It's amazing how many times this question comes up. I'm sure your surgeon explained that there would be prolonged swelling of your tip, up to a year or more in some cases. Patients invariably are worried the second the external cast comes off that their nose will not settle down. The swelling in the tip frequently gets worse for some time after the cast comes off because now there is nothing to keep the swelling from expanding. In answer to your question, and to all the thousands like yours before, yes, it is possible to have excellent tip definition despite significant immediate (10 days is immediate, by the way) post-operative swelling. It just takes time. I tell patients (admittedly somewhat jokingly) to not look in the mirror for 1 month after the surgery. You will drive yourself crazy waiting for the swelling to go down. Stay out of the sun, avoid salty foods, and take it easy!