10 Days Post Op Rhinoplasty: Is my Tip Going to Become More Refined? (photo)

It doesn't seem like my doctor did anything about the tip of my nose because it looks the same as it did before.. He says it's just swollen. What do you guys think? I'm really freaking out because it doesn't balance on my face, I feel like I have a huge clown nose because the bridge is so tall and noticeable making the roundness even more noticeable!!

Doctor Answers 13

Tip refinement after rhinoplasty

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I tell patients that undergo rhinoplasty that there tip will be very swollen after surgery and tip refinement may take many months to show as the swelling subsides.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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What to expect 10 days after rhinoplasty

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Your nose will heal in stages.  The tip of the nose will often remain swollen much longer than the bridge.  After 10 days, I would expect your entire nose to be very swollen.  Don't expect to see any refinements and in fact the tip can look even more bulbous due to swelling.  The best thing for you to do will be to be patient and follow up as planned with your surgeon.  Don't rush into any premature revision surgeries that could destroy a great result once the swelling comes down.

Ran Y. Rubinstein, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

10 Days Post-op Rhinoplasty and Tip Edema

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Tip swelling after rhinoplasty can be frustrating.  Yes, 10 days is definitely not enough time to expect tip refinement.  It takes good 4-6 weeks before tip contour begins to take place and then 6 months or longer for final shape to occur.  Tip refinement is the last thing to occur after rhinoplasty.  Patience, although difficult at times, is the best course of action.  Work with your Plastic Surgeon during this time to gain reassurance and encouragement.  Best Wishes!

Tip swelling after rhinoplasty

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Diana, the swelling should continue to improve with time. In some cases it may take a year or longer Hang in there!

Anthony E. Brissett, MD, FACS
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Tip definition takes time

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Tip definition can take time to see, especially if the skin is thick. As long as the tissue is stiff you have a way to go, and 10 days is certainly too soon.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Is my Tip Going to Become More Refined - YES

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Ten days is way too soon to be concerned about the tip of your nose.  It may take another 6 months for it to become more defined. 

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Patience is It's Own Reward, Even After Rhinoplasty

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Hi Diana,

Ten days after rhinoplasty there is still significant swelling.  Your nose should become more refined over the next few months, even years.  Patience is it's own reward.  Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Be patient

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Assuming you are showing your before photo on the far left, I see a change already and it looks quite nice.  However, it will take many months to see the final result, especially with your skin type.  Be patient!

Matthew Bridges, MD
Richmond Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

10 Days Post Op Rhinoplasty: Is my Tip Going to Become More Refined

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ONLY 10 DAYS!!!! Healing in rhinoplasty takes months. Like 6 to 9 months at best. So PLEASE be more patient. 

Asian rhinoplasty post operative healing

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Morning Diana,

Don't stress yourself yet.  It's far too early.  It will take months to see really nice refinement.  Sometime up to 1 year particuarly as it appears you had somewhat thick but soft skin.  What I tell patients is my goal is to have you looks something like your old self in a week or two.  After this swelling goes away sloooooooowly and the tip continues to look better.  Avoid salt, alcohol, and seafood.  Sleep with head of be elevated.  Try to relax.  

Rhinoplasty work is for the long-term.  I tell my patients, "if you look amazing at one or two weeks you're very lucky, because we measure the success of rhinoplasty in months and years. . .not weeks and months."

Chase Lay MD

Chase Lay, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 80 reviews

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