Is it normal that on one side of my nose there is almost no swelling left but on the another one there is still pretty much swelling on, and the tip is also harder from one side that the other? I had my nose job done 6month ago to decrease the size of the tip and narrow the nostrils.
Normal for One Side of Nose to Heal Better Than the Other One After Rhinoplasty?
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Asymmetrical swelling after rhinoplasty
A little bit of asymmetry is not unusual in the first year after surgery. Your swelling will come down at different rates in different areas, and some days you'll seem more swollen than others. If you had more work done on one part of the nose than the other, then this would also account for your varied swelling. I suggest waiting and seeing your surgeon when advised. You can also ask him or her if you have concerns that the differences are very marked. Good luck, /nsn.
Asymmetric healing after rhinoplasty
It really depends upon what rhinoplasty techniques were performed to make an educated guess as to why one side is more swollen than the other. If a unilateral spreader graft and/or other tip cartilage grafts were placed on that side, it will remain more stiff, woody, and firm than the opposite side. It does take longer to heal if asymmetrical surgery was performed on the more involved side.
Asymmetry 6 Months after Rhinoplasty
Six months after rhinoplasty asymmetries are possible, but normally are subtle. Discuss with your surgeon and/or get a second opinion.
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It is certainly possible to have different responses in various ares of an operated area. Just allow time to resolve these areas and especially in a rhinoplasty where swelling is very slow to resolve. Adhere to your follow up schedule with your surgeon.
Enjoy your journey.
Asymmetric nose healing is Uncommon
I agree with Dr. Persky. Healing after nose surgery is slow, progressive and in the vast number of patients symmetric. At 6 months after the surgery you should be "rounding Third base and heading home" and should not have massive asymmetry. I would encourage you to consult your surgeon and see what he has to say.
Asymmetry of Nose Six Months After Rhinoplasty
Six months after your rhinoplasty there should not be such a noticeable difference between the two sides of the nose. Consult with your rhinoplasty surgeon. Good luck and be well.
By 6 months most of the swelling should be reduced
It is true that it can sometimes take years for all of the swelling and skin changes from a rhinoplasty to occur. But generally speaking this is usually fairly subtle after the first 3-4 months. It sounds as if you have something more significant then swelling go on, although it is impossible to know without performing an exam.
Asymmetry in rhinoplasty healing.
You can have a very small difference, but it sounds like you have more than that. See your surgeon and if you are not satisfied with his answer, see an experienced revision rhinoplasty surgeon for another opinion.
Not only could there be swelling thats asymmetric there could also be scar tissue thats asymmetric or the cartilage on that side could be larger or there could be grafts on that side or the suture may have come undone on that side (if you had any), etc etc etc.
Perfect symmetry is a goal but healing is variable and out of anyone's hands or control. But the surgery could have been done poorly or asymmetrically as well. But even if the surgery was perfectly symmetric and done well, you could see asymmetries such as this as you heal. Talk to your doctor.
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