My Rhinoplasty With Dr. David Glasson in Wellington, New Zealand.
My name’s Vanessa, I’m 19 years old and I’m currently living in Sydney, Australia. I got my nose done (rhinoplasty) in February 2016 when I was only 16 years old. My procedure was done by Dr. David Glasson in Wellington, New Zealand.
Although I was young, I was certain I wanted this procedure ever since I was a little girl. I was so excited leading up to the surgery and although I was still excited on the actual day, the nerves did finally fully kick in. I remember being weighed, my height being measured and finally, cleaning my skin with the wipe that they gave me just before the surgery whilst crying my eyes thinking about what was going to happen. No, I was not regretful or anything like that, but just scared of the fact that I was about to go under.
Once all of the measuring and wiping was done, I put on the gown that they provided for the surgery and waited anxiously in the room with my mum and sister. Finally, the doctors came in and wheeled me out of the room. As I was lying on my surgery bed, I was looking at all the tools and things that would potentially be used on me and although that sounds scary, the majority of my nerves had faded at this point.
Then, as I was talking to the man who was in charge of injecting my anesthetic, he ended up injecting me with it (either in my arm or my hand) after answering all my questions. He told me what would happen just before injecting it, which essentially was that I’d feel something in my throat and dose off really quickly. Obviously, he was correct, as that is the last thing that I remember just before the surgery.
Just over 2 hours later, the surgery was over and I woke up in the recovery room. Although I was feeling a little funny, my very first thought/feeling was genuine happiness at the fact that I had just woken up, it was all over and I FINALLY had a new nose after waiting all those years! Its like all my dreams had come true! Not long after waking up my nausea started kicking in (something that doesn’t happen to everybody but I’m naturally a very nauseous person. The surgical team was highly professional and accommodating while the hospital was really nice and clean!) so the nurse gave me a lemonade ice block and a nausea patch. I was now being wheeled back into my room where my mum and sister were waiting for me and put into bed. My nausea had kicked in even more at this point so I was given even more nausea medication, I think they were nausea tablets? Anyway, as time went on the nausea got worse and worse and so did the bruising on my face. Although, nausea doesn’t happen to everyone who goes through this, bruising is to be expected for most people. I was given every single type of nausea medication from patches to injections, at the highest doses but none of it really worked, I was vomiting non-stop. A few to many hours later dinner time had arrived and the last thing I wanted to do was eat even though I was really encouraged to. I did have a little bit of my mashed potato but that was it, I could not even think about eating the sausage on my plate. I stayed there overnight along with my mum and sister to comfort me which was nice. Yes, my post op experience was not the best but that was nobody’s fault, it’s just the way my body reacted to the anesthetic which was worth it because I was finally feeling better the next day and finally got to go home, plus one night of nausea/vomiting was 100% worth the new nose and confidence boost!