A Firm Point in the Nasal Tip, Is It Permanent?

Hi everyone, I had primary rhino/septoplasty done almost one year ago. I have noticed recently now ( past 2 months) that " most" all the swelling is gone ( except in the morning, that in my nasal tip it is still firm. And if I palpitate it, I can fell a small firm "point" in the very front of my tip. I cannot really see it, unless I smile and then i can see the color change where it is, my skin goes a little white there. So will this resolve? Is it typical? Thanks for feedbacK!

Doctor Answers 6

Post rhinoplasty tip firmness

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You may be seeing a small point under the skin where the nasal cartilage is sticking up a little bit in your tip. I would go and see your surgeon and discuss your concerns. He /she should put your mind at ease and should be able to give you an ample diagnosis. Best regards!

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery after rhinoplasty: What to expect after rhinoplasty surgery

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The changes you are experiencing after rhinoplasty are not uncommon and represent the normal changes post surgery.  I would recommend massage and observation in the initial period before any type of surgical revision. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Firm Point in Nasal Tip Post Rhinoplasty

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The "white" spot may be secondary to compromised skin circulation caused by pressure from a sharp edge in the underlying tip cartilage. It is not an emergency because the problem is not seen under normal circumstances, but I would discuss this with your surgeon. A minor revision should be considered to avoid a permanent  change in the skin after years of pressure.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Firm point on tip after rhinoplasty

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You may be feeling an edge of tip cartilage. An in person exam would give more information. A visit with your surgeon would be the best next step to get it checked out.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Firm point in the tip after rhinoplasty

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There may be an imperfection in the tip cartilage which you can feel, and if you can't see it, there may not be a problem. Have you surgeon take a look.

Best of luck, Peter Johnson, MD.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Firm point after rhinoplasty.

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This is probably tip cartilage. See your surgeon since he knows what he did and can reassure you so you don't worry.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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