Told my surgeon I want a flat nose from nose from the front but straight ( no inward curve) from the side. He assured me that it's do-able. Now I am 3 weeks post op, I understand that there is great swelling that needs months , but my nose is TOO large , sharp and protruding from the front especially between the eyes.
How much shrinking happens after nose job? Can I expect the nose to become half the current size or is it less dramatic? (photo)
Doctor Answers (3)
How much shrinking happens after a nose job?
3 weeks is still soon after surgery, and there will be swelling present that will affect the appearance of your result. In general, it can take up to 18-24 months to see the final result of surgery. I would recommend following up with your surgeon regarding any post-operative concerns, as he/she knows the details of your procedure and exactly what was performed. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.
Rhinoplasty recovery and swelling
Three wks is too early to judge the appearance. One can expect a fair amount of edema reduction (perhaps 10 - 20 % - rough estimate of actual changes). A reduction to half the current size is unlikely to impossible. Talk to your surgeon about your feelings.
How much shrinking happens after nose job? Can I expect the nose to become half the current size or is it less dramatic?
This really cannot be answered based upon the information and the single photo. I would recommend following with your surgeon at this point. The nose can be swollen for up to a year or more. Swelling will depend upon the nature of maneuvers employed, presence of grafts or implants, thickness of skin, open vs closed, revision vs primary, etc.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA