Monday, 8 July 2013

Rhinoplasty Recovery: How to Minimise Bruising

I was fortunate in that I didn't experience any bruising after my nose job, and only mild discomfort. That may be due to the skills of the surgeon, but I also did some preparation beforehand. 


I read a few articles on minimising bruising and the common themes were to take Vitamin C, Zinc and Arnica Montana, as well as staying in general good health. 

I started taking Effervescent Vitamin C and Zinc tablets from Tesco everyday for two weeks before surgery and for ten days afterwards. I also took Arnica tablets(6c) from Holland & Barrett two days before surgery and for five days after.

This seemed to work for me, but everyone's different. Have a chat with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any of these supplements.

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Sunday, 5 December 2010

Six months after Rhinoplasty

It's been six months since I had my nose job and I'm so happy with the decision -  it feels like I now have the right nose for my face. No-one noticed the difference either, which is what I hoped for. I think this highlights that it was a bigger deal for me than anyone else. So, for anyone struggling with something about their appearance that they don't like - chin up. No-one notices!

My nose has got neater and more refined over the last six months, although there wasn't too much swelling to begin with. At a total of £3,600, the surgery was expensive, but for me it was worth every penny. I feel happier and much more confident

As always, I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have about my experience of Rhinoplasty. And I would love to hear your success stories! Please feel free to email me on sams_surgery@hotmail.co.uk.

Take care xx

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Saturday, 1 May 2010

What does Rhinoplasty Involve?

I recently had my six week check-up, at which I asked what the surgery actually involved. I didn't want to know all the gory details beforehand, as I probably wouldn't have gone through with it. 

The doctor cut away cartilage and a small section of bone from the bridge of my nose. I asked him if he had rasped it, but he said that he didn't as he doesn't think it gives a great result. He also cut away two 4mm sections from either side of the tip to refine it and a small section from the cartilage/septum between my nostrils to lift the nose.

I'm still delighted with the results. My surgeon said that the nose will reduce even further in size over the next six months and asked me to come back then for a final check up.

On another note, my mum recently had surgery to reduce the lining of her nose (medical, not cosmetic). She was quite ill after coming round from general anaesthetic and her face was swollen for a few days. I was completely fine after the anaesthetic, but it just shows that it affects everyone differently.

Any questions, email me on sams_surgery@hotmail.co.uk. 

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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

One Month After Rhinoplasty

I still absolutely love my nose. It is the best decision I have ever made and worth every penny. I'm still so excited when I catch a glimpse of it! No-one has noticed that I had surgery, but that's what I was hoping for. 

I met the work girls for lunch straight after having the splint removed and they didn't notice. They couldn't believe it when I told them and I had to show them before and after pictures before they would believe me. 

It was a little sensitive to touch in the first week, but that has largely passed and the dissolvable stitches came out after about a week. I've been so lucky in avoiding pain and discomfort.

As always, if you have any questions, send me an E-Mail on sams_surgery@hotmail.co.uk.

Sam xx

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Thursday, 1 April 2010

Ten Days After Rhinoplasty

I absolutely love it!

It's perfect and I am so happy. It's so much nicer and neater, without being terribly different.

The area between my cheeks and my nose is a tiny little puffy, but I don't think anyone's going to notice that I've had anything done. I can't believe the results.

My surgeon was Dr. Hill at the Fitzwilliam Clinic in Belfast. On the basis of my experience, I'm very happy to recommend him and the clinic.

As always, if you have any questions, send me an E-Mail on: sams_surgery@hotmail.co.uk.

Off to have lunch with friends. Lets see if they notice... xx

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

The Splint Comes Off Tomorrow!

Splint off tomorrow morning... I'm so excited!

Wish me luck, xx

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Rhinoplasty Recovery: A Nose Bleed

It's now only two days until the splint is removed and I'm very excited! I hope it's OK - not too different, but not too similar either. 

I had a small nose bleed yesterday; nothing major, but it was unexpected. You should try to keep your head elevated for the first few days after surgery, but I've gone back to sleeping normally. Maybe that has put too much pressure on my nose. 

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Monday, 29 March 2010

Rhinoplasty Recovery: Day Seven

Today I'm almost completely back to normal. I can eat, sleep and chat like before. 

My friends came round to the house on day 5 and I was out of puff by midnight. My friend, who didn't know about the surgery, looked so shocked to see me with plasters all over my face. She didn't believe me when I told her I'd had a nose job. All three friends were great about it and couldn't believe how well I looked. They were expecting black eyes and swelling, but nope.

The stitches seem to be made of a cotton-like material and they aren't as scary as I first thought. The tip of my nose isn't as sensitive, although either side of the bridge is still tender and I'm worried that the swelling won't go down. At this point I could leave the house, but I don't want people asking too many questions. I answered the door to the postman and he was shocked and worried about the splint, thinking that I'd been in an accident! 

I stopped taking Cocodamol on Day 3 as I suspected that they were making me feel quite ill. Other than one dose of paracetemol for a headache, which may or may not have been related to the surgery, I haven't taken any pain relief and have felt fine.

Three more days until I have the splint removed. I'm planning on meeting some friends from work for lunch afterwards, so that it's not so daunting going back to the office next week.

As always, if you have any questions whatsoever, send me an E-Mail: sams_surgery@hotmail.co.uk.

Love, xx

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Telling People You're Getting a Nose Job

Three friends are coming round for dinner this evening. I've trimmed the plasters back, washed my hair for the first time since surgery using a hand held shower and put on some make-up. Apart from the plasters, I haven't scrubbed up too badly. Well, we'll see what the girls say. Two of the girls know about the surgery, but one doesn't. Surprise!

I made the decision to have surgery entirely by myself. I never talked about how I felt about my nose before; it seemed like a really big deal. I told one friend a month before surgery and she was surprised, then listed a few surgeries she would like to have herself. Another friend was the same. She told me that I didn't need it and then said "take me with you!".

That has been a common reaction. I think most people have body hang ups and it's such a pity. I like the little features that make people different. To be honest, my nose was quite strong and 'Roman' looking before hand. I didn't mind that. It really was just too big for my face, though. The Rhinoplasty isn't going to make me a perfect by any means, and there are a few features which I'm not overly keen on, but the nose is the only thing that I'm going to change.

My friend was very supportive. Telling the first person was the hardest. I felt so silly saying it, but when I did, it cemented it. I was going to get Rhinoplasty. Telling my mum was hard - I thought she'd be angry, but she was completely fine about it. 

Sam xx

Friday, 26 March 2010

Rhinoplasty - Medication, Stitches and Splint

Day 4 is much better than day 3! I think it was more to do with the medication than the surgery. Voltarol is used to relieve pain and inflammation. My nurse had told me to discontinue use if I experienced any stomach upset or heartburn. I noticed both on the evening of Day 2 and it continued into Day 3, so I stopped taking it. Yesterday I added thirst, drowsiness and headache to the mix. My nose also felt very swollen and straining against the splint. This new nose is a rogue! In my reading, prior to the operation, a few people said that they experienced the most pain in Day 2 and Day 3, so if this is all I get I'm very grateful.

Today I've experienced no pain and no bruising. I can flare my nostrils a little, although it does feel a bit tight. Some people have reported numbness in the nose following the operation. It does feel a little different, like it's coming round from pins and needles. Have a look at my blog post on how to minimise bruising after Rhinoplasty

Stitches 
My stitches are dissolvable, which as far as I'm aware means that they are made from natural material or synthetic material that the body can break down over time. In the nose, the external stitch will either fall out or will be removed by the doctor once the wound is closed.

I have a little portable torch and had a look at the inside of the nostril. You can see where quite a large incision was made on the septum in both nostrils. The stitches look pretty sturdy, which made me think that there is no way they will dissolve by themselves. I'll let you know. It also made me think what an amazing feat Closed Rhinoplasty actually is. How does the surgeon do so much work from inside your nose and from such comparably small incisions?

Splint
This is made of Plaster of Paris material, moulded round the nose. It runs from between my eyes to just above the top of my nose and it is attached with plasters. The plasters will be sore to remove - as plasters usually are - but the splint should just lift off.

If you have any questions, or would like me to discuss anything in particular on the blog, feel free to contact me on sams_surgery@hotmail.co.uk.

Love, xx

Sam, xx