I think the incision on the columella was not stitched closed correctly. The two sides (above and below the incision) do not appear to be aligned, and it looks like they are on two different levels. I am 8 days post opp. Is it too soon to be worrying? I thought I had chosen a good surgeon and the rest of my nose looks great (dorsal hump gone) but I am really freaking out now that I will still hate my profile because it will look like there's a notch in the columella.
Is It Too Soon to Be Worrying About a Notched Columella? (photo)
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Notched Columella After Rhinoplasty
After only 8 days you should not worry about a notched columella. It takes up to nine months for the nose to take true shape and size, and up to one year to completely heal. Throughout the healing process the nose will change significantly and the minor notch will most likely resolve itself.
Jaime Perez, MD
Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa
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Too Early To Assess Your Final Results
Thank you for sharing your photos.
As you have mentioned, at 8 days post-op it is way too early to assess the results of your surgery.
I recommend that you be a little more patient and make sure to follow your surgeon's instructions religiously.
Keeping your nose safe from any possible nasal trauma is crucial as it may affect your end-results considerably.
I hope this helps.
Thank you for your inquiry.
The best of luck to you.
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Notched Coloumella 8 Days after Rhinoplasty
At 8 days it is impossible to evaluate your result. Even if the columella does not improve, which is unlikely, it is very easy to revise this under local anesthesia.
It is way too early to look at your scar so closely. Remember that healing involves gravity pulling swelling downward. Your columella will be the last spot to heal completely. Be patient....it will take months for things to settle and for you to judge the final result...9-12 months with noses.
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