A month ago, I had rhinoplasty where ear cartilage was used to sharpen the tip of my nose. It's been a month after surgery and I have no sensation when I touch the tip of my nose. Is this temporary cos of swelling or will I never regain sensation in that area?
Will I Regain Sensation in Tip of my Nose After Cartilage Used to Redefine Tip?
Doctor Answers 6
The Decrease in Sensation After a Rhinoplasty is Normal and Will Improve Over Time
The numbness you are experiencing is normal and is due to a combination of swelling and to a natural decrease in sensation that occurs near incisions. The incisions you had around the tip of your nose (whether inside or out) cut some of the very fine nerves that course through the skin. This temporarily decreases the sensation to the area. Over time, new nerves will grow back through and around the incisions and reconnect, to increase the sensation. As the swelling in the tip of the nose decreases, the sensation will improve as well. The good news is that what you are feeling is normal and should slowly improve over a period of months. Hang in there and good luck.
Sensation after Rhino?
You should regain feeling in your tip over time. It could take 6-12 months for this to occur. It will also take that long for the scar to mature and soften so be very patient with your results. It takes a lot of time to get to that final product. I find the hardest thing for my Rhinoplasty patients is to give things as much time as they need before judging their result. I measure healing for this type of procedure in months to years, not days to weeks.
Thankfully the nasal tip has many local sensory input options as your twelve month healing time progresses.
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Be healthy and be well,
James M. Ridgway, MD, FACS