How Much Swelling is Possible After Rhinoplasty?

how many milimeters in swelling for bridge height is possible? and if your tip looks to upturned how far down can it come back down after swelling?

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Swelling after Rhinoplasty

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The amount of swelling after a rhinoplasty will depend on the patient's skin, what was changed, and what techniques were used. It is so variable it is impossible to descrribe this in specific millimeters.  The post -operative swelling can cause the tip to look "upturned". My only constructive advice is be patient.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Prevention of rhinoplasty swelling

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It depends upon multiple factors.The amount of surgical truama , bleeding, patients wound healing reponse, dietery habits etc all  contribute to swelling. Most of these can be prevented or controlled by the surgeon and the patient. Minimal surgical trauma and prophylsctic use of snti inflamatory corticosterids will reduce the risk of excessive swelling.There fore detailed preoperative consultaion appropriative post opreative care is essential ,

Zain Kadri, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

Swelling after rhinoplasty

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As after any surgery, swelling is a normal occurrence in the post-operative period after rhinoplasty. The amount of swelling depends on the exact procedure performed. The tip tends to swell the most and stay swollen the longest. An "open" rhinoplasty, which creates a scar on the skin between the nostrils, usually causes more swelling than a "closed" one, where all the incisions are hidden inside the nose. There will be some descent of the tip once swelling resolves, but it depends on many  factors, such as thickness of the skin and cartilage support, and is difficult to quantitate. 

Olivia Hutchinson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

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