Did I Get a Bad Nose Job... or Is It Too Soon to Say?

Ten days post-op, my nose appears to be the same width as it was before. My surgeon said he shaved the bones down instead of breaking them - is this an effective technique, or should I be worried? Furthermore, the tip appears to be a bit uneven and lopsided, and the profile is visibly scooped out, even though my surgeon promised not to give me a "ski-jump" nose. It doesn't look terrible, but it doesn't look particularly natural, nor does it look any better than before. What do I do now?

Doctor Answers 8

Bad results 10 days postop

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As my colleagues have said, close inspection of your results at 10 days will only make you insecure. Give yourself a least 6-8 weeks to start to appreciate your result, and 1 year for final results. 

Saint Louis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Evaluating Rhinoplasty Results

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You're right, at 10 days it's too soon - but you knew the answer before you asked the question!  Wait another year to decide if you need any revision surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Waiting for Rhinoplasty Results

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I agree with the general consensus of waiting to allow complete healing of your surgery over a 12 month period.  After that time any irregularities or concerns can be addressed.  Enjoy your journey.

Dr. ES

Ski-Jump Nose in Snowy Minnesota

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Hi Perplexed,

Nothing to do now other than be patient for your nose to heal and settle.  If you are unhappy with your nose at 12 months after surgery then you may consider revision surgery.  For small irregularities, and the possibility that "too much was taken down from the bridge", in properly selected cases a very small amount of temporary filler can be injected to correct the defect.  Discuss your concerns with your rhinoplasty surgery.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

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

Bad nose job at day 10?

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The "final" results of a rhinoplasty are not fully revealed until at least a year after surgery, and many patients take longer than that. If you are ten days after your rhinoplasty, the skin of the nose is too swollen for you to be able to see what was done to the bone and cartilage.

It will take time to see what changes were made in the contour. For the dorsum of the nose, it takes three to six months. For the tip, at least a year. This is part of what makes rhinoplasty a challenging operation. Your surgeon had a preview of the results in the operating room, and they are the best informed to advise you about how to ensure the best possible results.

Joseph Mele, MD
Walnut Creek Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Bad Nose Job or too Soon to Say

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It's definitely too soon to say 10 days post op. It's also difficult to say without seeing your before pictures and knowing exactly what changes you were looking to make. You may want to wait forĀ  3 to 6 months before making any determinations.

Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 285 reviews

Nose job swelling

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It is most definitely too early to critically evaluate your nose. While there isn't quantitatively a lot of edema (swelling) in the nose after your surgery, the human eye is exquisitely discriminating of even a millimeter's asymmetry in this area. You might not notice if someone is missing a finger or two, but the average human will detect this millimeter's worth of swelling in the nose. As hard as it may seem, you need to have Zen-like patience with your nose for several months!

Verne Weisberg, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Bad nose job or not????

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It is much too soon to say since the nose is swollen and will go down and change over the next 6-12 months. Don't worry and be patient.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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