I am 26 days post-op open rhinoplasty with repair of my deviated septum. I wanted my bump removed and my tip made smaller. My nose now appears crooked. A bone appears to be going to the left a little more, and there still seems to be a small bump. Last week my surgeon told me to massage my nose and push the bump to the right. I have done that a few times a day for the last week but it doesn't seem to be changing. Is it still too early to tell? Do you think the bone will stay in that position?
Nose Crooked After Rhinoplasty?
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Crooked Nose After Rhinoplasty
You are still early in the healing process, as it can sometimes take several months for your nose to completely settle due to the swelling from surgery. It's always helpful to follow the instructions as outlined by your surgeon and allow yourself ample time to recover.
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Although it is early, at 26 days if the nose appears crooked it probably will end up that way. Crooked noses are more difficult to correct, revisions are more common. Nonetheless, one should wait quite a while before revising the nose. I would wait at least 6 months, preferably one year. Good luck
Follow the instructions. At 4 weeks it is way too early to tell.maximal scarring is at six weeks. Sometimes if the diformity is minmal fillers can avoid the need for surgery.
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You are still in the early stages of recovery at less then a month post surgery so I would continue your surgeons advice and have frequent followup visits to discuss your concerns. I do not typically have patients massage their noses so make sure you have the post operative instructions correct. Best regards! Michael V. Elam, M.D.
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