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My Battle for a Better Nose (and why I'm on round 3)

| Tuesday October 9, 201213 comments

Third time's the charm, right?  I'm counting on that.

Plastic surgery isn't something I've ever really approved of because I've heard too many horror stories.  Generally, unless you have a horn growing out of your forehead or a nose that doubles your facial square footage, I think you should leave well enough alone.  And yet, here I am, about to embark on round 3. 

Let me start at the beginning.  Ten years ago I had a deviated septum corrected.  My breathing was always an issue and I couldn't go 10 minutes without blowing my nose.  On occasion, my nose would become red and swollen like a drunk cartoon character.  Neither was I thrilled about the size.  It was a reasonably normal looking nose but as a child, a little boy I liked looked up at me during quiet time in grade one and sweetly told me I had a big nose.  It scarred me for life and I became self-conscious about it from that point forward.  Parents, please remind your kids that honesty is not the best policy in every situation, mmkay?

I booked my first surgery thinking this would be my one and only procedure and I would happily emerge with the best-breathing best-looking nose a gal could ask for. 

My new nose lasted about one year before it started to become deformed.  The tip twisted and skewed to the left.  My body rejected the sutures and they started spitting out the side of my nose.  Have you ever heard of such a thing??  A second procedure was required to fix this, which I had 4 years ago.  Unfortunately the tip started to warp again.  It was mild at first, but over the last couple of years it became very deformed until one day when my Grandma asked, "Dear, this thing on your nose. Is it a wart?"

I have spent the past 9 months looking for a new, genius surgeon because it's a lot more complicated this being my third go at it.  It has to be done with someone who really knows what they are doing.  I met with all the top doctors in my city, but none were able to show me similar cases they've successfully handled.  So here I sit with my warty nose on the eve of my third surgery, in the capital state of plastic surgery--California, of course.  I found a surgeon that I am very confident can fix my poor, humiliated nose once and for all.  However, he told me he may need to use parts of my ear or ribs to fix it.  Fantastic!

I have to admit, I'm really afraid to do this surgery again.  Not just because I might not get the result I'm hoping for, but also because death and other health effects are possible outcomes of general anesthesia.  That's not something you're thinking about when choosing a new nose. And yet, compared to shopping for a new car, the price tag is roughly the same.

I am really looking forward to putting this experience behind me.  While I support those who suffer from a medical or cosmetic issue that genuinely impacts their life in a negative way, going in for a vanity tweak may not be worth the risk. Things don't always turn out as promised.  Beauty is so fleeting and subjective.  The most beautiful people are confident and don't give two farts about the size of their nose, breasts or butt.  I encourage you to be one of those people.

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on October 11, 2012  shanaz  5,826 said:

Good luck on your surgery <3

on October 11, 2012  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

I've always considered having a nose job, but just the thought of it terrifies me.

on October 10, 2012  LyrissaSmillie  9,449 said:

Honestly, Im half israeli (and not meaning to be racist of us jews but hey...i fit the sterotype perfectly lol) and have a huge shnoz, my own mother used to tell me to get a nose job, but I dono, I feel id look like everyone else if I got it smaller, dont like the risk involved either..rather find people who love me for me and not how much do i look like a celebrity...we are all beautiful in our own way! now if its for something like breathing, totally understand.

on October 10, 2012  Becky  13,068 said:

I really hope this third time is the charm for you!! What you've described sounds horrible ... praying you get through this with a perfectly working and looking nose that stays perfect forever. :)

on October 10, 2012  Ali de Bold  STAFF said:

It's interesting to read what everyone is saying here. I think the part about it being a surgery is something I wouldn't have necessarily thought/worried about. It is a really serious step to do something like this and hopefully decision people don't make lightly. I can definitely understand why some people do it and why some are against it.

on October 10, 2012  bluesparkles  595 said:

Good luck for your third surgery sweety !

on October 09, 2012  Bren  24,470 said:

I also had a surgery for a deviated septum more then ten years ago.I remember a few people telling me not to mess around with getting surgery on your nose/sinus because its so delicate in there.I really think that surgery made me worse my nose is straighter and that's about it.I suffer with the worst sinus infections.I really feel for you going for a third surgery and I really hope the third surgery is the charm!Good luck to you!

on October 09, 2012  cutie_marlena  3,161 said:

I have thought about plastic surgery, but only in the dreamy way where everything goes perfectly and there's no pain or healing needed, and my face and body are suddenly those of a supermodel. Obviously, that's not reality, hence why I would never actually do it. If I were to, it would be strictly for cosmetic reasons, and that's not a good enough reason.

on October 09, 2012  midnightsun2288  6,053 said:

I think that plastic surgery recently has become so underrated and people forget that it is a surgery with all the complications and negative connotations that come with that word. I think in your case with a deviated septum and everything, I would've done it, but if I just didn't like it--no way.

on October 09, 2012  KittyPride  868 said:


Ask lots of questions... I hope this is next time will be the last and you will never have to think about it again. Good luck.

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