There were rumours swirling around recently that Khloé Kardashian had a nose job based on a picture of her sitting on a verandah in gym clothes with a full face of hair and makeup. When one commenter asked another "nose job?" she was quick to deny it directly, saying that she had not had a nose job but that she was likely to in the future. “One day I think I’ll get one because I think about it every day. But I’m scared so for now it’s all about contour,” she wrote.
I love her honesty and on the face of it her nose looks perfect but speaking from experience, nasal obsession can take a strong hold. For years I thought about having a nose job too – not every day but fairly frequently. It reminded me of father’s nose and every time I thought I had come to terms with it there would be sneaky little reminder. When my filterless sons were small they would say, “Mummy you have a big nose,” and even though more thoughtful souls would reassure me that my nose was “fine”, I never really believed them.
Finally, after an ongoing issue with nasal polyps and a “deviated” septum, I took the plunge and decided to have both those issues sorted and have a nose job too. I figured anyone who knew me (and my penchant for putting my body on the line with my road testing for work) would think that if I said I was having polyps removed that it was code for a nose job. Now Khloé has good reason to be scared; this procedure is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
The open structure rhinoplasty surgery was performed by plastic surgeon Dr George Marcells and took six hours. I woke in recovery with a giant external supportive splint on my nose as well as internal splints and two giant tampon-like packs up each nostril. Home care was intense involving loads of douching and nasal strapping to keep the swelling at bay and I had green and yellow panda eyes for weeks from all the bruising.
This was only the beginning of an extremely long process. Basically, it took two years for my remodelled nose to finally settle in and the care required was nothing short of devotional, and I had to be diligent about keeping my nose strapped at night for a year.
But it really was all worth it. My new nose looked more refined, and very importantly with the polyps gone I could smell again. So for me it was a win-win. I love my nose and am out and proud about the fact that I had a nose job and so glad that no one was judgemental.