I had a nose job done a couple weeks ago to increase the bridge, lower the tip, and narrow the nostrils. My cartiledge was used for the procedure and I understand it would take weeks, and any where to a year to recover and see the final results; however, my columella area feels pinched and numb. Is this normal? I am mostly concern with the pinched feeling Thanks.
Is It Normal for my Columella to Feel Pinched After Rhinoplasty?
Doctor Answers (9)
Numbness and "pinched" feeling after rhinoplasty will resolve over time!
Even with closed rhinoplasty, but particularly with open rhinoplasty, numbness or other odd sensations are absolutely normal. Some patients will describe a "pins and needles" sensation, or a stinging/burning sensation, but most simply note some degree of numbness. Sensory nerves are disrupted as the skin is lifted away from the underlying support structures (cartilage and bone) so that the appropriate cosmetic changes (like cartilage grafts and/or reshaping) can be performed. These nerves heal, but can take 6-12 months to do so.
Do not be concerned; this is normal, and may actually change in other ways before things settle down completely. Watch out for frostbite or sunburn over the next year until normal sensation returns. Best wishes!
Numbness after rhinoplasty
Pablo Prichard, MD
Pinched columella after rhinoplasty
What you describe sounds very normal. Certainly, the numbness is normal. The pinched feeling sounds like it is the result of the reshaping of the nostrils. The main things to consider here are the shape, and the function of the nose (can you breathe ok?).
If your recovery is unremarkable, bring it up next visit.
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If you had an open approach, this can sometimes occur. However, the numbness is usually temporary and will self resolve.
Pinching and numbness are just some of the side effects of a recent nasal surgery. This should get better with time.
Columella pinched and numb after rhinoplasty
The columella can feel pinched and the tip is typically numb and stiff after an open rhinoplasty. If everything looks well, you should be fine over time.
Best of luck,
Normal Feeling After Rhinoplasty
Areas of numbness are common after a rhinoplasty (and most other procedures). Give it a few months to resolve.
Numbness to the nose is typical in the post op period. If your procedure was done as an open tip rhinoplasty, your columells would certainly be numb