Dancing with the Stars
, Smirnoff, 29, wasn't all that disappointed. "It was good timing," says the Ukrainian-born dancer, who underwent a 90-min. rhinoplasty with Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Nicholas Nikolov on Nov. 2. Although she swears, "I didn't take one pain pill," during her six-day recovery period, Smirnoff, who will appear on Dancing's
Nov. 27 finale, did admit to, uh, a few bumps before the bandages came off: "I burned three dinners—because I couldn't smell anything!"
After fracturing her nose twice in the past six years—the first time, she walked into a glass door; the second, she caught her nose on her dance partner's elbow during a competition—Karina Smirnoff was left with "a bump that looked like another nose!" she jokes. Plus, "the significant other"—a.k.a. Mario Lopez—"had been complaining I was snoring." So when she and boxer Floyd Mayweather were eliminated during the fourth week of this season's