Septo/Rhinoplasty Swelling 7 months later
Byon 12 Mar 2012
I'm a 16 year old male and in August of 2011 I had a septoplasty/rhinoplasty to fix my deviated septum and crooked nose (from when I fell off a table onto my face at age 7). That was about 7 months ago, and I'm still incredibly unhappy with the shape/feel/look of my nose and my nostrils, from the front, sides, and bottom. I am wondering if this could still be residual swelling or if this is what my nose will look like unless I get revision surgery. My doctor told me to expect swelling, especially because I had 2 previous surgeries at ages 7 and 12 because of the accident where I broke my nose. He also warned me that I "thick skin" and therefore swelling would take some time to go down. Well, it's been 7 months already and I've definitely seen improvement (my nose was absolutely awful the first month or two), but I'm still unhappy. I've googled and googled and I've seen people say that swelling goes down after 3 months, and I've also heard people say it won't fully go down for 36 months. I've talked to my doctor and he thinks my nose "looks mostly like it will when it's done healing", which isn't what I wanted to hear. I'm hoping someone out there can give me a straight answer because I don't want to start considering revisional surgery (to smooth out my bridge, make my nostrils even, and make my tip symmetrical) if this is simply just stubborn swelling that is taking a while to go away. Any opinions or advice will be of great help. Thank you!