Oh No! Botched Nose Job!

self-portrait January 2022

My word… it is true. I had a nose job a year ago, and it was ‘botched.’

I cannot believe this happened to me. As you all know, I have been sharing
my stories for almost two years now. However, this is one story I have been
reticent to disclose.

In fact, since I learned I would need to undergo a total septoplasty
revision surgery, I have not been able to write any articles. It has been that
upsetting for me.

Before the First Surgery

I realized I could not breathe properly through my nose for quite some time.
This posed a fairly significant problem for me, as it would for any person. About
a year ago, I was advised by a physician that elective septoplasty surgery
would enable me to breathe properly through my nose.

Yes, it was that important for me to achieve unencumbered, optimal oxygen
intake through my nose. Seriously.

To this day, I yearn to breathe properly through my nose.

To be clear, this was not a cosmetic surgical procedure. The surgeon
informed me the shape of my nose would not be altered; it would remain the

However, the surgeon told me that after the surgery, ‘I would have a regal
nose’. Upon reflection, and when I look at my reflection in the mirror, I have
no idea what that statement meant. And what I wound up with, certainly is not

And if you were wondering, the surgeon was highly recommended by another doctor.

My Botched Surgery

I will not share the ‘nitty-gritty’ details of the first surgery. Although, the
post-operative pain was excruciating.

Moreover, after the surgery, I never breathed properly through my
re-constructed nose.

Despite repeated calls and office visits to the surgeon, I was told
‘everything was fine’.

I even told the surgeon that ‘I thought there was something inside my nose
that was obstructing my breathing’. The surgeon continued to assure me that ‘everything
was fine’.

The Truth Revealed

Two months ago, I was examined and subsequently treated by a different
physician, who not only diagnosed me as suffering from a chronic staph
infection in my nose, but also observed something that was ‘growing out of the
surgical sutures’ in my nose. This physician confirmed something was
obstructing my breathing.

Clearly, everything was not fine.

Revision Surgery

In three weeks I will undergo revision surgery and am hopeful my breathing
will be restored. In addition, corrective cosmetic surgery will ‘clean up’ the
shape of my nose, which was negatively affected from the first surgery.

My goal is to chronicle my experience through my blog. I am absolutely,
unequivocally dreading this surgery. The first surgery was simply too painful
and traumatic. The thought of undergoing this procedure is overwhelming.

However, I want to share my botched surgery experience for other people to
learn from.

It is my hope that by chronicling this second surgery, I will find some