Before rhinoplasty, before my broken nose, I had the typical Italian "hump" nose. It never really bothered me, until a few lame dudes pointed it out in high school. That was when the insecurity about my nose started surfacing. I had thought about rhinoplasty when I was in high school, but never seriously thought I would or even needed it badly. After the nightclub incident, my nose was so busted. It was completely disfigured and twice as big. Not only was my appearance affected but my sinuses were causing me so much pain. I lived with it for a few weeks and had the rhinoplasty done.
At the time, I was 19, I definitely couldn't afford plastic surgery & it wasn't something I had in mind. I was so lucky to have the opportunity to fix my nose. When I went to my first couple of consultations I was so scared about the surgery aspect, that I never gave much thought to how I wanted my nose to look! I vaguely discussed the results I had in mind, basically I told this surgeon I wanted it fixed. I wanted it straight. That's all I really said. He asked about the nostrils/tip & I said it wasn't a concern for me. After the successful rhinoplasty, my nose is more aesthetic & not an insecurity as it was in the past.
I wasn't focused at the time about having a completely different nose, I was focused on repairing my broken nose and septum so I could breath! Rhinoplasty is a very invasive procedure, if you decide to have it done be sure you do not go for the "affordable" doctor. This is your face people!!! I basically trusted this surgeon because my mom trusted him, I felt I was in good hands & he would repair my nose however he felt was best. My results were 100% better, but was I perfect???? Not at all, I know my face obviously I'm able to find little flaws that most people never even notice. It's human nature, we are our own biggest critics. My nose is so much better though, so I can't complain.
It took about 6mo for the swelling to go down, and over a year for my nose to take final shape. In the end, it was totally worth the excruciating pain from surgery. My nose looks very natural and still has a European look, without the hump of course. It truly fits my face because I have big Italian eyes, a stronger nose fits me. I could have made drastic changes to my nose to appear how most people view rhinoplasty, "done". I'm sorry, but I didn't intend to lose my identity & heritage. I'm glad I stuck with my gut & let this Surgeon work his magic.
5yrs post op, not a bad nose job ;) wish I had before pictures on hand...I took so many on my iphone during that time & lost EVERYTHING!! The only before pics I have are family photos, maybe I'll get some from my parents & post.
My overall point is, plastic surgery is forever modifying. People get so caught up with being perfect, which is completely unrealistic. Have an open mind about your results & talk openly with your surgeon about his/her expectations. You cannot take a picture into a consultation & 100% achieve that same exact image-I promise you, it won't happen that way. People are so stuck on vanity that they forget that aesthetic improvement is better then what you started with!