There is so much that goes through one’s head when they are contemplating permanently changing a feature. Having surgery is very much permanent, and you need to be 100% before going under the knife. It is important to remember that you are beautiful inside and out, but you also need to do what will make you happiest in the end, and feel like your best self. For some people, surgery is the answer.
Okay so for anyone who personally knows me, let’s address the elephant in the room. I had my nose done in October of 2016. It is a very clear change for me, as my nose was very very different before. To start off, it was large and in charge. It had a huge hump and was very long, and not centered. My Surgeon (God bless him) did a fantastic job when correcting my nose and making it appear a lot more suitable for my face, still very natural, all while listening to my concerns. It has been over a year since my procedure and I cannot be happier with the results.
I put together a video (linked down below-you should totally watch it) that explains my entire pre-surgery journey, along with tips to keep in mind before making the big change. In short, I wanted to include a few things in this blog post! Don’t forget to check back in a few weeks for the part 2 of this blog post!
• Go with a doctor that specializes in the type of surgery you are doing | This might sound like common sense but you would be surprised that some people don’t actually do this. Most surgeons typically do not just specialize in one area of surgery (ie. just noses) but they do focus on a certain area (if that makes any sense at all). For example, the surgeon that I decided to go with is an Otolaryngology, which means that he specializes in head and neck surgery. My Surgeon is capable and specialized in doing rhinoplasty, chin implants (surgeries along those lines)!
• Ask all the right questions (no question is a stupid question!) | How many nose jobs do they do a week? Do you have to pay for the consultation? How long is the recovery? Will you be having the surgery in a hospital or the doctor’s office? All questions are valid and should be asked during a consultation! You don’t want to commit to something like surgery if you don’t have all the answers you need first. Make a list of questions and actually ask them! Do it.
• Be prepared to be fully examined when going to your consultation | If you are not serious about having the surgery, I would honestly not recommend even going to a consultation. Why you may ask? When I went to my consultation, of course, the surgeons told me every single flaw in my nose, even things that I didn’t even notice. Trust me, after a consultation and being told every flaw you have, you will want the surgery anyway. It just could be kind of detrimental to your self-esteem being told that the flaw you already feel you have and want to go as far as to forever change, has more flaws to it then you think. Also, keep in mind that some surgeons require that you do have to pay for a consultation so make sure you actually are really considering the surgery! Some surgeons will also do a digital imaging of what your feature can look like post-surgery on your face or body (which can be an extra charge as well) so you will really get a good idea of what the end result will be!
• Look up the Surgeon’s name before booking them to make sure they are legitimate! | This seems like a pretty common tip as well, because you obviously don’t want someone who isn’t actually a surgeon to do your surgery. I mean, why would someone purposely book someone who isn’t qualified to perform surgery on them? A site my mom showed me (http://www.cpso.on.ca/Public-Register/All-Doctors-Search?refine=true&search=quick) has every single surgeon certified in Ontario in the system, all of their information, what they specialize in, as well as if they have any legal battles. She was very keen on encouraging me to use this site to make sure that any surgeon that I even went to a consultation for had no legal battles and was specialized in what I was getting done.
Like I said before, changing your features through surgery is a very permanent thing and you need to make sure you are absolutely on board with the change and how you are getting to that change. Don’t forget that beauty comes from within and that you are beautiful with or without changing your feature. I personally went through with my surgery because it was a feature that really bothered me and I knew that I would feel a bit better about myself if I did repair my nose. If you think changing a feature forever is going to change how you view yourself, that is not the case whatsoever. You need to learn how to love yourself and be confident in yourself no matter what!
Thank you for reading part one of my journey and tune in for part two in a few weeks! If you want a deeper look into my journey and more advice, my video (linked down below) will definitely give you all the info you need!