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Inside Nostril Swelling After Rhinoplasty

I had open rhinoplasty exactly 1 month ago, overall im happy with the results of the bridge, however one of my nostrils is bigger than the other. When i look from the side and from below i can see some thick fleshy swelling that is surrounding the inside of the nostril that appears bigger from the front, my surgeon says this is because he had to do more work on this nostril and this is scar tissue that will resolve, and even out. I never had any asymmetry visible before surgery. Advice?

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Swelling of the nostrils after rhinoplasty

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An open rhinoplasty involves incisions across the skin of the nose between the nostrils as well as inside the nostrils themselves. At one month out from your surgery it is quite possible there is a difference in the amount of swelling between the two sides. Any asymmetry you notice now may resolve after several months. If it does not, steroid injections may provide an option for improvement.


New York Plastic Surgeon
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Scar tissue inside nostril following nose job

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Scar tissue is still forming one month after surgery and therefore I would give it a minimum of 3 months prior to assessing the result. Steroid injections could potentially help but it is too early for this.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after Rhinoplasty...

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During Rhinoplasty recovery, while most of your swelling will resolve in a couple weeks, you will have a minor degree of swelling for several months.  The tip of your nose and nostrils are likely to have some swelling for the longest amount of time, up to a year.  With having Rhinoplasty done 1 month ago, some swelling is definitely normal.  Be sure to continue to follow up with your surgeon to discuss your concerns

Andrew Miller, MD
Edison Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling in Nostril after Rhinoplasty

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Asymmetrical swelling may occur after rhinoplasty, whether an open or closed technique is used. This swelling typically resolves with time. Be patient for another 3-4 months. If you or your surgeon are not satisfied, this can be improved with steroid injections or a minor revision.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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