My name is Laura and I'm taking over MYA's blog today to talk about my rhinoplasty journey. You can follow my Instagram journey here if you want to ask me any questions. Enjoy!
I've been self conscious about my nose ever since the start of high school when it was first pointed out to me by one of my classmates. I'd never really took much notice of my appearance before this as I was such a tomboy growing up. That's when it dawned on me that I unfortunately inherited my dad's nose.
I first looked at rhinoplasty seriously when I was around 17 but silly fears like not being able to breathe after put me off. I hadn't done enough research to put my mind at rest, so I put it on the back burner.
Every so often I would start considering it again, but something always seemed to get in the way. I was also in a long-term relationship with someone who loved me for me, so I thought that would be enough. But in the end I realised it wasn't, and soon after we broke up I decided I needed to do this for me.
At first I hardly told anyone, only my new boyfriend and close friend knew. I don't know why I felt like I needed to hide it. I wasn't necessarily feeling ashamed, I think it was more the fact I saw this as my biggest insecurity so I would avoid bringing it to anyone's attention. I would die inside when people would comment about other people's noses whilst I was with them.
But as the op got closer I told a few more friends and family and they were all so supportive. I'm so glad I did tell more people as on op day I had so much support which massively helped with the nerves.
I did a lot of research before choosing my surgeon as I'm such a perfectionist. I'd heard of MYA as some of my friends had their boobs done with them, but I tried to stay open minded and had consultations with a few companies/surgeons. I think the biggest help in choosing a surgeon was discovering this hidden cosmetic surgery community on Instagram, and that's how I first came across Dr Giannitrapani's work. It was incredible, and I loved every single one of the noses he had done. I even spoke to a lot of his patients and they had nothing but amazing things to say about him. That sold it for me. As well as my consultation with him, where I found him friendly, honest and knowledgeable. He ticked all the boxes.
What I liked about MYA was the fact there was so much info about them on social media and loads of unedited patient stories to follow. They even did a live rhinoplasty on snapchat with Dr Giannitrapani, and although I couldn't watch some parts it gave me full confidence that I'd made the right choice. I even had other girls from Instagram messaging me saying they'd seen it and how amazing my surgeon was.
After booking I had around 2 months until my op date. This flew by and before I knew it, it was the weekend before my op. That's when it started to sink in and I had a few restless nights. But the night before and day of my op I was surprisingly calm. The nurses at the hospital in Preston were so lovely, particularly Alan. When I came around I had zero pain, just a little bruising. I remember thinking, that's it I've finally done it!
I had a pretty smooth recovery in comparison to some I'd seen on Instagram. I had no sore throat and minimal bruising which cleared fairly quickly. However, the day after my op my swelling hit its peak, I could barely open my eyes and I'm not gonna lie I felt terrible from the antibiotics and drugs. But that only lasted a day or two. By the end of the first week I was feeling more like myself. Although being stuck inside with a cast on your face during a heat wave (30 C) was not fun and I was feeling a bit grumpy lol.
I'd say the worst part for me was having the packing taken out, that was really uncomfortable but over quickly. My nurse was lovely too which made everything so much easier.
Cast off day came around soon enough and I was so amazed with my new nose, even though it was still very swollen.
It took 2-3 weeks post op to settle down and my little slope started to appear. I went on my first night out 3-4 weeks post op and I felt so amazing, and for once I was happy in my own skin. I can't even begin to describe the feeling!
What I found surprising is nobody has mentioned anything about my nose (unless I'd already told them). I'm not sure if they haven't noticed or just too scared to ask me about it. But it's so weird to think something that bothered me so much, nobody else has batted an eyelid at.
I'm 7 weeks post op now and I couldn't be happier with my results, I just wish I'd done it sooner! My new nose is so natural looking which is exactly what I wanted, and I love my subtle slope too.
I try not to over analyse my nose or the swelling as I know it's all part of the healing process, and because of this I don't really notice a massive difference on a daily basis.
Being able to post updates on Instagram and get such lovely feedback from people going through the same process is such a nice feeling too. Everyone is so supportive!
I'd definitely recommend rhinoplasty and MYA to anyone who isn't happy with their nose or anything else for that matter. Everyone at the Nottingham clinic have been lovely, particularly Ria who was my pc. Thanks girls :)