Rhinoplasty revision? Advice should I? (photos)
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At this point, it is much too early to make a determination. The nose will always have swelling at this stage. Be patient and follow closely with your plastic surgeon. I bet it will settle down on its own. Good luck!
Hello. It's difficult to make any definitive diagnosis so soon after a rhinoplasty. You should expect swelling in the immediate postoperative period (which can last up to 2-3 weeks after surgery). However, there will be some persistent swelling that will last many months, though the majority of the swelling should be gone by 2-4 months. The best advice is to keep your regularly scheduled followups with your surgeon to track your healing. Take care.
If you just had your surgery done, you still have a lot of swelling on your nose, by this time maybe you have another 50% of swelling to go away, and takes time for that swelling to go away, it may take about 3 months for another 25% of the swelling to go away, and it takes a full year before you can see the final results. So at this time if you see a small difference or a small bump on your nose, that is not the final result, be patient and wait to see the final results.
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Recovering from rhinoplasty and evaluating your result
Recovering from rhinoplasty is a healing process. Part of that process is waiting for swelling to go down to see your result
In the first 6-8 weeks the majority of swelling will go down. Over the next 6-9 months you'll experience a downward trending rollercoaster of swelling going up and down depending on your exposure to heat, sun, or salt. At one year, you're close to your final result; however, the nose is known to continue healing and refining by very small amounts for years after that. So at less than 2 weeks, you're very early in the healing process.
The swelling commonly goes down in an uneven way. First one side and then the other goes down, which may give the appearance of a crooked nose until the other side catches up. The tip is the last area to settle down. It's important to follow your surgeon's instructions and keep your follow-up appointments so your surgeon can track your progress toward a safe and happy outcome. Safety comes first.
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