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Very uneven nostrils and upturned pig nose: is this normal in recovery or sign of a bad surgery? (photo)

On October 22 I had rhinoplasty to make my nose smaller & less hooked. 6 days later I got my cast off & now at day 8 post-op, I hate my nose. Its short, thick & pig-like. I know it takes time for swelling to go down, but I think it looks awful & obvious I had surgery. Also, my nostrils are obviously uneven. The left is nice, but the right nostril almost looks reptilian. I'm not sure if this is normal & will go down with swelling, or whether this needs to be fixed with revision surgery. Help!

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Very uneven nostrils and upturned pig nose: is this normal in recovery or sign of a bad surgery?

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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


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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