Do I Still Have Nasal Swelling One Year Post-op?

I had a septo-rhinoplasty one year ago. The very tip of my nose is still quite squishy - it's not hard like it is in other areas where I definitely don't have any more swelling. Is this a sign there's some residual swelling in the tip? Also, the skin at my bridge hasn't completed contracted yet, and is pretty loose. I'm only 22, and I did not have loose skin on my bridge before the surgery. Will it eventually contract?

Doctor Answers 5

Do I Still Have Nasal Swelling One Year Post-op?

 You might but typically at 1 year post Rhinoplasty the final results have been achieved. 

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal Swelling 1 Year Post Rhinoplasty

Pictures would be helpful. In a patient with thick skin it can take more than 1 year for the swelling to resolve, especially in the tip. Bridge swelling is rarely present a year after the surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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You should leave 12 to 18 months for the swelling to completely subside after rhinoplasty surgery. If you have further questions you should visit your plastic surgeon.

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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One Year

Twelve months is a long time.  Sometimes it takes eighteen months for rhinoplasty healing, but please see a Cosmetic Surgeon for evaluation.

Robert Shumway, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Is swelling possible 1 year later

Probably not after a year but anything is possible.Generally the squishyness you describe resolves afer 1 year.

Richard Ellenbogen, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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