Hello friends! If you’re following me on any of my social media, you may have noticed that I am having surgery this week.
I wanted to share this experience with you. Mostly because it’s something important that’s been happening in my life, but also because I know a lot of people are just really curious.
So yes, my friends, I am getting a rhinoplasty! The technical term for the operation that I’m getting is a cosmetic and functional septo-rhinoplasty.
(A rhinoplasty is more commonly known as a “nose job.”)
This entire process started with me telling my doctor that I’ve never been able to breathe out of my nose for as long as I’ve been alive.
Imagine the worst cold you’ve ever had, where both sides of your nose are super stuffy and you’re just really uncomfortable and can’t breathe out of your nose or sleep or get comfortable… That’s pretty much my life all the time.
My doctor referred me to an ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor who told me that I have a severely deviated septum. A lot of people have a deviated septum, whether it was from a trauma like breaking your nose, or just being born that way. Luckily for me, I was just born this way!
My ENT doctor told me that I needed a septoplasty (which is a surgery that is done to correct the deviated septum and help you breathe better) but that my nose was too far deviated, and the septoplasty alone wouldn’t help. Because of the way my nose is set up, I needed a “functional rhinoplasty” where they would fix the valves, turbinates, and the septum at the same time. This is a rhinoplasty, performed by a plastic surgeon, but with this surgery, I wouldn’t look any different.
To put this into perspective, say breathing perfectly out of your nose is a 10, and complete blockage (no air passage at all) is a 1. Currently, the left side of my nose is at a 6 (not too bad!) but the right side is at a 2. When this surgery is all over with, I should be breathing at about an 8 on both sides.
When I met with the plastic surgeon, we went over the process of the functional rhinoplasty. He explained to me that this wouldn’t change the outward appearance of my nose at all, but if I wanted, he could perform a cosmetic rhinoplasty at the same time to make my nose look a little bit better and breathe a little better, too.
When you get a cosmetic procedure done on top of a functional procedure, it makes it cost a lot less, and it makes it safer because there’s no scar tissue yet. So if I was ever going to get a cosmetic procedure, now would be the best time to do it.
While I originally said no to the cosmetic procedure, the more I thought about it…. The more I wanted it! It’s no secret that I have a pretty big nose. There’s no hiding your “flaws” when they’re directly in the center of your face.
While I’ve accepted this fact, I realized that I now have the chance to do something about it. An opportunity that I never thought I’d come across. I decided to go ahead with the cosmetic procedure because who doesn’t want a straighter nose? Right? Right??!
I know the idea of getting a nose job is pretty taboo, but honestly, this is no different to me than getting braces when I was young because I wanted straighter teeth.
The primary function of this surgery is to help me breathe! That’s what noses were made for and mine doesn’t work.
Maybe cosmetic surgery is vain, and maybe I don’t really “need it” (a frequent comment from my friends and family) but the point is that I want it. I can’t think of one reason that I should be less happy with my face than I could be!
If anyone is interested, I’ll make another post about my recovery (around 14 days worth) and then of course a picture of the final result!!
Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about the surgery, the process, price, timeline, or anything else you can think of!
That’s all for now. Wish me luck!