Cosmetic Surgery; the most taboo subject that nobody wants to talk about yet everyone wants to know about. Having underwent cosmetic surgery on my nose in November’16, the option was there for me to either share my story or keep my decision private. Halfway through my recovery and after lots of thinking I decided I was going to tell the 14,000 people on my Instagram page not only that I underwent cosmetic surgery, but also why I did it. The fact that its such a taboo subject and one that’s often frowned upon frustrated me and I wanted to do my part in breaking the stigma. I have a previous blog post touching on why I decided to have Rhinoplasty done and how I feel now that it’s done. I never thought that at 21 I’d have undergone surgery for cosmetic reasons but I’m so glad I did. Hopefully the info below will help even one person on their own cosmetic surgery journey♥
Question 1; “What surgeon or clinic did you go to?”
I went to Dr. Eoin O Broin. Having spoken to some friends and family about what I wanted to have done he was recommended to me. After my consultation with him and his nurse I knew I had come to the right place. He’s based here in Cork and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I trusted him completely and came out with results better than I ever could have hoped for.
Question 2; “What was the pain like?”
The pain was definitely the last thing I was worried about before the surgery. Typically, Rhinoplasty is a procedure in which the recovery looks worse than it feels. Most people experience bruising, black eyes etc..Basically everything that comes with a broken nose. I was lucky in that I had very little to no bruising. Pain wise I was on nothing stronger than nurofen(ibuprofen) and wasn’t in much pain at all as soon as the first 36 hours passed. My only real complaint would have been how uncomfortable I was, rather than how much pain I was in. Obviously your nose is in a cast and once the initial packing is removed, the swelling starts. The swelling meant I couldn’t open my mouth, smile, laugh or do anything that we very clearly take for granted. I couldn’t taste and was breathing through my mouth the whole time so eating was a struggle. Lots of jelly & yogurts got me through that week!
Question 3; “How long was your recovery?”
I was in the hospital for one night following the surgery and was sent home then. I had a cast on my nose for a week, to keep it in place basically. I was back to see Dr.O’Broin after a week, to have the cast and stitches removed. Following that I had soft bandages on for 3 days, and as soon as they were removed I felt comfortable to leave the house again. I think its so important for me to note here the swelling that comes with the Rhinoplasty procedure. Even though the swelling had gone down lots since the first week (and I no longer looked like a hamster), the cast coming off caused some ‘rebound’ swelling along with the general swelling from the surgery. The swelling after Rhinoplasty can take up to a year, even longer for some people, to go down completely. I have noticed this hugely over the past few months as I watch my nose change. The nose I had and saw in the first 2-3 weeks after surgery is totally different to the one I have now. I know it will continue to change in ways I probably wont notice now but its definitely important to take note of, especially for when your cast comes off. I was so excited to see the ‘finished product’ but in fact it was weeks if not months before I saw how it really was.
Tips, Tricks & Advice for anyone considering Rhinoplasty;
- Do lots and lots of thinking – I think this goes without saying but make sure you think about why you want it done, and more importantly how you’ll feel afterwards. After all, you are changing a pretty important part of your face and the decision to do that shouldn’t be made lightly.
- Do your research – Find out as much as you possibly can about the procedure. Google can be hit or miss for information but with a bit of digging there is some helpful articles out there. If that fails, book a consultation with a reputable surgeon. You have absolutely no obligation to go through with the surgery following a consultation and its a great way to get more info, ask questions and just learn more about what you want done.
- Don’t rush into it – A long waiting list usually comes hand in hand with an amazing surgeon. I luckily got a cancellation appointment but was prepared to wait for as long as necessary. There’s absolutely no point in settling and going to a different clinic because it’ll be done faster or maybe because its cheaper. After all, its your face they’re operating on which for me meant there was no shortcuts to be taken. The results will be worth the wait!
I wanted to keep this blog post as short as possible, so its more of an info post as opposed to me rambling on (again). Taking all of the above into account I’d do it all over again if I had to. It wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences and definitely as mentally challenging as it was physically but the results are more than worth it. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask away, I’ll answer as best I can♥