Had a Rhinoplasty and Chin Implant to Fix Poor Side Profile
If you’re considering one of the procedures I’m about to write about, I hope what I have to say helps you prepare for your surgery.
I was in my early twenties when I decided to get a rhinoplasty and chin implant. I never liked my side profile or the front view of my nose. I saw 3 plastic surgeons before I decided on one of them. I would recommend going on multiple consultations to see how different doctors go about tackling different things that you ask them. You'll also become more comfortable speaking with doctors and that way none of them can pressure you into doing a procedure that you don't want. You'll also start to notice differences in the before and after photos these surgeons have and you'll see that the better doctors consistently deliver great results. They'll have hundreds of amazing before and after pictures, compared with other doctors who only show you a few. The doctor I picked was sweet, had amazing before and after pictures and I liked the simulation of what he wanted to do with my nose.
Preparing For Surgery
Two weeks before surgery I had to stop taking a bunch of dietary supplements I normally use. This caused my skin to break out really badly. I guess my body had become used to these supplements and missed them.
The night before surgery I was suprisingly feeling ok. My emotions osciallated between really calm and very nervous, but overall I felt pretty good and was excited about how the surgery would change my life. My only two fears about surgery were having the IV stuck in my arm and not being completely asleep during surgery. For some strange reason, getting a good result was not even in my mind. I had a lot of confidence in the surgeon I picked and knew he would do a good job.
I also made sure I was prepared for my post-op recovery. I had prepared my couch and bought some really large, comfy pillows to prop myself up (did not want to sleep on my back). I had all my recovery items lined up, from soft food to medication, like acetominophen and Miralax. I also had hydrogen peroxide, paper tape, extra gauze, facial wipes, Ayr nasal mist, Arnica cream and tablets, biotene mouth spray, Q-tips, cough drops and straws. I was set for surgery and slept pretty well that night.
I arrived at the surgical suite where my surgery was to take place at 6 a.m. My mom drove me there and remained in the waiting room during my surgery.
I was given hospital clothes to change into, a bag for the clothes I was currently wearing and then I sat on the hospital bed. The nurses and doctors came in to speak with me and a numbing cream was placed on my skin where the IV was to be placed. I was scared about the IV being put in, but with the numbing cream and how quickly the nurse put in the needle, I hardly felt a thing. My surgeon and the anesthesiologist then came in to speak with me and told me what would happened once I was wheeled into the operating room. Then it was time for my surgery! Through my IV I was administered a muscle relaxes and I started feeling pretty relaxed. Then before I knew it, the anesthesiologist was giving me another medication through my IV and I was out. I don't even remember falling asleep, I was just out.
When I came to my senses, I was in a recovery room and there was a sweet nurse there to assist me with anything I needed. I was allowed to go home about an hour after I woke up. My mouth was super dry and that's pretty much all I remember from that day. When I returned to my house that night, I slept until the following day.
Day 1: I was very tired and slept most of the day. I didn't eat too much either. My stomach hurt and my face hurt a bit. I took pain medication between naps. I wasn't feeling too horrible, but I was uncomfortable. I couldn't breathe through my nose because of the gauze they stick up there and I had bandages on my chin and nose. There was a good amount of bruising under my eyes and I had plenty of swelling on my nose, upper lip and chin. This was of course expected and I took it in stride.
Day 2: The first into second night was a struggle. I got nauseous from the pain medication I was taking and wasn't able to eat food. I threw up twice during the night, which made things rough. My bottom lip and chin were still swollen and I was still unable to breathe through my nose because of the gauze. I was happy to see that my eyes did not swell shut, as I had read some reviews where people experienced that.
Day 3: I was feeling much better. I didn't like that my chin was numb and it hurt if I bit down too hard or twisted my face, because the stitches at the base of my chin would pull and cause pain. I stopped taking pain medication and switched to regular Tylenol. This made me feel much better and my appetite returned. I took the pain meds more as a precation and not because I was experiencing much pain. Not being able to breathe through my nose was getting old though.
Day 4: I started feeling more like myself. My chin and bottom lip were still numb, but some feeling began to return to the edges. I was able to eat mostly normal food at this point in my recovery (Had been eating soups and other soft foods, where I didn't need to chew a lot). I was also able to stop wearing my chin implant strap, which I was happy about, because it made my neck become itchy.
Day 5: No pain or discomfort. The numbness on my bottom lip and chin improved a little bit.
Day 6: I felt great and was ready to get my cast off.
Day 7: I had my first follow-up appointment with my surgeon. He removed my cast and the bandages on my face. He then handed me a mirror for my unveiling. My nose was super swollen, but I was happy to see that the slope and angle of my nose was way better. My chin looked good and even though I was really excited, I knew it would take many months before the 'real' version of me showed up. I had to be patient and it was tough, because I still had to go out in public and returned to work 10 days after my surgery.
Looking Back on My Surgery
It's been a little more than 3 years since I had my surgery. I would say that it took two weeks for all my bruising to go away and 2-3 months for 90% of my swelling to dissappear. It was a long journey and it was tough at times mentally. The days when I was spoke swollen made me question why I did this to myself. Looking back this far after surgery, I do not regret having my surgery done. No one can tell I had anything done to my face and I receive a lot more compliments about my appearance now than I ever did before. My face still looks like me, only upgraded. I picked the right doctor, was patient and I am joyous about my results.