My Nose Right Now is Really Swollen at the Tip

I am 2 weeks post op.. The tip of my nose is really swollen so from the side my nose looks really pudgy and I kind of look like a pig/bulldog. But once swelling goes down does my nose start to correct itself by making my side profile straighter and less pudgy looking by kind of falling? If that makes sense? Have a picture of my nose in last question I asked -thanks!!


Doctor Answers 8

My Nose Right Now is Really Swollen at the Tip

Two weeks is way too early to assess the final results. I always tell rhinoplasty patients that the easy part of the surgery is reviewing video imaging and choosing to move forward with the procedure. The hard part is waiting up to 12 months for the final results. You will have a decent idea of the final result at 3 months, good idea at 6 months and clear view of the final result at 12 months. Is easy to say and hard to do but be patient. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 129 reviews

How swelling affects your appearance after rhinoplasty

Swelling causes all of the skin of the nose to look tighter.  On the frontal view, the nose as a whole will look wider.  The tip may appear overly rotated, which will make the nose look short with an upturned tip on the profile view.  (On the fontal view, you might even see too much of your nostrils due to the upturned tip.)  As the swelling settles, these features resolve themselves, and the true outcome of the surgery becomes visible.  For a primary rhinoplasty, it typically will take a year for everything to resolve.  On secondary surgery, because of the previous scar from skin elevation, it can take up to 2 years for the swelling to fully resolve.  If you have any questions about your nose in particular, it is best to discuss it with your surgeon during follow-up visits.

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Michael A. Bogdan, MD, FACS
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Two weeks too early to make assessment of rhinoplasty.

He seemed to have answered your own question. Is impossible to tell if the final outcome will be satisfactory two weeks after a rhinoplasty.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

My Nose Right Now is Really Swollen at the Tip

This early after rhinoplasty, it is premature to be concerned about the final result.




Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

Early Rhinoplasty Tip Swelling

It takes months for all the swelling to disappear after a Rhinoplasty.  Relax, and follow your Plastic Surgeons post op instructions.    It is too soon for you to see the final result.  Best wishes for a fast recovery!

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Rhinoplasty swelling post op

Swelling in the nose will take 6-12 months to resolve following rhinoplasty. You will see more definition and sharper lines in the nasal tip as the swelling resolves. Most surgeons won't consider revision until 1 year. Sometimes steroid shots are indicated to speed the healing process.  

Kurtis Martin, MD
Cincinnati Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Early Rhinoplasty Tip Swelling


Thank you for sharing your concerns. Although you are anxious about your results, it will be another 6-12 months before your final results can be assessed. Share your concerns with your surgeon, but be patient.  I hope this helps. Take care.

Robert Brobst, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

The nose heals slowly. "Pudginess" will subside.

I understand your concern. As I'm sure your surgeon told you, your nose has a long way to go before it's healed. The swelling in the tip really does take months and months to resolve. By convention, we say about 1 year until you achieve your final result. So be patient. As the tip swelling goes away, your nose will look different. 

Randolph Capone, MD, FACS
Baltimore Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

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