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Old 02-08-2008, 08:05 PM   #1
 
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Thumbs up Journal - Special Guest Johanna Shares and Takes Your Questions

We have been blessed to have Johanna join us to share her experiences on her very recent rhinoplasty surgery. Unable to breathe due to a deviated septum and obstructed nasal airway, she had to undergo an extremely difficult reconstruction of the nose. She also underwent chin augmentation.

Thank you so much Johanna for helping inform others. We here at PlasticSurgerySpot are praying for you to have a speedy and safe recovery. I'll let you take it from here...


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Old 02-10-2008, 02:25 PM   #2
 
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Arrow Hello Everyone

Hi Everyone,

Johanna here. I did have an extremely invasive, extensive complete nasal reconstrucion. 80-90 % of the surgery was internal, and I am still recovering. For 15 years I haven't been able to breath, and it affected my life in ways I'm sure I still have not realized. My left nostril was completely closed, and the entire nasal cavity was sideways. Next week I'll be receiving the operation report, so I'll be able to tell you in technical terms exactly what was wrong, and the procedures done to correct the problem. My surgery was so extensive and rare another surgeon was flown in from Florida to witness the procedure. And that was when my surgeon had no idea of the extent of my injuries. Once opened up, things were much worse than he thought.
Many people don't realize they are going through life with a kind of disability. When I was 12 (playing first base on a boys baseball team ), I was hit in the head with a baseball right between my eyes. My plastic surgeon, Dr. Gerald Acker, said this type of injury had to be caused by something, and that was probably it. Learning to breath all over again, I often catch myself with my mouth hanging open. After all that time, it's easy to forget I can now breath through my nose!
Believe me, I am still healing. I am definitely still swollen, have numbness, and other issues. There are plenty of tricks I have picked up that really do help and will share and answer as many questions as I can. I will be putting up some before and after pictures, and will scan in my operation repoert as soon as I get it. I also had a chin implant, put in through the inside of my lower lip, which healed immediately and looks great. Looking forward to helping and informing all of you who are comteplating, or have already had surgery.

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Exclamation Should have mentioned...

I should have mentioned - I had the surgery on January 8th of this year, so you guys are on my healing journey along with me. I pray in the end I have a wonderful recovery with spectacular results. I'm sure I will be asking you guys plenty of questions as well.

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That sounds like a pretty big ordeal Johanna! Another surgeon flew in to watch?! What city was this all done in?

you said the injury happened 15 years ago how old were you no? I know someone that had a similar injury to their nose not from a baseball but from a fight. He was something like 17 or 18 when it happened and he got surgery at 24 and the bridge of his nose was smooshed in from the implact of the first so the surgeon had to build it back up again to make it normal. It's really scary to think we can just be doing aactivity like baseball and end up with such a horrific injury. I had a deviated septum fixed when I was 20 which of course doesn't even compare to your injury but it's funny ever since I'm super cautious with my nose. I get nervous when objects come close to my nose because I'm afraid of ruining my nose again!

So you're like a month post-op? Glad to hear your on your journey to recovery!!! Growing up with the injury did that have any impact on your speech and talking because you couldn't breathe normally?

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Hey Johanna I have the same problem with my nose but it doesn't sound as bad as yours. So it sounds like you're breathing good now? I need to get surgery to open up one side which is collapsed 80 to 90% and the doctor wants to use rib cartilage to open it up. Did the dr. use any cartilage grafts to keep your nose open? My surgeon gave me the option of either rib or ear cartilage and to be honest I'm afraid of using either

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Arrow Check out You Tube videos

YouTube - Plastic Surgery Recovery video 2

I'm 27 years old now, and the this all happened in Queens, NY. I had my reconstruction done in Nassau, and the surgeon was flown in from Florida. Growing up, this injury affected my hearing more than my speech. My speech was not normal though, I always sounded stuffed and nasal. I was always out of breath, and by 3 in the afternoon I was always exhausted because of the lack of oxygen I was receiving, and the extra work it was taking to get that oxygen. I would often find myself sitting on the couch watching TV at night, physically opening my nostrils to try and get more air. I still didn't realize what an injury I had though. The recovery is still tough. Even though the bruising is gone, I have raccoon eyes that will probably last a couple of months. Check out the youtube video's I was posting during my recovery. Bored in my house, they became numerous.


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Hey Johanna I have the same problem with my nose but it doesn't sound as bad as yours. So it sounds like you're breathing good now? I need to get surgery to open up one side which is collapsed 80 to 90% and the doctor wants to use rib cartilage to open it up. Did the dr. use any cartilage grafts to keep your nose open? My surgeon gave me the option of either rib or ear cartilage and to be honest I'm afraid of using either
Yes, my surgeon did use cartilage to rebuild part of my nose. Honestly, I am not sure exactly what was done which is why I am so excited to receive the operation report. As soon as I get that within the next few days I will scan in it and upload it. At the moment, I am breathing normally, however this was definitiely not an instant thing. I was breathing fantastic for the first few days after the packing was removed (which stayed in for 6 days after surgery), and then I stupidly, very very very stupidly, had a cigarettte. And then another one. I only had 2 cigarettes a day for about 3 days before I was completely clogged again, with migrain headaches to boot. I had to go back for an emergency appointment, in which the doctor immediately was able to tell I had been smoking. DON'T SMOKE! And don't wear the patch either. He said the patch will also close up the membranes. I had to go back on a regimen of antibiotics, steroids, and of course nasonex.

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Exclamation Nasal Wash - Important Tip!!!

I must share with you something that helped me tremendously. I am just annoyed that my surgeon did not mention this to me earlier, because it has absolutely speeded up my recovery. The name of the stuff is made by NeilMed, and it called Sinus Rinse. I had to go to a few places before I found it, but finally got it at Duane Reed. It consists of 50 mixture packets of pH balanced, isotonic solution which you mix with distilled water in the bottle that it comes with. You squirt it up one nostril, and it comes out the other. Then you do the same with the other nostril. The cleansing effect is fantastic. This is something that helped me more than anything else so far. Keeps it clean in there!

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Here are some before pics - hopefully after looks better! More importantly, I hope I can finally breathe like a normal person. I also got a chin implant - ya know, I figured while I was at it - and let me tell you it looks spectacular. (REALLY TIGHT THO) Anyway - I'm going to put up some pics of what I looked like in the hospital - sick stuff.










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well i hope that they didn't change your natural look of your nose too much because it is really cute and perky. i could see the chin implant thing, but your nose is pretty and so are u. i'm looking forward to seeing the after pictures. i'll stay tuned.

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