I Had Rhinoplasty 4 Days Ago. I Think the Tip is Turned Up Too Much. Will It "Drop"? and When? Also is This Because of Swelling?

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Up-rotated tip 4 days following rhinoplasty.

At 4 days following rhinoplasty there is Still a tremendous amount of swelling present.  In fact, the peak swelling likely occurs at 3 days.  Furthermore, most surgeons will place a splint on the dorsum which stays in place for the first week.  Both of these factors will make it very difficult to determine whether the tip is too up-turned.  The nasal form will not stabilize until 9 to 12 months and changes may even occur following that if sufficient structural support has not been built into the nose.  At the 3 month point, the vast majority of the swelling will have resolved and any changes that occur afterwards usually do not enhance the aesthetic result.  Therefore, by 3 months one can usually tell whether a revision rhinoplasty is necessary. 

Mario J. Imola, MD, DDS, FRCSC. 

Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Without seeing a picture it’s very hard to give advice. All we can tell you is that you are swollen and it will subside it takes 6-9 months. We would need to see you’re before and after picture to be more exact.

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Early Post Operative Changes Following a Rhinoplasty

Without a before and after photograph it is difficult to answer your question.  In general there can be an exaggerated upward tilt to the nose after a rhinoplasty due to swelling.  Your plastic surgeon is in the best position to determine if this is the intended result and one that is in line with your expectations.  Remember it is early in your recovery and thing do change with time.   

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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