Why Does my Tip Look Like This Post-op? (photo)

I am confused, annoyed and sad. Size of my tip used to be great before. Now it looks like a big unrefined piece of meat which is asymetrical. its been more thn 5 months already, and it never got better. Why is this? when i touch inside of my one side nose i can feel unorganized cartilages gathered together on top. My nose was only elevated and trimmed a tiny bit! Why??? thanks

Doctor Answers 6

Why Does my Tip Look Like This Post-op?

        I would follow with your surgeon, and I would give the tip a full year for swelling to resolve. 


Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

My tip became more bulbous after rhinoplasty

Your tip was slightly bulbous before surgery as well.  Postoperative photos show that the alae (nostrils) became wider;  this may happen with certain tip manipulations, for example placement of the rim grafts. My advise is to discuss this with your surgeon and to give it more time to fully settle before contemplating a correction.

Alexander Ovchinsky, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Why Does my Tip Look Like This Post-op? (photo)

Appears you needed a tip rhinoplasty that was not done or incorrectly attempted. Best to wait one more month than have a tip revision. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

Tip rhinoplasty results

The tip of the nose can take at least 6 to 12 months to soften up and refine.  Try to give it more time before you judge the final result.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Your tip should get better

The tip takes the longest to heal, up to one year.  You can massage your tip area to help soften things.

Paul M. Parker, MD, FACS
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Nasal tip swelling

The swelling in your nasal tip can take up to a year to improve.  You should give it at least one year.  Good luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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