I got an open rhinoplasty about 3 1/2 weeks ago. I know the bulbous swelling of the tip will go down, but my nostrils appear to be uneven (my left nostril is much lower than my right). There was initially much more post-op swelling on the left side of my face, and I am wondering if the unevenness is just from swelling or if it is permanent. I can fell a small bump that I assume to be scar tissue almost at the base of the interior of my left nostril, which is not present in my right.
Uneven Swelling 3 Weeks After Rhinoplasty? (photo)
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Uneven Swelling After Rhinoplasty
Thank you for sharing your photos. However, without the before photos and full facial post-op photos it is hard to determine the cause of your asymmetrical swelling.
That said, it is not uncommon that one side of a patient's nose be more or less swollen than the other. At less than a month post-op, you are early assessing the results of you rhinoplsty.
I recommend that you be a little more patient and prevent any nasal trauma from taking place allowing nature to take its course and the swelling to subside. Usually, the final results of a rhinoplasty with an average nasal skin thickness are established at about 12 months post-surgery.
I hope this helps.
Thank you for you inquiry and the best of wishes to you.
To soon to determine asymmetry 3 weeks post Rhinoplasty
Don´t worry for that, as the other physicians had been saying, is to soon yet, there is almost always uneven swelling because yo have to work more on one side than the other, everything will settle down and you will love your new nose.
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All physicians will say the same thing: It is too soon to expect your final result until six to twelve months out from rhinoplasty.
Swelling of tip and nostrils
First, there is always asymmetry between the two sides. Often it is not noticed by the patient prior to surgery, that is why I try to point it out before. Either way, you need to give it about a year to settle down.
Post op rhinoplasty
You will have to wait 9-12 months for the completion of the healing process. By 6 months you will have some idea how your nose is going to look and then you can decide if you will need a revision.
Swelling three weeks after rhinoplasty
Uneven or asymmetric swelling of the nose is very normal 3 weeks after an open rhinoplasty. I would not worry about these differences this early in the recovery period. It may take an entire year for all the swelling to resolve and only then can you fully assess the results and evenness.
Uneven swelling 3 weeks after rhinoplasty
I'm not really sure what you are looking at. The nostrils look pretty even to me. I would recommend that you not spend so much time scrutinizing minute differences in your nose and allow for the surgery to completely heal. It will easily take 3-6 months before anyone can really make a judgement about the results.