Has Anyone Had (Or Considering) A NOSE JOB?

posted 2 weeks ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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2253 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have had two rhinoplasties.

Ever since I was about 12 or 13 I wanted to get the huge hump I had on my nose removed, because I was so insecure about my facial profile. I started seriously doing research in 2010 and had the procedure in the last quarter of 2011. I lucked out with my doctor because he was my first consultation and we just clicked! I felt like he understood exactly what I wanted, told me the ins-and-outs of the procedure and recovery, was straight-up about the cost, and made sure I had reasonable expectations. 

I wasn’t afraid of the surgery until a couple of days before. What helped calm my nerves was someone putting the situation into perspective for me. Someone said that even though this is a big event in my life and is something out of the ordinary and scary for me, to remember that this is what the surgeon does day in and day out. It isn’t scary for him or out of the ordinary. That kind of helped me let go a little and trust the procedure and remember why I chose my doctor. 

My recovery really wasn’t bad, considering he had to break some of my facial bones. I was incredibly swollen up until day 5 or 6 and remained bruised until maybe around day 10, but was able to cover up most of the bruising with makeup by day 8. I was not in pain at all, since I made sure to take my medication as prescribed and slept A LOT. The only thing that sucked was when the swelling went down in my nose I could REALLY feel the splints in there and it was annoying. They only have one size of splints and my nose is pretty small. It wasn’t painful though, mainly just uncomfortable. 

My nose turned out almost exactly how I wanted it. The only thing was it was slightly crooked so after all the swelling went down I had another surgery in 2013. This was not unexpected though, as he told me that could happen due to the size of my hump prior. I didn’t pay for the second surgery, and healing went by much easier the second time since he didn’t have to break any bones or anything. I hardly bruised and was barely swollen. If your doctor doesn’t have to break bones and only work on the tip of your nose, you may have a recovery as easy as my second one. 

I am so, so, SO glad I got my nose done! I honestly admire it almost every day lol. 

I think that covers just about all of it. Feel free to ask me any questions if you have some more! 

Post # 3
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601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I haven’t, but my mom had one about 7-8 years ago, and my best friend had one when we were teenagers. I think their doctors both did great jobs making their noses still look like “them” but still while fixing their concerns.

I don’t remember anything about my friend’s recovery but my mom said hers was a breeze. Basically for a day or two afterward, she felt like she had a cold or sinus infection.

Good luck with whatever you decide!

Post # 4
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480 posts
Helper bee

Have you checked out that website RealSelf? You can get a lot more specific information there. Although I don’t love my nose, I’ve never considered rhinoplasty. I’ve been too busy dreaming about a boob job.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I haven’t had any cosmetic surgery, but I am a physician and I just wanted to give you a few tips about finding a surgeon.

First, make sure they are board certified surgeon!

Next, find out what kind of training they have. There are two pathways to become a plastic surgeon. Doctors can do an integrated plastic surgery residency, where they go straight into plastic surgery out of med school. Or, they can do a general surgery residency and then follow that with a plastic surgery fellowship. In the case of doctors who perform rhinoplasty, they may do an otolaryngology residency followed by a plastics fellowship. Find out what residency and/or fellowships your surgeon completed. Make sure they are accredited programs.

Also, find out what kind of facility they operate in. Is it a hospital or an outpatient surgery center? Do they have a board certified anesthesiologist to do your anesthesia? You should be meeting with the anesthesiologist before the day of your surgery where they will evaluate you and make sure you are ok to receive general anesthesia.

If anything feels sketchy, or if you feel like they’re trying to “sell” you on something you aren’t totally comfortable with, then walk away and keep looking.

Gold luck! 

Post # 7
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480 posts
Helper bee

WillowBee33 :  haha. I’m pretty much a small B now but I don’t think I would go any bigger than a full C.

Post # 9
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2253 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

WillowBee33 :  I was in Alaska at the time. We only have a handfull of surgeons that do rhinoplasties to choose from there, but my surgeon came highly recommended by a lot of people within the medical field that I know. I figured if I didn’t like him then I could just meet with some in Seattle. Luckily I liked him, so I only ended up having one consultation. 

Post # 10
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6363 posts
Bee Keeper

Yup. And really glad I did. My nose isn’t a perfect ‘nose job nose’ but I went with a surgeon who talked about overall look and balance of faces. 

Op was easy. And recovery was too. I recommended taking arnica several days before and after. 

Post # 11
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498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

WillowBee33 :  

I had a deviated septum repaired about 15 years ago. The doctor didn’t alter the shape of my nose at all though so I guess it’s not technically a nose job…. Reason for my comment though is to give you a doctor recommendation. Go see DR Kurt Conrad. He’s located in Toronto and is absolutely amazing. He’s a plastic surgeon as well as an ear nose and throat specialist. 

He took the time to thouroghly explain everything to me and really put my mind at ease. Good luck!

Post # 12
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2832 posts
Sugar bee

No but I want a boob reduction and lift but I’m terrified of being put under even though I’ve had surgery before for medical reasons. I’d also want to get rid of my double chin. Lol. 

And laser on my skin discolorations. Definitely make sure they are board certified. I asked about anesthesia for my surgery (it was sinus, not for cosmetic reasons but I can give you info on that too.) And made sure it was an anesthesia MD. 

Post # 13
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312 posts
Helper bee

I had rhinoplasty done when I was 24 for my deviated septum and lump on the bridge of my nose. I also wanted it to be slimmer so I had auxiliary reduction. I was (and still am) very happy with my decision and my results. The only thing to consider is to make sure you go with a doctor you trust and has an excellent track record. Revision rhinoplasty is so much worse so it’s important they get it right the first time. Recovery time for me was a breeze, they say getting stitches removed hurts but the trick to that is to make sure you keep the area very clean. Good luck bee!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I had rhinoplasty done when I was 21 (it was so long ago!) and I’m happy I did it.  Growing up, I always hated my nose.  While I was attractive, I felt my nose just got in the way of me truly being happy with my looks.  I had to wait till I was older to get it done because my parents were not supportive of it when I brought it up to them in my teenage years.  I had a good friend that had it done and the surgeon did a great job and she said he was the best.  I didn’t really research the surgeons in my area too much back then, I knew I wanted the best so I went to see the surgeon that did my friend’s nose and asked to see photos of rhinoplasty surgeries he did and he answered all of my questions and showed me exactly what needed to be done after a couple of consultations and I felt confident enough to book the surgery with him.  After the surgery, I didn’t feel like I looked much different but as time went on and my nose healed more, I knew I looked a lot better.  I felt like my confidence definitely grew after having a nose job and as the years went by, I felt like my looks have gotten better because of it.  This year, I considered getting an enhancement done to make my nose even nicer. While my nose looks good, it’s still not perfect and I wanted it narrower.  But I also wanted Lasik eye surgery, so I opted for the Lasik instead and I love having perfect vision!  LOL. Good luck with your research and I hope you find the best surgeon for what you want done!

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