and get the nose packs out in the morning and to go home :-)

The nose packs coming out this morning were up to...

The nose packs coming out this morning were up to my eye sockets, OMG so horrible!! Was looking all good when I got home, chilled out all day and looked in the mirror tonight to see a very nice black right eye developing. The whole right side of my nose is more swollen in fact, but that is the side I couldn't breath through, so guessing they've done more work that side? Making the bottom loom lop-sided, but I'm reserving judgement until a month or so has passed.

Today I get my cast and dressings off and, best of...

Today I get my cast and dressings off and, best of all, get to see my new nose! I've been recovering well, most of the swelling had gone by day 5 and the bruising pretty much around the same time. I've had a constant runny nose up until yesterday when what seemed like a switch just got turned off, was great! Must admit I'm very very nervous about the stitches being removed today, the skin in pink around them and they hurt when they pull if I smile too wide or yawn or something like that. Never had stitches before so just not sure how much it will hurt. Fingers crossed that it's all worth it!

Well, I'm two weeks after my surgery and a week...

Well, I'm two weeks after my surgery and a week since my cast came off. The cast was on so tightly and really hurt when it was removed, it pulled more on the left of my nose which really swelled up and bruised. A week on, one side is much more swollen that the other making my nose look overly curved. I'm hoping that's just the swelling anyhow!!! It seems to be going down, but it's still curved - time will tell, but praying it doesn't stay like this.

As for the 'V' shape and side columellar show - GONE - I love it. The surgeon has evened out my nostrils a little as well, which he wasn't sure could be done, so I'm very pleased with this area. Looks much better. I can also breathe through both nostrils, which is great.

I've only got pictures from the day the cast came off, so will put those up, but update when some more swelling has gone :-)

Well, I was getting concerned over my nose being...

Well, I was getting concerned over my nose being more swollen on one side making it have a curved shape from the front, but I am glad to say this is gradually going away. I went to see my surgeon last week and he re-assured me that the curved shape is just swelling and he was really pleased with the results. He also said that he thought my most swollen area was my collumellar and that, once this subsides fully, another millemetre or so should come off it. music to my ears seeing as I already love this bit, smaller still will be amazing. i naturally have good and bad days - some days I love it, some days I pick faults. I've also been battling a cold, so still not being able to blow my nose has been a bit gross and not helped with the swelling. My nose is still very numb and painful inside if knocked even gently. Even so, it is still liberating being able to breath through two nostrils instead of just one. I am overall very pleased and will post more pictures soon once the front swelling has reduced x

Getting better week by week. Just updating with...

Getting better week by week. Just updating with some more pictures showing the front view - my most hated bit!!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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