I Am 2 Months Post Rhinoplasty and I Don't Like the Tip. It's Big With A Bump, Will It Change? (photo)

I am already 2 months post my rhinoplasty and i don't like the tip. I think it is to big compared to the rest of the nose.l When I touch my nose it is like i have a bump on the tip. My nose looked prettier 2 weeks after the surgery than it is now. And i feel that it is not changing(i mean the tip) Do you think it is swelling or something?? Thank you!

Doctor Answers 7

Unhappy with tip? Wait a few Months

Dear Anul, you answered your own question without even realizing it.  You liked the tip when the splint came off and the tape because there was pressure on thip and the nose.  The swelling is minimized by the splint.  You will see your nose changing over the next few months and I would be willing to bet that by 6 months you will be very happy.  You are seeing swelling and I feel this will resolve without a problem.  Relax

Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling 2 months post rhinoplasty

The nose will go through changes related to inflammation and wound healing that may temporarily change its appearance after rhinoplasty.  Swelling is the most common cause of distortion in addition to scar contracture/tightening within the nose.  Although swelling can subside over the course of 3-4 months, it is possible to continue seeing subtle changes and softening in your nose up to one year.  This is the length of time required for most scars to mature and relax.  I will offer steroid injection to soften the tip and reduce swelling only after 6 months postop.  Patience is key to your final result.

Andre Panossian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Supratip fullness after rhinoplasty

If you liked your nose when the splint came off it is very likely that you will like your nose in a few months when the swelling subsides.  If when you press on the area in your tip that appears full on profile and it is soft, it is certain that it is only swelling of the soft tissue.  You may want to visit with your surgeon to see if they feel a steroid injection to the area would be of benefit.  If when you press on the tip of your nose the area feels hard, there may be some cartilagenous fullness that may not decrease too much even after several months.

Philip S. Schoenfeld, MD, FACS
Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

I Am 2 Months Post Rhinoplasty and I Don't Like the Tip. It's Big With A Bump, Will It Change?

From the photo, you appear to have supratip fullness.  I can't tell if this is from suratip scar tissue or residual cartilage.  You should ask your Rhinoplasty surgeon.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Supratip swelling should improve

From the picture you have provided, it looks like there is some supratip swelling that is common after rhinoplasty.  This will most likely improve over the next 3-4 months.  This swelling can sometimes be improved with a small amount of steroid injected directly into this area.  You can ask your surgeon to evaluate you and consider this. 

Jason D. Bloom, MD
Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Swelling is normal after rhinoplasties

Thank you for your question!

It is understandable that you are concerned. Changes after rhinoplasties vary with every patient and what you are experiencing is normal especially that swelling takes time to subside as it masks the results of your surgery.

It is important to keep in mind that it is early to pass a judgment. Usually, a year is required before formulating how your nose will be, but longer with a thick skin. Even then, your nose will keep shaping itself to complement your face for better results in the years to come.

My best recommendation at the moment is to be patient and allow nature to take its course. There is no doubt that once the swelling resolves and the healing process catches up, more definition and shape will be achieved and you should be happier with the results.

Also, it is important that you keep communicating with your surgeon and work as a team together to achieve the best results possible.

Congratulations on your surgery and remain positive!

Ali Sajjadian, MD FACS

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 195 reviews

Nasal tip swelling after rhinoplasty

Don't be too hard on yourself only two weeks after the surgery.  Noses are notorious for taking a long time to show the final results.  You may be needing to wait 6 to 12 months or longer before you see the final results.  The nasal tip is usually spongy feeling when there may be a significant reduction in supporting cartilage.  Always ask your surgeon about his or hers opinion about this.  They would be in a better position to discuss this with you than to ask our opinions., particularly without seeing a before photo of you.


Good luck.

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