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Cortisone “steroid” Shot Experience


In five days, it will have been ten months since my surgery. As I’ve been saying all along, I feel like my nose has been too swollen, and I still think it is! I went to see my doc this past Friday for a post op visit and to receive a steroid shot to help relieve some of the swelling. I did research on it and read that some ps’s will administer a shot right after cast removal and read that it only provides temporary relief and that eventually it will come back because the nose is still healing. The patient will become upset and will want another one because you can’t go from no swell to swell without it upsetting you. So the patient will probably have a several more while healing, and this can cause skin thinning and can also cause atrophy. I read on http://www.realself.com under the questions that other surgeons will answer that the best time for a steroid shot is after seven months and generally before one year. Most of the swelling (70%) takes place during the first few weeks (not for everyone, though including myself) and towards the end, about the last 30% will go down. Anyhow, the steroid shot is there to help people with swelling issues get the last of the swelling to go away. It takes a few weeks to see results, but I already see some differences than before. I go back in six weeks and she said I might need one more shot.

So the shot wasn’t too pleasant, but what shot is? The shot didn’t hurt much, so don’t worry.  She bent the needle at an angle so that it wouldn’t hit the bone. My curious boyfriend asked why it was bent, so that’s why I know. I wouldn’t have asked, so I’m glad he did because now I can write about why lol. Anyhow, she injected it slowly. She said I would be swollen and I was. My boyfriend said blood gushed out from where the injection site was, so I guess that’s normal. I could feel a little ball where it was injected and that lasted for about a day. It made my nose smooth and swollen at the bridge. It looked better today (Tuesday) but I did notice my right side is still more swollen than the left. Either way, though it doesn’t bother me much even if stays this way, although I am sure it isn’t because my right side is still tender and has been since surgery. I know it’s just taking longer to heal. My nose is currently a little bruised but fading and it hurt to scrunch my nose or wiggle it. It’s less now, but still a little sore. Pictures!

This was taken about twenty minutes after the shot was taken. You can see the little red spot from the needle and that my nose turned red.

You can see the bruising.

The day after.

You can see the shadow of the swelling on my right side here.

Right side swelling.

Uneven swelling here, too. But I don't think it looks too bad. Not very noticeable unless you are told about it.

 

 

 

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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. 🙂

PROGRESS


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!

Week 7


Hi everyone who reads my blog! As I said, the healing really slows down after the sixth week and I wasn’t going to post as much. Well not much has changed except that I think  my nose looks skinnier. I’m still stuffy and still have bloody noses and lots of dried blood. It’s pretty uncomfortable having to deal with this on a daily basis. Sometimes I can taste the blood since our noses and throats are all interconnected. I know this is not a cute topic, but I said I’d be brutally honest about my journey and I want people that read my blog to know what really happens so they do not freak out during their own journeys. Each morning that I wake up, my nose is the most sore and the most swollen and I hate it! I saw Dr. Lee on Wednesday May 25th and she is very pleased with her work. I am, too but I still wish my bridge curved in a little bit more. I told her to do whatever she thought fit my face the best and I do believe that this nose looks great, but I still want something more feminine. I’m not sure if I will ever have a revision because having a nose job is not a fun process and it’s really too early to tell what the end result is going to look like. She said the sides are still swollen and she pushed down on them pretty hard, actually and it hurt, to see how much swelling there still is. I asked her if the bridge would still drop and she said just a little, so I don’t expect that to change much. My nose is still a little soft and squishy, but more firm than my last update. I’ve read that most of the swelling goes away in the first six weeks, but I want my readers to know that I think it’s not exactly an accurate statement. I’ve noticed more swelling subside during this seventh week than the sixth so when you reach your sixth week and you don’t like what you see so far, don’t freak out because everyone heals differently. You will notice more changes in the weeks to follow. This takes time! I keep trying to tell myself that on the days that I feel the most impatient.

Since not much has changed, here are some pictures that I took over the last two weeks. They go in order from oldest to most recent. The most recent ones are from yesterday. If anyone has any comments or any questions, please ask away! I’d love to help anyone. 🙂

Nose is still a bit wide during my 6th-7th week.

Sorry this picture looks funny, but you can see the swelling quite well here.

I look funny here, too but I do like how my nose looks. I like the tip the most.

My right side of my bridge is still "bubbly" looking. See the line that goes down vertically? That's swelling. I'm still waiting for that part to go away.

These are all from this past week. I think more swelling has down that last week. I don't notice my nostrils being too uneven anymore. Yay.

The tip looks a little bit more pointy than before, too. I think it's from the swelling going down.

Hello, nostrils! lol

 

From yesterday. I like it more and more.

Still a bit wide, but much, much better than before.

Tip is a little bit less round, but not too pointy just as I wanted.

Maybe I'm crazy for wanting it more curvy. Looking at pictures, I think it complements my face well.

Most important, I feel happier and more confident! 😀

One month post-op visit


I had my four week appointment with Dr. Lee on May 4th. I have to tell you guys, I really have no patience at all with this healing thing. My skin has yet to contract, but after doing some research, I learned it takes about one to two years for this to actually happen! What am I thinking wanting everything to look perfect already? I really am crazy! It hurts like hell to swat the tip of my nose! My bridge is still very swollen and very squishy! It’s pretty gross. And the tip is rather stiff and puffy. A lot of the swelling has gone down and I am looking less and less like an Avatar creature! But my nose still plump, so I know I have a long way to go! The first thing my doctor said to me was, “You are still so swollen.” which I thought was a good thing because it assured me that I wasn’t going to look like this forever. It’s also allergy season, so I’m basically dying. There were no major changed from weeks two to three, but some noticeably swelling started going down between weeks three and four, but then these insane allergies kicked in with flulike symptoms, and I’ve been so stuffy and sniffly that I went back to being a poofy girl. Dr. Lee told me to go ahead and take Allegra, which started working within one hour of using it, and has helped a LOT. I go back in three weeks! Hopefully more and more swelling will keep going down! These are pictures between the end of week three and the beginning of week 4.

Yay for a skinnier nose!

See my fat skin not contracting, yet? Hmph.

Overall, I am really happy with the results so far and I know it is just going to get better!

Day 11


I had another post-op appointment today and had the tape removed off of my nose. My boyfriend drove me again. I really don’t want to drive anywhere that I don’t have to because there is so much traffic in LA and people drive rather carelessly, so I am afraid of getting into an accident and hurting my nose. My boyfriend is an absolutely gentleman and doesn’t complain about taking me. I think he enjoys coming with me and being a part of this whole process. I’m very appreciative of him. My entire family has been really good to me and been supportive and no longer smoke in my presence. And of course my Auntie was my own personal nurse and took such great care of me. I am very thankful for everything everyone has done for me. I’ll never forget it.

Okay so, having the tape removed was half as bad as having the cast removed. Again it stuck to my skin like velcro! My face had broken into a rash from the medicine and it had made it very rough and more dry than it already is to begin with. I believe this is why it stuck to me so bad. I was pleasantly surprised with how much less swelling there was today. I mean it’s still pretty bad, but much better than last time. I still see a big difference in my nostril size and my bridge is healing differently on both side. My nose was very crooked before and and the bridge was uneven, so I think this, too, is a part of the healing process. It doesn’t look that bad, though and people won’t notice. I do, though because it’s me. Note that on the right side of my bridge, you will see how swollen one part is. Dr. Lee told me that my nose is still about 50% swollen so there is more change ahead of me to see! I’m extremely happy with the tip of my nose and my side profile thus far! It’s so gorgeous! And I love that it’s a little bit turned up. I think it is very feminine and it just really complements my face. It fits and completes it. Picture time!

See where the swelling mostly is? I'm excited to see it go away and see how it will look!

Fat nose! It's cute, though. I look like a beastly little piggy! lol

I love this angle! I can't believe how cute my nose is from here!

More nostril action! Note the different sizes. I will keep a watch on how much this changes as well.

Day 10


Let me begin by saying that it is pretty gross when the insides of your nose begin to get dry and crusty. My tenth day has brought me some discomfort due to that reason. I must have used about 20 Q-Tips cleaning out all the dried mucous and blood. I unintentionally ripped out some of my stitches while getting out a huge chunk of blood out of my nose. I mean, this was the biggest mass of dried blood I’ve ever seen come out of anyone’s nose. I’m sorry to get so graphic, but I want to share anyway in case anyone freaks out about this happening. I felt a lot better after cleaning out my nose. Oh, I forgot to mention on day nine’s blog that I got to keep my cast for when I want to wear my glasses and for when I sleep so that I don’t forget that my nose is tender and accidentally roll on my nose or hit my nose. Also no glasses wearing without the cast because they can indent the bridge of my nose from its weight. Just thought I would throw that out there. What else….nothing much has changed today besides that. My boyfriends wonderful mother bought me a memory foam U-Neck pillow to support my neck for when I sleep at night. I’m still sleeping elevated on my back or slightly to my side because it helps me be careful in my sleep and makes me aware of why I am in that position. I’m a pretty light sleeper so this has actually been working well for me. And my U-Neck is super comfy and it helps keep my head in a safe position in terms of protecting my nose. Some pictures from day ten!

Some nostril action. lol

And these pictures were taken just before bed at night.

Testing out my smile. Looks a bit different from my before smile. Let's see how much this will change.