I'm 3 weeks post op after having open rhinoplasty. I know there is significant swelling for awhile. Prior to my surgery my tip was just fine. My surgeon wanted to raise my tip a bit but it seems as if it's dropped. It has a droopy look to it. The hump is gone and my nose is overall smaller. I'm just so concerned about the tip. I really do not like the tip. I hope it's just swelling.
Will Tip Swelling Reduce and Raise? (photo)
Doctor Answers (4)
Swelling affects the shape of the tip, not just it's size
Often it will take greater than a year for the result to mature and I find it helpful to take photos along the way so that I can track the trend. If you are photographed now and then again in 4 months and you can see it's going in the right direction then you will likely feel reassured and allow nature to take its course. On the flip side; if there's been no change over a year then surgery might be warranted.
Swelling after rhinoplasty
After 3 weeks, you will still have swelling present that can affect your result. In general, 70% of the swelling resolves after the first 3 months and the remainder goes down over time. It can take up to 18-24 months to see the final result, and the tip is usually the last to come around. Your surgeon should be able to answer any questions you have while you are healing, as he/she knows the details of your procedure. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.
Postoperative Swelling After Rhinoplasty if Variable
It's hard to make conclusions on the overall shape of your nose only 3 weeks after rhinoplasty since swelling can be quite variable from person to person. It's best to talk to your surgeon regarding your concerns and he or she might be able to she some light on the techniques used and what to expect for your overall results.
Thanks and have a great day.
Michael M. Kim, MD
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I would have your surgeon examine you as he or she knows what particular maneuvers were employed. 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.
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