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How long till my nose will be fully healed after rhinoplasty? Is it swelling or do I need revision? (Photo)

I had a rhinoplasty a year ago to remove a hump on the bridge of my nose. My doctor also corrected a deviated septum and rounded the tip. Before the surgery, I expressed to my doctor that I was happy with my front profile. After surgery, the hump is removed and my side profile looks great! Though my nose is certainly getting less and less swollen, it no longer has the bony definition it once had. Is it a matter of being patient and allowing it to deal further or do I need to consider revision?

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Swelling One Year after Rhinoplasty

Almost all of the swelling, especially in the bridge, has resolved one year after rhinoplasty. If you're not satisfied consult with your surgeon to  share your thoughts and consider a revision.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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At one year, it is likely that most of the swelling is gone

Given that your skin appears fair and reasonable thin, it is likely that most of your swelling has resolved.  If you feel that the nose is wider than you would like, it may be time to consider a revision.  The upper aspect of the nose can likely be narrowed through osteotomies to reposition the bones inward.  Hope this helps!

David W. Kim, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

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