Two months after getting my nose sliced and diced, I thought hey why not write a blog post announcing it to the whole world?*
* The three people who will probably ever stumble on this post.
I did think about pulling a celeb pro move and pretend I was born with it....but then I thought about all the help I've had from all the amazing people I've found on Instagram and Realself, and if I could also help one person make an informed decision that would make me very happy.
It's still early days (it takes a year for the nose to settle) but overall I'm very happy with the outcome of my surgery. If you're thinking of rhinoplasty, my top advice would be to not jump into any rash decisions and make sure you do your research. I've definitely seen more bad surgeries than good, and have lost count of the 'I wish I seen all these bad reviews earlier..' posts.
|Before (left) and after (right)|
Surgeon: Lucian Ion, based on Harley Street in London, UK
Date of rhinoplaty: 10th Feb 2017
Hospital: Weymouth hospital, London, UK
Costs (currently crying to myself):
Consultation fee: £150 for initial appointment, all other consultations are free
Surgical fees: £5500 for Lucian Ion to perform the rhinoplasty
Anaethetic fees: £550 with Aubrey Bristow
Hospital fees: £1900 for a day case, £2400 for overnight (you must leave by 10am the next day). I was an overnight case and this fee included all my food / drinks.
Hospital medications to take home: £48.50. This included: Co-dydramol, Polyfax Ointment, Tranexamic Acid 500mg, Clexane (enoxaparin) and 20mg Syringe 7s
Extra costs: £47 to measure my heamoglobin levels, £6 for visitors food (which I hear from my boyfriend was absolutely delicious)
Pre-op necessities (vitamins, pillows etc.): £200
31st May: Booked consultation with Lucian Ion. First available appointment was 8th August.
24th August: Booked my surgery for the upcoming Feb (I wanted to be super prepared). Also booked second consultation for Jan.
9th January: Second consultation
10th Feb: Surgery date
How did you feel going back to work? Was two weeks (the recommended time) long enough?
I actually began working again three days after my operation, but in hindsight I definitely recommend the whole two weeks off as surgery is so emotionally and physically draining.
In terms of bruising etc. I had barely any bruising remaining by pod 7, which was easily covered up by Estee Lauder double wear ;).
Top left: Directly after surgery, Top middle: one day after surgery, Top right: two days after surgery. Bottom left: three days after surgery, Bottom middle: three days after surgery, Bottom right: five days aftter surgery (can't see bruising with makeup by this point).
What is Lucian Ion like?
Lucian is very polite, knowledgeable, objective, patient and caring. I honestly couldnt say enough positive things about him.
My appointments were fairly short as I didn't have many questions (I had already researched him relentlessly for months by this point...). His aftercare is exceptional and I felt 100% in safe hands.
How did I find the anaethesist?
I had Aubrey Bristow, and I can honestly say he is one of the rudest people I have ever met.
He completely put me on edge and at times made me feel very uncomfortable.He was also quite aggressive in his mannerisms.
I would insist on a different anaethesist and would actually change my op date and pay an extra thousand pounds to avoid having the anaethsist ever again.
How close did Lucian Ion get to your morph?
|Morph (left) vs. reality (right)|
Were you scared of people noticing?
I was really nervous but nobody at all guessed in my real life, even people I know intimately and see me every day. My Mam and Dad couldn't tell any difference at all, but then again it wasn't the hugest changes in the whole wide world.
Tips / Advice
Do your research
Rhinoplasty is a very complex operation and you should spend a lot of time finding the right surgeon. I've seen so many botch surgeries from people who have jumped into surgery, or just went for a big company rather than researching the surgeon themselves.
I recommend checking out Real Self, Instagram rhinoplaty accounts and looking in forums to get a good idea of who might be a good fit.
Make 100% sure they're approved on BAAPS - any surgeon worth their salt should be on here.
Trust your instincts
You should never feel pressured to book surgery or feel uncomfortable in any way. Make sure you're 100% happy.
What to ask your surgeon
- How many rhinoplasties your surgeon performs a week
- Examples of before and afters of noses similar to yours, so you can get an accurate idea of what they can do for you
- Photos of their stitch work if an open rhinoplasty - it should be so pristine you can't even tell it was even cut open
- If they can offer a morph of your potential results
- If they offer aftercare appointments
- What to do and who to call if anything goes wrong once you're home