…ose finally looked like it belonged on my face. A quick catch-up with my surgeon also revealed that it takes longer for those with “thick skin” (a certain characteristic of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern noses) to see the swelling subside and that it can even take up to a year (sometimes longer) for your nose to assume its final shape. …
Wow, I had no idea of this. I had a nose job in 2005, and I recall having to get repeated cortisone injections for months to make the swelling subside. I'm half-Italian (with quite a bit of Middle Eastern DNA), and I'm also part-Ashkenazi. When my surgeon informed me that my nose skin was "thick," I had no idea that was an ethnic thing. Very cool to learn! Now it makes sense. :)
It's interesting to read about your satisfaction with your surgery. I, too, have mixed feelings about mine. My nose went from being large and convex to still-large, no-longer-convex, and now having a bit of a bulb at the tip (which it didn't have before). I'm not thrilled about the result, but I also know that rhinoplasty has the highest rate of revision among plastic surgeries, for having the lowest rate of satisfaction. So I never made a priority of re-doing it; I, too, still prefer my new nose to my old one.
I'll also add that, in my case, the surgery took a LONG time to recover from: while the bruising in my face subsided very quickly, the pain lasted for at least half a year. As in, 6 months later, I lightly bumped the tip of my nose on something, and I saw stars. My rhinoplasty pain was worse than the pain I had after breast surgery. I'm guessing the nose gets less circulation than the breasts, so maybe the slower healing is not such a mystery.
Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm sure it's helpful for people who are considering surgery, and it's validating for those of us who've already had it. :)