Swelling and Tenderness in Nasal Cavity Normal After Rhinoplasty?

Is it common to have swelling and tenderness in nasal cavity after Rhinoplasty? Could this have been the cause why my tip is pulled towards the other side?

Doctor Answers 6

Nasal Tenderness and Swelling

It is normal to have swelling and tenderness after surgery. It is not normal if this is persistent and prolonged. I assume you have discussed it with your surgeon. We all want immediate results, but this is impossible. 

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty tenderness

 It is commons to have some tenderness in the nose after a rhinoplasty. This usually dissipates after a few weeks.  If it is longer, I would check with your doctor.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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See an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon.

 If it has been more than 6 months you should return to your surgeon. Also see an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon for a second opinion to make sure they agree.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Internal swelling and tenderness is common for up to 3 weeks after Rhinoplasty.

If you're having a chronic issue with how your nose looks and feels after Rhinoplasty, you should bring these concerns to your surgeon.

I hope this helps, and best regards.

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty: Is Swelling and Tenderness of the Nasal Cavity Normal After Surgery?

Hi Seeker,

It depends on how long ago your rhinoplasty was performed. It is normal to have swelling and mild tenderness in the nasal cavity during the first few days after rhinoplasty.

It is not normal to have swelling and tenderness after the first week. You should return to your rhinoplastic surgeon for examination to make sure that you do not have an infection or hematoma.

There are many reasons for asymmetry of the nasal tip, your surgeon is best suited to address those concerns.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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You need to be examined


I am not sure if your doctor told you that you have internal swelling or you are "feeling" the swelling. Regardless, a rhinoplasty will cause external and internal swelling post op. If the septum was operated on then the internal swelling will be much more. The nose internally and externally will go through changes in the first few months which sometimes cause temporary (or permanent) distortions. More commonly these distortions are caused by asymmetric surgical technique. See your doctor if you have questions and to make sure you do not have any fluid collections or infection if you are seeing any significant swelling along with pain or tenderness, etc

Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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