Hi, I am at 18 days post revision rhinoplasty which included an alar rim graft to correct nostril asymmetry. I can still see a slight oval outline impression of where the graft was placed. Is there a chance this is still swelling and will smooth out over time?
Alar rim graft showing through skin
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Rhinoplasty surgery and cartilage
- This will improve over time and the outline you see can just be skin swelling over the cartilage
- Just bring this concern up to your surgeon so he/she is aware
- With revision surgery, patience is key because swelling can take months to resolve, but will be worth it in the end
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Alar Rim Graft Visibility 18 days after Rhinoplasty
First, realize that nostril asymmetry is a very challenging problem to get exact. If you like the way the new nostrils look, you are likely going to have a nice result. Cartilage graft visibility can always be an issue. This tends to be more visible in patients with thinner skin. However, less than 3 weeks is a little too early to be making any judgements.
Revision rhinoplasty result seen at a year.
Without pictures or an exam, it is hard to be helpful. My advice is be optimistic! There is nothing to do for a long time in any case.
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Alar Rim Graft Visibility
There is certainly a chance this visible outline from the alar rim graft will disappear with added healing time. At 18 days out from surgery, you are still quite early. Wishing you the best.
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