Need to Understand the Swelling Process of Mid/lateral Nasal Osteotomies

After my 1st surgery, my nose immediately looked very narrow. Slowly, it began to widen (doctor didn't properly instruct me on nasal exercises). Just a few days ago, I underwent my third revision (lateral / mid osteotomies and I have an implant in place on my bridge from a prior surgery). Doctor said he maximally narrowed the nose. Cast came off today - bones are definitely much narrower, but I only see slight improvement. My skin doesn't appear to be draping (to give me that really narrow look)

Doctor Answers (2)

Width of bone


One week post surgery is still very early for you to judge the results of your surgery - there will be soft tissue swelling over the bones which will take weeks/months to resolve

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling Process after Nasal Osteotomies


If the bones are much narrower, you can look forward to a good result. The "swelling" is always temporary, and your skin will drape better when that resolves.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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