First week with DocfinderKorea and BanobagiDecember 21, 2016
Hi All ! Sorry it has taken so long to update you but at last here we are! This post will show you my journey through daily pictures and you can see exactly how fast it has taken me to recover from the three surgeries mentioned in my previous post. First of all I want to let you know that although the pictures below show how I personally recovered it is important to note that every individual will recover at their own pace and this solely depends on you (you could be a slow healer or a fast healer). WARNING – For anyone who isn’t good with seeing post surgery pictures please don’t scroll down past this point!! Let’s start where we last left off.
No one ever tells you how it feels during the surgery because most of the time you are asleep and you don’t remember a thing. I’ll tell you what I do remember. I walked past the glass doors into the survey room and I was told to lie flat to prepare for surgery. During this time I was very anxious so I just closed my eyes but I could hear the nurse talking and telling me that I will feel a slight prick where they will insert the IV drip. I saw Dr Lee and he told me to open and close my eyes as he redesign the shape of my eyelids. At this point I was awake because my eyes needed to open and close for the doctor to design the shape. Shortly after the nurse told me that it’s okay and that they will move onto the nose and jaw surgery. They also told me that I will go to sleep now and that’s all I remembered. The next time I woke up I was already in the recovery room.
The below is pretty much me at my worst. When I woke up I was greeted by my DocFinderKorea manager who already waited for me. My DocFinderKorea manager already prepared everything for me such as: bringing my luggage to my ward, purchase my prescribed medication and even writing all the medicine explanation so I can look back again when I forget. At this point I only felt very exhausted and like my face was slightly heavy (because I had tubes hooked up to me). It is very reassuring to have somebody who waited and took care of me especially during a time when I felt like this. If you see in the picture I am extremely swollen at the eyes, cheek area and my lips. You can also see that there are two blood tubes connected to me and this was to suck out any blood. I was pretty drowsy and at this point my throat felt really dry. I wanted to drink some water but the nurse said I had to wait until 1am before I was allowed to have any liquids at all. When I almost fell asleep whilst waiting for time to pass before I can drink water, my DocFinderKorea manager woke me up and kept me company. The pain level at this point was concentrated on my dry throat and I felt zero pain on my eyes and nose. My jaw had a stick on bandage so I didn’t really feel too much pain – it was probably equivalent to a bruising tenderness feeling. I was also told not to sleep until 1am and to ice around my jaw area so that the swelling would go down faster. This did help in the long run.
While I was waiting for my water I felt the need to go to the toilet. My DocFinderKorea manager assisted me to go to the toilet and explained that this is normal because my body was being hydrated through the IV drip. My DocFinderKorea manager also explained and demonstrated how to gargle as I have to gargle once every 2 hours and after I consume anything other than water. It is very important to keep my oral hygiene after the surgery.
At 1am the nurse gave me water to drink. I wasn’t allowed to drink or eat anything else and shortly after this I tried to sleep until morning.
In the morning before I checked out of Banobagi clinic the nurse removed the two tubes from my mouth. The pain of having the tubes pulled out was probably around 5/10 (bearable but slight pain just for that moment). The nurse then gave me water to rinse my mouth, some soy milk to drink as well as a disinfectant gargle. I felt more comfortable after taking off the tubes and the bandages and this is what I looked like. You can see my eyes have bruising, I have a nose cast and bandages around my jaw. I’m icing my face as much as I can and you can also see my lips are quite swollen at this point. Banobagi put all their cool compress in the fridge on the corridor. I can call the nurse to change it for me or I can also change it myself. This wasn’t difficult to do and it’s better to walk around because I will be swelling so I changed it myself. I just needed to take fresh cool compress out from the fridge and put my old one back in the fridge. I then slide it through the white gauze and voila my face is iced again!
When I woke up I received a care pack which contained cotton buds, hydrogen peroxide and two ointments. Today I feel my body is lighter and I felt happy I passed the first and worst night. Everything got better from here on. My DocFinderKorea manager was with me and not long after that Jane from Banobagi came and together they explained the discharge precautions for me. Whenever I forget anything or have any questions I can always contact my DocFinderKorea manager via whatsapp and they always respond within a quick time frame. When I needed more pain killers (prescribed) my DocFinderKorea manager purchased more for me! I’m glad I came with DocFinderKorea as they totally take care of you! I was told to put a thin layer of ointment on visible stitches area 3 times a day except for inner nose and back of ears which I had to put on 10 times a day. This became my daily routine and I always carry my care pack with me everywhere I go!
The DocFinderKorea manager already checked me in Banobagi guest house and already received the key on my behalf. I’m so happy I don’t have to worry about all the details. Everything went so smoothly because I have DocFinderKorea with me. My DocFinder Korea manager also assisted me to move my luggage and checked me into the Banobagi guest house (see below). Even if you stay in other place such as: hotel, airbnb, other guest house; your DocFinder Korea manager will do the same for you. This is so important because I really don’t think I would have had the strength to move my own luggage and walk around when I was still dizzy that morning.
The room conveniently has a TV, fridge and an adjustable bed (if your bed isn’t adjustable you can pile up pillows as it is good to keep your head elevated after surgery as it is better for blood circulation). The bed was really good because I was advised to sit up straight as much as I can and even sleep on a sitting angle if I can. For the rest of day 1 I just rested up and drank lots of water and soy milk. Oh and don’t forget gargle – lots and lots of gargle! Also a point to note is that the guest house is GIRLS ONLY so it is very safe.
Moving on to the second day! I was told that I could remove the jaw bandage off myself. This part didn’t hurt too much because I removed it quite carefully and tried to use a lot of baby oil and water to loosen the sticky bandage. I think it is actually better for you to remove it yourself because you can take your sweet time like I did! If you need to clean off any residue I would recommend to use baby oil and some cotton pads. At this point my eyes are still bruised, nose cast is still on and there was bruising on the area under my chin. During the night was still quite painful for my throat and I had trouble sleeping because my throat felt so dry. The best way to cure this is to have a little bit of water constantly. The feeling is equivalent to coughing phlegm out but it had traces of dry blood.
This was what I had for my first week because I was on a strict liquid diet. Pumpkin juice (provided by Banobagi clinic – if you go to other clinic that doesn’t provide you with pumpkin juice then DocFinderKorea will provide this for you) is really good for healing and if you get the facial contouring surgery, Banobagi also will provide soy milk and porridge. They have vegetable, tuna and pumpkin porridge which were all so yummy! Tuna flavour was my favourite! If you go to other clinic, then you can ask DocFinderKorea to take you to a supermarket before your surgery so you can be prepared. Also – I’ll emphasise again how important it is to gargle! Getting an infection is REALLY bad and troublesome so to avoid this you really must gargle every 2 hours and after eating any food or non-water liquids! For me the easiest way is to use a paper cup and pinch it so you can easily pour the gargle into your mouth. I also used this technique for drinking any liquids.
After the second day sleeping got slightly better. I still woke up every 3 hours but at least I was getting some rest and my throat was getting less dry. At day 3 I was able to go out (even though I had a nose cast I didn’t care!) and because the clinic had advised that the swelling will go down quicker I walked around Gangnam quite a lot. There’s lots to see around there so if you’re here and bored don’t be scared to explore. Gangnam has a lot of clinics so it is quite common for the locals to see people with casts or bandages walking around. I recommend you visit Gangnam station for some shopping this is only a 5 minute walk from Banobagi Guesthouse.
For the third and fourth day I was still icing my face and you can see quite clearly that I’m not super swollen. The bruising is now a yellowish colour which means that I am fast healing around the eye area. The main bruising and tenderness for me was under my chin (as pictured below) as the bruises were quite red and deep there.
Moving on to day 5! I was so scared and nervous about this day because this is the day I got to go in to remove my outer eyes and nose stitches and my nose cast. Honestly I was scared for nothing because the nurse was so skilled and removed the eyes and nose stitches so fast I didn’t even realise it was done! Pain level was about 1/10 at most. The removal of the nose cast was similar to poking at a bruise. The pain level wasn’t too bad it was probably 2/10 for me. I’m also super excited because this is the day I can finally see my nose after waiting for 5 days! FINALLY! The good thing about Banobagi clinic is they offer treatments to help deswell. Here you see that I have a light treatment which helps for healing and deswelling – the treatment lasts 15 minutes but is super effective.
After the first light deswelling treatment I definitely saw a huge improvement. My bruises and swelling definitely went down a LOT. When your bruises go from red to yellow it’s a good sign. The only deeper bruises I had left at day 6-7 were the ones under my chin (see below). Also I wanted to show you a side shot of my face so you can see my nose shape clearly. Please also note that my ears are swollen and bruised because part of the ear cartilage was used for the nose. Overall the healing process has been so fast for 6-7 days and I am so happy! I used to feel very self conscious about my nose due to having a hump in my nose bridge which really affected my confidence. Now that I’ve seen the difference and the result of the new nose I am super thrilled and happy with the result. I couldn’t have asked for a better surgeon ! My eyes shape are so much better and the problem of uneven eyelids are GONE! Although my face is swollen still I can definitely see a HUGE difference it has become a lot slimmer from the V-line surgery. What do you think, have I de-swelled a lot?
This is my first week recap with DocFinderKorea and Banobagi Clinic. I can’t wait to show you my second week and the final results! Stay tuned for the next blog post!