Drooping Columella After Rhinoplasty

A week after rhinoplasty, my columella dropped, and it seems like it keeps dropping more everyday. It makes my nose look droopy again. Will this be corrected with time and healing, or is this basically how my new nose is going to look?

Doctor Answers 3

Hanging Columella

The position of your coumella may simply be do to swelling. If this does not resolve, it is a straight-forward minimally invasive procedure to correct. Share your observations and concerns with your surgeon.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Too soon to tell

You may just have postoperative swelling. This goes away more slowly in rhinoplasty surgery that in almost any other kind of plastic surgery. Gravity will put fluid down into the columella and this may be what you are seeing. If after 3-4 months it is still there ask your plastic surgeon to discuss treatment options.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Drooping columella after rhinoplasty

It is difficult to say and may be related to swelling in the early post-operative period.

I would discuss this with your surgeon.

If it remains a long term condition, options are available for correcting a "hanging" columella.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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