I just had a septoplasty, advice?

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    Jun 15, 2013 2:40 PM GMT
    I got my nose broken 18 months ago after being assaulted by a drunkard on a night out and finally got my septum corrected. The proper medical diagnosis was "Septoplasty + diathermy to inferior turbinates under general anesthetic."

    I am taking pain killers and have been told that I cannot exercise or work for the next two weeks, and that it'll take six weeks before it has properly healed.

    One worry about the operation is that although I can now breathe through both my nostrils finally again but my nose is even more crooked looking to the left side on my face. The doctor says that the swelling has to come down but it looks like they deviated the septum even more now.

    Anyone any past experiences or advice on this topic?
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    Jun 15, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
    It looks more deviated because of the swelling and as your doctor told you, the swelling has to decrease. So you need to wait until you are completely healed before you can tell if it's more deviated. The fact that you are breathing through your nostrils tells me that there is no way your nose can be more crooked; otherwise, your breathing would be worse.
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    Jun 15, 2013 5:31 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidIt looks more deviated because of the swelling and as your doctor told you, the swelling has to decrease. So you need to wait until you are completely healed before you can tell if it's more deviated. The fact that you are breathing through your nostrils tells me that there is no way your nose can be more crooked; otherwise, your breathing would be worse.


    I am sooo beaten down, I haven't been this tired in awhile, lost my leg tights to prevent clotting so Im doing so well so far in taking care of myself.

    Its sooo tender, the wind makes it tickle even.
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:42 PM GMT
    what if my nose is permenantly crooked?
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:49 PM GMT
    I dunno; keep checking with your doctor.

    On the other hand, I have to say that I find boxers and wrestlers with those pushed down broken noses hot!
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    Jun 15, 2013 9:50 PM GMT
    the post surgical swelling takes a long time to go away so you really do not get the final result until about 6 weeks post op.
    I had my septorhinoplasty done by a cosmetic surgeon who specialised in noses. (there was not really much difference but I do breathe better and have never had a nosebleed since.

    (I used to have them frequently from a badly deviated septum)


    friendly advice - do not put beans up your nose just because they fit.
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    Jun 16, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
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    Erik101 saidIt looks more deviated because of the swelling and as your doctor told you, the swelling has to decrease. So you need to wait until you are completely healed before you can tell if it's more deviated. The fact that you are breathing through your nostrils tells me that there is no way your nose can be more crooked; otherwise, your breathing would be worse.


    I am sooo beaten down, I haven't been this tired in awhile, lost my leg tights to prevent clotting so Im doing so well so far in taking care of myself.

    Its sooo tender, the wind makes it tickle even.


    You're tired because that's all part of the recovery period and that's normal. No one gets a septoplasty and expected to be back to normal in a couple of days. Recovery time is long but once healed, you might be surprised at the results. Breathing through both of your nostrils is a positive sign that the septum and the turbinates have been repaired successfully.

    If your nose remains crooked, and I don't see how that's possible, there are options for correction but note that you will be going through extremes....aka a plastic surgeon and those surgeries are worse than an ENT procedure. But you're way too focused on the negative outcomes; instead, you need to focus on the immediate need, which is your recovery. The removal of your antithrombotic stockings is a good sign. Keep focusing on those good signs of recovery and you'll be fine!
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    Jun 16, 2013 3:17 AM GMT
    post before and after pics so I can better assess the sitch.

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    Jun 16, 2013 10:17 AM GMT
    Import saidpost before and after pics so I can better assess the sitch.

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    It looks pretty gross right now, what will I get in return?