Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Tale of Two Noses, and the saga continues...

I wanted to share this photo. I have it black and white so you don't see the bruising. I hesitated to post a picture but you have been with me on this journey so why not? I believe that plastic surgery is something people think about a lot but don't admit to it. I'm admitting it and putting it out there for the world to read. Even as a caution to research your physician before you commit.

If nothing else, I want to stress going to a great doctor, a really really great doctor. No settling. No going to someone who operates on all body parts. If you want boobs or body work, go to a surgeon who does that. If you want your nose or chin or eyes done, go to a doctor who specializes in the face. Heed my advice on this. When I had some "female issues" the local quack in town threw his hands up and offered exploratory surgery because he didn't know what else to do. I consulted my sources (Google) and found a urogynocologist at a huge medical center an hour away.

The bandages came off today, the big reveal! I nervously sat while the dr took the stitches out from under my nose, you can see the scar in the photo. I had what's called an Open Rhinoplasty. The dr cuts under the nose to lift it up much like the hood of a car, to tinker with what's underneath. In my case, it was a motley mess of scar tissue and cartilage, an old boot and a tire. No, but there was a lot of junk taking up prime real estate in my nasal cavities.

My nose and face are still quite swollen from having the surgery done not even a week ago. In a few weeks, I know the swelling will have decreased and it will start to morph into the nose I always wanted. For now, I'm thrilled my nose is without lumps or bumps, its not crooked or uneven! A small thing to be grateful for but for me, life changing.



Blogger Caroline said...

I think you are truly beautiful, Cindy. Even with the slight bruises, you really have this spectacular face.

9:32 PM  
Blogger An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said...

Cindy this looks great ! Beautiful nose ! I've always thought you looked beautiful ! I'd be grateful to God if I looked this good after having 2 kids. Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey. Lots of love and hope it heals soon :)

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Doreen said...

Wow, I think your surgery really turned out well! I've always thought you looked gorgeous, but now I know that after your bruising and swelling goes down, you'll be positively head-turning.

10:30 PM  
Blogger CINDY BOKMA said...

Thank you sooo much for your support. It means the world!

11:25 PM  
Blogger Esmeralda said...

Oh wow!!! You look so good!!! Thank you for opening up about this experience with us. It's very insightful and touching :)

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Already looks fabulous!

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks great so far! Congrats on having the courage to go through with it

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You did a great thing by sharing your journey & experiences, many will benefit from your story. Your nose looks wonderful, and you deserve to finally have this part of your life wrapped up so you can enjoy your own beauty!

11:04 AM  
Blogger PrincessGreen17 said...

It looks great already, Cindy! And it's just going to keep getting better! :)

1:01 PM  
Blogger Yuki said...

Big Congrats! You look great!

ttfn :) Yuki

7:43 PM  
Blogger michael said...

thanks for sharing your story regarding your surgeries. although i think you always looked wonderful, you now look fabulous - even with the bruising. i know this will make you feel as gorgeous as you've always been.

9:55 AM  
Blogger BlushingGirl said...

Awesome! I can't wait to see you in person. You know I have always said you were beautiful and now I hope you have the confidence to see what I have always seen in you! Gorgeous from the inside out! I'm happy and proud of you! xoxo

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