Are swelling and numbness in the tip independent of one another?

Are swelling and numbness in the tip independent of one another? I have noticed that feeling is slowly returning to nose, though it's still very swollen.

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Swelling and Numbness

Hello,
They are very much independent of each other, although they may follow similar time courses of healing.  Very frequently swelling can be prolonged whereas numbness is usually gone (mostly) within a few months.
Best of luck!


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty: Are swelling and numbness in the tip independent of one another?

Dear jtlightening15, To simplify the answer "yes" they are independent of one another. You may have sensation returning while there is still residual swelling that will be dissipating. Patience and constant contact with your surgeons office for answers to your concerns will help you through the recovery process. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling and feeling

Thank you for the question and the simple answer is YES but both should improve over time so be patient.

Dr. Corbin

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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You are correct. Sensory recovery behaves independent of tip swelling following rhinoplasty

Nasal tip sensation is dependent on the integrity of microscopic sensory end organs that convert skin sensations to electrical signals and are transmitted to the brain by way of uninterrupted connection of nerves.  Sensory recovery after rhinoplasty is contingent on the functional restoration of this entire electrical circuit to the brain.

Nasal swelling after rhinoplasty is the result of immature well vascularized collagen produced by fibroblasts to mend the surgically incised tissue.  As collagen matures, tissue fluid diminishes and external nasal swelling abates.  Collagen synthesis is a biochemical process independent of the human nervous system.  Therefore, sensory recovery is independent nasal tip swelling after rhinoplasty.

Chen Lee, MD
Montreal Plastic Surgeon
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