Woman says her nose was left looking 'like a dinosaur head' after botched surgery
When people undergo plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons, they usually have the intention of somehow "improving" their appearance. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way.
Jennifer, a 40-year-old woman from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, recently underwent a rhinoplasty in order to change the shape of her nose. It had been causing her breathing problems for years, and she'd suffered a lot of bullying from her own family when she was younger.
When it actually came round to getting the procedure done, however, she found that it caused a lot more problems than it solved - and she's certainly not happy with the result. "My nose looks like a dinosaur head. It's got all these ridges and bumps," she said. "It looks exactly like the head of a Brachiosaurus."
Jennifer was actually recommended a rhinoplasty by an ear, nose, and throat specialist who told her that reshaping her nose would help with her chronic snoring problems - and she was keen, at first.
"I was like, 'Well, wait, what? Is that an option?; I can breathe and I can get rid of this gigantic triangle on my face," she said.
So, she went ahead and got the surgery... and it all seemed fine! Not long after, however, the mother-of-two said she began to feel a "really hard, pea-sized bump" at the top of her nose. That's where it all started to go wrong.
"The doctor informed me he would be willing to fix it no charge if I were to not go under anesthesia," she said, explaining that she had no idea how painful it would be.
"It was just unbearable. I was literally shaking and crying and he was getting very annoyed that I couldn't sit still and I couldn't handle the pain.
"Then, when he was actually filing the bone, it just sounded and felt, just, terrifying. I told the surgeon, 'I can't do this anymore. Stop. I don't care what it costs. I will pay for the anesthesia. I cannot do this.'"
As Jennifer was unable to go through with the procedure, the bump is still there - and she says it's getting worse.
"It seems like there is a battle between the skin and the cartilage," she said. "I don't want to fear that my cartilage is going to poke through my skin, and I am going to have to have emergency surgery."
Many commenters on social media have expressed sympathy for Jennifer, with some even encouraging her to sue the practitioner who operated on her without anaesthesia.
Thankfully, Jennifer is getting help for with her situation from Botched!, and will hopefully be able to finally breathe easy knowing that her nose-related worries are in the past.