I had revision rhino 3 weeks ago. Straightened septum, rasped bridge, evened out tip and reattached cartilage on LEFT side of nose. Good amount of swelling on OUTSIDE of RIGHT side. Swelling is down a lot on OUTSIDE of LEFT side, but some airway obstruction on LEFT side of inside. Is is possible the cartilage became detached again? Is this possible? No trauma, blowing or anything has happened. Or it uneven swelling common?
Revision Rhino, Uneven Swelling?
Doctor Answers 3
3 weeks post rhinoplasty revision
Patients three weeks post rhinoplasty revision will often have a lot of swelling and this may affect your breathing. Give it time to settle down.
Uneven swelling after rhinoplasty...
Uneven swelling is common after rhinoplasty. This is caused by many factors including simply sleeping on one side or the other. At 3 weeks I wouldn't be alarmed. Its unlikely that anything has shifted significantly if you had no trauma or bleeding.
Hang in there and wait for the swelling to subside.
Hope this helps,
Dr. Michael in Miami
Too early to draw any conclusions
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. Swelling can be more marked and prolonged after revision rhinoplasty; it can also be asymmetric. 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. With regards to nasal airflow, this may take 3-4 months to improve after surgery.
It is important to be patient during your recovery - it will take a while to see the final results.