*How did you choose your surgeon? *
As I said in your other thread, I saw someone with a nose I liked and blurted out, “I want your nose!”, and she told me where I could get it. I did do some investigating about the doctor before deciding to see him, though, and found out that 2 other people, including my own step-mother had used him for work and were extremely happy with him.
What was the consultation like?
Pretty much like any other doctor visit, although he did stand me up against a wall and took a “before” picture for my file, and I can’t say as I’ve ever had any other doctor snap my photo before.
Did you bring pictures of the “nose” you wanted or did the surgeon sculpt one for you?
No pictures, but I did point out the things about my nose that I didn’t like, which were obvious to him as a doctor, because what I didn’t like was directly related to the deviated septum issues I was primarily there to address (and why not have some cosmetic work done in the process, right?). Fixing the problems went a long way towards fixing the appearance, and then he just took a small amount off the tip.
Was it painful?
Actually, they managed to get soap in my eye after they had me out and were prep’ing me for surgery, and it irritated my cornea. So when I woke up, and for the next 2 days, my eye hurt worse than my nose – especially since I was supposed to keep ice on the bridge of my nose as much as possible, which necessitated closing my eyes, which, of course, made it hurt worse!
*How long was your recovery period? *
I was up and about in only a couple of days. The packing was out within a week, as I recall. Now that was really weird! He stuck a tweezer in there, grabbed onto the end of what they had stuffed in there, and whoosh!, flung it out of there really, really fast. And let me tell you, that thing was about 6 miles long. I could not believe all that material had really been inside my nose. The hardest part was trying not to sneeze for a month, which I was told to be really careful to try not to do. Oh, and in the 32 years prior, and the 14 years since, I don’t recall anyone ever accidentally smacking or bumping me in the nose, ever, except for the 6 month period immediately following my surgery!
Did you like the results
Cosmetically, very much! I don’t have the official “before” picture anymore, but I did find one old photo that shows my old nose. You can see a before and after comparison here. One thing I like about it a lot, is that there’s a bump on the bridge that wasn’t actually there before. My surgeon wanted to remove it, because of course it wasn’t “perfect.” I smacked his hand away and said if he touched my bump he’d lose that hand, because it was the one thing that kept my nose from looking like an obvious “nose job” nose and gives it a little character. You might be able to make it out in this picture or this one.
Thanks to all who respond
You’re welcome, and good luck!