Nose still swollen a month post Rhinoplasty! When can I expect to see the final result? (photo)

I had my nose done a month back and my nose is still wide! Is it swollen? I had broken it when I was little and my surgeon said that most of the work was on the left side of it (which is more swollen). When do I expect to see how it'll turn out?

Doctor Answers 4

Nose remains wide and swollen after rhinoplasty

Thank you for your question!

It is understandable that you are a concerned with what you feel especially with the "wide and swollen" nose. The post op swelling is anticipated and every patient is a little different hence the possibility of explaining what you are experiencing.

Unfortunately, with the pictures posted, the lack of surgical details and the inability to perform a physical exam it is not possible to provide you with a definitive answer that could be medically sound.

Nonetheless, it is way to early to pass a judgement. Usually, a year is required before formulating how your nose will be. Even then, your nose will keep shaping itself and to complement your face for better results in the years to come. My best recommendations at the moment is to be patient, allow nature to take its course and edema subsides for better results. There is no doubt that once the swelling subsides, more definition and shape will be achieved and you should be happier with the results.

Also, it is important that you keep communicating with your surgeon and work as a team together to achieve the best results possible.

Congratulations on your surgery and please remain positive!

Ali Sajjadian, MD FACS

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Nose still swollen a month post Rhinoplasty - When can I expect to see the final result?

In general, 70% of the swelling is resolved after the first 3 months and the remainder goes down over time. It can take up to 18-24 months to see the final result of surgery. The nose will continue to change as you heal. I would recommend following up with your surgeon, as he/she knows the details of your procedure and will be able to advise you. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck. 

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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It takes several months for most of the swelling to subside after rhinoplasty

Dear Sousi,

Swelling after rhinoplasty is in part dependent on what was done.  It takes several months for most of the swelling to subside so you should definitely see some additional changes in the next few months.  Full healing may take up to a year but most of the results can be seen and discussed around 3-6 months out.

All the best,

Dr. Remus Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 166 reviews

Nose swollen one month after rhinoplasty

It normally takes at least 6-12 months for the swelling to resolve after rhinoplasty, so at one month after your procedure, the appearance of your nose should still improve with more time.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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