When does the nose collapse after rhinoplasty? I am extremely careful not to move my face. Afraid to eat or brush my teeth

I got a rhinoplasty 5 days ago and I am really scared bacause i coughed a few times and I also smiled a bit the 2nd day after the surgery. I am afraid this will affect my results and that my nose will collapse. I only eat mashed potatoes. When do you see if your nose is collapsed? Can it collapse years after the surgery even if it looks okay at first? When can I be sure that my nose will not collapse? Like at what stage in my recovery can I be sure that my nose will not change and collapse?

Doctor Answers 4

Rhinoplasty post op

If you are following all the instructions your surgeon gave you, you will do well.  Your nose will not collapse so don't be afraid.  But make sure to follow up with your surgeon and discuss your concerns. 


Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty post op

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If you are following all the instructions your surgeon gave you, you will do well.  Your nose will not collapse so don't be afraid.  But make sure to follow up with your surgeon and discuss your concerns. 


Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Nose collapse

Your nasal tip will be stable in its position after one month; please stop eating mashpotatos only! Just don't bump your nose and all should be good.

Nose collapse

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Your nasal tip will be stable in its position after one month; please stop eating mashpotatos only! Just don't bump your nose and all should be good.

Concerned Nose will Collapse after Rhinoplasty

Dear etana, You should not be concerned that your nose will collapse and you can certainly smile with no concerns. Speak with your surgeon regarding your concerns so he/she can give you instructions during the healing period that will keep your mind at ease. Most patients return to many of their normal activities a week into there recovery. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Concerned Nose will Collapse after Rhinoplasty

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Dear etana, You should not be concerned that your nose will collapse and you can certainly smile with no concerns. Speak with your surgeon regarding your concerns so he/she can give you instructions during the healing period that will keep your mind at ease. Most patients return to many of their normal activities a week into there recovery. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 211 reviews

Rhinoplasty

First of all you can eat other food aside from mash potatoes. Follow your Surgeons instructions and you should be fine. If you have any questions I would suggest contacting your Doctor.

We wish you the best of luck!

Rhinoplasty

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First of all you can eat other food aside from mash potatoes. Follow your Surgeons instructions and you should be fine. If you have any questions I would suggest contacting your Doctor.

We wish you the best of luck!

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