2 Months After Open Rhinoplasty the Tip of the Nose is Still Hard, Upturned ,and a Bit "Pinocchio-like". Will It Stay Like This?

is it a normal effect depending on the swollen columella and on the scar tissues under the tip?the doctor injected some cortisone in the tip.does it help the healing process?

Doctor Answers 8

At 2 months there could be still some residual swelling

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The entire healing process after rhinoplasty procedure takes up to 12 months. You need plenty of patience to get your final results. At this point the nose can still swollen and can be hard at the tip. You will notice changes in shape over the time. The nose will get smaller and will soften up. However, at 2 months point you should genrally have an idea how your nose will look like. Please fallow up with  your surgeon  if you have any concerns.

Swollen nose after rhinoplasty

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At two months it is fairly common to have a swollen nose after rhinoplasty.  Usually this comes down with time and then the tip often drops a bit.l  Give it time.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Hard, Upturned Tip 2 Months Post Open Rhinoplasty

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The nasal tip is never healed 2 months after an open rhinoplasty. I understand your concern, but your nose will continue to improve over the next 9-12 months.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

2 Months After Open Rhinoplasty the Tip of the Nose is Still Hard, Upturned ,and a Bit "Pinocchio-like". Will It Stay Like This?

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Very hard to advise over the internet and NO photos posted. Best to seek second opinions in person from boarded PSs in Italy. 

Swollen tip

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This is very normal especially after open rhinoplasty. The tip may be very firm for up to a year.

Michael L. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Only two months - Relax

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It is very normal to be swollen at 2 months post op.  I often tell patients that it can take up to a year tpo see the final result.  Try to be patient altho I know it is difficult.  The steroid injection may help but also givr it at least a month to work.  Good luck, Dr. Schuster in Boca Raton

Hard, upturned nose after rhinoplasty

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Two months is still pretty early after surgery to give a good assessment. How much will change is hard to say without examining your nose and not know what was done during surgery.

Stiffness after rhinoplasty is normal and will gradually soften with time. The upturned nature of the tip can also settle down with healing depending on what was done during the surgery itself.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Tip of nose 2 months after rhinoplasty

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2 months is not enough time to assess the situation, especially the tip where there is more soft tissue and it may take up to a year or more for all the swelling to subside. Most likely some of the upturn will also recede some over time. Cortisone injections can help the bulbousness.

Andrew Pichler, MD
Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon

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