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‘I spent £3,500 on a nose job after a friend poked fun at me on Facebook’, says beauty queen
Published on 12 Aug. 2009 12:16 AM IST
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A beauty queen spent thousands of pounds on plastic surgery to give herself a new nose after being bullied on the social networking site Facebook. Law graduate Lowri Ryland, 21, was horrified when a friend posted a message on her site saying: ‘With a nose that big you should wear a mask to cover it up.’ The stunning brunette, who has just completed her law degree at Cardiff University, immediately made an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon and drew £3,500 from her savings for the operation. She said: ‘I had always hated my nose and my profile from the age of about 12. ‘It was too big, a bit off-centre and had a big bump on it. ‘I wouldn’t even let anyone take a picture of me from the side. I longed for a small, neat nose.’ But Lowri, of Caerphilly, South Wales, only discovered what other people thought of her nose when she opened her Facebook page. She said: ‘Someone had written that with a nose that big I should wear a mask to cover it up. That made me realise that everybody else could notice it. ‘I was really upset. I could just imagine people talking about me. It really knocked my confidence.’ Two weeks later, Lowri underwent surgery at a Birmingham hospital to have her nose straightened and made smaller. She said: ‘When I woke up and saw my face all swollen and bruised and covered in bandages and my eyes were puffy and sore, I thought ‘Oh my God, what have I done?’ ‘Although it was uncomfortable, there wasn’t any pain and the bruising was gone within a week.’ A few weeks later, Lowri bumped into the girl who left the insult on her facebook page. Lowri said: ‘She apologised and said she didn’t think I would take it that far. She said my nose looked really good now. ‘I feel as if she really did me a big favour.’ The surgery boosted Lowri’s confidence and she entered the Miss Caerphilly pageant, finishing in the top three. Her placing meant she qualified for the Miss Wales contest. She has now replaced her Facebook picture with a new one showing her redesigned nose. ‘Since putting pictures of the new me on Facebook, I’ve been inundated with compliments,’ she said. ‘Even though cosmetic surgery is a drastic option, I don’t regret it for a minute.’

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