1 Week Post-Op and I'm Not Satisfied with the Result of my Alarplasty, Too Early to Decide?

I had alarplasty on march 16, 2012. is it too early to decide? but my nose is not swelling anymore. it's not red at all.

Doctor Answers 8

Unsatisfied after one week

One week is far to premature to be unsatisfied with you results. Post-operative swelling can last for a few months and it can take up to 6 months before your final result is revealed. I would be patient and follow up with your surgeon and be compliant with your surgeon's post-operative instructions.

Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Alarplasty healing

It is too soon after your surgery to assess your surgical result. I would expect there to be tissue swelling in your nose still that needs to resolve. Also there will be a scar contracture process that will cause the result to evolve further with time.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Alarplasty and one week post-op

At one week post-op it is way too early to see the final result of your alarplasty. You shoudl give it a few months.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Early eval of rhino results

yes too early

one week is very early

i ask myself and my patients to resist making judgement until at least one month (and even that is too early)

the earliest you can get a good sense for how things are going to look is three months, and it really takes a year to get the best sense of what the results will be

Adam Bryce Weinfeld, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

Too Early to Decide re Results of Alarplasty 1 Week Post-op

It is not only too early to decide if your alarplasty was successful just one week after surgery, it is impossible. Without seeing you, I guarantee that swelling is present. Be patient; wait at least 6 months to evaluate your alae.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

1 Week Post-Op

1 week post surgery is still very early for you to judge the results of your surgery - be patient and follow up with your surgeon

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 221 reviews


No rhinoplasty should be judged before a minimum of 3 months. You should wait much longer still to consider revision. Be patient.

Neal Goldberg, MD
Westchester Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

1 Week Post-Op to early

It is definitely to early to form a reasonable opinion if your surgical procedure was successful in achieving your expectations. You have to wait 6 months to see before the tissues reach the healing stage to make a proper assessment but at this stage, if you feel your nose is not swollen anymore, you should be able to notice if the operation has created at least some improvement you desired.

Kris Conrad, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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