Does the Tip Always Go Down After Rhinoplasty Swelling Subsides?

It's going to be 2 weeks on Monday since they took the cast off, and 3 weeks since the operation. I am happy with the way my tip looks at the moment. It's slightly a bit piggy, but not a lot. It looks perfect. I was wondering, does it always come down when swelling is gone? Or are there some cases where it stays the same or even lifts up a little? I wouldn't mind it going up a little. I told my surgeon that I wanted it lifted a little more than normal. Thank you.

Doctor Answers 3

Be patient.

Since it has only been three weeks since the rhinoplasty surgery, the swelling is still significant in the nose and will come down. Full remodeling of the tip takes the longest period of time and takes upwards of a year. There can even be some subtle changes in the nose between the first and the fifth year after the surgery. Be patient; it takes a long time for the nasal tip to settle down.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The swelling that you have will go down.

Though the swelling will go down and the tip will drop slightly, how much it will drop depends on several factors. The good news is that the relative look will probably be the same.  

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Yes, nose tip usually goes down after swelling is gone

The nasal tip comes down a bit over the first 2-3 months in most cases. Of course, it depends on how much it had to be elevated during the rhinoplasty, and the technique that was used. 

Armen Vartany, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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