Why Does my Front View Look Wider Than my Before? (photo)

i had my nose done 8 weeks ago. it still looks wider than my old nose and more blobby, very upsetting. what is causing this? will it change?

Doctor Answers 11

Larger Nose After Rhinoplasty

Because your procedure was only performed 8 weeks ago, it's very likely that you're still experiencing swelling from the rhinoplasty. In many cases, individuals continue to notice swelling for up to two years before final results are seen. It's important to continue to be patient during this time and throughout recovery as your swelling begins to subside.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Tip Width at 8 Weeks Following Rhinoplasty

  Tip width at 8 weeks following rhinoplasty may indeed be greater than the original nose tip width, depending upon maneuvers used and individual healing characteristics.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Why does my front view look wider than my before?

After 8 weeks, you are still experiencing swelling. In general, the final result of a rhinoplasty may not be evident for 18-24 months following surgery. 70% of the swelling is resolved after the first 3 months, and the remainder goes down over time. Your nose will continue to improve as you heal. I would recommend communicating any post-operative concerns with your surgeon, as they know the extent of your surgery and exactly what was performed. I hope this helps, and best of luck. 

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Why Does my Front View Look Wider Than my Before? (photo)

The action posted photos are not helpful to see the effect of surgery. Obtain the surgeon's before and after photos and post again so we can compare. It could be you did not have fractures of the nasal vault. Awaiting your response. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty at 8 weeks

Noses often look wider than before surgery at this point in the recovery process because of swelling.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty at 8 weeks

As other Surgeons have correctly posted, a critical analysis of your Rhinoplasty result at 8 weeks post Rhinoplasty is premature.  There is still a moderate degree of swelling which will take a few more months to subside.  It would be best to review your standardized photos with your Surgeon at 9-12 months.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The front view always looks "fat" early on after rhinoplasty

I tell all of my patients that the final "narrowness" of the front view is one of the last things to show. It is not uncommon for 6 months or more to pass before you can really appreciate your nasal width.

Laxmeesh Mike Nayak, MD
Saint Louis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Wider nose post op 8 weeks

I think its some swelling at this stage and some close up difference in images posted. I hope it improves in time. Wish you good luck.

Ashok Govila, FRCS, MCh, MS
Dubai Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 88 reviews

Wide nose post op

There may still be some swelling that makes it look wider. However, if the post op photo was taken closer than 4 feet then the nose will always look bigger and fatter


What does you surgeon say?


David Ellis MD FRCSC Facial Plastic Surgeon at Art of Facial Surgery

David A. F. Ellis, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Post-rhinoplasty Swelling

Hello 'shelly3783', thanks for your question.  It is difficult to ascertain the source of your concern without further information, such as the details of what exactly was done during your rhinoplasty surgery, if you have any comorbities such as diabetes or smoking, and how active you have been since recovery.  Your photos are also difficult to evaluate without more views from different angles, but to me the postop result seems more refined with narrower dorsal aesthetic lines.  All I can offer is that 8 weeks is still very early postop, especially if you had an open rhinoplasty, and the swelling can last several months to a good year.  I recommend giving it more time and having regular follow-ups with your plastic surgeon who can address your concerns further if the swelling persists.  Good luck! -Dr.92660


Parviz Goshtasby, MD, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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