Not Too Happy with my Results, Should I Start Saving Up for Revision Rhinoplasty?

Hi, I got my nose done on July 26, 2011. It has been a little over a month now and Im not too happy with how the tip looks. I thought the doctor was going to make it less bulbous, but to me, it seems like all he did was make my nose less wide. Im not sure if my tip is still swollen. It feels hard and firm when i touch it. Does the firmness mean that it is still swollen, and that it'll still change in due time? Or should I start saving up for a revision once I hit my 1 year post op?

Doctor Answers 8

Early rhinoplasty results

You are quite early from your surgery so you need to give your nose time to heal. It typically takes about 12 months for the swelling to subside fully (especially from the tip). The tip firmness is common after rhinoplasty at this stage and is due mainly to the tissue swelling. It should soften up with time.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How long do I wait after rhinoplasty before considering revision surgery?

You should wait at least one year before you consider revision rhinoplasty and some recommend 18 months.  It is not swelling per se that you are waiting to go away.  You are waiting for the skin to contract around the new cartilage formation.  That is what takes such a long time.  So, patience is the key.  Best, - Dr. Phil

Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 83 reviews

Evaluating a Patient for Revision Rin0oplasty 1 Month after Surgery

Everybody has a swollen tip one month after rhinoplasty surgery which can cause that bulbous appearance, especially if they have thick skin. The hard and firm feeling is temporary and a tactile sign of swelling. It is too soon to make any decisions about the need for a revision, but I suggest you start saving the money; if you don't need any additional surgery, you can use the savings to celebrate the wonderful appearance of your new nose.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Not happy with results 1 month after Rhinoplasty, now what?

At 1 month after your Rhinoplasty it's too soon for you to be planning your Revision Rhinoplasty.  Give yourself several months for the swelling toi subside before making any decisions about the results.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Nasal surgery and swelling

It is far too early to consider revision.  Swelling after rhinoplasty is expected.  This is especially true if you had an open rhinoplasty.  You can expect to have some swelling for up to a year after the surgery.  The finer points and contours of your nose (especially your tip) will not be visible for some time.  Try to be patient.

Eric T. Emerson, MD, FACS
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Evaluating Rhinoplasty Results

Only six weeks from your surgery is too early to judge your rhinoplasty results. Especially with the tip. Give your results time and without question, they will continue to evolve over time. Stay in close contact with your surgeon and you can follow your results together.

Best of luck

Vincent Marin, MD, FACS

San Diego Plastic Surgery

Vincent P. Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Very Early After Rhinoplasty

Hi, It's very soon after your rhinoplasty. You still have swelling in your tip the will take 6 to 12 months to resolve. Give it a little more time, at least wait 3 months before deciding to do anything. Best, Dr.S.

Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 274 reviews

Talk to your surgeon

It take a YEAR for all the swelling to go down in a nose. Wait and relax. Also if you need a minor revision, there might be no charge other than anesthesia and a small or fee. Discuss this with  your surgeon.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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