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does rhinoplasty really change the way we look?

does rhinoplasty really change the way we look?

Postby charmaa » Thu May 28, 2009 9:42 pm

It's been two years now since my rhinplasty, which totally took me by surprise with the way it changed my face. Now, 2 years later, I am wondering if I ever really looked that different after all. Have I just adjusted to the changes over time, has my nose undergone subtle changes over this time making it more like my old nose, or have I just forgotten how I looked before? what is it? I was so overtaken with grief over the changes the new nose brought to my face initially (in fact so much so that I was committed to getting a revision)- but now...

Can someone help me out on this one??
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Postby hudsonvalleygal » Fri May 29, 2009 7:54 am

This is actually one of my concerns about my upcoming rhino. I am worried that I will look too different, mainly to myself. When I look in the mirror I think my front view is not so bad (I'm getting a dorsal hump removed and some bulk off the lower portion of my nose) but then I see pictures of myself and think my nose looks very wide toward the bottom. For one thing, people are used to their mirror image. If you have ever gone to a science museum and seen yourself in one of those mirrors that show what you look like to others, not a mirror image? Most people dislike how they look in that mirror. I know its not the same thing, but it is an example of how your mind is used to things looking one way.
To answer your question, it would be helpful to see before after and progression pictures-
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Postby aighty22 » Fri May 29, 2009 8:10 am

I don't know. I just got mine done. I don't even feel like I'm looking at myself. I feel like I'm looking at someone completely different. I feel so strange. It's such a weird feeling. I like it, but it's going to take some getting used to - that's for sure.
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Postby TummyTux » Fri May 29, 2009 9:36 am

You can only look better right ? lol
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Postby gatorgrl » Fri May 29, 2009 11:58 am

this is a very interesting question. for me, i thought i looked a lot different and now i am almost 3 months post op and everyone says i pretty much look the same. i think that your mind is a big factor in how you perceive yourself. after i saw 2 month post op pics in my surgeons office, i learned for the first time how delusional i really am :) i thought i looked like a different person from the front, and it looks more or less the same. weird how your mind plays tricks on you...
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what about katie holmes?

Postby charmaa » Sat May 30, 2009 4:07 pm

still, i do see differences in more famous faces, such as Katie holmes. she does look very different from her old self, i think. even now, a few years after her surgery, she looks more similar to her old self than she did immediately following her surgery - but there is still a subtle change in her looks - mostly from the front. to me, the changes make her look less flattering than she once did.
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Postby TummyTux » Sun May 31, 2009 5:48 pm

Jennifer Grey looks way different from before her nose surgery.
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Postby trixa » Sun May 31, 2009 7:31 pm

I think that the degree to which it changes how we look varies from person to person. If you have a very concervative change, for example a bump reduced, and no tip work done, you will most likely have less swelling and you haven't changed your entire nose. You will probably just have a softer look, but still look similar.

I think the more you have changed the more you will have a hard time recognizing yourself obviously.

Also, for me personally, I initially looked so different and very very very gradually as the swelling gets a bit better, I see that I look more like me. I hope this will continue.

We are also more aware of our own appearance than others around us. I haven't had anyone who didn't know about my surgery say anything to me about looking different, but I honestly was able to hide out for the first month and a half. I had prepared for this. I also swelled a lot. So I am very thankful that I didn't have to face too many people before I was ready. I needed the time to deal with it myself without feeling self concious around others.

It is terrifying to look in the mirror and not recognize yourself. My mother had a hard time with how I looked too, so it wasn't just me. I think it was difficult too because I didn't hate the way I looked before, I just wanted some slight changes.

I find it amazing when you hear of the people who liked their nose soon after it was done and adjust well. I think they must have very minor work done or reallly hated everything about it before. They must not swell like some of us.

My 2 cents!
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Postby MRD1116 » Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:15 am

I'm glad that others are wondering this same thing. Personally, I cannot tell a difference in my nose at all!! However, my Mom and husband thinks that there is alot of difference! :roll: Do we just get used to our new nose? I'm not sure. I'm 5 weeks out from my surgery and I truly think there is no difference. I still have alot of swelling so I'm hopeful that that will help.

Just my opinion that maybe we are our own worst critics?!!
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Postby dabada » Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:02 am

that was the most difficult thing that i faced.. with time u totally forget how u looked b4 .. sometimes i would close my eyes and try ti imagine my old nose but i can't :cry:
if u like it then its no problem .. u wouldn't want to remember ur old nose .. but if u don't like it that will be a hard time
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Postby hudsonvalleygal » Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:59 am

It sounds like dramatic changes are hard to get used to, and subtle ones leave people disappointed!
I am still on the fence about my imaging. I love the profile view, but the front is much different than my current nose. It is not upturned, but somehow looks almost too "cute, and coincidentally just like my sister's nose! I am going to try to post pics, need to figure it out (I don't currently have shutterfly) If anyone likes to give opinions email me and I will email the pics.
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Postby CantBreathe27 » Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:08 pm

when i actually had my imaging my main concern was to not look different. Obviously with any cosmetic procedure you will have some difference.

from the front view i looked pretty much the same but with a much straighter nose and i actually never realized how crooked my nose really was. The biggest difference i noticed was the profile view. I kept thinking omg is that really me? my nose just looks sooo small and more fitting to my face"

Hopefully i wont think theres too much of a difference when i go under.
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Postby BrownEyess » Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:31 pm

Overall it doesn't change your look THAT much. I learned my lesson. Unless you're having breathing difficulties or major self confidence issues with your nose, I wouldn't advise getting rhinoplasty. It's not worth it.
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Postby trixa » Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:44 pm

Imaging is a great tool, but it usually doesn't come out exactly. Sometimes pretty close, but I find noses are usually a bit rounder at least for quite a while.

The biggest change in your appearance might be durring the recovery, when you are still swollen. This often takes up to a year and sometimes longer. The first month is the worst. Then very slowly you look better and better, but don't underestimate the swelling. Thats the biggest [b]mistake[/b]. If you have a bump shaved down in a closed surgery and thats it, you might not have too much swelling. But most other situations, you do. Drs don't show you the in between pictures. They show you the before, the imaging sometimes, and the after, which is usually 1 year later. It looks so good and easy. There is a whole transition period in between that.

Most people from what I have read and my personal experience, have a hard time with the way their face changes from the swelling. But its hard because you aren't sure if its going to stay that way or change as the swelling goes down. Your smile can look different. Your eyes often look different. This is all in the very begininng. After about a month all that looks better. For the following months, you will see swellling and people close to you may as well. You will find it difficult sometimes for sure, because you don't know how it will improve, you don't know how much swelling you really have or when it will get better. But it does over time.

When you are considering making a big change like rhinoplasty is, it is important in my opinion, to do all you can to communicate what you want and don't want and choose a very qualified surgeon. Don't take this decision lightly. You are CHANGING something about you face, so you won't look exactly the same. It is not always an easy thing to adjust to.

This is just all my opinion based on my experience. I am only sharing it to help those considering it to be prepared.
All the best!
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Postby MRD1116 » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:16 am

Trixa, great post! I totally agree!! :D
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