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The last part of the swelling to leave was beside the nose, above the lip.  This area was the most traumatized in surgery.

There were days where it would go down, then the next day would be puffier than it had been in weeks. After about 5 months (20 weeks), this stopped.

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Changes in profile over 8 months while swelling reduced.

FAQ: Does the surgery change the nose?

Absolutely, yes. My nose is wider across the base where the nostrils attach and has less definition between nostril and bridge/tip.  The tip rotated upward too, but after 5-7 weeks, it came down some as the swelling under the nose reduced.

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Facing front, here are all the photos I took over the last 8 months to show the changes in swelling and face shape.

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After 20 months in braces, my jaw bones are healed and my teeth are finally where they belong. No more braces, no more hooks, and no more rubber bands.

I sleep without waking up more than a few times a night, and wake feeling rested.  I sleep fewer hours, too. I don’t feel sleepy or groggy in the daytime, nor do I have raging headaches from lack of rest. Plus, my teeth are straighter than they have ever been.   All in all, I say the whole process was very much worthwhile.

 

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One more week in braces. I had 4 of the molar bands removed today and had impressions taken for retainers which will be ready next week when the rest of the brackets and bands come off. I’m very ready!

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As it turns out, Kaiser won’t cover the revision of my nose. Oh well. My surgeon thought they would, but unless the surgery severely compromised your ability to breathe (or collapses your nose to one side) they don’t consider it a valid procedure.  But, in talking to their best choice for noses (an ENT), I learned quite a bit.

I mainly learned that their best nose surgeon really doesn’t do enough variety of noses, and he’s visibly uncomfortable doing anything other than obvious repair work.   He showed me photos of his work, which is lovely, but completely unrelated.  He focuses on hump removal, cleft palate repair, and collapsed or crooked noses, but apparently he has no experience in reducing the width or bulbousness of a nose. He did, however, give me a referral to a much more experienced rhinoplasty surgeon at Stanford (a specialist, rather than an ENT).

 

 

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