2 weeks post op Rhinoplasty, I have a dorsal hump, callus, and swelling. Is this normal? (photos)

I had rhinoplasty about 2 weeks ago to remove a bump off my bridge and give it more of a smooth flowing look to it, as well as tip refinement. I know my nose is still very swollen and the results aren't near finalized but I am beginning to notice and feel a hump on my nose. Is it a callus? If so, does it go down on it's own in most cases? I'm just so nervous, I paid so much money for my dream nose and now a bump has formed and I feel my new nose is not what it's all cracked up to be.

Doctor Answers 11

Fairly normal appearance two weeks after rhinoplasty.

At the moment I don't see anything to be alarmed about. This is a fairly typical appearance in the early postoperative phase after rhinoplasty.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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2 weeks post op Rhinoplasty, I have a dorsal hump, callus, and swelling. Is this normal?

Still very early, if after 3 months there are still issues than you could consider revision after 9 months healing... 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Early result after a rhinoplasty

Swelling, lumps and irregulariites are very common after a rhinoplasty and may take another 6 months to resolve. Give it time.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Two weeks post rhinoplasty

You may be seeing swelling after the bump removal. It is too early to tell. Give it 6 months to a year.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Residual dorsal fullness after dorsal hump reduction during rhinoplasty

Sometimes there can be residual fullness after hump reduction during rhinoplasty due to edema or swelling of the skin envelope in that area.  When you press down on the bridge of your nose gently along your bridge, does it flatten ?  If it does, then likely it's welling.  If you feel a hard fullness, then there may be something more permanent.  Follow up closely with your surgeon as he/she may instruct you to tape or manually massage your bridge to ensure proper healing.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Re: 2 weeks post op Rhinoplasty...


Thank you for your question.

From your images (without the benefit of your pre-operative images) it appears that you are healing well for someone two weeks post a cosmetic rhinoplasty.

A better assessment can be made once the tissue is allowed it's proper healing period, and diminishment of all swelling.  In most cases this takes up to one year.

I hope this helps.

Thank you,

S.P. Maggi, MD, FACS
Austin Plastic Surgery Center

Swelling after rhinoplasty

2 weeks after rhinoplasty is still very early in the healing process. The nose will continue to shrink and change over time. If you haven't already, then speak with your surgeon regarding any concerns you have.

Dr. Chaboki

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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2 weeks post op Rhinoplasty, I have a dorsal hump, callus, and swelling. Is this normal?

It is always difficult to assess the final result so early in the healing process.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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I think you actually know that noone can tell you yet. it is natural to worry, and easy for us to tell you not to! Nonetheless, force yourself to be patient and evauate the result at the appropriate time. Even your surgeon can't say for certain at this point. Even if revision was necessary, it is unlikely it would be done before one year.

Robert H. Hunsaker, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

Results after Rhinoplasty

At this point, I would not be overly concerned.  You still have a large amount of swelling.  The problem could be structural, but depends on exactly what was done- osteotomies, dorsal grafting, etc.  You may not see your final result for 9-12 months.  It is important to communicate your concerns to your surgeon.

Jarrod Little, MD
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

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