Is this dorsal curve more likely to be swelling or a hump residue/beak deformity? (Photos)

Currently, I'm only 7 days post op and my cast got removed yesterday. However, when the cast got removed you could already see the dorsal bump/curve that is shown in the (after) photo. Will this reduce overtime? Is it likely to be swelling or is it a residual hump/undercorrection? After cast removal I haven't experienced any new swelling.

Doctor Answers 3

Residual dorsal hump

Unfortunately, I do not feel that your hump will improve with time. In fact it will likely get worse with time. You should follow up with your surgeon to get a revision of your nasal dorsum earlier rather than later especially since your residual hump looks like it may be over the middle 1/3rd of your nose which will require further resection of cartilage.

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Dear showmesomesweet, You are early in the recovery phase so you will have some swelling that will dissipate over the coming months however I suspect that you still have a residual hump. An examination by your surgeon can determine this for you. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hello,It is difficult if not impossible to make these kind of judgement calls with accuracy by looking at photos on the internet. However, it appears your nasal dorsum still exhibits a 'bump' that may not be swelling.  Have a discussion with your doctor.  If you feel compelled, go on a few second opinion consultations.Best of luck!

Gerald Minniti, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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