So I feel like I haven’t wrote on here in such a long time, life has gotten in the way and as you can see from the title I’ve had a few things going on!
This post is a quite a personal one to me and is something I’ve never really spoke freely about as it was such a huge insecurity of mine. However I have recently undergone Rhinoplasty (one month ago) and I wanted to share my full journey with you all on here as I’ve briefly spoke about it over on my Instagram channel.
WHY DID I WANT THIS PROCEDURE?
I have never felt comfortable with how my nose looks, mainly from the side profile as I always thought it looked too big for my face/frame. This was my biggest insecurity for the past 6/7 years. I use to hate pictures taken from the side or generally people looking at me from the side for that matter. But not only did the appearance bother me I also had what is called a “deviated septum” which is where your septum is slightly slanted to one side making it difficult to breath fully out of one nostril – this affected me quite a lot, specially when I would go to sleep.
I had my first consultation with my surgeon Dr Dario Rochira on 25th May at the Private Clinic on Harley Street, London. My first impressions were exactly how I hoped, Dr Rochira was so friendly and welcoming which made me feel at ease when discussing what I didn’t like about my nose. He understood where I was coming from and explained what he could do to help me, he took some photos and worked his magic to show me what it could look like if I was happy and was to go ahead with the surgery.
I felt so comfortable around him and this made me feel more confident to book in a second consultation. I went back with my mum on the 20th July (her opinion means a lot to me so I wanted to make sure she was just as happy as I felt) and Dr Rochira explained the whole process again, went through all the risks that could occur, made sure I was happy with the visible outcome and expectations and lastly asked me if I had any questions for him to answer (which I did..however I struggled to ask many as Dario was fully informing and pretty much covered everything!).
5th August – BOOKED SURGERY DATE
I was so nervous and overwhelmed as I have always imagined getting this procedure done but never thought this day would actually come. I received all my documents via email i.e. the surgery schedule, pre op / post op information and a document covering all the risks of the procedure. I had my pre op on the 28th September with the nurse, she just checked all my medical history, took my weight/height and my blood pressure to make sure I was fit for surgery.
9th October – DAY OF SURGERY
The big day had finally come. I had to get to the hospital (Fitzroy hospital) at 7:30am. I had a little room to get ready in until I had to go in for surgery. The nurses done their final checks and then Dario came in to see me to check how I was feeling and have a little chat to help me feel more at ease. He then took some final pictures of my nose and went to get ready. The nurses then took me to the operating room where I prepared for my surgery.
I woke up in the recovery room with no pain/discomfort at all, just very drowsy as you could imagine! I was then brought back to my room where my mum was and honestly I’d never been so happy to see her…I’m sure there’s something about waking up from general anaesthetic and seeing one of your loved ones, its so comforting and I felt so relieved. I had some food and hot chocolate to help with my blood pressure and the fact I hadn’t eaten anything since 10:30pm the night before, it was safe to say I was starving! It was around 12ish when I woke up in recovery.
A little later Dario came in to see how I was doing and to show me a video of my results, of course I was still a little bit out of it, but seeing the difference in the before photos I knew he’d done an amazing job!!
After getting the all clear to leave the hospital I made my way home the same day. The same evening I started to feel a little discomfort where the pain killers started to wear off but I had no pain. I had lots of tablets to take which was supplied by the hospital so I dosed up on these for the first 3 days just to ease the slight pain/discomfort. During the day it wasn’t as bad it was more of an evening or when I tried to sleep the discomfort occurred. On the Saturday (3rd day) I returned to the private clinic to get my packing removed with Dario. This was probably the most uncomfortable part of my recovery I’m not going to lie. I had been cleaning my nose with sea water since coming out of my surgery, however I still had a bit of dried blood which I couldn’t get as I didn’t want to apply to much pressure. To help take the packing out Dario had to remove this which was not the most satisfying feeling in the world but he done it with lots of care as he knew I was very sensitive to any kind of pain! He then managed to get the packing out which is such a weird feeling I cannot even explain, but it relieved so much pressure from my nose and I was able to breath a lot easier.
16th October – I GOT MY CAST REMOVED!
Honestly, I don’t even know how to put it into words how I felt and feel to this day. All I can say is a massive THANK YOU to my amazing surgeon as he has done a wonderful job and I couldn’t be happier with my results. I’ve gained so much more confidence that I never thought I had, I can breath a lot easier and most importantly I can look to the side and not have to worry about what was my biggest insecurity.
I wanted to share this with you guys as this is a huge part of my life journey, but not only that; if you was thinking of having rhinoplasty surgery and wanted some reassurance or even more of a personal insight of what to expect then I’d be more than happy to help.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! My dm’s are always open for a chit chat 🙂
Thanks again to Dr Rochira and his team for making my journey so amazing, I couldn’t recommend him enough if you are thinking of having surgery, so I’ll leave his Instagram handle here for you to have a look at his incredible work — @dario_rochira