Is my nose overprotected, or is it just swelling? (Photo)
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2 months post op, some advices:
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Thank you for your question and photographs.Remember, you should always address any post-operative concerns with your primary surgeon. It is very important to remember it takes 6 months for 90% of the swelling to resolve after a rhinoplasty. During this waiting period, several treatment options can reduce the swelling. First, post-operative taping is imperative to decrease swelling and mold the shape of the nose. This can be performed for a minimum of 2 weeks with recommendations commonly for 3 months. Second, a short course of oral steroids (Medrol dose pack) can be beneficial in the early stages to decrease swelling and pain. Third, I commonly use a dilute solution of Kenalog with Marcaine to decrease swelling of the nasal tip. I hope you find this helpful.
Best of luck in your recovery!
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
Rhinoplasty changes in follow up.
Patience after rhinoplasty
it can be very difficult to tell what your final result will be in the first several months after surgery. Certainly, we routinely see changes over at least one year. So for now, if possible, try to relax and not dwell on this too much. When you see your surgeon in December you will be able to discuss the progress.
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