Possible septoplasty and rhinoplasty

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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1619 posts
Bumble bee

@CorvusCorax:  If you decide to do this, really double check on your insurance coverage. 

If you just had the septoplasty done, most insurance will pay for it, but if you add the rhino, some will think that people are trying to scam them and not pay for anything.  Sometimes you can get them to pay for the septoplasty portion, and then pay out of pocket for the rhino/cosmetic portion.  It’s just an ugly suprise to find out after the fact that insurance is balking at paying.    

Post # 4
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1364 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I had the septoplasty, polips taken out of my sinuses, my conchae nasalis (sp?) filed down because they had gotten big due to cronic irritants AND a rhinoplasty done. Ask your ENT about the polips and the conchaes since they come from the same cause. 

About the recovery time, you have to stay out of the sun for at least a month and then indirect sunlight for a couple more. The pain…. the first week, unbearable. On the second day I slept through the right time to take my pain meds, I woke up from the pain, and the 40 minutes I had to wait for them to kick in…. well…. they were REALLY long. Eating was uncomfrotable and I really wasn’t all that hungry the first week or so. I was bruised for the first two weeks and in about a month it almost comoletely disappeared. 

Recovery is a pain. Honestly though, I am SO thankful I had it done. I sleep so so much better now, I don’t snore much unless I have bad allergies. I’m hardly ever sick. It really was worth it. A month of hell for peace and tranquility for the rest of my life? That sounds like a deal to me!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

@CorvusCorax:  One of my sorority sisters had both surgeries over Christmas break in College.  We had a 6 week break and she looked great when she got back to school, so her bruising must have gotten under control within that time frame.  She never had a horrible nose, but she looked so much better with the new one that I think she was almost a little offended by all the compliments we gave her. 🙂 She seemed to get sick less often afterwards too. She lived in the room beneath mine one year, and I remember her being sick a lot for the first semester, but not the second semester.

 

Post # 8
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2155 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have had a septoplasty/rhinoplasty. The recovery was not painful for me, just uncomfortable and boring since I was stuck at home. It was uncomfortable and really annoying wearing the cast with the splint in my nose. I took 6 days off from work since my surgery was on a Friday and went back to work after a total of 10 days. My face was no longer swollen, but I did have some minor bruising still.

You will have to keep frozen peas on hand, sleep upright (a recliner will be your best friend), use a lot of saline spray, and you’ll go through a lot of q-tips trying to keep your nose clean. Your mouth will be dry a lot so I recommend keeping popcicles or frozen fruit in the freezer. You will nap a LOT due to the pain killers. If you run low on your prescription meds and your cast removal is coming up switch to ibuprofen and save at least two of the prescription pills for that day. Take one about 30 minutes before the removal and you’ll likely want to take one later that day.

Keep it easy, don’t workout for a couple of weeks, don’t wear glasses or sunglasses until your next check up (usually 6-8 weeks post op), and obviously be careful with your nose. Use sunscreen.

I can’t think of anything else. If you have specific questions feel free to contact me and I can try to answer. 🙂

Post # 9
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432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Bump (no pun intended… Hehe)… I’ve been planning to begin the same process (post-wedding) and would like to see what you find out. A dental ICAT X-ray detected that my septum is deviated on both sides (veers to one side and then back towards to other side). I dove off a high dive as a kid and slammed into the bottom of the pool. Ouch! You can see it if I look straight forward in a photo, so I tend to look slightly to my right. And my left side profile is considerably better than my right. I get horrible migraines and sinus issues. I would love a pretty ski-slope snozz, too ; ) good luck!

Post # 11
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432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@CorvusCorax:  oh no, sorry, when I said “too” I was just saying I personally would like to have a ski-slope snozz in addition to fixing the other issues I have. So, while I could say it’s all for legit medical reasons, there’s def a vanity aspect to it on my end. 

Of course, I wouldn’t want to look like an entirely different person, though… Just feel more confident at ALL angles, as opposed to a select few.  : )

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