Two years after Rhinoplasty, I am still getting swelling. Why is this, and is it possible that I still have more healing time to go? Will steroid shots help at this point? If revision is the only way, what can I expect cost wise for a simple refining of the tip? I am Italian and have thicker skin; could this be the issue? If so, what can I do about the skin and the soft tissue swelling I'm seeing?
Steroid Shot for Swelling 2 Years After Rhinoplasty?
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Swelling after Rhinoplasty
Thick-skinned individuals may experience prolonged swelling after rhinoplasty. However, 2 years is a long time. I suggest seeing an experienced surgeon to have a trial of steroid injections; obviously this is the easiest approach. If not successful, consider revision surgery.
Nose Swelling 2 years after rhinoplasty
I have seen a couple of patients in consultation for fluctuating nasal tip swelling after rhinoplasty. All of them had multiple rhinoplasty procedures before. Therefore, I believe that the lymphatic and/or blood flow, which is always somewhat changed after surgery, is responsible for these rare reactions. Steroids injections were of temporary benefit only; it unfortunately did not solve the problem. I also don't think that the surgeon is to blame; it is rather an unusual issue.
Your tip swelling sounds to be constant and only showed up more than a year after surgery... I am not sure how to interpret this.
I would agree with your surgeon that revision rhinoplasty should not be considered with enthusiasm. Although it MAY work, there is absolutely no guaranty and it may make it worse.