So it’s been a whole year since my nose job, where the time has gone, I don’t know!
So this is a post I thought I’d do as I think it can be really helpful to those of you considering surgery whether that be a nose job or something else. I know I would have liked to have read a blog about people’s experiences.
So I’ll be telling you all about my experience including the cost, the treatment, where I went and sharing a few rough (not for the faint hearted) pictures!
So lets go right back to the decision to have my nose done. I was very self conscious about my nose and definitely had a complex by the time I was leaving school so age 16. I used to hate my picture being taken from the side and I just always felt people was staring at it if I got on the bus or walked into a busy restaurant. It really affected me along with other parts of my face (I’m currently getting regular lip fillers). I did try counselling but it didn’t really help me. I started considering rhinoplasty (the posh, correct term) when I saw that some celebs had undergone it including reality stars Charlotte Crosby and Ferne McCann. I was 20 when my mom said look you can’t be unhappy all your life as it’s just not worth it and she hated seeing me so depressed and conscious about it. She said she will do some research and ask her Auntie who is a nurse, to see if she knows of any good plastic surgeons. Luckily because it was my big 21st bday coming up she knew everyone would put money and I would be able to afford it. Well even if I didn’t we was considering Finance as this is actually something you can do.
After talking with her auntie, mom said there is a popular surgery in Poland to go at half the price as what you would pay here. Yes, Poland. I was very anxious and uncertain about going to a differnt country but mom did reassure me and said she would be there every step of the way. After doing lots of research I emailed them to enquire. They will respond fairly soon and they will ask you to send pictures of your nose from the front, both sides and also the underneath. this means they can tell you what needs to be done and for how much! So you basically get an instant quote! My quote was £2000 which was literally half the price of what you would pay in the UK. Prices start from £4000 here. You don’t pay till you’re there btw because you need to pay in cash. So If you’re happy with all the details they will give you a date and then when it is all finalised they will send you an email about what happens next. Who to book your flights with and hotel reccomendations near the hotel. They were really good with the communication and helped us out a lot if we were unsure.
Here are some email screenshots actually so you can see how helpful they are and how much info they provide.
So the place is called Professional Beauty Surgery which is based in WROCLAW, Poland. Their website had lots of information on and lots of reviews including video reviews. After researching we found out that some celebs had been there including X factor’s Chris Maloney!
Website – https://europesurgery.co.uk/
So after confirming the date (April 10th – surgery date) we booked the flights and hotel. Can I just point out that you are required to stay 5 days after your surgery so they can double check everything and take the cast off. So bare that in mind that you will need to be there for about a week really thats what we did. We used RyanAir for cheapest flights and we stayed at the Boutique Hotel. It was very clean and accomadating.
Day 1 – we got collected from the airport by their English speaking driver. It was like we was in a film the way he held up my name! He took us straight to our hotel and said he will pick us up on the day of surgery to take us to the clinic. The journey of him picking us up from the airport and taking us to the clinic were both free btw. If you wanted him any other times it did cost.
Day, 2 and 3 we just sussed out the area and looked for the clinic which really wasn’t far and also had a look at a local shopping mall. Day 3 I also could not eat or drink anything after 12pm midnight prior to the operation. So again bare that in mind.
Day 4 – The taxi driver Chris picked us up and took us to the clinic. Both me and mom felt sick with nervousness I couldn’t eat becuase I wasn’t allowed but mom just felt too sick to eat anything! On this day you have your consultation with your suregon to go over everything and double check what you actually are having done. So for me it was to remove the hump, straighten the nose from front and also lift the tip slightly. I was having Open Rhinoplasty which is where they do all the work underneath the skin. (Gross). This Rhinoplasty is more complex than closed Rhinoplasty so healing time is slightly longer. So whilst having our consultation we got told the plan, I had to take some bloods then be taken to see a psychiastrist (not entirely sure why, I think it’s because it’s a cosmetic procedure so they need to make sure you’re not depressed etc about the way you look). After this I would be taken down to my room.
Mom actually fainted during the consultation because she hadn’t eaten. Plus she felt anxious and nervous about the whole thing! She wasn’t even the one having it done, how did she think I felt?! Haha
So after all of that it was time to go to my room, I’m not going to lie I had a shock. I assumed mom would come with me and so did she but she wasn’t allowed. This is one bad thing I must admit. I felt really sick when I had to say bye to mom but luckily I had my phone on me and used the WIFI and so did she at the hotel. I think I was in my room at about 11 and didn’t have my surgery till about 3 I think so it’s quite a wait. You have to be put on a drip. It’s a waiting game, I slept quite a bit and read a book whilst messaging mom the whole time. Also you share a room with one other person and it could be anyone, same gender but yeah anyone. I was with a Polish woman who was having her boobs done. She was very friendly actually and spoke good English. Most the patients at the clinic though were English so you will more than likely be put with someone English which I think is more reassuring.
So surgery time! I don’t remember too much, just the nurse telling me we were ready to go down and I just remember this big white surgery room like what you see on Holby City and Casualty and all these nurses and doctors around me. I rememeber them saying we’re going to give you the anaesthetic now you’ll be fine etc. And literally I went to sleep pretty quick I swear!! It’s really mad aha. And I just remember waking up feeling a bit weird because I had this cast on my nose which just felt tight. I saw mom right by my side which was SO nice. She said she was there about half an hour waiting for me to wake up haha! When I got up I felt a bit dizzy. They say you can be sick after it and I was when I got up to go toilet. It wasnt very nice.
So after Mom went I just kept going on and off to sleep and in myself I felt fine. The only way to describe it is like it feels like you have a cold, like your nose is proper blocked the cast feels really tight. It’s not painful as such, just more like a throbbing pain.
So here’s some after surgery pictures…
Omg it makes my eyes water looking back at these! They were so puffy! I couldn’t even wear my contact lenses!
The swelling begins coming out within the first 6-12 hours and then gets worse until about the third day then it will slightly begin to ease.
So back to the hospital and after the operation the nurse will come and take these tampon type things out your nose. Oh my god this is the WORST 5 seconds of your life. It feels like your nose is going to fall apart because they are so tightly packed in so as they are pulling them out it just doesn’t feel right.
After this you may bleed a fair bit so have to just keep the tissue pad thing underneath. I did for the 5 days actually. So after they have checked you all over you are free to leave! I was so glad to see mom and to just get out of the hospital! Everyone was lovely there though I must admit.
This was me the morning ready to leave hospital.That first day we just chilled out and I kept sleeping because of the tablets haha!
On the night my swelling had gotten even worse…
I look like I’ve been beaten up!
It started to become very uncomfortable by day two and three, I was crying quite a bit because I was so tired and fed up! It’s hard to sleep at night I would definitely get sleeping tablets.
It was very boring aswell just staying in the hotel (there wasn’t much to do in Wroclaw especially when you’ve got a cast on your nose)
You do have to keep going back to the clinic every day so they can check the nose, give it a clean and then change the padding.
On day 3 we did actually go to the local mall despite wearing a cast and glasses hahah.
Day 4 we wandered into the local town centre and stopped off for a coffee. My bruising was more noticeable now. I did receive quite a few looks whilst walking around ha!
Day 5 – I was so happy to be finally getting my cast off. They checked me all over gave it a clean and removed the cast. It didn’t hurt actually I was expecting it to but it was ok. It’s just such a relief getting it off. When she took it off she said go and have a look. Omg I was so nervous to see it. When I did I’m not gonna lie I thought it looked too piggy-like but she reassured me that it’s just the swelling and that in a few months time it will subside. She put some steri strips on and said I was good to go!
So that was it, me and mom came home later on that day!
I was still so puffy and had bruises for a good few weeks I’d say! My nose was super swollen for at least 6 months like it was really thick and wide I never noticed at the time but looking back at photos it was huge hahaha. But yeah I’d say by 7-8 months the majority of the swelling will have gone but allow yourself 12 months for all swelling to subside.
Incase you didn’t see them before here are the before and after pics….
And this is how my nose looks now:
So there we have it! I’m super happy with the results and am way more confident now. Just want my lips to be bigger haha. My next lip appt will be 1st May so not long to go now!
Thanks for reading and I hope I’ve helped you out if you’re considering surgery!