Where my dorsal hump used to be is now very soft and squishy. I am worried about a possible development of inverted V deformity

I had a closed rhinoplasty done that resulted in shaving down the dorsal hump on my nose and slightly lifting the tip. However, ever since the cast came off when I run my finger down the bridge of my nose, the spot where my hump used to be feels soft and squishy and dips in when even minor pressure is applied. The top of my nose and the bottom both feel strong and bony like they did before the surgery. Is this normal? Why does that one spot now feel so squishy? Should I worry?

Doctor Answers 3

Nose feels soft in the middle after rhinoplasty

I do not know how long ago you had your rhinoplasty, but if it is within the first two to three weeks, my first instinct is to rule out a fluid collection or hematoma beneath the skin. I have seen this on a number of occasions over the bridge of the nose and it feels soft and "squishy" as you describe. A small less than 1 cm fluid accumulation can be causing that which can be easily aspirated with a syringe while you're awake in the clinic. However, if this proves not to be the case, this soft spot can be representing edema or swelling  (which will go away on its own)  or a discontinuous transition from the nasal bone into the lower part of your septum and nasal tip.  This would not necessarily represent an "open roof" deformity put more likely a saddle nose deformity which could be very minor or more significant. I suggest you follow up with  your plastic surgeon to get further details and reassurance.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Post rhinoplasty healing

Mckenzie, I guess the better question is when was your surgery done? If there was extensive dorsal work, then it can be expected for there to be soft tissue swelling. To a certain extent, different parts of the nose swell differently and at different rates.  The reason for that is that not all of the skin over the nose is uniform - the nasal tip, for example, as it swells can feel rock hard.  Whereas the nasal dorsum can feel like a sponge.  The best gauge of how things will heal once the process is completed is how your nose looked immediately after the cast was removed.  Remember, it can take a few months (between 3-4) for the majority of the swelling to come down, and a total year before you see the final result.  When in doubt, contact your PS's office with any concerns, or bring them up at your next post operative visit.  Best of luck.  Enjoy your new nose!

Miguel Mascaro, MD
Delray Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Where my dorsal hump used to be is now very soft and squishy. I am worried about a possible development of inverted V deformity

Sounds like you are very very early in healing phase! Best to allow at least 3 months healing before seeking opinions of the appearances.

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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