These past two weeks have been an experience, let me tell ya. If you didn't read my last post (which you can read here: https://www.brooketatumskin.com/blog/2017/9/19/my-rhinoplasty-experience-surgery-day), then you should know I got a nose job this time two weeks ago. I'm here to update you on what the first and second week has been like, giving you all the ups and downs.
Now I will say, I don't remember much after I woke up from the surgery. I was not in any pain, but I still had medicine in my system. My surgery was the last case of the day so I was ready to go home and go to bed. Arriving home I got a little food in my belly and set up camp. I slept upright and wasn't too uncomfortable. I was prescribed pain medicine and medicine to help me fall asleep, so I took one of each right before going to bed. I would say days 3 and 4 were the worst, which is when I was the most uncomfortable. I was not really in any pain at the surgery site, but I started getting nauseous and having headaches intermittently. Everyday since the surgery I have been washing my nose out with a saline rinse about twice a day. Super easy, not painful, and makes my nose not as dry. I'd say the worst part was not being able to breathe through my nose very well the first 4 days. I ate and slept with my mouth open, which wreaked havoc on my lips. I always had water and chapstick by me to help combat the dryness. I was able to get my splint off at day 5 and started feeling back to myself by day 6. I got my stitches out at a week. I still had to keep tape on my nose for another week, but it was not as noticeable as the splint was.
Week 1 was not as intimidating as I expected it to be. Of course I expected the worst and hoped for the best. I thought that my nose itself would hurt more than it did, and I thought I'd look like I got beaten up down the block. The pain was very minimal with a little help from some medicine. As I said above, the worst part was not being able to take a breath through my nose the first few days. I would 100% go through this process again to achieve the results that I got.
Honestly, after the first week I felt back to myself. I stopped taking my prescriptions and was able to return to work. I still had to wear tape, but it was flesh colored and hardly noticeable. While some spots are still tender to the touch, nothing is bothering me. After getting my tape off right at day 14, the pores on my nose were bigger than ever. I wasn't expecting any less since I have had something covering my nose the past two weeks 24/7, and I actually expected it to be worse. A little exfoliation with a light peel and my pores were much better the following day. I still have residual swelling on my nose, which can take up to a year to go down, but it is not noticeable enough to make my face look any different.
So all in all? I'd do it again in a heartbeat! My nerves lead me to believe this process would be much worse than it actually was. Nerves come with any big operation like this, but I had a great team to calm myself in pre-op, and direct me on everything I needed to know post-op. I was not unhappy with my nose beforehand but a subtle change like this can make all the difference. I am loving my profile now!
Thanks for reading!