I am 4 weeks out from revisional ( 10 years ago) closed rhino to reduce bump on bridge and narrow the tip, no bones were broken. When I had my cast off it looked good, I had a slight curve and tip was raised a bit. Now it looks like a swollen blob on the left side and on the same side it looks like my hump is there. On my right it looks decent but not great, and my tip has dropped too. I am wondering if this is what happens and it will go back to looking like it did after cast removal?
4 Weeks Post Op, Hate my Nose
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Need to wait, still very early
You need to wait. There is still a lot of swelling and your nose should continue to improve. Make sure to continue following up with your surgeon.
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Post rhinoplasty swelling
If the nose looked good after the splint was removed and you have not injured your nose since, the odds are your swelling will improve with time. You are a biologic being and must heal! Your nose is not like a piece of wood that once carved stays exactly the same. Try to be patient and see your surgeon frequently. Sometimes swelling that doesn't dissipate quickly can be reduced with an injection of steroid if your surgeon thinks that appropriate.
Hate my nose 4 weeks after Revision Rhinoplasty.
I have performed Rhinoplasty for over 20 years and the toughest part for patients is waiting for the nose to stop swelling. Worse yet, the post Rhinoplasty swelling is rarely symmetrical making the nose look crooked this way and then the next. Confidence in what the nose looked like just after cast removal should help ease your anxiety but reality is that your nose could and will most likely be swollen up to a year after the Revision Rhinoplasty.
This is the reason that I teach all my Rhinoplasty patients how to perform manual lymphatic drainage on their nose. Performed daily, starting at 1 month after the Rhinoplasty, the lymphatic drainage pushes the nasal swelling onto the large lymphatic vessels of the cheeks and reduces that swollen, bloated look to the nose.
You can ask your Rhinoplasty surgeon for his/her recommendations on how to best reduce your nasal swelling during this difficult post op period.
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Nasal swelling is one of the most common complaints after surgery in rhinoplasty. Especially revision rhinoplasty. Unfortunately, there is little you or your surgeon can do to expedite the process, but normally this will continue to improve with time. The nose is a very detailed and defined structure on the face asnd as a result , any swelling will obscure the ideal appearance. Waiting is the only solution and stay in close communication with your surgeon to ensure that you are healing properly.
Best of luck
Vincent Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
This is one of the most common concerns patients have immediately after surgery. It takes anywhere from 9-12 months for majority of swelling to resolve especially after revision rhinoplasty. As you have noticed, your nose looked good as soon as splint was removed, because the swelling was kept at bay with tapes and splint. Please be patient and you will notice less and less swelling with time.
Revision Rhinoplasty - 4 Week Result
The appearance of the nose at the time of cast removal gives a patient better insight to the final result than trying to evaluate the nose 3 weeks later when there is more swelling. You will see significant improvement over the next several months, but the nose will continue to improve for at least a year after revision surgery.
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