Bump on Nostril and Asymmetry. Had a Rhinoplasty 15 Months Ago. Is This Swelling? (photo)

I have asymmetry on my nostrils. It appears as if the right nostril (which has the bump) has less skin on the nare than the left nostril. How can I get this fixed? Also the bump appears to not be inflammation but also appears to be skin rising. I had a rhinoplastic procedure done 15 months ago. Should I still have swelling on my tip? I am having such a difficult time finding a doctor who can get the job done.

Doctor Answers 6

Bump on Nostril and Asymmetry. Had a Rhinoplasty 15 Months Ago. Is This Swelling?

No the posted photos show a FINAL result of the rhinoplasty. Best to obtain in person second opinions because photos CAN NOT show all the issues. 

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty and Asymmetry


Thank you for your recent inquiry. The photographs show that you have some asymmetry of your tip and nostrils with a low hanging columella. These concerns can be fixed via a revision rhinoplasty. The majority if not all of the swelling is completely dissipated at this fifteen month period and you may want to discuss your concerns and questions with your surgeon during a follow up appointment. Best regards!


Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nostril Asymmetry 15 Months Post Rhinoplasty

Thank you for submitting the pictures. Swelling has resolved 15 months post rhinoplasty. You have asymmetry of your tip and nostrils with a hanging columella which can be improved by a surgeon experienced in revision rhinoplasty.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Nostril Bump

Follow-up with your previous surgeon.  If you can not obtain the results that you desire, contact a Cosmetic Surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty.

Robert Shumway, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Nasal Bump At 15 Months After Rhinoplasty


At 15 months post-op, your bump should not be caused by swelling but more likely from tissue scarring. 

However, without physical examination it is hard to be sure about the nature of the bump you are expressing.

I recommend that you consult with your surgeon for an in-person evaluation as if it is a newly formed scar then corticosteroid injections may help to a certain degree.

I hope this helps.

Thank you for your post.

The best of luck to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 195 reviews


Perhaps something is pushing out from the right side.  Or, could be some scar.  Has your surgeon tried any steroid injections?  Talk to your surgeon.  He/she should know how to handle this.

Stuart H. Bentkover, MD
Boston Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

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