8 Months Post-Op Rhinoplasty, Nose Tip Looks Swollen, Normal?

Hi, I had revision rhinoplasty 8 months ago via the closed procedure to bring the nose tip down, as it had pushed up after my initial rhinoplasty 3 yrs ago. My question is, can nose tip swelling appear late in the tip as the tip looked fine for the first few months but now im not sure whether it is swollen or the tip is pushing up again? thanks

Doctor Answers 5

Swelling can fluctuate after rhinoplasty

After rhinoplasty, tip shape is typically the last thing to settle before seeing the final result; this can take 12 months or longer. During this time you will notice that the size of your tip decreases as swelling resolves and subtle details and tip definition appear.

At 8 months following revision rhinoplasty, you will still notice improvement in the size of your nose. With regards to your concerns about the size of your nasal tip, this area tends to be most sensitive and effected by swelling.

Recovery after rhinoplasty will vary based on the person, characteristics of the nasal tissues and what was done during surgery. It can take somewhere in and around 12-18 months to see the final results. For revision rhinoplasty, it can take longer for all of the swelling to subside. The areas with thicker skin in the nose such as the tip, alar rims and radix will require longer to settle. Also there appears to be a linear decrease in swelling for the first several months followed by a period where the swelling fluctuates (sometimes little or no swelling and other times more swelling) before the nose settles.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after a rhinoplasty

It is not uncommon to have some degree of swelling to the tip of the nose for the first 12 months after surgery. Especially if you had a revision surgery.   Some individuals are more prone the this condition including those with thicker nasal skin.  Gentle massage may be of some benefit.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after rhinoplasty


  Swelling the tip of the nose can persist for quite some time after revision rhinoplasty.  Scar tissue and multiple surgeries change the dynamics of fluid resorption in the soft tissues of the nose.  A bad sunburn or allergies to new skin care products can cause the tip of the nose to swell up even after the surgical edema was gone.  You should ask your rhinoplasty surgeon to look at your nose and give you their recommendations. 

Hope this helps


Christopher Kolstad, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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8 Months Post-Op Rhinoplasty, Nose Tip Looks Swollen, Normal?

  In cases of Revision Rhinoplasty swelling can persist for up to 18 months or longer.  The real question is whether this is residual swelling, scar tissue formation or cartilage tip shifting.  You'd have to ask your Rhinoplasty Surgeon this question or see an experienced Rhinoplastry Surgeon who could feel and examine your nose.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swollen Nasal Tip 8 Months after Revision Rhinoplasty

Some tip swelling 8 months after revision rhinoplasty is possible, especially if you have thick skin. However, it is unusual for that swelling to be increasing, or that the tip is "pushing up again" at this time. Talk to your surgeon and review pre-op pictures - we all tend to forget what the nose looked like before surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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