i have been reading the forum for a while now and made up my mind earlier this year to visit dr. nara on a rhino&alar surgery, thanks to both advice received from here and referral who had been to him 7 yrs ago.
it has been 4 weeks post surgery and the nose is looking good with a good 80% of swelling gone and it is generally natural even though unnatural in the sense that if you knew me well enough, you would have noticed the increase in bridge from my side profile or something different to the eyes.
while I have not received truckload of compliments, I am pretty happy with the natural results that the doctor had given.
The surgery was booked 4 months beforehand, took 1.5 hours and was painless even though I woke up when the surgery was ongoing. like the rest mentioned before, doc was joking with me and the nurse during the op. the pain sink in only on day 2 when i awake. even then, nothing a few painkillers didn't help.
during the 10 days recovery, the emotions went on a rollercoaster ride and everyday I am ridden with new worries- on the recovery, the look of the nose, the bumps, the scarring from alarplasty, the reaction that I will receive from friends and families and most importantly, the healing.
but with taking good care, it all went well.
Today, i worry about something else- extrusion of the L-shaped implant. I have no qualms about Dr. Nara's professionalism and technique when I was in surgery, my mind was firmly made up and I was adamant to fulfill a lifelong dream.
Now, I sit here with my new nose and have bouts of mixed emotions. While I am loving the recovery, I live with a constant worry about extrusion of the implant. My mind cannot be taken away from the worries of this risk.
So, I have made up my mind on the removal of the implant soon.
And I seek any advice on post-removal recovery, which local doc to visit for this, as well as the effects that the earlier surgery would leave on the nose to prepare myself for this next change.
As a word of warning to many of you here who are planning on your own surgery, I'll suggest more importantly, while preparing the money and the meds, please also prepare your mind for this emotional period that would last you a lifetime. Anything can happen thereafter and if you are lucky, you meet with a good surgeon, blessed with strong thick skin and smooth recovery. I wish you luck!