What I Learned from Getting a Rhinoplasty

Celeb hairstylist and actor Glen Coco Oropezaidentified professionally as Glen Coco, works with the likes of Paris Hilton, Kourtney Kardashian, and Megan Fox. In July 2021, he revealed that he obtained a rhinoplasty. In a BAZAAR.com uniquehe opens up for the primary time to author Jessica Ourisman about his resolution to get the surgical procedure. Warning: This story includes some graphic post-surgery pictures.

I by no means thought-about rhinoplasty till seeing myself on digicam. I started my performing journey in 2019, and when seeing myself in my first present, [the web series] Good-looking, I began to scrutinize my nostril. My household has a historical past of enormous nostrils that develop over time, and I’ve seen all of them get greater nostrils with age. So the primary time I noticed myself onscreen, I seen my nostrils first and, later, that there have been components of the tip that I did not like. I made a decision I wished to make a change and in 2020 began researching to discover a surgeon I felt snug with.

As a result of a number of of my purchasers and associates have had rhinoplasties, they had been capable of supply me recommendation. Everybody instructed me that it’s a must to discover the surgeon who’s best for you—with good bedside method, an aesthetic that agrees along with your style, and who can offer you a sensible end result. Whereas researching, I appeared for actually good before-and-after pictures that weren’t doctored. I additionally wished somebody who might cater to totally different faces and face shapes, and their distinctive seems to be. I did not have reservations; I simply knew I wished to do thorough analysis.

Everybody instructed me that it’s a must to discover the surgeon who’s best for you.

Throughout this course of, I knew I wished to undergo with it due to TikTok. It appeared like everybody was posting their rhinoplasties on the platform. I keep in mind that there was this particular sound chunk that everybody was posting with them. I grew to become obsessed and went on a rhinoplasty deep dive. I even noticed considered one of my purchasers, Dixie D’Amelio, post about her rhinoplasty journey with Dr. Raj Kanodia—earlier than she was my shopper!

Dr. Raj was really the primary surgeon I thought-about. I checked out his before-and-after gallery, and I really like how his work seems to be on his sufferers and my purchasers, however I felt that it was a bit too female for my face. I communicated with 4 totally different docs through telephone, after which had one in-person session. Largely, I wished to speak about ballpark pricing earlier than having my in-person seek the advice of. I knew proper off the bat I wasn’t going to spend $25,000 on a rhinoplasty, so I wished to get that dialog out of the best way.

The surgeon I selected is known as Ari Hyman. I had so many questions for him. For essentially the most half, I wished to know the way life like my expectations had been and to be assured that my nostril would nonetheless look masculine if I went by way of with surgical procedure. I additionally beforehand had filler in my nostril to do away with a bump, so I wished to know if I wanted to dissolve that. At our session, we took pictures from 4 or 5 totally different angles, after which we assessed them for 30 to 45 minutes.

We in the end met thrice previous to the precise surgical procedure date. He actually inspired me to come back again in in order that we might work by way of any worries I had and to make sure this surgical procedure was precisely what I wished. There’s often a protracted wait time for surgical procedure, however as a result of a cancellation, he was capable of schedule my surgical procedure date throughout a two-week break in my work schedule. It was the proper timing, so I put down my deposit.

Then, I obtained nervous. I used to be like, “Okay—that is occurring. There is a date within the calendar.” However the morning of surgical procedure, I knew there was no going again.

I organized for associates to drop me off and choose me up. On the day of, it was such a fast course of: You fill out paperwork, put in your closing fee, and then you definitely’re taken to prep for surgical procedure. They take your vitals, be sure you’re good to go for surgical procedure, and inject you with anesthetic—and I swear, it flew by. I keep in mind speaking to the physician, taking place to the room, seeing three ceiling lights, after which knocking out and it was over.

Glen earlier than his rhinoplasty, above, and after, beneath.

Ari Hyman MD

Throughout my restoration, there was actually zero ache. Everybody mentioned that on TikTok, however I did not consider it. Surprisingly, day one was a blast: I recorded TikToks and was calling and FaceTiming all people. My physician despatched pictures of me on the surgical procedure desk, and that day I used to be so crazy that I despatched them to folks whether or not they had been near me or not.

Then got here day two, which was very uncomfortable. I wakened not having the ability to breathe. This is because of swelling, but additionally gauze packed up my nostril. Due to this, I used to be doing a whole lot of mouth respiratory, and my lips and even tongue obtained extraordinarily dry. There’s additionally a course of of getting to wash your sutures, apply ointment, and alter your gauze each couple hours.

I jumped again into work after simply three days. I keep in mind the primary day again I had appointments with Paris Hilton and Megan Fox in the identical day, with my forged on. Paris hates blood and was teasing me, like, “Oh, my god, I am unable to take a look at you!” Megan was simply amazed I had gone by way of with it and was so curious and asking questions.

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All through restoration, I did not take a single painkiller, as a result of I actually wasn’t in ache. They would not repair how I could not breathe by way of my nostril, which was the uncomfortable half. To assist, I used to be doing hyperbaric oxygen remedy at Remedy Place in West Hollywood for an hour daily, which I began three days earlier than surgical procedure. I did this to pump my physique with oxygen previous to surgical procedure to hurry up the therapeutic course of and cut back swelling. I haven’t got something to check it to, so I do not really know if it helped me heal. Nonetheless, it made me really feel higher to know I used to be doing what I might to try to expedite the restoration course of.

My forged elimination occurred ahead of most individuals’s. I did mine after six days, however often, it is after seven. (To be trustworthy, my physician was going out of city, and I did not wish to wait.) At first, I used to be zero % blissful with my outcomes. I used to be being filmed, and you may see the fright in my eyes—I had a full-on panic assault within the room. As Dr. Ari was displaying me the way to apply this tape, known as micropore tape, to scale back swelling, I used to be myself within the mirror considering, I fully don’t acknowledge myself.

I might say it took about 4 or 5 months to get used to my face once more, and it was a difficult time. (It seems this was as a result of I had an open rhinoplasty, which ends up in extra swelling, however I did not know that but.) When that occurred, I used to be similar to, “Nobody talks about this course of—about the way it looks like a totally totally different face from the face you grew up with.” It is so scary to see your self as a special particular person.

I mentioned, ‘Nobody on TikTok goes by way of this!’

I ended up going again to Dr. Ari to speak by way of my fears, as a result of I used to be so in my head about it. He needed to maintain reassuring me that my nostril was going to get smaller and that everyone goes by way of this. I mentioned, “Nobody on TikTok goes by way of this!” That was when he defined to me that this was as a result of the folks on TikTok had been getting one thing known as a closed (or endonasal) rhinoplasty, versus what I had gotten, which known as an open (or exterior) rhinoplasty. Open rhinoplasties take longer for the swelling to go down however, in response to my physician, have decrease revision charges, which suggests you’re much less prone to have to return underneath for one more surgical procedure to right your outcomes.

That being mentioned, I really did request a revision. A month and a half after, I obtained a base discount, which he carried out underneath native anesthesia and at no further value. Instantly after that, I used to be blissful. It was nonetheless extraordinarily swollen, however I knew that was what my nostril wanted to be barely higher, and he agreed.

There are issues I want I had identified about open rhinoplasties beforehand—like the way it swells on a airplane, or when touchdown in a moist area, and even if you happen to eat salty meals. There are such a lot of issues that have an effect on it that folks I do know who’ve had closed rhinoplasties do not expertise. In order that’s one thing I’ve needed to get used to, however solely whereas it continues to heal.

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There have additionally been so many moments when it was swollen that I hated what it appeared like. I grew to become obsessive about micropore tape—at night time, on airplanes—to scale back the swelling. Now, it has been eight months, and it is essentially the most constant it is ever been, even after I journey. I can see it shrinking daily, so I am happier and happier. Most individuals expertise what their nostril goes to appear like by a full calendar 12 months; for some folks, it is a 12 months and a half. I am simply going to let or not it’s till a 12 months and a half goes by and know that would be the closing consequence.

It took me a very long time to be proud of my nostril, however now I am so blissful. I’ve by no means actually been shy about taking pictures, however now I am extra wanting to take them. After I first obtained the surgical procedure, my physician would see pictures and inform me, “Your nostril seems to be so good!” However at first, it might be as a result of I edited them! Now I am at a spot the place I do not edit my nostril in any respect, and I really feel extra assured and higher trying on digicam (and off).

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