Is it normal to have "piggy" nose after a rhinoplasty? (Photo)

I recently had a rhinoplasty.. 11 days to be exact and I'm starting to notice that my nostrils are more noticeable than ever. Is this normal? I spoke to my doctor about my concern but it didn't seem to bother him. I understand that I'm a bit swollen... and I'm hoping that that's the reasoning my nostrils looks this way. Also, one side looks bigger than the other. How can this be corrected?

Doctor Answers 3

11 days post op, some advices:

Thank you very much for enquire.

It's too early to make value judgments with only eleven days after a rhinoplasty.
Swelling after a rhinoplasty depends of the surgery complexity.
In this regard, the nasal swelling Post-op It can last from two weeks to two months.
To reduce this swelling, I recommend you perform delicates daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the face (around the nose) avoid sun exposure, and take pain/inflamation pills, as your surgeron precribe you.
Kind regards, 
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-  

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Is it normal to have "piggy" nose after a rhinoplasty?

Most likely after 3 moths healing either surgical revision or non surgical HA filler revision or a combination of them would be OK.

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Is it normal to have "piggy" nose after a rhinoplasty?

Without pre-operative photos- it's difficult to give the best response. It is somewhat early, there should be some improvement as the swelling subsides. Give it time- you may then see the improvement you desire. If not, after 6-8 months- you may address the possibility of Revision, and you may benefit from a second opinion.

Thomas Trevisani, Sr., MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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