Rhiannon Langley made headlines last month when she invited her 195,000-strong Instagram following along with her on her ‘nose job journey’ in Thailand.
The 24-year-old hairdresser and social media star documented her cosmetic surgery experience in pictures and videos on Instagram and Snapchat, and created a hashtag, #RhiannonGetsRhino, to help fans keep up with her progress.
Three weeks after surgery, Miss Langley is now back home in Melbourne and back to work, sporting little remaining swelling and a bloodshot eye from a burst blood vessel, but feels ‘on top of the world.’
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Pre- and post-op: Rhiannon Langley has shared a day-by-day diary of her Rhinoplasty surgery in Bangkok
Before and after: The 24-year-old social media star kept a journal of her operation, which fixed her hanging columella, a drooping tip, and shaved down the bridge of her nose
As promised to her followers, Rhiannon has told of her trip to Thailand and Rhinoplasty surgery in a no-holds-barred diary, recounting in at times harrowing detail the lead up to the operation, how she felt in the days immediately following, and her recovery.
In her blog post, Miss Langley reveals that it was her Hanging Columella, a drooping tip of the nose, that caused her the most angst when she looked at herself in the mirror. ‘My nose was so long for my small face and I couldn’t stand it,’ she wrote.
From a pre-op mini-holiday in Phuket with her fiance Jody Abrahams, to her hospitalisation in Bangkok and recovery in a city hotel, Rhiannon shares her brutally honest medical tourism ‘nose job journey’ with Daily Mail Australia, in her own words.
‘On top of the world’: Three weeks after the operation, the Melbourne hairdresser is back to work
‘So off we go! Jody and I headed to an amazing island just off Phuket so we could feel relaxed before I went in for surgery. Paradise Koh Yao is absolutely breath taking, we had an amazing room with our bed overlooking the palm trees and ocean.
‘We also had our own private spa and outdoor shower! I seriously recommend going here! Such a romantic destination. After all the relaxing it was time to head to Bangkok.’
‘We got off the plane and it was straight to the hospital, Samitivej Srinakari. It was such a clean and professional hospital – I met all the nurses, they were so cute and so happy, it definitely made me feel more comfortable. Most nurses spoke clear English and were very helpful.
‘I met up with my surgeon Dr Montein. He spoke really good English and asked me if I wanted a big or small change. Originally I had decided on a small change, I didn’t want to look that different but then I thought, if I’m doing it, I’m going to do it big.
‘He told me we would have to break my nose for what I was after, we could shave smaller on the sides and top to create the curve I wanted, and remove the cartilage from the droop, cut my nostrils and bring them in and down as on the side you couldn’t see up my nose.
‘I was thrilled with how professional he was. He told me all the side effects and complications along with recovery time. I knew I was in good hands. After all that I had my blood taken, X-rays and blood pressure to see if I was fit for surgery.
Diary: In her own words, Rhiannon shares her Thailand medical tourism experience
DAY OF SURGERY
‘The day of surgery, I was freaking out. What I was about to do hit me, I started doing the ‘What ifs?’ I had a small sook and then got it together.
‘Cosmeditour had organized one of their reps, Mutsee, to help us along the way. She came with us to the hospital, spoke to the nurses and was with me for the IV, having my blood pressure and weight taken, and then off to our room.
‘The room was insane, it was huge! I had my own private room, flat screen TV, bar fridge, it was crazy! They let Jody stay as well, he had a couch to sleep on which I thought was so nice, it definitely made me feel better knowing he would be there all night.
‘At around 1pm I said goodbye to Jody and the nurses came to get me. They rolled me into the surgical room, it was freezing! It was all white and very spacious, I felt like I was in a movie set.
‘About eight nurses that swarmed me, taking off my robe, wrapping things on my legs, sticking things on my chest, wrapping my hair in a towel, I started to freak out – it was all happening so fast! I had a Sphygmomanometer – a blood pressure metre for your legs that helps circulate the blood and helps prevent blood clots. Once I was all hooked up the surgeon and anesthetist came in, he injected the general anesthetic in IV and I was put to sleep.
‘I woke up dizzy and sleepy. I tried to vomit but nothing came out. I wasn’t in pain I just felt tight and dry, all I wanted was water, I waited in recovery for an hour before I got to go to my room and see Jody.
‘I took one look at myself and wanted to cry’: Miss Langley recounts feeling sick and groggy post-surgery
‘I remember wondering why I could breathe through my nose, and kept asking why. I still wasn’t hungry, all I had was a headache and wanted water. After all that I think my surgery was 6 hours, he said it would be four hours but it was longer.
‘When I got straight out I only had small bruising and no pain, my surgeon told me everything went really well and to sleep upright but I was so out of it I kept sleeping on my side and turning over, I didn’t sleep well at all! I woke up so so swollen, burst a blood vessel in my eye from all the pressure and my left eye was almost closed over, my right was huge too.
‘I took one look at myself and wanted to cry – I knew I would bruise but not this much. I was so groggy and out of it for the day I just wanted to sleep, at one point I was vomiting, I think it was the anesthetic wearing off and after that I just kept trying to sleep.’
‘I can see! My eye had gone down but there was still a lot of swelling through my cheeks and jaw, no pain though. I had soft muesli for breakfast and fried rice for dinner, but I still didn’t feel like eating much.
‘Dr Montein came to our hotel with Mutsee to check on me. He said everything was looking good, which made me feel better even though I had to big red and purple eyes. My ice pack was my best friend, I slept with it took it everywhere.
‘My nose started to block up and I could only really breathe through my mouth, I went down to the pool for about an hour, and Jody was constantly bringing me cold water and swapping my ice pack over, after that back to bed, still couldn’t do much or see much of Bangkok and it was back to sleeping it off.’
‘I’m feeling horrible and so emotional. No pain, just swollen, hungry and over it, sick of being in the room, sick of sleeping. Just having one of those days. Jody made me get out of the room, which made me feel a lot better, headed down to the pool and just chilled out.
‘My lovely client manager Emily from CosMediTour suggested getting laser shower done. Mutsee had told me this doesn’t work for everyone but it was only 1000 baht ($40 AU) so thought I’d give it a shot.
‘It wasn’t painful at all! It didn’t touch me, it was like a red light being shone over my face, they covered my eyes to protect them and it only went for 10-20 minutes, I’m praying that my swelling and eyes go down from this!’
Worse before getting better: Restless sleep and pressure led to Rhiannon bursting a blood vessel in her eye
‘I woke up feeling so much better, I think the laser shower helped me so much! I loved it so booked in again for two more times! My cheeks, lips and eyes have gone down, and I can completely open my eyes.
‘We went to the hospital today for a check up, everything is looking good and I am recovering well. Dr Montein took some stiches around the nostrils out today, it was like a sharp pinch but nothing overly painful. I can finally see the difference in shape on the tip!
‘I got my second session of laser shower today, I’m loving the results and so much bruising has gone down. Today I was feeling so much better we went to a shopping mall, it has real and knock-off designer items. It was so nice to finally feel happy and really get out of the room.’
‘I’m feeling really good again. Flushing regularly is helping me breathe through my nose. We spent most the day lying by the pool, just another relaxing day. We also got a mani and pedi! It was so nice to get pampered and it’s so ridiculously cheap.
‘I also had my last session of laser done, every day I’m looking and feeling so much better and I’m starting to love myself more and more! There’s still no pain, it’s just annoying sleeping upright.’
Hospital and holiday: Before the Bangkok surgery, Miss Langley and her fiance lived it up in Phuket
‘The days are just getting easier and easier, and I feel as if I’m looking more like myself again. Im getting the cast off tomorrow; I’m feeling super excited and nervous!
‘I also have had loss of taste and smell – I had no idea that this happened, at the start I gathered it was because there was so many tablets involved and I was so stuffy, but apparently it’s just because the nasal passageways are blocked up, and most taste actually comes from smell.’
The cast is coming off, woohoo! It’s really swollen, and numb, Dr. Montein said I won’t feel the tip for at least a couple of months.
‘Getting the cast off was the worst part of this procedure for me. Having a broken nose, being so swollen or not being able to see was nowhere near as bad as getting the plastic tubes the size of my pinky finger pulled out of each nostril!
‘I didn’t even know they were up there. I felt like I had been punched right in the face, it was like a shooting pain right through my jaw to ear! Horrible, absolutely the worst part of the entire surgery for me.
‘It’s going to take around two months for the bone structure to set properly, and I have to keep pushing the nose slightly in the direction I want for the last 10 per cent of perfecting it. The swelling will go down around six months.’
Before The Nose Job – VIDEO
After The Nose Job – Disaster