After years of wanting to fix the bump on my nose, I finally decided to research doctors and go ahead with Rhinoplasty. I made the decision and scheduled surgery within a month. I decided on Dr. Fechner based on several things: experience, consultation & friendly staff. I wanted to make sure I was comfortable with the doctor as well as the atmosphere. I also was very impressed with someone who specialized in the face.
I had surgery on March 28, and just today I got to see my "new" nose. I am absolutely 100% satisfied with what I see so far even though I have some time to go before all of the swelling subsides. I was nervous about the procedure, but it went even better than I expected. My surgery was scheduled for 7:15, within 20 mins I was relaxed, asleep, and home by noon. I slept until about 5pm that day and woke up just feeling a slight headache. I didn't take any pain meds besides tylenol and decided on taking the Lorazepam that was prescribed to sleep better. Night 1 I slept fine, even though sleeping elevated wasn't ideal.
Day 2 was about as "bad" as Day 1 with a bit more swelling.
Day 3 was the worst for me as far as swelling and pain, but it was mostly just uncomfortable not being able to lay down completely. All in all, it felt like a head cold. By the last day (today) was ready to get the bandage removed!
I've probably looked in the mirror a good 40-50 times today (7th day after surgery) and I keep liking what I see. I've been out to run errands, and up to clean the house etc. I would say by day 3 I was fine walking around, and doing normal daily activities. I can't wait to see the final results once all of the swelling is gone. I will post pics asap.
Advice: do everything they tell you! The frozen peas were wonderful because they conform to your face. I didn't need the pain meds, but get them just in case. Sleep with 2-3 pillows every night to alleviate swelling and def apply the peas/ice for the duration that they tell you. Some people complain of dry mouth/dry lips - I kept vasoline on my lips they entire time, and I am an open mouth sleeper so this wasn't a huge problem. I drank TONS of water, and took Vitamin C every day (200MG). I am continuing with that as well. I will post more with pics. I have a follow up in 2 months as well with the doctor to see the final results.