I am six months post primary rhinoplasty with a rock hard tip and columella. Will septal cartilage grafts used soften over time?
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Stiff nose after rhinoplasty
This will start to soften around 6 months. The nasal tip numbness will be gone by 3-6 months typically.
Unaturally stiff nasal tip after rhinoplasty
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Your doctor is 100% right. It can take time for the tip to soften up - but it will. It all has to do with not only what was done under the nose (how much maneuvering had to be done, what grafts were placed, etc), but also your propensity for swelling, your ability to heal, what kind of skin you have, etc. I personally have seen it stay stiff for up to a year before fully softening up later on. It will come. Remember, things heal best by resting. However, the nose is intrinsically connected to many muscles of facial expression and, as such, does not have that luxury. It is continuously moving when you smile, when you talk, when you sip your coffee. It just takes time! Until then, enjoy your new nose!
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