30 Years Old, Dental Hygienist Worcester, MA
For years I had nicknamed my left nostril 'the...
There is not much good news, or happy updates,other than that my nose stopped leaking a couple days ago, but there is just a dull achy annoyance, not even real pain...well maybe a little. Wednesday I go in for the "big reveal" I can't wait, but the thought of having anyone touch my nose scares me!
12 days post op..
3 weeks post op
However, I still have a slight discomfort, mainly in the tip area and quite a bit of swelling. I was hoping that my nostrils would be similar in size and they are so opposite. Also I am concerned about the scar....it still looks red...how should the scar look by now?? And also the tip is quite bulbous...I knew this procedure was more septoplasty than rhinoplasty but I am not sure of my results yet...ho hum.
Nearly 2 years post op
I'm wondering if I should get a second opinion? Would love a suggestion! I don't know where my surgeon went, and also I'd need a new referral from my primary care to a new place! Here is an updated picture!
Thanks for reading!
Here we go again!
The new doctor seems really good and the hospital is down the street so I don't have to go back into the city (and it's at a HOSPITAL-not a creepy surgical center) he agreed that while the surgeon did straighten my septum, the grafting she used to open my "flapper" was probably not placed correctly which is why it is failing. He also noted that she did shave off the top of my boat bone but didn't shape the sides which is why I have been noticing more of a plateau shape at the bridge. He said that he will fix that - and finally make my nostrils symmetrical- I was always unhappy about my nostrils, but my prior surgeon was very forward in saying she is making my nose more functional rather than cosmetically pleasing.
I am hoping to hear from the nurse soon to schedule this sooner than later as I am having a lot of pain where she placed the graft as well as sinus pain! Ugh I almost wish I never touched my nose to begin with ????
I did it again, and now I'm 4 days post-op
I just had my revision surgery on Friday March 31. So I'm about 4 days post op. I feel much better than I did at the first surgery. He didn't have to necessarily fix my septum so maybe that's why I'm not in as much pain. I was so incredibly happy with my doctor's bedside manner and professionalism. I hope that is shows on my face too. Cast comes off Friday.
This surgery consisted of removing the graft that had failed, and replacing it with cartilage from my ear! I kind of felt like the receiving end of a Mike Tyson bite! He also told on some fascia from the same area and applied it to the bridge to make a cushion of some sort so keep the bridge stable. He also said he worked on the symmetry of the nostrils because that was another issue. I can already see a difference and I'm happy with that! He shaved down the sides of the bridge to round out the bridge so it's not so flat on top.
So what hurts? Nothing really HURTS. Just more of an uncomfortable feeling where he replaced the graft, and of course the stitches I can feel them tugging. A slight headache but otherwise I feel ok. Yesterday was the worst as far as swelling and bruising, but things seem to be subsiding. I am also not as numb as I was the first go-around. I felt so much more comfortable with this surgeon and I can't wait until Friday to get this cast off!!
I tried not to look at my nose because I was so nervous, but OMG I LOVE IT! He narrowed the 'plateau' on the bridge and my nostrils are much more symmetrical. Not perfect, but better than It has been, and probably the best it can be. I can't wait for the swelling to go down as the tip is still very swollen. But I am overall so very pleased!
The doctor was very nice and through, she saw me before the procedure and went over everything, they informed me the surgery would be about 3 hours, however it went to 3 hours and 50 minutes! I just hope that she is a perfectionist and when this cast comes off my nose will be straight and functional