Help, so upset after cast removal at 15 days. Should cartilage in my tip be visible? (Photo)
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Early results after rhinoplasty surgery
Around 7-10 days after surgery, the nose will still be swollen but many changes in shape are still obvious. Even with the swelling, you should be able to see the overall shape and structure. Some patients with thin skin may notice irregularities in contour in the tip but it is far too early at this point to draw any conclusions as to what the final result will be.
Around the 2 week mark, it is very difficult for someone else to tell that you had surgery, although the nose is still swollen and it will be obvious to you. Around the 4-6 week mark, most patients are able to appreciate most of the changes from surgery as a significant amount of swelling has resolved. However, it can take somewhere in and around 12-18 months to see the final results. The areas with thicker skin in the nose such as the tip, alar rims and radix may require longer to settle.
Many subtle irregularities and asymmetries that concern patients early on in their recovery tend to resolve over time. It is best that you discuss your concerns with your surgeon during your follow-up visit and also allow time for your nose to heal.