5 weeks post-op Rhinoplasty, why can't I breathe? Has my cartilage collapsed? (photos)
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Doctor Answers 3
Difficulty breathing after rhinoplasty
It is understandable that you are a concerned with what you feel especially with the difficulty breathing especially through your right nostril.
Nonetheless, at 5 weeks post surgery swelling is not uncommon and every patient is a little different than the other hence the possibility of explaining your symptoms.
Unfortunately, with the pictures posted, the lack of surgical details and the inability to perform a physical exam it is not possible to provide you with a definitive answer that could be medically sound.
My best recommendations at the moment is to be patient, allow nature to take its course and edema subsides for better 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 please remain positive!
Ali Sajjadian, MD FACS
Rhinoplasty recovery times are among the longest for Plastic Surgery procedures
Post op nasal obstruction
Im not clear on whether you had anything functional done to you nose but it's important when you have the outside of your nose made smaller that the inside is also fixed. Otherwise breathing can be worse after surgery. I would have your surgeon evaluate your nose and make sure everything that can be addressed is being addressed ( ie swelling, allergies, crusting)
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