Can Laughing and Smiling 2 Weeks After Rhinoplasty Effect the Final Results?

Hi, I had a septorhinoplasty about 2 and half weeks ago. The healing was going great. Last night, however, I laughed and smiled for a few minutes after my shower, and felt some pressure at the base (and a bit all over) of my nose. Then I spent a while checking from all angles if things had changed. I didn't contort at all, just looked. It seems my bridge is wider and my tip less prominent. Are the day-to-day/hour-to-hour fluctuations just messing with me, or could I have done something?

Doctor Answers 5

It will not effect final result

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Smiling and laughing is a good thing!  don't be worries about changing the final result, you may have just stretched the area which is why you felt some pressure.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Smiling or laughing after rhinoplasty

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Smiling or laughing two weeks after rhinoplasty should not be a problem other than causing some discomfort from the stretching effect.

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

Can smiling and laughing 2 weeks after Rhinoplasty effect results?

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Smiling and laughing 2 weeks after a Rhinoplasty should not have any impact on the final result.  Anything that drmatically increases the blood flow to the face and nose however, should be avoided for the first month after a Rhinoplasty IMHO.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

You should smile two weeks after your rhinoplasty

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Smiling and laughing two to three weeks after your rhinoplasty certainly will not affect your results. Your nose will soften and improve slowly over the next several months, though now you should enjoy yourself and stop looking so closely.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Smiling and laughing after Rhinoplasty will not harm your results

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The goal after Rhinoplasty is to be smiling and laughing! You are so soon in the post operative phase that you will detect differences everyday of the recovery phase. As long as you do not cause any trauma to the nose you will heal just fine. Post rhinoplasty swelling is normal while most of the swelling will dissipate in the first three to four months you will still have about 10 to 20 percent swelling that will take an entire year to completely heal. Watch your salt intake, sun exposure and extreme exercise in the beginning and remember time is on your side and keep smiling! Best regards!

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 218 reviews

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