Had a rhinoplasty about 3 weeks ago and my nostrils stick out a bit too much and are flary, will this subside once time goes by back to the original shape as the doc didnt mention touching them? Can I have them fixed later on without going under general anaesthetic if needed?
Flary Nostrils After Rhinoplasty
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Flared nostrils after rhinoplasty
Flared nostrils after rhinoplasty may be a temporary feature. Depending on the type of surgery that was performed, it is very common for the tissue around the tip of the nose and nostrils to be swollen and stiff after surgery. If your nose was over-projected (tip stuck out too far) before surgery and your tip was brought back, then sometimes that will lead to flaring nostrils. If there is significant flaring during the surgery, then I will perform a nostril reduction. However, if it is minor, then I prefer to wait until the swelling has resolved, usually after 3 to 6 months, before making that decision. If you need a nostril reduction, it can be performed as an office procedure with very little downtime.
You are still early in the healing process. Often one area grabs your attention if it is out of balance due to swelling. If after 6-9 months this is still a problem you can have it adusted under local anesthesia. But be patient, and cautious about your expectation, nostril narrowing by removing a wedge of tissue is a permanent and irreversible step. If you don't like it, it can't be undone.
Flaring nostrils after rhinoplasty
The nostrils may change their shape following a rhinoplasty especially if they were large to begin with. I would wait and see what the nose looks like in a few months. If you want to make the nostrils smaller, it is a relatively simple procedure called an alar wedge resection which can be done under local anesthesia in less than an hour. This a procedure where a segment of the nostril is cut out along the crease where it meets the cheek. It is a stNdard plastic surgical procedure and you might want to ask your surgeon if it would help give you the desired result. You may be expected to pay an additional charge for the procedure.
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It is way too soon to evaluate your nostril flare particularly since you didn't tell us if any thing was done to that area. Talk to your surgeon
You are still in the early post op period and things may improve. If not the nostrils can be improved with excision of excess tissue under local anesthesia. Donald R. Nunn MD Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.
Three weeks post surgery is still very early for you to judge the results of your surgery - nostril flaring can typically be corrected under local as a minor procedure
Treatment of Flaring Nostrils
Flaring nostrils are corrected by nostril reduction. Procedure is done by making incisions in creases of nostrils. The procedure is simple and most of times can be done under local anesthesia. It is wise to wait till all the swelling from first surgery has subsided before making a judgement about need for additional surgery.
Nostril flaring 3 weeks after rhinoplasty
Not enough time has passed for the swelling to subside. Be patient and wait another couple of months before deciding whether your nostrils still have a flare. Good luck,
Grigoriy Mashkevich, MD New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
Nostril flaring after rhinoplasty, nose job
3 weeks is a little too early after rhinoplasty to be overly concerned. Only about 20-30% of you swelling has likely subsided. Give this some time and it will likely settle once the swelling subsides.
Nostril flaring after rhinoplasty
You may find that your nostril flaring will improve as the swelling subsides. If it doesn't resolve it can be addressed with a procedure in the office done with an injection of numbing medicine. Typically some tissue around the nostril is excised and carefully sutured to reduce the flaring.
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