5 days ago I had a revision nose job: septoplasty, ear cartilage added to the bridge, tip-plasty. I know it’s too soon for any evaluation, I still wear the splint, but those so visible bulges from the nostrils are something common for this kind of procedure? Also I see an asymmetry between the left/ right side of the nose (tip and nostrils). Do I have any chance to get rid of these issues during the healing process or I might need correction in the future? Thank you.
Strange Tissue + Asymmetries. Will It Heal Correctly Or Will I Need Revision? (photo)
Doctor Answers 2
Early Healing Period Following Rhinoplasty
Thanks for the question. The bulges you are noticing are likely related to swelling of the vestibular skin around the marginal incision lines made during your surgery. This will certainly improve over the next few days.
As for the asymmetry of the tip and the nostrils, it is far too early to determine if you are likely to need another revision surgery. The nostrils and tip can appear asymmetric due to the way in which the splint is sitting on your nose. If this is the case, it should improve once the splint is removed. Another possibility is if more work was done on one side or the other (e.g. grafts along the nostril rims), there could be more swelling on this side. Also, if the incisions are closed with the stitches closer to the edge of the nostril rim on one side or the other, the nostrils can appear slightly asymmetric. Finally, it's possible that the underlying cartilage is shaped differently and this will become apparent over time. Your surgeon know best what was done inside your nose so you should address your concerns with her or him when you follow up next.
Best of luck!
Have a question? Ask a doctor
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.