1 week post-op open rhinoplasty; nose is bigger than before rhinoplasty?
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Be Patient With Postoperative Rhinoplasty Swelling
The size of your nose that you noticed directly after surgery is approximately the size it will be once the swelling you are currently experiencing subsides. Swelling is the body's normal reaction to trauma or injury, as white blood cells and fluids accumulate in the area in an attempt to repair the injury. The process takes some time, which is why your nose looked smaller directly after surgery than it does now. The initial swelling also takes time to subside – but by the third week most patients see a reduction of 60%.
As you noted, it can take up to a year for all of the swelling to subside and for the full and optimal results of your rhinoplasty to be apparent. I understand your eagerness to know what you will look like. However, you can't rush your body. It can take longer for the swelling to subside if you have thick skin or a revision surgery. Just be patient and if you have any other questions, always feel free to contact the board-certified plastic surgeon who performed your rhinoplasty. I hope this helps.
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