Why I Got a Rhinoplasty and My Post-Op Recovery
Hi, my name is Barbra Wood and I am 20 years old. I recently got a rhinoplasty and have decided to share my experience with everyone on the forum. My Doctor’s name is Dr. Olivera Jones and he is located in Culiacan Sinaloa, Mexico. My procedure was around $2,000-3,000 USD.
Why I Decided to Get a Rhinoplasty:
I never had a problem with my nose when I was younger, but throughout the years, my nose got hit multiple times, eventually causing it to fracture, resulting in breathing problems. It also caused my nose to appear crooked and a bump (known as a dorsal hump) formed on the bridge. I started to notice my nose changing shape and I became really insecure about it. This is what caused me to want to have a nose job. I was not happy with my nose at all and getting a rhinoplasty was something I really wanted badly.
I went to Culiacan Sinaloa, Mexico, to get a rhinoplasty, because I knew of a doctor who a rhinoplasty on one of my family members. I also knew other people who had their their nose done with this surgery and I liked all of their noses, and so I chose to visit him.
When I went to my consultation, I was super excited to see what the doctor had to say about my nose. He looked at it and put a tube with a camera up my nose to look at the inside. He did confirm that it was fractured and it looked like it was hit pretty badly. He took pictures of my nose from all angles. He then told me everything that could be fixed on my nose and what he was planning to do with it to make it look the way I wanted it to. I didn’t give him any specifics -- I just told him I wanted it to be cute and small. I also told him I wanted to get rid of the bump. He told me he was going to make my nostrils smaller and fix my tip so, it would be more triangular from the bottom. When he was explaining everything to me, he knew what he was talking about and he made me feel really comfortable and even more excited. My health was checked with a blood test and I was perfectly healthy, so I was scheduled for my rhinoplasty surgery. My surgery date was April 17, 2018.
Preparing For Surgery:
I was told not to eat anything past 10 PM the night before my surgery. This meant I could not eat anything the morning of surgery. I was not allowed to drink any liquids besides water after 10 PM either.
The Day of Surgery (4-17-18):
I got to the hospital at 6:00 AM and my surgery was at 7:00 AM. While I was there, I filled out some paperwork. After that, they gave me a hospital gown to change into and a hair cap. When I was in the hospital bed, I waited for a little and the anesthesiologist came in and started to talk to me. Surprisingly, I was not nervous at all. This was only because of how badly I wanted a rhinoplasty. I had waited for that moment for years and it was finally time. When he was talking to me, he said he was going to start putting the anesthetic in my IV and that he was going to keep asking me questions. The last thing he asked me was if I was started to feel drowsy and I remember saying yes. After that, I was knocked out. When I woke up, there was a cast and tape over my nose. I had to breathe through my mouth, because there was splints in my nose. The nurse came in and asked me how I was feeling. I wasn’t in pain at all and I ended up falling asleep. An hour later I went home. When I got up to change back into my clothes, I started to feel a little nauseous. When I got home, I took my medicine and I went straight to bed to get some rest. Throughout the night, I slept perfectly fine. I had to sleep sitting up and with my head tilted up.
The day after Surgery (04-18-18):
I woke up pretty swollen. I had to take my medicine every 12 hours. The medicine really helped, because when it was almost time to take it, I would feel a little bit of pain but right when I took them, the pain went away. I stayed in bed all day and ate very light food. I had yogurt and soup. For the rest of the day I slept. When I showered, I had to be really careful. I didn’t wash my hair because I couldn’t get my face wet and my eyes were really swollen. Every time I went to the restroom, I had to keep my head tilted back so there wouldn’t be pressure on my nose.
Post-Op Day 2 (4-19-18):
I had my appointment to get the splints out of my nose this day. I woke up even more swollen and with a little bit of bruising. I felt fine, but it was just uncomfortable to have to breathe out of my mouth, so I was excited to get the splints out. When my mouth would get dry, all I would do was drink water. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be though. When I went to my appointment, the doctor said I was healing fine. He gave me some drops to take to relax before he took the splints out. I was a little nervous but it was only 3 seconds of pain. He took them out and I instantly felt relieved. He then cleaned the inside of my nose. He also gave me a nasal spray to spray into my nose so I would be able to breathe when I felt like it was clogged. My next appointment was a week later.
Post-Op Day 9 (4-26-18):
This day I had my appointment to get my cast off and see my nose for the first time. After the day I had my splints taken out I felt fine that whole week and continued to stay in bed. At my appointment, he gave me the drops again to be calm and relaxed. When he took the cast off it didn’t hurt he was very gentle and he also took my stitches off. The removal of the stitches wasn’t bad either. It hurt very little. When he took my cast off and I saw my nose I was in LOVE! It was still very swollen but I still loved it so much. He showed me the before pictures he took of my old nose and showed me everything he did to my nose. It was the best transformation I’ve ever seen. He then put tape over my nose and told me I was allowed to go out to places to eat if I wanted too. He told me to stay away from cigarette smoke and all the bad things that could infect my nose. I was healing fine and had my next appointment a week after.
Post-Op Day 17 (5-4-18):
Going into may, I had been feeling much better. I no longer had the stitches or cast, which made things much more comfortable. I wasn’t swollen and I had very little bruising. So little, that it wasn’t even noticeable. I was able to walk with my head held at a normal level and I was able to sleep and eat better. I still had the tape on my nose and on May 4th, I had the appointment to finally get the tape off and live with my new nose! When I went to my appointment, he removed the tape, checked my nose, and he cleaned it. I felt so relieved and excited. I was very happy with my results and I really appreciate what my doctor did for me. He changed my life for sure. He set up a follow-up appointment a week after this week just to make sure I was good to go.
Final Thought on My Rhinoplasty Surgery:
I am very happy with my new nose. I no longer feel self-conscous about it and it continues to look better each day. My doctor told me my nose will continue to heal for up to hear and I expect it will look even better than it already does this time next year. Luckily, everything turned out great for me and I could not be any more satisfied with my results.