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Rhinoplasty – All your questions answered

Rhinoplasty

What will it look like

So I went to my rhinoplasty consult and the surgeon takes pictures from different angles of your nose. He then edited them on the computer to show me what my new nose would look like.

Here it is…

As you can see, much better. Alot of people get the nose and a chin implant at the same time to make the face balanced but he said my chin is in alignment but he would put a little filler in the indent, as you can see in the after photo.

 

How much will it cost? 

Now looking at the total cost;

Surgeons fee – $9.900

Hospital and anesthetist fee up to $3000 (if you have private health these are covered).

Consultations – $200 x 2

Pharmacy – nasal rinse, pain killers etc.

 

Is it worth it? 

So you have to think, yes my nose looks better but is it worth $13,000.

Imagine what you could do with that money, a world trip, pay of half my student loan, or have a slightly nicer nose..hmmm

This is a very personal question..You can not ask others as they will all say you do not need it. Your nose is fine blah blah. But if you think about it, it affects your self esteem and causes you stress then it may be worth more then a world trip. I personally am always conscious of my nose, I worry about the angle of photographs and feel unattractive because of it.  My nose was broken as a teen and now I am very aware of the sharpness it has left behind. I want a nose that I feel fits my face. Is this vain? Probably.

 

Can you get it cheaper?

The answer to this is yes. The surgeon I went to see is very good and has many qualifications. So for this you will pay extra. I emailed many surgeons and found that many good ones will charge a surgeon fee of a similar price but some are as low as $5,500, with slightly higher hospital costs. One surgeon cost $8,500 with every thing included BUT he did not have FRACS after his name which is important.

Also consider getting it done overseas. In Australia I am looking at around $13,000. In New Zealand I am looking at around $11,000 for a top surgeon BUT it is in the NZ dollar which means it is only about AU$7,500. I would save myself around $5000 just by going across the ditch. I wouldn’t recommend going to countries like Thailand for these gorgeous getaways as these countries have different standards and regulations for assessing surgeons and you don’t really know what you are getting (weve all seen the horror stories). Rhinoplasty is one of the hardest surgeries to perform, so you want a good surgeon!. This is not the place to skimp on cash…it is your face!.

 

Choosing a surgeon. 

There are hundreds of surgeons around, and choosing one can be difficult. Since they all charge a huge fee ($200 – $300_ just for a consultation, you can go around to a few and find one that feels right. So you need to do your research first. Word of mouth is the best, if you know someone who has had surgery, ask who their surgeon was. You also want someone who specialises in ENT, facial surgery and rhinoplasty. Dont go for a surgeon who does breasts, liposuction etc.. You want someone who has studied for a long time and done thousands of nose jobs.  The most important thing is that they are a plastic surgeon and have FRACS after their name. FRACS stands for Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. To be a Fellow a surgeon needs to have gone through certain training and exams. Do not get surgery from someone who does not have this after their name. RACS is in charge of ensuring surgeons in Australia and NZ are up to a quality standard but other countries have their own bodies, find out who yours is.

Anyone who has a medical degree can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon and perform surgery but a plastic surgeon completes and extra 6-10 years of training to be able to be called a plastic surgeon. Imagine how superior their skill level would be! A cosmetic surgeon will not have FRACS after their name, they are fine to go and see to get some botox etc.. but not to do your nose.

Once you have found a surgeon you like the sound of google them, find any reviews or unhappy past patients. If nothing comes up, great!

 

What happens next?

Once you have had your initial consult, are happy with the surgeon, the costs and are wanting to take it to the next step you will have another consultation (this is sometimes bulk billed). At this one you will get real photo imaging so you can see exactly what your nose will look like, discuss the surgery in full, the diet (you need to have a high protein diet for three weeks before hand) and ask any questions. 

If you want to go ahead you can book you surgery – I am still contemplating this step. 

Bad Beauticians!

I have begun to wonder about the training and regulation control of beauticians in Australia as over the past few weeks I have had my nails scrubbed until they bleed, eyelashes put on that have pulled out all of my own and a spray tan that made me look more like a tiger than the bronzed goddess they advertised.

As we strive for beauty and shell out more and more cash it seems every woman and her dog has become a beautician and it is hard to know what you are ending up with. Many of the treatments I have been getting I not only regret wasting the money on them I also end up damaging  myself and looking worse than I did to begin with (falling out eyelashes doesnt look hot on anybody).

I have started to become a little annoyed as when you go to get your nails done, pay good money, you expect to get your nails done. And it is not like I go to the cheap nail salon on the corner (we’ve all seen the 60 minutes episodes of people losing their fingers due to nail infections). But I have had a few shellac manicures done where the “shellac” comes off in a week (salons are not allowed to use fake shellac polish) and others where they are so rough my cuticles have bled.

It makes me want to go natural or do many of these treatments at home. Im still growing back the eyelashes from the hard stiff false looking eyelash extensions I got. There was so much glue it took another beautician half a very painful hour to get them off. They were advertised as the highest quality natural silk lashes…pffft more like boar bristles! Not only a big waste of money, but a week of looking like an idiot AND my long lashes are now stumpy!.

I think beauticians need to up their game….and we need to not look at advertising but only go to clinics that we have heard are good through word of mouth. BEWARE THE BAD BEAUTICIANS….They are everywhere, they will take your money, your dignity and damage your beauty. They will also make you lose faith in beauty treatments altogether.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED…

What is it like to get your face lasered?

Ebrium Fractional Laser vs Alexandrite Laser

Do you want to look younger, get rid of wrinkles, pigmentation and build new collagen? With new technologies all of this is apparently possible – with lasers. They have been around for years now but the cost used to be huge and many did not want to stay at home with a burnt face to get the results. But with newer technology lasers are now affordable AND with hardly any down time at all.  But it seems every man and his dog has jumped on the laser band wagon and lasers can be very confusing with; laser resurfacing, ipl, fractional and fraxel just to get started.  It is hard to figure out what is going to make you beautiful, waste your money or even permanently burn you!

The quality and cost of lasers differ dramatically and you can now have a treatment done to your face down at your local beauty clinic or (or even nail salon) for around $100 but the staff will often seem untrained/young/unknowing. And if you research lasers on the internet there are so many horror stories that you will be put of lasers for life.

Lasers can do wonders for the skin, as I have found but you should be picky when choosing your salon. Make sure you feel comfortable with the technician, ask to see training certificates and ask the type of laser they will be using as this makes a big difference to the type of results you will get.  Some clinics use cheap or old lasers that will give you poor results and waste your time and money. Once you know the qualification and laser – GO HOME AND RESEARCH THEM! The qualification may sound good but it may in fact be a short course. Ensure the laser is new and suits your needs, some are better suited for wrinkles/collagen building and some are better for pigmentation removal.  I did this with a few clinics and found that in most I did not feel comfortable with the training of the staff (they didn’t seem to know what the laser did, or the type) before I found one I wanted to use.

In the end I chose one that was a laser clinic and they used the  Q-Switched Alexandrite Laser.  In my google search I found this laser worked on the improving pigment issues in the skin which was my main concern (melasma, brown pigment). The Alexandrite laser goes deep into the skin, it hits the pigment, and the pigment absorbs the laser light. The pigment then begins to break down and your bodies natural defences take over and elimaente the pigment from your body. This is seen over about a week period as the pigment rises to the surface of the skin as brown crusts or dark freckles and then flake off leaving behind clear skin. This laser also rejuvenates the skin and helps with fine lines and wrinkles.

The whole process takes around 15 minutes from start to end and is painful. You do not have any numbing cream.  The technician moves over your face in sections stopping when you need a break.  When it is over you look awful. Your whole face is very red and burnt, and your face feels very raw. I had to walk through the mall to my car in the car park and people looked at me with slight shock.  Over the next 7 days you look slightly burnt and as the pigment rises you get brown scabbing. I just carried on my normal activities and no one really look at me. THEN once the pigment flakes off your skin starts to look amazing!  You will be so pleased with the results. I was. Everyone commented on my beautiful skin. I had nice skin to start with but did not like the melasma but this made my whole skin texture much better and gave me beautiful skin. You normally need two treatments, three if you are very sun damaged. After ten days I had another treatment which was not as bad as the first one. Not as much scabbing either as I did not have much pigment left.

Lasers can not permanently fix melasma as t is too deep under the skin and will always lay dormant waiting to return if it is exposed to hormones ( the pill, pregnancy) or the sun. But they will fix sun damage. If you are prone to melasma they make a huge difference and you can avoid the pill and the sun or get top up treatments if you plan to get pregnant or want to stay on the hormonal pill.  After almost a year I have noticed some melasma   below my eye so decided to get one more tretment but this time decided to go for fractional as it is supposed to make dramatic changes to wrinkles and lines as well.

Alexandrite and Fractional lasers work in a different ways. The fractional laser goes deeper into the skin affecting both the dermis and the epidermis.The laser destroys thousands of microscopic columns which triggers your body to produce new healthy collagen and tissue to replace these columns, leading to a more youthful and plumper look. This is considered one of the best lasers to use with the best results as it goes deeper then many other lasers such as the alexandrite, yet has less down time then a Fraxel laser which has great results but a long healing time.

After the big google I decided on fractional with the Ebrium laser. It was not cheap! The cost $1500. And it is recommended you get 1-5 treatments to get the best results, but my skin is good and at that price I was only getting one. When you arrive they put numbing cream on your face for half an hour (you need numbing cream with fractional as it goes much deeper into the skin) then a technician lasers the face in the same way as the Alexandrite, but with much less pain. After the procedure they put ice cold cloths on your face for half an hour and you can feel the heat coming from your skin. After wards I look slightly sun burnt but hardly noticable and not too painful (no where near as bad as Alexandrite). I look normal in the morning. My skin becomes sandpapery over the next few days and dry feeling but nothing major. I do not notice any changes in my skins texture/appearance and the pigment is exactly the same. Not the best $1500 Ive ever spent.

To summarise the two:

Alexandrite:

  • You look pretty unattractive for nearly a week.  Face looked red and raw for 2 then had scabs for 5.
  • The pain was tolerable  (just) during procedure but was painful!
  • Cheap…Cost was only $240 per treatment, two needed.
  • Results = amazing.

Ebrium Fractional

  • There was no.  I went shopping straight after procedure and had a head ache but my face looked fine. During week had dry skin with rough texture.
  • The procedure takes a lot longer because they put on numbing cream and cooling cloths, but the pain is very tolerable.
  • The cost is expensive at $1500, especially as it is recommended up to 5 treatments.
  • I saw no results.

I will have Alexandrite again but at $1500 for no results I would not have Fractional again.

Day two after Alexandrite Laser procedure. Face is raw and burnt looking.

Day two after Alexandrite Laser procedure. Face is raw and burnt looking.

Source: Face after Alexandrite
You can see the pigment scabs on the skin. Face does not hurt at this stage.

You can see the pigment scabs on the skin. Face does not hurt at this stage.

Source: Day four after Alexandrite Laser

Source: My skin one month after

Nioxin System for Hair Loss

Does Nioxin help prevent Baldness?

Nioxin Research Laboratories claims that Nioxin can prevent androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) by decreasing the amount of DHT that is on your scalp. DHT, also known as dihydrotestosterone, is the main cause of male pattern baldness. DHT is actually a compound that your body (both men and women) produce naturally. DHT is a by-product of testosterone. Dihyrdrotestosterone can attach to hair follicles that are not genetically programed to resist the compound and progressively shrink them. This is what causes “thinning hair”.  Nioxin does not contain any proven ingredients that remove DHT, there is no evidence that it removes DHT and they do not claim to be a hair loss product.

What Nioxin does claim to be is a high quality shampoo that rids the scalp of extra sebum and product build up which allows the follicles to grow. It also reduces inflammation and provides the scalp with additional nutrients giving your follicles the optimum environment to grow in.

Nioxin comes in a three step process containing the shampoo which rids the hair of extra sebum and product build up, a conditioner which provides essential oils a minerals to the hair and scalp and a leave in nourishing scalp treatment which provides nutrients and prevents any additional build up.

Nioxin claims 9 out of 10 people experience a “thickening effect” with daily product use. However, scientists say that while hair might seem thicker, it is not actually thicker. The leave-in scalp treatment contains ingredients that can coat the hair, making it slightly stiffer and giving the illusion of greater body.

So is Nioxin worth it?

If you want to buy Nioxin for the DHT removing properties then buy something that is proven like a shampoo with ketoconazole, you can buy Nizoral for about 1/4 of the price of Nioxin.  But if you are buying it for the other ingredients that help the hair and scalp be in optimum condition to promote hair growth, then it is worth a try.  I used this product for awhile and I admit it made my hair shiny and bouncy which for people with thinning hair gets harder to do. When the hair follicles minaturize the hair gets finer and drier, less shine and bounce. Nioxin also had a great protein mask and a sunscreen spray which I have not really seen in other prodcucts which shows they really understand thin hair. Thin and fine hair need protection from the sun, not just because you get a burnt scalp but because the UV rays damage and break down the hair itself and it does this much easier on a fine hair shaft, leaving it dry and damaged. I ALWAYS wear a hat. But in saying all the good things about Nioxin, I did not see my any hair grow back, and it is very expensive.

The sunscreen spray is around $70, and if you are like me you are already investing a good deal of money in treatments, supplements etc.. then you really need to consider if you need it,  is it worth investing this amount of money in a shampoo that makes your hair just shiny and bouncy?

If you have the money, I would say yes…at least its not doing harm as I have found many of the shampoos today are.

If you dont, get Nizoral, use it once a week and get yourself a good quality sulphate free shampoo…

Losing it…No More….Getting my Hair Back!

I have made this blog as I research hair loss, how to nourish hair and how to regrow hair so much I could probably do a degree on it. I wish there was a site that shared real information on hair loss for women written by women who are experiencing hair loss as I know there are sooo many women out there (and men) who feel like me….Im not saying there are no sites, but there are so many hair loss sites its hard to find honest ones and ones that talk about what I want to know (What works). I want a site for women who know what is like to sadly stare enviously at long flowing pony tails when they have a short unhealthy one, who spend all their money on hair care products that do nothing and dread the hair dresser because they know they will get the pitying look and yet another sales pitch about a great thickening product. Not a site written by someone who says they hate their fine hair and when you see them they have masses and then try to sell you things. 

So I have made this blog page to share my info….and I have just embarked on an almost insane plan to try out many different natural herbs etc…to get back my hair, and make my fine hair healthier. After years/days/hours of research I have found many products, herbs and remedies that have scientific research proving they either grow stronger hair, make hair grow faster or GROW BACK HAIR! So I have brought many, many of these herbs and products (most of them natural) and am going to test them out!! …and let you all know what I think of each of them.