Does swelling affect the profile of a nose or will this be my final size? (Photo)
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Does swelling affect the profile of the nose
Swelling and profile length
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How does post-operative swelling affect the profile of the nose?
Post-operative swelling can take up to 18 months to resolve completely, although the vast majority of it is gone much sooner than that. I usually tell my patients that approximately 60% of the swelling is gone at 1 month, 70% at 2 months, 80% at 3 months, and 90% at 6 months - the remaining 10% will typically resolve over the next 6-12 months.
Having said that, where and how the swelling affects the post-operative appearance of the nose is partly dependent on the surgical technique / approach (open versus endonasal, reduction vs augmentation rhinoplasty, etc), as well as the timeline. At 2 weeks, you still have a great deal of swelling, and it could certainly affect the perceived length of the nose, depending on what maneuvers were performed in order to achieve the results you were seeking.
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Does swelling affect the profile of a nose or will this be my final size?
Stephen M. Davis, MD, FACS
Green Hills Plastic Surgery
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