Before my surgery, my nose had a bump on one side of my nose while the other side of my nose was more normal. During my rhinoplasty, my surgeon was to get rid of that bump. I am now 16 days post op and the bump is still there, however it doesn't feel like swelling, it feels exactly like bone. Could this be swelling? I understand that this side of my nose is more swollen than the other side because that's where the most work was done, but did he just not shave the bone or could this be swelling?
Swelling or bone? (photo)
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Swelling or bone
Even though still very early in the healing process it does appear as you had a very very conservative rhinoplasty..
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Swelling or bone
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However it is prudent to give it at least 3 months before doing any interventions as swelling can mask a lot of changes. You need to see the result without the swelling.
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Swelling or bone after rhinoplasty
Swelling or bone?
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
Swelling or Bone?
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