How Do I Know if the Nostril Incision is Healing Properly After Rhinoplasty?

I had my rhinoplasty 9 days ago so far i havent had any complaints. Im loving the shape and size even tho its still swollen. My concern is my left nostril. The right nostril looks like it properly healed and feels tight but the left one looks like the skin is still separate from the skin on my face and the skin is not as tight. Its not a huge gap. I still have stitches along the nostrils they will be taken out tomorrow. Is this normal? Will it heal after?

Doctor Answers 13

Nostril Incision After Rhinoplasty

This is totally normal during the early healing. I encourage you to give things some time. If you have chosen the right surgeon- which it sounds like so far you have- you need to trust in his care throughout the process.

Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 133 reviews

Rhino Incisions

It is too early to tell if you are going to have any problems at this point. What seems like an asymmetry today may be just fine when all the swelling has come down. Be patient, swelling after nose surgery can take weeks to months depending on what you had done.

Douglas L. Gervais, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 176 reviews

Healing properly after rhinoplasty

A rhinoplasty result will take several months to know how well it healed and how good the rsult is.  At one week it is pretty early. Certainly ask your questions to your doctor when you see him/her tomorrow.

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


Since you will see your plastic surgeon tomorrow, ask him if he/she feels the incisions are healing well as he will have the best view.  What seems abnormal to you may be minor differences with perfectly normal healing. Enjoy your new nose

Steven Schuster, MD, FACS
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Rhinoplasty 9 days ago

9 days after rhinoplasty is too early to determine whether your incision is healing correctly.  If you are seeing your plastic surgeon to take out your sutures tomorrow, you should feel free to discuss your concerns.  I'm sure he/she would be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Dr. Cat Begovic

Catherine Huang-Begovic, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Incisions after rhinoplasty

Sutures outside the nose are most often removed by seven days after rhinoplasty. You should not see gaps or open areas. Sutures on the inside of the nose generally dissolve and stay unseen, and you should not try to see them. If you have an open area or gap, see your surgeon right away.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Is Nostril Incision Healing Properly

If you posted photos, it would be easier to guide you.  If your sutures are not removed yet, it is too soon to tell what your results will be.  Have your surgeon guide you.

Amy T. Bandy, DO, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Rhinoplasty Incisions

Since you are able compare left to right, you should have the right side examined by your surgeon for normal healing - perhaps there was a small area of separation.

In general,  scars require 6-12months to heal.

Stephan Baker, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

How Do I Know if the Nostril Incision is Healing Properly After Rhinoplasty?

9 days after surgery is too early for a  final decision on the healing.Be patient a little longer.


let your plastic surgeon  follow it and guide you.Good luck.

Erel Laufer, MD
Dunedin Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

How Do I Know if the Nostril Incision is Healing Properly After Rhinoplasty?

Dera RhinoNewbie:


Incisions take weeks to months to heal properly. Nine days after rhinoplasty is too early to asses your incisions.

Be patient as healing has just begun for you, and discuss with your surgeon so he can evaluate your concerns.

My Best,



Michel Siegel, MD

Michel Siegel, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 113 reviews

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