Post # 1
Ever since I was a child, I’ve hated my nose. It doesn’t fit my face, the tip is wide and slightly drooping, and I’ve always thought if I could fix it, I would. I’m approaching late 30’s, I make good money and kinda feel like now is the time. Except I’m afraid to have an elective surgery on my face! I’d love to hear from anyone who has had rhinoplasty, is considering it, knows anyone who has had it or any Bees that work in the plastic surgery industry.
Specifically – How/when did you start your initial research? How many consultations/doctors did you consider? How did you choose a doctor? How did you overcome your fears? How was recovery? Are you glad (or not) that you did it? Any anything else you wish to add! Let’s talk nose jobs!
Post # 2
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
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
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
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.
Post # 6
SunflowerGarden : Wow! Thanks for the lengthy response! The part about your fears and the doctor doing the surgery everyday makes total sense. I have 2 consultations with 2 different doctors coming up, so not sure yet what they will suggest. Luckily I don’t have a hump or large nose, it’s really just the boxy tip I’m unhappy with – so I’m thinking it will just be cartilage work. As I age I’m starting to see a line/divide between the cartilages as well and I feel like this will get more obvious as time goes by. If you don’t mind – how many doctors did you consult with before choosing? Where are you located (pm if you like)?
strawberrybee9 : I definetly want your moms experience!
msladyk81 : Luckily, I’ve been blessed in the boob department! Careful what you wish for though! I’m a DD and sometimes have back/neck pain as a result. And button up shirts NEVER work for me – I always need to add a hidden button or clothing tape because the shirt gapes open!
Post # 7
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 # 8
sparkosity : This is incredibly helpful! I’m not sure about the path the 2 doctors I am meeting with have taken specifically, but I will look into this further and be sure. I’m in Ontario, Canada, not sure if it’s a different path, however I have chosen to work with otolaryngology surgeons who work on head/neck only, and not with a general plastic surgeon who performs surgery on the entire body. Because my nose is literally in the middle of my face, I would rather go with a doctor who specializes in head/neck. I like the point about the anaesthesiologist as well. Is meeting with the anaesthesiologist before the surgery common? I’ve had a few minor surgeries in the past, but never met with them until the day of that I can remember. What are your thoughts about hospital vs outpatient surgery centre? Off the top of my head, I know one of them does the surgeries in a large regional hospital here, the other I’m not sure about (again, this is so helpful, I will definetly find out for my own peace of mind).
Post # 9
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Post # 15
lovesbooks99 : Peachbeee : meanttobee2018 :
UK-bee : SunflowerGarden : Thanks for the comments! I think the hardest part for me, if I choose to go through with it, is physically walking into the operating room knowing that it’s completely unnecessary and could go very wrong. I would be really upset if I regretted my decision. Can’t live your life wth regrets I suppose, but I think knowing I don’t HAVE to go through with it will be tough.
I’m so glad (and surprised!) to hear that most people say recovery isn’t as bad as they thought. Anyone care to elaborate on their recovery? How did you pass the time? How would you describe the pain? Sharp? Full and throbbing? Itchy and irritating? Anything you care to mention that hasn’t been covered here?