I Had a Rhinoplasty 8 Years Ago and Do Not Regret It One Bit
When I was around 13-14 years old (I'm 38 now), I realized I wasn't happy with the appearance of my nose. My mom had a nose job when she was in her twenties, so she understood where I was coming from when I started to talk about having a rhinoplasty. I had a bump on the bridge of my nose, medically known as a dorsal hump, my tip was a little bit bulbous and my nose hooked down a bit. I wanted a new nose and began looking for an expert rhinoplasty surgeon. I did not want to go to the wrong doctor, because I knew it would have a devastating impact on my appearance if it wasn't done properly.
After searching around, I ultimately ended up picking a plastic surgeon who was a friends with my mother that worked at the same hospital she did. The name of my surgeon was Dr. David Palaia and he's located in Mount Kisco, New York, which is in Westchester County. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon and was the chief of plastic surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital Center, which is a well-known, top-notch hospital in Westchester.
At my initial consultation with Dr. Palaia, we discussed my concerns, what I wanted fixed and he took a bunch of photos of my nose from every angle. He then uploaded these images to his computer and generated a simulation of what my nose would like after my rhinoplasty procedure. I also looked at many of his before and afters from patients who had previously undergone rhinoplasty surgery with Dr. Palaia and all of them looked great. Confident that Dr. Palaia had the surgical skills and personality to give me amazing results too, I booked my surgery.
Before my surgery date, I was super nervous. I had never had a surgical procedure in the past and being that was an elective procedure, I wondered it it was worth it. I was also very scared to be knocked out with general anesthesia. Having said all of this, as it turned out, I was worrying about nothing.
On my surgery day, I arrived at the hospital early in the morning. The medical staff then gave me a hospital gown to change into, hooked me up to some heart monitors and gave me an IV. Once I was in the operating room, the IV was used to administer the anesthesia. And that's the last thing I remember!
When I woke up from surgery, I was in a recovery room and did not feel bad at all! The surgery itself was a breeze and I felt like I had woken up from a nap. When people ask me about my post-op recovery from nose surgery, I tell them that it was literally one of the easiest things I'd ever done. In fact, I remember during my initial consultation, Dr. Palaia's office staff gave me a prescription for pain medication but told me I probably wouldn't need it. At the time, I laughed, because I thought there was no way I wouldn't need pain medication after having surgery. Turns out, Dr. Palaia's staff was right! I never needed the pain medication. I literally did not have any pain at all during my recovery. The only time I ever felt any pain/discomfort, was when Dr. Palai pressed on my nose a bit to remove my cast during a follow-up appointment a week after surgery. Other than that, I did not experience any pain or discomfort.
As far as bruising and swelling go, I had a little bit of bruising 2-3 days post-op, which quickly disappeared. I also had a little bit of swelling for months, which was very undetectable to most people. I was literally back at work a week later. It took a few more months for all of my swelling to go away and a year until I saw my final results.
My final thoughts to anybody considering rhinoplasty surgery, is you have to very patient. You will have swelling for many months and won't be able to see your final results for a year. I remember not being 100% happy with my nose for a few months after my procedure, but eventually loved it with time. The swelling you'll experience will vary, but regardless, you'll still need to be very patient! I am so glad I was patient, because I love my new nose. Dr. Palaia did a wonderful job and I'm very happy I went to him. It's now been years since I had my procedure and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.