Clear Lake Woman’s Nose Finally Fixed After 6 Surgeries

Claudia Cossio has spent more than two decades learning to live with the nose she once had, after multiple surgeries left it beyond repair.

Learning to love her was impossible, Cossio said.

The insecurities that first led her to rhinoplasty as a teenager are gone. Instead, she was haunted by the mishaps that occurred during plastic surgery — and the failures that resulted from trying to fix them.

But Cossio persevered. “I’ve always been strong, resilient,” she said. “Having my nose destroyed didn’t stop me.”

She found joy in starting her own piano studio in Clear Lake, passing on her love of music to her students.

“Working with children is very healing,” she said. “I love teaching. It’s fulfilling.

But every once in a while someone would ask what happened to his nose, and it hurt. Or someone would make an insensitive comment that would make her cry.

“People can be so cruel,” she said.

When Cossio discovered the reality show “Botched,” where each episode is dedicated to fixing plastic surgery gone wrong, she decided this could be her calling. She filled out an application, sent some photos and shared her story.

The show’s producer called and arranged a Skype interview.

“They seemed so interested,” Cossio said. “It gave me so much hope.”

The show uses the best surgeons and wouldn’t consider a case if there wasn’t room for improvement, she said.

Cossio was only 15 when she started begging her parents to get her nose done. A year later, she had surgery in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, where she was living at the time.

“It was a normal, very natural nose,” she recalls. “And I was happy.”

But the results did not last long.

Another option Cossio discovered was to graft cartilage from the ear to create a better shape. At 18, she went back to the plastic surgeon for a tryout.

“I haven’t noticed much change,” she said of her second surgery.

At 25, Cossio lived in Mexico City and aspired to become an actress. Every time she didn’t get a callback from a casting, she blamed her nose.

“I was thinking, if only I had a better nose,” she said. “And instead of preparing myself more with acting classes, I ended up getting my nose done.”

Cossio heard about a doctor renowned for the best nose reconstruction and had his third procedure.

“It wasn’t bad, but my face changed,” she recalls. “Then the doctor said, ‘I think I could have done a better job. Why don’t you come back?

He asked her to wait four months before returning for what would become her fourth operation. he’s the one who broke his heart.

“He took the patch off and showed me the mirror,” she recalled. “I just started crying. Everything was twisted. I said, ‘Put the patch back. I don’t want to see it. I cried, cried and cried. »

A friend took her to another hospital, where a doctor told her to wait before trying to reconstruct her nose again. A few years passed and a fifth operation was performed.

“It looked better, but the nose got really small,” Cossio said. “He looked cut.”

His surgeon was adamant. “He told me never to touch your nose again,” she recalled. “That’s it.”

She took the words to heart – and 23 years have passed.

“There was always a regret in the back of my head,” she said.

After months of no callback to “Botched”, she tried again. They re-examined her story and decided she could take the next step.

In November 2020, Cossio flew to Beverly Hills to begin filming in February 2021.

Before long, Cossio was home, inviting his longtime friend Nilla over for the big reveal.

“My jaw dropped open when I saw him,” Di Primio recalls. “I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s just perfect.’ Claudia was in tears. She said, ‘I love it’.”

Her episode finally aired on February 22.

Plastic surgeries on “Botched” make a huge difference in people’s lives, Cossio said.

“It’s just very real,” she said. “It was a great experience. I could see how this production helped a lot of people. They suffer with you – and then they are happy when you are.

Cossio couldn’t be happier with his nose. “Now when I look in the mirror, I like what I see.”

She considers herself lucky to have participated in the show, to have been selected among all the applications.

“It’s like winning the lottery,” she says.

She’s sometimes asked why she went on “Botched” and made her story public.

She said wants people to know there is hope in fixing a bad operation. But more than that, she wants them to know that surgery isn’t always the answer in the first place.

“I’m not opposed to plastic surgery, but check with yourself first,” she said. “Ask yourself, ‘What is missing?’ Before going to a plastic surgeon, maybe go to a psychologist.Don’t go under the knife until you’ve really taken the time to get to know yourself.

Selfie dysmorphia further compounds the problem, she said. People compare themselves to others on social media, often without realizing how many filters these faces may have.

“There are impossible standards of beauty,” she said. “When it comes to looks, we can never be good enough. If we compare ourselves to others, we always lose. Don’t think surgery will solve your problems.

“Botched” gave her a happy ending, she said. But she is well aware of the number of other people who are still waiting to resolve an operation gone wrong.

“People are obsessed with perfection, and that’s never enough,” she said. “We cannot be perfect. But we can be content with who we are.

Peyton is a freelance writer based in Houston.

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