Is This Normal? 2 Weeks Post Rhinoplasty and Nose Looks Different From the Sides? (photo)

I had rhinoplasty 2 wks ago and my nose look different from the left and the right. My right side look nice, well define and the left side it looks weir just straight and not defined like the other side. Is it normal?

Doctor Answers 5

Nose looks different

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this is very normal at two weeks. The swelling often goes down differently and at different rates on each side. This will usually stop at another 2-4 weeks. Be patient.

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2 weeks after Rhinoplasty

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At 2 weeks after rhinoplasty, your nose is still very swollen and in the healing phase.  It is normal for the sides or even different parts of the nose to look different side to side.  You will notice that the swelling will come down over the next few months and that all of it takes a year to resolve.  Although you would think the swelling would go down symmetrically, you will notice that swelling will go down in different parts of the nose on different days.  You may also notice that some days it looks thinner than others.  It may have to do with your level of activity, diet or way that you sleep. 

Angela Sturm, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon

2 weeks post-op, nose looks different from the sides

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2 weeks is still soon after your procedure, and there will still be a good amount of swelling present. Swelling can create the appearance of asymmetry and irregularities. I would recommend giving it a little time and see how you continue to heal. Your surgeon should be able to answer any questions you have in the meantime. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Is This Normal? 2 Weeks Post Rhinoplasty and Nose Looks Different From the Sides?

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   Asymmetric swelling is the rule early after rhinoplasty.  At 2 weeks, it is impossible to determine final results.   Your two sides will never be the same depending upon how critical you are of your nose.  Asymmetry is the norm, but is rather a matter of degree.  You early results look good.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Asymmetric Swelling after Rhinoplasty

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This is a great question. The body is asymmetric -- everyone has some degree of difference between their ears, the height of their eyes, the fullness of the cheeks, etc. The same is true for swelling and the healing process -- one side may heal a little faster or slower. At two weeks post-op, however, it's too early to judge. Only after a few months can an accurate determination be made. Please stay in touch with your surgeon as you heal.

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