Revision Rhino, Uneven Swelling?

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?

Doctor Answers 3

3 weeks post rhinoplasty revision

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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.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Uneven swelling after rhinoplasty...

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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

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At 3 weeks following revision rhinoplasty, you are extremely early in your recovery. It is way too soon to draw any conclusions. At this point, it is important for you to focus on recovering from surgery. It will be several more weeks before you can really appreciate any of the changes from your surgery. It is unlikely that anything has detached or moved since your surgery 3 weeks ago.

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.

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