I got a Rhinoplasty about 10 weeks ago and my nose looks asymmetrical. Any suggestions? (photos)

I got a rhinoplasty about 10 weeks ago and my nose looks asymmetrical. The left side looks more bigger than right side. my nose looks lumpy on one side. do you think it's still the swelling or it's going asymmetrical. It is also little extra big on the inside on one side. help?

Doctor Answers 6

Nasal asymmetry after rhinoplasty

Please follow-up with your surgeon to discuss your concerns and adhere to his or her post-operative instructions. Nasal symmetries after rhinoplasty, especially shortly after the surgery including after 10 weeks, are not uncommon. They are frequently caused by asymmetric swelling, which is typically temporary. Some surgeons inject steroids in the office if indicated or teach compression exercises at home to fine-tune the nasal appearance. Please refrain from doing anything, though, unless you are specifically instructed by your surgeon. All you may need to do is be a bit more patient and let things heal. After 3-6 months, you will have a much better sense what the final result may be. Best wishes!

Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
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2 months post op, some advices:

Thank you very much for enquire. It's too early to make value judgments with 2 months after a rhinoplasty.
Swelling after a rhinoplasty depends of the surgery complexity.
In this regard, the nasal swelling Post-op It can last from two weeks to two months.
To reduce this swelling, I recommend you perform delicates daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the face (around the nose) avoid sun exposure, and take pain/inflamation pills, as your surgeron precribe you.
Kind regards, 
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-  

Emmanuel Mallol Cotes, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal asymmetry

Thank you for the question and the photo. It is rather difficult to fully assess your situation without an in-person examination. Considering that your procedure took place about 10 weeks ago, it is not uncommon to still observe some swelling and irregularities on your nose. I some cases, it may take about 4-6 months for swelling to completely resolve. For a full evaluation of your concern, I would advise scheduling an in-person exam with your board-certified plastic surgeon to determine whether the lumpy appearance in question requires a medical attention or is likely to disappear in the course of a healing process. Best of luck! Dr. Michael Omidi.

Michael M. Omidi, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Recovery

At 2 months, you are still early in your recovery period and the nose is expected to be quite swollen at this point.The swelling during this time is rarely symmetric. One side will always resolve more quickly than the other. The majority of the swelling will resolve in 3-6 months, and will continue to resolve as your nose heals for up to 1-2 years. You have not reached your final shape as the nose will continue to heal and reduce in size for up to a year. Once it does reach its final shape you may be more pleased with the appearance of your nose.

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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You are only ten weeks out from surgery.  You need to give it more time to heal and allow for the swelling to subside.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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2 months post-op

Your concerns are difficult to assess with the photo provided.  This being said it does appear that you have thicker nasal skin.  Swelling in patients with thicker nasal skin will persist for months after the surgery.  It is far too early to assess your outcome at this point.  It is important to follow up closely with your surgeon.  You may be a candidate for anti-inflammatory injections which will help to improve asymmetry of swelling.  

Anthony Bared, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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