I am currently 5 weeks post op on an OPEN primary rhinoplasty. I cannot purse my lips together as if to apply lipstick 'cos the upper lip is very tight. I also feel like my upper lip (where columella meets lip) looks swollen. Is this possible and normal? When should I expect this to resolve itself?
Swollen Lip/columella Normal 5 Weeks After Rhinoplasty?
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Swollen Lip/Columella after Rhinoplasty
You have more swelling than normal 5 weeks after the rhinoplasty, but this always resolves. Share your concern with your surgeon.
Swollen upper lip after rhinoplasty
Numbness, swelling, difficulty smiling or pursing the lips early after a rhinoplasty are all very common. This all gets better with time.
Swollen lip/columella normal 5 weeks after rhinoplasty
Very common after "open" rhinoplasty where the columella is cut through and through. This is due to lymphatic drainage disruption. And can last several months. Discuss with your rhinoplasty surgeon.
From MIAMI Dr. B
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