Flared Nostrils After Rhinoplasty- Is It Swelling?

I had Rhinoplasty 3 weeks ago to remove the droopiness, remove the hump, and push back the tip, i find my nostrils are flares out more than they did before and I was wondering how much of that is related to swelling. I am worried my nostrils flared out now because the tip was pushed back. Thank you

Doctor Answers 5

Flared Nosrils after Rhinoplasty

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

As you suggest, the flared nostrils may be secondary to swelling just 3 weeks after your rhinoplasty. We don't know what was done during your operation and without pictures, don't know what you look like. Wait several months to see the changes that occur during the healing process.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Flared Nostrils After Rhinoplasty- Is It Swelling?

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

While the shape, of the nose, can be altered by post op swelling after a Rhinoplasty, flared nostrils are not an area effected by this swelling IMHO.  This is more likely caused by manipulation of the tip cartilages and is something that you should discuss with your Rhinoplasty Surgeon.  

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

Flared nostrils after rhinoplasty

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Three weeks is way too early to evaluate your results.  Swelling can persist for a few months so there is no need for panic.  Give the results a chance to mature and plan on final evaluation after about 8 weeks with any needed revisions deferred for at least 6 months.

You might also like...

Wide nostrils

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

If your tip projection was set back you will get some flaring of the nostrils. It's to early to tell how much versus the swelling though. If necessary nostril reduction can be done in 6-9 months as a minor touch up procedure.

Michael L. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Nostril flare after rhinoplasty

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

It makes sense that as the tip projection is reduced during rhinoplasty that the nostril will tend to flare. It may not be swelling and a Weir procedure may be helpful to clean up your result. Wait a good while before deciding.

Best of luck,


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

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.