Is Nose Hump After Septoplasty Just Swelling?
- Asked by Paranoid in AZ in waddell az
- 4 years ago
I had Septoplasty with turbinate reduction surgery 04/01/09. My doctor also "rasped" the hump that I had. I got my splint out 8 days later. I can breathe so well, but my hump is still there, and it's bigger. My ENT said he smoothed it down and the bump looked gone during surgery. Could it be swollen just enough to look the same as it used to? Should I worry about scar tissue? Is there anything I can do to get the swelling down?
Persistent Hump after Nose Surgery
Give it a little time. When surgeons rasp (file down) a hump on the bridge of the nose, it will typically remain swollen for several weeks afterward. Your surgeon should be able to tell you whether or not the amount of swelling is normal. If there is still a residual hump there after 6-8 weeks, you may need to have it filed down some more.
Hump after septoplasty may be a saddle nose deformity
Sometimes after septoplasty the cartilage portion of the bridge of the nose can collapse and cause a hump (actually a pseudohump). This is called a saddle nose deformity. It can be prevented by some of the septoplasty techniques performed through an open rhinoplasty approach.
Residual hump after surgery
It is not unusual for swelling after rhinoplasty to give the appearance of a hump on profile. This usually will resolve as the swelling improves. However, the vast majority of nasal humps are mostly cartilaginous. Simply rasping the bone rarely completely smoothes a hump.
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Swelling After Rhinoplasty Is Normal
In general, some amount of swelling after a rhinoplasty is normal and can take several months if not a year to resolve. In some cases, you can get some abnormal scarring of the dorsum of the nose and may need steroid injections to resolve the problem. I would speak with your surgeon about your concerns and ask if he thinks that steroid injections would be helpful.
Normal healing after rhinoplasty
In general, the swelling takes a full year to go away but you can start to get an idea of what you are going to see after a few months. The persistent bump could be real or just an artifact but let your doctor guide you through your healing process.
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