LIVE FOREVER: BEAUTY CONFIDENCE- NIP/TUCK/DEPUFF
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We meet again, and this time we are talking about our plastic surgery experiences, the male perspective on reconstructive surgery, and how to maintain balance in your own skin. We would like all individuals to feel confident, whether you are going under the knife, getting fillers, or doing at home remedies. This is our fifth article…
First, we are going to discuss how to get rid of puffiness. When we feel inflammation on our face or bloated in general, we like to work inside out. We feel like all bases are covered when we apply that rule to any health challenge, but especially when it comes to our skin.
Our fave turmeric recipe | prep: 2 min | cook: 3 min | total: 5 min
Pour all ingredients into a sauce pan, mix together for 5 minutes over medium heat (do not let boil), drink immediately, and enjoy watching your swelling go away.
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE FACIAL MASSAGE
-Stick your face in a bowl of icy water (like Miss Moss)
-Wrap a couple of ice cubes in a cloth, and move around your face (focusing on your puffy areas more)
*Don’t forget to follow your ice facial with toner, maybe a spritz of rose water, and moisturizer.
Now, for our plastic surgery discussion.
My experience was honestly a piece of cake. I healed so quickly, had minimal discomfort, and was stoked on the results. The most important thing to remember is to follow your doctor’s orders (super important), do the massages correctly (even though it is uncomfortable), and try to stay as healthy as possible for quick healing. I decided to do this because I had very low self esteem (body specific), and was looking for anything to make me feel more confident. I was very, very thin growing up, and got teased on a regular basis in school (blah, blah, blah). I won’t bore you with my past. However, the reason I wish I waited until I was a little older is that my boobs grew bigger. So, instead of having full C’s like I had right after my surgery, I now carry around D’s, which is too large for my small frame in my opinion. I wear clothing that masks the size, so they still work for me and my style. Now, coming onto almost 15 years later, my boob job has held up, and I’ll probably only get them redone if I have children.
Now, for my nose job experience. This was the craziest thing I’ve ever gone through, and the healing was a long journey. First and foremost, I thought about this surgery for about a decade, and I knew this was an important decision because, hello, it’s my face! I should also mention, I decided to do this 6 months before my wedding; really gutsy move. I researched tons of doctors, and I chose Dr. Vladimir Grigoryants, which I deem him to be the king of nose jobs. I went into the surgery very nervous, and came out drowsy with two black eyes (this is normal).
On a scale of discomfort, I would say it was minimal to moderate, only because you can’t breathe out of your nose. There really wasn’t much pain, and I didn’t need to take pain pills past Day 2. After day 2, the swelling under my eyes was in full effect, and I didn’t even recognize myself in the mirror. That is the scariest thing, by the way, to not recognize yourself, but you have to remember you will get back to your old self; it just takes time. After 1 week, my doctor took the splint off, and I LOVED my results. The tip was a little too high at first, but he reassured me that it would drop over time (which it did). Since the splint kept the swelling out of the nasal area, the shape looked like it was supposed to immediately after removing. As the day went on, the swelling increased and I honestly couldn’t look at myself. This went on for months, so let’s just say I got really good at contouring and researched a ton about anti-inflammatory.
The anti-inflammatory tips in the beginning of this article were so effective for me and really worked. I had to learn to treat my body with care internally if I wanted results externally. Now, I apply that rule with all parts of my body, and I’m super thankful I learned that lesson. My swelling went on for almost 2 years, but I have friends who went to the same doctor as I did with swelling for only a few months. Everyone is different and has different body chemistry. Get to know yourself so you can be realistic with your healing if you’re considering anything plastic surgery.
My biggest piece of advice for rhinoplasty: low sodium intake until swelling is completely gone, wear your tape as often as possible after the splint is removed, and sleep with your head elevated. If you are considering rhinoplasty, but are on the fence, my advice is to really think long and hard about your decision. I would go so far as to say, mark a date on your calendar, then wait one full year from that date and if you still want to go through with the procedure after 365 days, go for it. You have to be 110% sure because there’s no turning back. I would suggest trying a dermal filler in the nose area to help achieve the look you’re going for because it is less invasive, not permanent, and hardly any healing or downtime. It’s been 3 years since my surgery, and I’m so happy I did it now.
I will say the most uncomfortable process about this reconstructive surgery is sleeping upright, and showering for the first time (it is such a weird feeling as well as painful when the water hits your new boobies for the first time). My piece of advice is to follow your instructions given by your surgeon carefully. I didn’t apply the ointment I was supposed to on my scars. (However, I do not think they do them this way as much or if it at all through the nipple anymore). I was young and naive, and thought I wouldn’t scar or that it would eventually go away when I was older.
I am very happy that I did the surgery, and it has been over eleven years. There is a myth that you are supposed to get them done every eight to ten years; it’s not true. You only get them redone as a personal choice or if you have any complications.
Christ White: “I am cool with it, as long as it looks natural.”
Cheyne G.: “It’s like most things, it’s good in moderation.”
We hope this article helps you in any way to feel the best version of you! We recommend to do whatever makes you happy at the end of the day.
-TKay and Lyndsay
Important disclosure: Lyndsay and TKay do not suggest you get plastic surgery or alter your look in any way unless you are completely confident in your decision, and are doing it for yourself or the right reasons.