On September 29 I had rhinoplasty surgery. I don't know if anyone is really that interested in this, but I thought I would put it out there. So if I
am boring with my narcissism than skip it.
In my case, my nose was crooked at the tip and slightly crooked at the bridge because of blunt trauma and I was very self conscious about it,
especially the tip. There was also a slight hump at the bridge from trauma but that didn't bother me too much. Also, my nose was... genetically
confused. In profile I have a shallow nasal root but a prominent angle from the root to the tip, which actually made my nose look longer than it
actually it is. I also had a slight hook at the tip. From the front, the nasal bones were broad, then too narrow (exacerbated by collapsed nasal
vaults) but then broadened out again to a large and slightly bulbous tip, so I had a, "lumpy" nose, even if it wasn't too dramatic. Blunt trauma
had also made the tip (major alar cartilage) crooked and pushed the angle of one side back into my nose at a very sharp angle that did not match the
other side (I know exactly when that happened. That naughty pony chipped my tooth that day too.)
Over years of bad allergies and many pops to the snoot, my nose was A. Not very pretty ("unstable" as my plastic surgeon, Dr. W. described it) and
B. Not very useful. I just couldn't breathe. I was plagued with sinusitis issues that were increasing in severity, duration, and frequency; which
were in turn contributing to more and more lung infections which in my case, often leads to secondary infections and even a hospital stay because of
asthma. So, insurance covered this one.
At first Dr. W thought we might be able to get away with just working with the cartilage. I wasn't that unhappy with my nose overall. It was strong,
but I have strong features so... I wasn't that interested in dramatically rearranging my face. We also live in a small town and well, people talk and
so subtle seemed more sensible. The morning of my surgery, Dr. W. comes in and says that he had been looking at my pictures felt that we were going to
have to break the bone, like 20 minutes before surgery. There wasn't much I could say, so, under anesthesia I go.
3 hours later, he has broken my nose in at least two places (but I think maybe more). When he got inside things looked far worse than they did on the
outside. In fact, the phrase "I had never seen anything like it" passed his lips, and considering his education and experience, if this was
noteworthy it must have been just a mess. He was pretty sure I had broken it in the past, probably more than once. So, this was the full monty,
bridge, tip, septum, all of it; they rebuilt my nose, and used cartilage from behind my ear to supplement. I guess he just figured since they had to
completely rebuild it anyway he might as well go for "ideal" proportions. Or maybe he just worked with what was left. I dunno. I have a much
smaller nose now though, or at least I will once all of the swelling resolves.
Recovery is brutal. Holy crap. I had two black eyes immediately and was so swollen and bruised over the next few days that I think my husband and
daughter are just as traumatized by this as I am. There was pain but it was manageable. I have a hard time with narcotics and anesthesia so they had
me on three different anti-nausea medications. I was pretty loopy the first two days. The swelling and stuffiness are epic though.
It is early days yet (day 8 from surgery), but they took that cast off and my face was very, VERY different. The angle in profile is completely
different. The hump is gone, the bones that flow into the nose on the side under my eye sockets (intraorbital foramen) are... tucked in (I'm not sure
how else to describe it) and my husband says I don't even want to know how he did that. The bridge is straight, from the front and side, narrower
toward the top and broader where it nipped in at the upper lateral cartilages. The tip will be narrower (once the swelling is gone) and it is tipped
up rather than hooked down at the tip. For a comparison, Kim Kardashian is pretty close; (I know, I know, but she is the closest one I've found). My
nose is a bit shorter than hers maybe and my tip comes up a bit more and is round instead of pointy. When they first take the cast off you can get a
decent, if not perfect idea of what the final product will be, but then the whole nose swells up and I looked like a garden gnome. That is finally
starting to resolve.
Oddly, my eyes don't look so close set or deep set with the changes that were made. My philtrum (from base of nose to mouth) was already long and is
longer still now so I'm not sure if that will balance out ok. I do like the new look a lot, but I will NOT be able to hide this. Even casual friends
will know I've had work done. I was hoping to float this one under the radar, but there is no way. Which is causing quite a bit of anxiety, but I
really, REALLY like this better, even if it wasn't exactly (okay not even close to) what I asked for. So I'm conflicted at this point.
At any rate, that is a quick synapses of my journey so far with plastic surgery. I'm happy to answer questions, in no small part because I am still
in recovery and housebound and I'm not talking to anyone because I don't know how to explain, and so I'm lonely and bored (full disclosure).