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8 Months Post Op

Well it’s really more like 9, but I’m going to save month 9 for a better update after I get a corticosteroid shot to help with relieving swelling. Some new things I have experienced are that having a cold/flu is TERRIBLE for your new nose, the cold weather is AMAZING for your new nose, and that your nose keeps getting better and better. I had a cold for the first time since surgery back in April and I could not believe how swollen my nose got from being sick. It made my bridge really smooth and round, which is nothing like how it is when I am not sick. It is not fun and I got scared and called my doctors office to ask the nurse if this was normal and she said it is totally normal and that my nose will go back to normal, and she was right. But it was still scary looking at a nose that looked like it did when I was 3 months post op. So if you get sick and your nose looks fat and swollen, fear not! It will go back to normal. Just ice your nose and be patient. The cold winter weather, well, as cold as winter can be in Southern California anyway, has made my nose look really nice and skinny! I am enjoying being outside for that very reason. πŸ™‚ Here are a few pictures over the last month or so.

Last month before I went to a wedding.

I think the tip is still a bit fat, but I don't think it'll get much thinner since I didn't have too much work done on the tip.

It looks a bit thinner here. It was cold outside that day.

And the rest of these were taken on December 9th. And this is at Disneyland so don’t mind my mouse ears. πŸ™‚

You can see more definition after 8 months. I think my nose looks thinner. It was very cold outside the entire day so I think it really helped it shrink that day.

Thinner bridge, I think.

And one from the side. This was early on during the day and I actually don't think my nose looks particularly defined here, but still looks good.

I don’t know if maybe my nose looks different just because someone else took the picture and the quality is better. The majority of my pictures are taken on my laptop, so I don’t know if it quality just made it look different, but I really think cold weather plays a major role. The first two were taken before it was particularly cold, so I think it has to do with that. That’s probably why patients are not supposed to be in the sun for at least 6 months and should always wear sunscreen. A lot of things affect recovery and if you are skipping out on them, you should reconsider your actions because my pictures are proof of that. And I DID follow the rules. See how much it changed even when following them? I am pleased thus far. I will update after my next appointment. I hate needles so wish me luck!

6 Month Post Op Doctors Visit

Just a quick update about my six month post op appointment! Everything is good, but my swelling is a little excessive so I’m probably going to get a steroid shot to help the bridge swelling subside. I’ll be going back after the first of the year. That’s all for now. I’ll update again month by month with pictures just to compare. πŸ™‚

6 Months

Hey all, my nose is still making progress. It still does not feel like a regular healed nose, yet. Yesterday, my brother actually smacked my hand while it was on my nose, forgetting that I had my nose done, and it was still tender. I was not pleased with the way it felt or that he hit my nose. I figure anyones nose would hurt it got smacked, though. I still get crusty inside more than before the surgery. I am hoping it will eventually go away. If not, it’s a small price to pay for what it looks like now. That’s basically it with this update. Breathing is great and I love how my nose looks.

I still have a slight bump in the middle of my bridge, but I’m okay with it now.


Skinnier nose than before.

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I thought it would be neat to do a side by side comparison of my before and after(s) so here it is.

Pre surgery, eleven days after surgery, and about five months after surgery!

It’s amazing how much my nose has changed so far. I didn’t notice the changes as they were happening. It makes me wonder what my nose will look like after a full year of recovery. Or even two or three years. To all of my readers, be patient. Healing takes time and I am proof that your nose will keep shrinking!

Month 5!

I can’t believe that it has already been a whole five months since my surgery! A few posts back I mentioned how I felt like my nose wasn’t exactly perfect and I was upset about it, but honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking! I love my nose! I think I was just comparing too much to other peoples noses and felt like some were better than mine. And you know what? Some are. But mine is amazing, too so I have seen the light and realized that I need to start enjoying what I have. And what I have is pretty amazing. I don’t really have much to update on. The cartilage is still squishy! I can push it down, so who knows if it will stay this way or if it will still shrink. It’s been over 100 degrees where I live and around 110 where I go to school and I’ve been in the sun quite a bit walking to class as my university campus is quite large, so I’d like to think it is the heat. My tip is still pretty sensitive and still kind of hard, but I don’t think it’s going to be soft. I saw one of my girl friends from the east coast who had her nose fixed after breaking it several times, and she let me touch hers and it was almost as hard as mine! Her nose was turned up, too so I think it has to do with reshaping. I’m okay with it. I would just like for it to not sting when I touch it with any force. I’m ready for winter to help speed up this process. Unfortunately, winter is months away. Okay enough talk. Here are some pictures.




And the rest of these were taken just before this blog was written!


Just for comparison, I think my nostrils look pretty even now.


3 and a half months

Sorry I’ve been lagging guys! Today is my birthday and I was on the east coast last week and then started summer school right after I arrived, so as you would imagine, I’ve been super busy! Okay well there is less and less swelling, but I still feel like the bridge is a little too high. I would have liked it to be more curved in, but it is still a nice nose nonetheless. Nose is still crusty on the inside and I am still stuffy in the mornings. My nose also has swelling in the mornings and feels tight when I first wake up. Besides that, everything is good. Pics!

These are also in order from oldest to most recent. This one is from at least a month ago.

posing with Bella!