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?
Not Too Happy with my Results, Should I Start Saving Up for Revision Rhinoplasty?
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.
How long do I wait after rhinoplasty before considering revision surgery?
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.
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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.
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.
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
Very Early After Rhinoplasty
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