Are asymmetrical nostrils normal after Rhinoplasty? (photo)
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Swelling and asymmetry immediately after surgery is expected
- Thanks for the photo.
- The only think that you should concentrate during these initial weeks of healing is to take care of your self with rest, eating well, and relaxing.
- The swelling in the nostrils will change (even when you lay on one side more than the other)
- Follow your surgeons instructions and take care of the nose as instructed.
Are asymmetrical nostrils normal after Rhinoplasty?
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Early after surgery minor asymmetries of the nose are common after rhinoplasty.
Nostril Symmetry Post-op
Too soon to know
It is understandable that you are concerned. Changes after rhinoplasties vary with every patient and what you are experiencing is normal especially that swelling takes time to subside as it masks the results of your surgery.
Unfortunately, with the pictures posted, the lack of surgical details and the inability to perform a physical exam it is not possible to provide you with a definitive answer that could be medically sound.
It is important to keep in mind that it is early to pass a judgment. Usually, a year is required before formulating how your nose will be. Even then, your nose will keep shaping itself and to complement your face for better results in the years to come.
My best recommendations at the moment is to be patient, allow nature to take its course and edema subsides for better results. There is no doubt that once the swelling subsides, more definition and shape will be achieved and you should be happier with the results.
Also, it is important that you keep communicating with your surgeon and work as a team together to achieve the best results possible.
Congratulations on your surgery and please remain positive!
Ali Sajjadian, MD FACS
You should continue to follow up with your surgeon to make sure everything is healing normally of course.
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