Hello, I've had open Rhinoplasty roughly 3 weeks ago i still have a lot of swelling but whats bothering me a lot is the asymmetry in my nostrils thats clearly noticeable from the front and side views. Is this due to swelling?
Are Asymmetrical Nostrils After Rhinoplasty Normal?
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Fixing Nose Assymetry
If there is a real nostril assymetry, as measured by calipers and not related to swelling or inflammation, it can easily be fixed with simple local anesthesia in 10 minutes.
Most people have some degree of asymmetry of the nostrils. An astute surgeon will point that out during the consultation and offer choices of correction procedures. As the patient pays a more focused attention to their noses the asymmetry becomes more noticeable.
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Nostril asymmetry can be due to swelling.
Thank you for the question and photo. Nostril asymmetry, especially if mild, can be due to swelling. Since you are only 3 weeks after your surgery I would definitely wait longer to assess your final nostril symmetry.
All the best,
Dr. Remus Repta
Asymmetric Nostrils Are Not the Norm After Rhinoplasty
Best to discuss this with your rhinoplasty surgeon. Look at your before pictures to see if there was nostril asymmetry. Your left nostril appears to be retracted. Doubt this is due to swelling at this point. Good luck and be well.
Looking at your picture and 3 weeks postop, I dont think your asymmetry is due to swelling. Consult with your surgeon and see what he/she says. You may need a slight revision.
Rhinoplasty - asymmetric nostrils
3 weeks is too soon to tell what your final nasal shape will be. It's not uncommon for the nasal swelling to go down on one side of the nose faster than the other so please be patient. Also, most people have slightly asymmetric nostrils. You may want to review your pre-op photos with your surgeon to see if you had asymmetry prior to surgery. Regardless, if you have any concerns, you should definitely talk to your rhinoplasty surgeon. I'm sure he or she will be happy to discuss with you any questions you may have.
Dr. Cat Begovic M.D.
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