Weak Chin and Nose Fixed
To be perfectly honest, I didn't even realize I had a weak chin for the longest time. I was more concerned with my big nose than my weak chin. It wasn't until the plastic surgeon I met with told me my chin was part of the reason my nose looked so large that I became self-conscious of it. Once he told me that, I was super aware of other people who had a strong jawline. It was kind of funny and sad at the same time, because I realized my nose wasn't as big as I always thought it was. It was my jaw being too small that made it seem that way. I never realized jaws were what made men look really strong and good to women.
I had my rhinoplasty and chin augmentation surgeries done at the same time. The procedure was done under general anesthesia and I think I paid $14,000 for both surgeries (it was 7 years ago). I believe my surgery took about 2 hours to do. All I remember is driving to my surgeon's office, discussing what the surgery would entail with my doctor and then walking into the operating suite. When I woke up after the surgery, it was just me and a nurse in the room. My throat was a bit sore from the tube they used for anesthesia, but I was not in pain. I probably was still under the effects of local anesthesia and pain meds though.
I was swollen after my surgeries but had no bruising anywhere. I found this to be strange because I always thought both eyes would appear bruised after a rhinoplasty. Mine were not. I didn't have any visible incisions either. My rhinoplasty was done closed (through the inside of my nose) and my chin implant was done through my mouth, with a small incision all the way at the crease of my lower lip and bottom teeth and it was basically invisible from day 1.
Recovery was a bit rough at times. My nose was completely plugged with gauze and it was annoying only being able to breathe out of my mouth. It made my mouth drier and I made sure to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. I remember hiding from the public for a good two weeks after my surgery, except when I had to visit my doctor for a follow-up appointment. He removed the gauze in my nose at that appointment but it was still really swollen. My chin felt tight too and it was a little hard to speak at times.
Over the next 6 months, my swelling continued to improve and I was getting used to speaking with an implant on my chin. My implant was placed in a pocket of muscle and not drilled into my jaw bone, so I'm not sure if that made a difference in my recovery.
I will say that my rhinoplasty was harder to recover from than my chin implant but neither one were that harsh. Perhaps it's because I'm a good patient and I follow instructions. I iced my face regularly and was careful not to bang my nose or chin on anything. I let my body heal for a while before resuming my normal activities.
Having my nose and chin done were probably the single best decisions I've made in my life. I'm very thankful my doctor pointed out my weak chin because it has really improved my looks. I still look like myself but with improved facial features. I feel more confident than I did before and this has made a big difference in life. I believe much of my success in college is due to the confidence I had from the way I looked. I had cosmetic surgery because I really wanted to and did not do it for other people. I think that rhinoplasty and chin implant surgery are both great procedures to enhance your face. They improve your facial harmony really well. I think plastic surgery gets a bad reputation from people who look too plastic, but there are plenty of us who have had tremendous success with cosmetic surgery and are very happy we got it done. I am a big believer in doing what makes you happy. As Nike says, 'just do it.'