Rhinoplasty to Improve Breathing (Turbinite Reduction & Septoplasty) and Make Nose Smaller

Did it to improve breathing (turbinite reduction...

Did it to improve breathing (turbinite reduction & septoplasty) and make nose smaller from profile view. Just had it done five days ago and my face is still swollen to the point that I look like a chipmunk, so it is hard to tell the final results..however from what I can see through the swelling I am pleased.

I had rhinoplasty five days ago at UCLA & went to my surgeon today to get the cast taken off. After leaving his office with my swollen nose exposed, I bumped it very hard from below and then later on at night I bumped it from the side - extremely painful! Is this going to affect healing or make it crooked? Or has my nse already settled into the shape it is going to heal in? I'm very worried and my doctor is out of town for Christmas until next week! Help! Also, one of my nostrils is numb and a different shape than the other one, is this normal?
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Over the internet we can not offer medical advise. BUT, your surgeon has someone covering his practice for complications or just questions. Call his office and DEMAND to be seen or sent to the covering plastic surgeon. These are standard of care and abandonment issues. My guess is that nothing has happened to effect the final outcome but I can not see through the internet. So again go see a plastic surgeon to resolve your issues and concerns. Best of Luck . Merry Merry
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Hi Baby Girl (perhaps change your name to clumsy), Be more careful with your nose. You should put your splint back on at night and when you are in your house during the daytime as well. Most likely there is nothing to be done at this time, but you should call your surgeon and speak with the on-call physician. Good luck and be more careful! Dr. P
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Bumping your nose five days after rhinoplasty can be significant. A lot of this depends on what was done. If the nasal bones were moved and the septum dissected then there could be some concern that things were dislodged. Even if your surgeon is out of town he should have some back-up or cross coverage to help with patient issues. I would call and be seen to make sure nothing needs to be done at this time. Best Wishes Dr. Peterson
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