Hi there, I had open rhinoplasty exactly 7 months ago and whilst I am very happy with the results my nose is still very swollen and looks piggy from some angles? Is there anything you can advise is this normal? Will the tip keep dropping? When I am hot it seems to swell more too. I have another follow up with my surgeon at 9 months but wanted to know if this was normal? thanks so much!
Open Rhinoplasty - 7 Months PO, Happy With Results, But Nose is Swollen and Piggy?
Doctor Answers (6)
Swelling After Rhinoplasty
From what you describe, it seems that you still have a degree of swelling present. This residual swelling is probably what is causing you tip to appear full. You must allow at least one year to pass for your nose to fully heal. At one year post op you will have a much better idea of what the final appearance of your nose will be. In the meantime, follow up with your surgeon at regular intervals to evaluate your healing.
Rhinoplasty and swelling
Swelling after rhinoplasty can persist for a year and sometimes longer. Give it time to settle down.
Rhinoplasty swelling takes a long time to resolve
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