Hanging Alar and Columella? (photo)

Hi, I had rhinoplasty 2 months ago. I don't like the shape of my nose, esp my alar and columella. And my nose crooked too :( How's the procedures to lift my alar and make alar-columella relationship in ideal shape. I have thick skin. Thank you

Doctor Answers 5

Alar retraction after rhinoplasty

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In general, your ala will retract and lift up slightly as you continue to heal after rhinoplasty.  You have a moderate amount of swelling in your nose, and it's too early to make any conclusions about the final result.  You may find that as the swelling resolves your symmetry and alar-columellar relationship also improve.  

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Healing takes many months for rhinoplasty.

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The amount of swelling I see in your nose is normal at two months after rhinoplasty and would encourage to be more patient.  

Eric In Choe, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Need more time in order to evaluate nasal tip changes following a rhinoplasty

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You are correct that you do have thick skin of the nasal tip.  This thick skin will definitely blunt the type of result that you desire.  However it has only been 2 months since your surgery so relax and give it time and you may see some nice change to your nasal tip.  It can take up to one year for all of the soft tissue swelling to resolve.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Rhinoplasty and swelling

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You have very thick tissues, and you are only two months out from surgery.  Give it a year for the swelling to go down.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Appropriate time for healing after rhinoplasty

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The shape of your nose is going to continue to change as you heal.  It's too early 2 months after surgery to begin worrying about a revision.  Follow up closely with your surgeon, let him/her know your concerns, and give your nose a chance to heal.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

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