5 weeks after rhino with rib graft, concerned about swelling?
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Swelling after 5 weeks
Unfortunately, there is no photo for assessment, nevertheless, you should be patient. The first 2 months of a nose surgery is the "ugliest period" with the swelling. Try to see in another 5 weeks and you will notice a big improvement.
Before deciding on any revision, it is always best to wait for at least 6months after surgery to assess the result.
Tip swelling at 5 months post rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty 5 weeks post op
Waiting for the swelling, specially post secondary rhinoplasty, is the hardest thing to do. It can take several months even to see a significant change. Patience is all that you need right now.
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Swelling after rib graft
There is always some swelling present five weeks after a rhinoplasty. This is especially true after a rib graft. It could take a year or longer for the tissues to settle. You can expect gradual improvement. Best of luck.
When will you see the results after a rhinoplasy
Swelling after rhinoplasty
In general, the final result of rhinoplasty is not evident for 18-24 months after surgery. 70% of the swelling is resolved after the first 3 months and the remainder goes down over time. You will still have swelling after 5 weeks that can affect the appearance of your result. Swelling can be influenced by the following: whether the procedure was a revision, whether the procedure was open or closed, whether tip work was performed, and the thickness of the patient's skin. In regard to swelling, the tip is usually the last to come around. I would recommend waiting and see how you continue to heal. Your surgeon should be able to answer any questions in the meantime, as they know the details of your procedure. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.
Please keep in mind that it is commonly the case that there is even more swelling after a predictably more difficult revision procedure than the primary rhinoplasty. It will likely take 3-6 months for swelling to subside, then the skin will contract over the structure which will take likely even longer than a year. However, sometimes injecting steroid medication can hasten the process so speak to your surgeon about this option
Expectations during rhinoplasty recovery
As you mentioned, the swelling in your nose can take a year to resolve. Especially in the tip of your nose, where the skin is thickest, it will take time for you to see your final outcome. Without knowing the details of what work was done to your tip, it's difficult to say how much more refinement you can expect, but you can certainly expect more as the year progresses.