I am 67 days post op. I had rhinoplasty with alarplasty, tiplasty, and Goretex implant and ear cartilage to the tip. (photos)

My nose seems more bulbous and looks to be getting wider each day. I have uneven nostrils too. The tip seems overprojected. It seems that I have a Pollybeak deformity. Am I overreacting??

Doctor Answers 3

Rhinoplasty and swelling

It can take a year or longer for the swelling to subside. You are only about two months out and have a ways to go.  Best of luck.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question. You are still quite early in your recovery period and your appearance will continue to refine.  It may take up to a year for all swelling to resolve and for your nasal appearance to settle to a final outcome. Your doctor may prescribe you a Medrol dose pack (steroid) to help reduce the swelling. Healing is often unpredictable and one side my heal quicker than the other and sometimes even nasal bones may shift in healing.  The outcomes may not be as expected.  In some cases a revision may be recommended to refine your outcomes, but I would wait at least 12-18 months so you are fully healed before considering a revision. 
Best of luck in your recovery!
Sincerely, James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
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Postop Rhinoplasty

Thank you for your question.
At only 2 months out, you are still very early in the healing process.  It can take up to a year for the final shape of the nose to appear when the swelling has gone down.  I recommend you continue to follow closely with your surgeon, voice your concerns, and follow their recommendations.

Dr. Michael Epstein
MAE Plastic Surgery
Northbrook, IL

Michael A. Epstein, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

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