Thinking about getting a nose job is both exciting and daunting. Actually pulling through with it is scary as fuck, considering you’re changing your face. I’m giving you my experience on all things Nose Job 101, and what you should expect.
What’s your reason?
I get this all the time: “You didn’t need a nose job”. Well yes, I did. While 50% of the reason I got my nose job was for aesthetics, the other 50% was to fix a horrendously deviated septum that really went south over the past couple of years. I had always really liked my nose, and didn’t mind the shape. From the age of 20 to now (24), my nose literally took a turn for the worst. The septum caved to one side, my hump grew double it’s size, and so did my tip. I was truly at a loss for words looking at old photos and seeing how my nose now took over my face, and now my breathing. Besides that, I’ve always been drawn to aesthetic noses that have beautiful curves, lines, and symmetry - I will selfishly admit that my new, gravity defying nose is the tits. I think it brings so much balance to my look, and makes my feature way softer than before.
If you’re reading this and your nose works just fine, but you want to change its aesthetic: Fuck yeah. There is nothing wrong with wanting to change your look, and it’s empowering AF to have that autonomy. People can say whatever they want, but it’s YOUR FACE. You look at it everyday. You deal with it everyday. If you want to change something, do it, with confidence.
The deets on my specific nose job
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you saw that my face went through INTENSE swelling. This isn’t for no reason, and I probably went through one of the most extreme nose jobs ever. I had 4 procedures in one, the most intense being my structural Septoplasty to straighten and reinforce my septum.
Septoplasty: Fix deviated septum
Rhinoplasty: Remove hump from nose. My hump was all fucking bone, so they really shaved down my skull for this one.
Tip Reinforcement: Added cartilage and lifted the tip of my nose. This make it so my nose doesn’t droop while I smile, or with age.
Nostril Reduction: Given my hump was taken away and my tip made smaller, it was recommended to shorten my nostrils for symmetry. This was optional, but I’m really happy I did it.
Organizing a Nose Job
Originally, I was going to head to Turkey for my rhinoplasty. I ended up searching for a surgeon in Mexico instead because it was closer, and there wouldn’t be a language barrier. Upon very little research, it was clear that Dr. Luis Sandoval in Guadalajara was a specialist in rhinoplasty and fixing breathing issues. **Dr. Sandoval speaks English for those who want to travel**
One of my main points in choosing him is his practice's use of ultrasonic rhinoplasty method with Piezo tools, meaning he does not break any bones in your face. The tools help shave and grind gently, minimizing recovery time - I’m two weeks out and look good as new.
The process started by booking a zoom consultation, which cost $40 USD. They had me send in photos in a variety of Angles, which Dr. Sandoval will use to analyze and make photoshop mockups of what he thinks would be appropriate for your nose. During your consultation, he will go over his process, what he recommends, and address your concerns and needs. If you have an aesthetic preference that is different from what he has, he takes it into account as it’s your nose. Think things like nose bridge, more defined tip, etc - you can really hand pick a lot of these things!
The cost of my personal surgery was $47,000 Mexican Pesos, or around $2,500 USD. To my knowledge, they do not offer payment plans in Mexico. I went ahead and paid mine in full, which is easy to do considering the very affordable price.
Once we came to an agreement, I was given the option to book my surgery and was given dates. One cool thing about Dr. Sandoval is he does not require a down payment for surgery. I paid for mine 1/2 the day before and the other 1/2 in my follow up. The reason for this is Dr. Sandoval does not want to make his patients feel pressured into doing their surgery because they have money tied up. If you really wanted to, you could cancel the day of. This gives peace of mind should you be an indecisive person. He will also send over a doctor’s order for a blood test to make sure your blood clots appropriately, making it safe for you to get surgery.
Nose Job in Guadalajara
I’m not going to lie, I was definitely pretty intimidated with the idea of traveling for a cosmetic surgery. Would it be comfortable? I made it happen. Whether you’re getting a nose job at home or traveling, remember: Someone has to come with you to take care of you. This is for your own safety, and so you can rest in the most crucial part of your recovery.
I stayed in the heart of the historical center in a building called Arte Expiatorio. These are modern studios, and it has a killer view of the cathedral next to it. I’m a huge snob for a nice rooftop/lounge area, so this was important to me. I found it on Air B n B, and ended up paying less than $600 for almost a two week stay.
If you don’t stay here, don’t worry! I would recommend you look for something…
Has a full kitchen, bathroom, and laundry unit.
Not a ton of stairs. I made sure to be on the first floor.
Good wifi for work
No more than a 20 minute car ride away from your surgeon.
Location is friendly to walk to things like pharmacy & grocery store.
Supplies you will need for your nose
Hydrogen peroxide to clean your incisions and inside of nose
Saline spray for daily nasal cleaning
Cotton pads & Q- Tips
Nasal Decongesting spray
Arnica (oral & Topical) this helps with bruising
Laxative: Just trust me on this lol
I got an anti-allergy/flu medication since my sinuses were so irritated from the dry air
Nose job friendly food:
I know this sounds dumb, but it’s definitely hard to eat after a nose job. Even though I was approved to eat normal food only 2 days after my surgery, I would say it wasn’t until day 4 that I felt okay doing it. The foods that kept me going through all of this were:
*** I repeat, DO NOT eat anything really spicy or savory after your surgery. This is a trigger to your sinuses, and can irritate your nose or aggravate things like sneezing. ***
Oatmeal. Holy fuck, get the pre-flavored oatmeal. My sister would throw in berries and peanut butter, and this kept me full and was easy to eat.
Greek Yogurt: Not only easy to eat, but your stomach will need it with all the medication you’re taking.
Light soups with soft noodles
I know this sounds bland, but you won’t be able to taste shit anyways considering you’ll likely have splints in your nose + be congested with mucous and blood.
The day before my surgery, I had to fast for 8 hours since I was being put under. My appointment the next day was at 6:15 am at a private hospital that was about a 10 minute Uber from me. Make sure to take out all jewelry, shower fresh, and have no nail polish on you.
My sister walked me into the hospital, where I proceeded to have a general pre-surgery checkup and sign all consent forms for the hospital and my doctor. Once done with this, came the super hard part: Going up to surgery alone. Given it's COVID times, you aren't allowed to have people with you. I was escorted to the surgery wing alone, was given a gown, and I changed. Sitting there naked and alone, I cried a little bit because I couldn't be with my sister and I was so fucking scared - surgery is a big deal. I picked myself up, went into the waiting room, and a very kind nurse came in and put a blanket on my while she hooked an IV up to my hand.
IV port installed, I was wheeled into the OR about 10 minutes later where my surgeon greeted me. He introduced me to everyone who would be working on me, and then let the anesthesiologist explain how he was going to sedate me. He slowly started to sedate me as we were chatting, and I felt like I was high as fuck. I drifted off to sleep, and the surgery began.
I slowly woke up in the original waiting room they had me in previously. Being put out for this surgery was odd because I actually had dreams, almost like a deep ass sleep. My other surgeries were abruptly passing out, and waking up just as dramatic too (LOL). Given Guadalajara is super dry, I woke up and immediately my mouth and throat were so fucking dry. Given this issue, I was coughing violently and spitting up mucous for about 20 minutes after waking up from this intense surgery - it wasn't painful, it was just annoying. My wonderful nurse sat next to me the whole time, giving me water and helping me spit up blood soaked mucous.
Probably about 30 minutes after I came to, I didn't feel so woozy and I asked for my purse and phone. I texted my family that I was alive, and just sat back and relaxed. I definitely felt way more coherent after this surgery than my other ones, and was thriving in that post anesthesia high.
After monitoring me for 2 hours, I was cleared to put on my clothing (which I did easily by myself). I was wheeled downstairs, where my sister picked me up and we got into an Uber to go home. While this sounds like a lot post surgery, it was totally doable - you're really not in any form of extreme pain. Arriving home, my sister helped me walking and stepping slowly. Inside the apartment, she had my bed area set up with pillows to elevate my face, and water + medications. I honestly just popped on Netflix and relaxed.
Nose Job Healing
The healing process of a nose job is 6-12 months to completion. The majority of what's healing is the swelling, and that's what you will deal with mostly in your journey. The bulk of the nasal swelling will subside in month 1-3, but your final results can take up to a year. Being 2 weeks out, it's insane how much your face changes daily. The first week will be the most intense, and by far the most uncomfortable part of your nose job.
I would like to clarify that none of my nose job has been painful, just incredibly uncomfortable due to swelling or restrictions. I wasn't even given pain killers - just anti inflammatories!
Everyone always told me these 3 days would be the hardest, and they weren’t wrong. While I came out of surgery fine and had no swelling, I thought I was safe. 4 hours after my surgery, my eyes started to swell and bruise in the inner corners. This rapidly turned to all my eyelids exploding, with the skin being incredibly tight and tender. This facial swelling is caused from the resetting of your septum, and the force of removing your hump. Unfortunately, it’s normal. These 3 days were the most crucial in terms of actually resting, and icing my face every single hour. I honestly did not sleep in these 3 days, and I was extremely irritable because of it. When sleeping, I had to sleep with my head elevated on 3 pillows to prevent more swelling, and keep my nose in an upright position.
Physically, my nose looked terrible right now. The swelling makes it 6x it’s normal size, there is blood everywhere, and the worst part is that swelling makes the tip of your nose shoot up to the sky. I was so afraid I looked like a pig, but was reassured that with reduced swelling and taking out the splints on day 7 it would come back down.
Every few hours, I would take my medications and clean my nose. Cleaning my nose consisted of doing a saline rinse, and then taking hydrogen peroxide to clean out my incisions and the blood around it. Taking gauze, I would put a square in front of my nose and then use tape to lock it into my face. This is to absorb the blood that will steadily pour out of your nose from 4-6 days, and that’s normal.
I was not allowed to pick anything up, or even look down/bend down because this would make the blood rush to my face. Not only does it make swelling worse, but it can make you pass out on accident. This is really where my sister came in handle, as she handled cooking for me and grabbing me things like water.
The swelling was still significant, but showing signs of improvement. This improvement was shown by the swelling starting to move down my face, making my cheeks look triple their size and heavy. I was able to open my eyes again, but they were still extremely sensitive and tender. In terms of pain, I wasn’t ever experiencing heavy pain. I would describe the sensation of my face of being highly uncomfortable and swollen, but never a pain I couldn’t handle.
By day 4 I could eat more solid food again, but it wasn’t really enjoyable considering I couldn’t taste anything. At this point I was okay to look at my laptop and phone doing some light work in between resting. I would take small walking breaks since some light walking did help ease the swelling to my face.
Day 7, I went to my doctor’s appointment where he removed the splints from the inside of my nose, my external cast, and all stitches. I cannot explain to you the absolute relief it was to get those splints out - I didn’t realize how big they were, nor how hard my nose was clamping over them. It’s like my discomfort level went from a 8/10 to 3/10. The deep clean of my nose removed all blood and mucous that was dried, and I could finally take my first deep breathe in a week. It was fucking glorious, no doubt. I was taught how to do some light massaging my nasal bridge, and shown how to apply my taping.
As I said earlier, I was scared that my nose was too high/too big. The minute they removed the splints, I shit you not my nose reduced 2x in sight, the tip dropped, and my nostrils went back to a normal position. The incisions on my nostrils and columella (middle part of nose) were slightly red, but are hardly visible. He taped my nose up, and sent me on my way.
2 weeks post op
Once the cast and splints came off, everything got exponentially easier. I was able to look down, move my head around easily, and wasn’t lugging so much weight on my face. The tape is put on your nose to compress the skin and reduce swelling, which helps out a ton. By day 10, I was cleared to get on the plane and head back to Tulum.
As I write this, Im on day 16 after my surgery. I am able to take my tape off during the day, and wear it at night or whenever I feel swelling coming on. My incisions are healing nicely, and only some slight numbness on the incision of my columella, which is normal since they cut a nerve to get into my nose. In terms of looks, my nose is changing everyday.
My before and after is pretty wild. While my nose on the left isn't close to the final result, I'm happy. Right now, my nose is still incredibly swollen: Primarily holding it all in the tip. Since the tip is swollen, it causes it to be pointy or flip vertically. This anime/pixie look will subside as my tip drops over the next 1-2 months. My bridge will also lose swelling, leaving my final result to be a super straight nose and a defined tip.
Nose Job 101 is Simple
It was an honor to share my nose job experience with you! Whatever your reason may be for getting a nose job, do it with confidence: It's your face, your choice. While it's not a walk in the park, it's certainly not impossible and you'll recover quickly. I would HIGHLY recommend my surgeon, and look forward to those visiting him!