Does Swelling Post-Op Rhinoplasty Differ Depending On What Was Done To the Nose?

Is there any difference in swelling with people who ONLY had their nose bridge slimmed/ hump removed... Compared to people who had their bridge and nose tip done too?

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Nasal Swelling After Rhinoplasty

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On average dorsal reduction (removing the bump) has less prolonged swelling than tip work. Unfortunately, when it comes ti rhinoplasty, swelling is part of the package. If is wasn't for swelling, the recovery from rhinoplasty would be very quick.

The amount of swelling you will experience is widely variable. The amount of work done can influence the amount of swelling; however, some people will swell a large amount with a little work done and some will swell a small amount with a lot of work done.

The term "Individual results will vary" definitely applies.


Walnut Creek Plastic Surgeon
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Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty

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Yes, there is a difference.  Removing a hump is almost always done with a closed technique and heals quickly without much swelling long-term.  Revising a tip can be done open or closed.  Closed retrograde techniques can lead to minimal tip swelling but will still be more than a bridge alone.  If an open technique is required, the tip swelling will me more significant.  

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after Rhinoplasty

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Post rhinoplasty nasal swelling will vary depending on what was done, how much was done, skin thickness, whether the surgery was a primary or revision rhinoplasty, whether the surgery was done open or closed, and the general health and nutritional habits of the patient. Do whatever will give you the best results, the swelling is temporary.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rinoplasty Recovery

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Yes, recovery depends on the procedure done, type of approach and the individual response of the patient themselves.   Basically, rhinoplasty is a one time procedure and  I certainly wouldn't base what procedure you have on a couple of days difference in recovery.  Remember operating on one part of the nose effects the entire nose.  If a rhinoplasty expert has recommended several areas of your nose be addressed that is what I would go with.

Good luck,

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Hannah Vargas, MD
Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Variability of nasal swelling following rhinoplasty and influenced by amount done and individual factors

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Generally, the more that is done on your nose the more swelling there will be. Adding tip work will also increase the swelling. There is also variations between individuals in the amount of swelling and duration which is also affected by such issues as skin thickness.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Extent of surgery determines level of swelling

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Not only in rhinoplasty, but also in all surgeries it is extent of surgery that determines level of swelling.

Good rhinoplsty surgeon will avoid unnecessary trauma and manuevers to minimize swelling and thus minimize scarring and therefore maximizing the improvement.

Vasdev Rai, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Does Swelling Post-Op Rhinoplasty Differ Depending On What Was Done To the Nose?

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Yes, that could be one of the reasons. More surgery intervention equals more swelling. Also medical pre conditions, use of blood thinners prior to surgery are other causes of residual swelling. 

Rhinoplasty type can determine swelling

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There is truth in the that with rhinoplasty, a lesser procedure, bridge only, will produce less swelling than if the procedure includes both the bridge and the tip. Open rhinoplasty can cause more tip stiffness and swelling for some compared to a closed approach. After full healing in six to twelve months the end result will be the same for all.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Post rhinoplasty swelling varries from patient to patient. The more that is done the more likely you are to swell. However, swelling is not a major issue

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

Swelling variability depending on what's done to the nose

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In general the more areas that are worked on with surgery the more extensive the swelling will be. Also, if a closed rhinoplasty approach can be done to address the bridge only then there will be less tip swelling as that area of the nose can be avoided.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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