18 yr old female, 3 months post-op, rhinoplasty. My tip is objectively uneven, what's the probable cause?

I had an open rhinoplasty, I'm wondering what the probable causes of the asymmetry of the tip of my nose. 

Doctor Answers 7

Deciding on a revision rhinoplasty.

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Your pictures do show a good amount of asymmetry, even for postop swelling.  However, you really need to wait one year before deciding on whether you need a revision procedure or not. During the healing process, the normal process of scar formation will still produce some changes to the nose - so you will not know what revisions (if any) are needed until one year out.  At one year, if you think you still need a revision, make sure to find a board-certified surgeon who performs a good number of revision procedures.

Good luck!

Dr. E

Boston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Causes of tip asymmetry after rhinoplasty.

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After rhinoplasty, there is always swelling of the nasal tip and this is more after an open rhinoplasty.  As the swelling resolves and the tissues heal the scarring under the skin may distort the shape some.  This is why it's important to allow full resolution of these issue before deciding to revise.  Your photos do show a fair degree of unevenness.  You should follow up with your surgeon to express your concerns.  If you wish to seek another opinion, see a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in revision rhinoplasty.  Best wishes.

Tip asymmetry

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If you look at you preop photo, you tip was asymmetric to begin with.   It looked asymmetric post-op. At this point, you have to give it more time to heal before considering a revision if necessary.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Tip Problems after Rhinoplasty

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After your open rhinoplasty, your tip was asymmetrically immediately after surgery and continues to do so now that 3 months have passed. Your tip will continue to change as swelling goes down further but your tip will not be symmetrically. Its the underlying cartilage structure that provides for the shape and support of the tip; so, its asymmetries in the cartilage framework that creates the problems you are observing. Before planning surgical (or non-surgical) revision procedures after open rhinoplasty, you should allow for a full year of healing to occur. 

Frank P. Fechner, MD
Worcester Facial Plastic Surgeon
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When your nasal tip swelling resolves after rhinoplasty, persistent asymmetry may be addressed non-surgically.

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Your left nostril margin appears higher than your right, and at three months postoperative, this may be from swelling. You appear to have thin skin, so your tip swelling will continue to diminish relatively quickly over the next three months. If you have persistent tip asymmetry when your swelling has diminished, you may consider a nonsurgical rhinoplastic procedure to lower your left nostril and replace volume to your left tip. We may prefer using Silikon-1000, an off-label filler for permanent results. Wishing you well. Dr Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 435 reviews


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Thank you for your question. You are in your early stages of healing. As such, it is best that you remain patient until the 12 month post op mark at which point you can evaluate your results and hold a realistic understanding of your new nose. Always consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon and please discuss your expectations and best practices for recovery with your surgeon. 

Best wishes,

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

Uneven tip after Rhinoplasty.

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This is certainly unusual. Tip swelling after open rhinoplasty can persist for a long time. I recommend waiting for one year before deciding on a revision. 

M. Azhar Ali, MD, FACS
Bloomfield Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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