I just came back from Taipei from a nose and chin surgery with Dr Chuang of Wish Clinic, and I have to say I'm extremely happy with my results.
I didn't go to him with any photos or tell him exactly what I wanted (cos I don't really know), but just told him to do whatever he has to do to give me a more refined, elegant but natural nose and profile that suits my face.
Here's a short report:
Pre-surgery: Went to see Dr Chuang and he looked at my face and said he'll give me a slightly higher bridge (I don't really have any) with a silicone implant, decrease the roundness and bulk of my nose, and give my chin a Medpor implant to make it sharper.
Day 1: Underwent general anaesthesia then surgery at 4pm. Woke up near midnight and went back to hotel in a taxi. My nose and chin were taped up but there's no nasal packing.
Day 2 to 3: Head feels heavy, nose stuffy but very little bleeding. The bleeding is more like a teeny weeny bit of blood in my nasal mucus. Chin tender and swollen, but on the whole, you feel some discomfort and puffiness but no pain.
Day 4: Already feeling normal and went back to clinic for check-up and to pull off tape. Can wash my face already.
Day 5 to 6: Stitches on the alar groove of my nose started falling off already. Healing very well and drank lots of water. Did not take any Sinecch, only vitamin C.
Day 7: Went back clinic to remove stitches on inside of nose. Nose still stuffy but clearing up day by day.
Day 8 to Day 10: High and swollen nose bridge kept going down, but shape of nose tip already quite defined already. Chin a bit swollen but can see the sharpness very clearly already. No more stuffy nose.
Day 12 (today): Nose bridge still very high, but swell going down more already. Still can't smile a broad smile or laugh too hard cos skin and muscles around the nose and chin still a bit tight. But it's getting better day by day.
In general, my impression of Dr Chuang is:
- He has excellent bedside manners. Very gentle, friendly, cares to explain what he's going to do.
- His nurses are wonderful. Very attentive, reassuring and careful with their needles and even drawing of blood and putting in the IV drip are almost painless.
- His clinic is bright, modern and well equipped. Does not lose out to the best Singapore clinics in any way.
- His skill is excellent. Even on the first day after surgery, I can't see the stitches on my alar groove, can only see a thin line of stitches at the bottom (in the centre) of my nose. The incision on the sides of my nose is so close to the skin and the stitching is so fine and meticulous that you can't tell I've had my nose operated on. That's why I healed so fast.
- He said my surgery will take about 4.5 hours. But he actually spent 5.5 to 6 hours on me – a very long time. It shows he doesn't do a quick, chop-chop job.
- Today, the 12th day, the scar on the bottom of my nose is almost invisible. There is NO scar on the two sides of my nose, looks like my normal facial groove. My nose has a gentle ski-slope curve down to a slightly round but delicate tip. My chin is sharper, making my originally broad and round face longer and more refined. A friend even said because of the more delicate nose and sharp chin, I now look younger. I'm very impressed and surprised, cos I always hear that a sharper nose will make you look older. I think it's really about the balance of your face, and if plastic surgery is done correctly, you can look your best and it may mean making you look younger and fresher.
If you're going for plastic surgery soon, I recommend:
- Going with someone who can take care of you. After you wake up, you'll be groggy and can't really walk properly. Even back in the hotel on the 1st and 2nd days, you'll feel in a daze and it's really important to have someone there to feed you, give you water and cold pack.
- Prepare lots of soft, cold foods like jellies and yoghurts. You can barely open your mouth after chin surgery, and will need to be on this semi-liquid diet for at least 2 to 3 days. Have lots of small spoons and straws.
- I bathed on the 3rd night, cos I couldn't stand it. You can wash your body first, then put your head upside down into the bathtub and run the shower over it. This way, you avoid getting your face wet. Believe me, you'll feel much, much better after a quick bath. And in a way, feeling good will help you heal fast and well. Bathing will not affect your healing or cause scarring as long as the doctor says it's okay to wash your face already. You really need to keep your skin clean for it to heal nicely.
- Everybody heals differently, so don't worry too much. You can ask Dr Chuang all the "what if" and "what will happen" questions but it'll not be possible to know exactly how you'll feel and what will happen after the surgery. If you've chosen to see Dr Chuang, I say you'll be in very good hands.
That's all! PM me if you want to ask more questions!