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Old 02-12-2011, 06:54 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new here. I'm a 26 year old female from Houston with a hubby and two children (5 & 4).
I've hated my nose for as long as I can remember. I'm middle eastern, so I have the stereotypical large curved nose. The front doesnt bother me, but the side REALLY does.
I'm considering rhinoplasty but I have a few (maybe silly) concerns.
First, I'm terrified of the pain. I have two kids so Im scared they'll bump me an ruin my new nose and hurt me! I'm also scared of the surgery and recovery after.

My biggest concern, however, is coworkers. I'm completely embarrassed to mention my nose in front of anyone that isn't a close friend. I hate drawing attention to it, even though it's my dominating feature. I'm not sure what to say to people at work. Theyre all pretty conservative and most are nosy and outspoken.
Should I tell people before I have it done? How do I tell them?
It's going to be very, very obvious after since my nose is so large an curved, so it won't be a minor change. It's so embarrassing to me. Not really the surgery itself, it just that I've been embarrassed by my nose my entire life. If anyone even mentions noses, my face turns bright red!

Any advice relating to dealing with work would be greatly appreciated. I hope this doesn't sound too silly, I just wish my 'problem' area wasn't so 'out there' haha
I plan on eventually having implants on my post-children breasts, but that's not to 'in your face'
Pun intended

I'm hoping to have it done by the end of this year or maybe beginning of next year.

ETA- any recommendations for surgeons in Houston woul be appreciated!
Also, how does the dr decided whether to do a closed v open rhinoplasty? I've heard closed has a much easier recovery.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:17 PM   #2
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HI Stitch,

I had my rhino done about 4 months ago. So, I am speaking from a personal experience.

First off, don't worry about what your co-workers are going to say!!! It's your face, your nose and it's none of their business. They will talk anyway, you won't be able to avoid that. So, don't worry about it. As long as you feel good about it, that's all that matters.
I don't think you should tell anyone, but probably only family members that you would be getting rhinoplasty. Don't advertise it. It's not necessary. If someone asks you, yes, you can tell if you feel like it. And I guess, in your case it would be more obvious and the changes would be more drastic. But again, you should not even bother about what people will tell you..!!! They will talk amongst themselves. Let them talk! You can't shut people up!! But in the end, you will be enjoying your nose and they will be envious of you that you did what you wanted to do and didn't care.

Actually, when I did my nose, I told only family. None of my friends knew. Honestly, I don't think they even noticed because I used to wear glasses to hide my bump, and after surgery I switched to contact lenses and since my nose did not look so drastically different(to me yes, I see a difference), i don't think anyone ever noticed.

Second: I didn't really have pain after surgery. I was actually surprised. There is discomfort from you not being able to breathe through your nostrils, due to swelling, but there's no pain. You will not be able to sleep the first few nights due to swelling of inside of nose and breathing through your mouth. You will also be bruised and swollen for the first 5 days. I suggest you take a two weeks out of work, if possible. Your cast will be removed on the 7th day I believe. Give yourself a few more days after the cast is removed to get used to your new nose. But the 8th day almost all discoloration will be gone and you will look normal. To someone who has never seen you before, they would never know that you had a nose job if they saw you.
And then the waiting begins. Noses heal real slow and you have to be patient. But since I assume you will want at least a straight nose or a little curved, you will see an instant change and I think you will like your nose.

As far as your kids: you need to be careful. Don't get to close to them as they might hit you accidently.

But your doctor will give you all great post-op care tips, so don't worry to much.

I hope this helps!

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