Over the past few weeks I’ve received a lot of personal emails, snapchats, dm’s etc…from people asking me question about my rhinoplasty. I tried to respond to each and every one of you as best as I can, but I aplogize if I didn’t get back to you. Please don’t take it personal. It’s very hard to respond to everyone when a lot of the same people keep asking me the same questions. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS when it comes to rhinoplasty.
Keep in mind this is based off on my personal experience. I am not a qualified plastic surgeon. Most of what I have learned through this was advice given to me by Dr.Coscia.
Also I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your kind comments and well wishes on my recovery!
And for the haters: It’s not fake. I am not fake. I’m happy 🙂
I do wish they would call it cosmetic surgery instead of plastic because their is nothing plastic inside of me. It was cartilage and bone taken out of my nose; it’s all me. Nothing fake, and even if it was so what? My life, my money not yours. BE BETTER NOT BITTER.
Why did you choose to get a nose job?
I had a dorsal hump courtesy of my dad’s side of the families genes. I absolutely hated it. My whole life I’ve heard Vivienne is a pretty girl but she has big nose. I knew it. i was tired of hearing it and I wanted a change. A physical change. My nose is much more feminine. It still looks natural and real. You would never know I had gotten a nose job had I not been so open about it. 🙂
But you’re a mom?
So does that mean I need to crawl in a hole and whither away and die. HELL NO.
I am so sick of people saying,”But you’re a mom.”
Moms are people too we want to feel beautiful and sexy. If a mom wants to get her tummy done because her kids ruined the way it looks more power to her. It’s no different than my nose. I feel confident about myself.
Why did you choose to blog about your surgery?
I feel like plastic surgery is soooo taboo. It’s so stigmatized. A lot of people do it. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures in the United States yet you don’t see too many people openly talking about it much less blogging about it or posting about it on social media. People think that only burn victims or victims of breast cancer should be allowed to have surgery. And if you don’t fall into that category then you’re like a vain hollywood plastic want to be celeb.
All I wanted was my dorsal hump removed. I wanted to be able to look in the mirror and not see the hump. I wanted to be able to take a photo and feel good about it without having to alter my nose. It was simple. I don’t plan on having anymore work done other than my breasts AND THAT IS BECAUSE I BREASTFED NOT ONE BUT TWO BABIES THAT WRECKED HAVOC ON MY BOOBS.
I’m happy I got to share this experience with friends, family, and even the strangers on the internet. I know it’ll be helpful to a lot. There is nothing to be ashamed about. Be proud. You paid for it. Own it.
How long does it take to heal?
Bruising and swelling all vary from person to person. I am no longer bruised but my nose is still swollen and tender. I was told it takes a few months. But expect a full year for your nose to fully recover and to be completely safe. Undergoing a rhinoplasty sounded easy to me but it is a complicated procedure so do your research!
I thought you had anxiety!? How do you cope with that?
I do have anxiety. A lot of people tried to say I didn’t really have anxiety because how could I go through something like this and not be scared? Let me tell you I was scared shitless, and I did NOT tell a soul.
I thought about what happens if I die. That was my worst irrational imminent fear. The fear that I would die in vain and my children would have to live without their mother knowing it.
The biggest reason for me having a rhinoplasty is I knew it would make me happy, and it did. I feel like a much better version of myself.
It didn’t hit me until I was poked with the IV what I was really doing and by then I started to become sedated. I drifted off and that was that. i had more anxiety leading up to the surgery than the actual surgery and recovery process itself.
Deep breathing and meditating always help.
Do you recommend Dr.Coscia?
Simple answer yes. I wasn’t happy with the way a particular receptionist treated me, but Dr.Coscia did a fabulous job on my nose. He has a calm demeanor and is very professional. Would highly recommend him. He does breast augmentations and tummy tucks as well for all the mommies who keep asking me. 😀 I will possibly be getting my breasts augmented in the future.
How would you describe recovery?
One word: UNCOMFORTABLE.
The first three days are rough after that it gets better. You get used to it. It’s worth it. Make sure you’re in a good place mentally because it can be an emotional roller coaster ride more than anything. At this point I’m beyond happy!
Won't you be afraid you'll regret it?
My dad said I would regret it. How could I ever regret removing something that made feel so painfully insecure. I used to edit the hell out of my nose and spend hours trying to take the right photo because if I wasn’t posed in the right angle my nose would look huge.
No regrets. For a day I thought about the change and whether or not I would regret it but after seeing myself with my new nose and taking photos. I’m thrilled. It’s liberating to be able to take a picture of myself and smile and feel good about the way I look. My nose looks great.
How long did your surgery last?
Surgery started at 12:30 p.m and ended two hours later. Your surgery time will vary based on how much work you need done, but generally rhinoplasty doesn’t take more than three hours. I checked in at 11:30 a.m and left at about 5:30 p.m.
Why did you do IV sedation? What does that feel like? Was it an open or closed Rhinoplasty?
My rhinoplasty was open. Depending on how much work you need done it can be done either open or closed.
I chose IV sedation because I’ve never been put under general anesthesia and did not want to be put to sleep with a breathing tube. Please keep in mind that not every surgeon who does rhinoplasty is okay with doing it under IV sedation. It is a debatable thing to do. Make sure your surgeon has performed rhinoplasty under IV sedation and is comfortable with it. For me Dr.Coscia told me that it was 50/50 he said if I were getting my breats done he recommend general, but for rhinoplasty it was up to me. He also told me if anything were to happen I always have the option of doing it under general.
I remember the kind nurse putting the IV in me and I remember another nurse turning on the radio and then darkness. I vaguely remember crying asking for David. I also remember hearing some noise and seeing torsos. I couldn’t see any bodies face but I could hear at one point Dr.Coscia saying “We’re almost done.” I thought I was dreaming this but now I realize it really did happen. I vaguely remember a little piece of my surgery. The reason I know this is because Dr.Coscia confirmed that I cried the whole two hours during my surgery. 😮 Then I woke up in the recovery room with ice packs on my eyes. The rest of the day was a blur.
Did it hurt? Was it painful?
I know a lot people have this misconception that it hurts. First off you’re sedated so you don’t feel or remember anything (either IV sedated like I was or under general anesthesia). Surgery itself is painless. Afterwards you wake up and your groggy. I was in a fog. I don’t even remember snapchatting or posting a picture to Instagram but apparently I did! LOL.
It is just annoying and uncomfortable. You can’t breathe if you have nasal packing in. If you have a cast on you can’t shower properly. You can’t sleep laying down (you have to sleep elevated for like a week), and after that you are NOT to sleep on your side for a few weeks. It’s just not pleasant, but certainly not painful. My nose just feels sore but I’m not in pain.
How much does a rhinoplasty cost?
The cost varies greatly based on your location and surgeon. It is more expensive if it is a revision rhinoplasty. This was my first (primary rhinoplasty), but it did cost quite a bit. I feel like if you really want to know the price then you can Google it and set up a consultation with a surgeon to find out. Consultations cost anywhere from $50-300 and they usually get credited towards your surgery. Some surgeons like Dr.Coscia did not charge me for my consultation as I found him through his website. I did pay for my surgery. No I’m not getting paid to mention him.
You also have to keep in mind the TOTAL cost. You have the surgeon’s fee but you also have hospital or facility fees and general anesthesia fees. My surgery was done right there at The Plastic Surgery Center in Sacramento. They have the surgeons board certified certificates and facility certifications hanging in the waiting room there.
IT IS AN ACCREDITED FACILITY. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD IF YOU GO TO A SURGEON MAKE SURE THEY ARE BOARD CERTIFIED AND THAT YOUR SURGERY TAKES PLACE AT A QUALIFIED HOSPITAL OR THEIR FACILITY IS ACCREDITED.
You don’t want to end up botched. You can verify if a plastic surgeon is board certified here.
Don’t try to be cheap when it comes to plastic surgery especially your face! I would rather pay more even if it hurts my pocket and know I’m safe and in good hands as opposed to risking my life. Also why try to save a few bucks when in the long run you’ll end up spending more to try to fix your botched surgery!