Swelling after rhinoplsaty
Thank you for your question!
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. After removal of cast, swelling dynamics tend to act as the tissue continues finding its way down the healing path.
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
Congratulations on your surgery and
please remain positive!
Ali Sajjadian, MD FACS
Rhinoplasty Swelling after Nasal Cast Removal
The nasal cast will minimize swelling after rhinoplasty. The present swelling will reolve over the next several months, not 2 weeks as you suggest. It will take time for you to see the final result.
Normal for nose to swell post-Rhinoplasty
It's completely normal and expected that swelling of the nose will occur, be asymmetrical for weeks after the cast is removed. I have all of my Rhinoplasty patients look at their nose right after I remove their cast following a Rhinoplasty and show them how their nose can and will swell unevenly on one side on day and the other side the next. I instruct all my Rhinoplasty patients on how to massage this swelling out of their nose beginning at 1 month.
Rhinoplasty swelling after cast removal
It is true that if you do not like what you see as the case is removed there can be trouble ahead. True also that the skin will swell a bit as the cast or splint is removed. Still your nose should look OK though the definition may be temporarily lost. After six months things should sort themselves out again, and still the best is yet to come after the first year of healing. Be patient and stay the course.
Best of luck,
In general, swelling after rhinoplasty takes months and months to fully resolve. You'll notice your nose is swollen at the moment, especially since you've just had your cast removed. The initial swelling may disappear after 2 weeks, but that doesn't mean you still don't have any swelling right now. You should wait at least a year before considering revision rhinoplasty.
Temporary Changes in the Appearance of The Nose After Rhinoplasty Splint Removal
It is very typical that the nose shape will temporarily change after splint removal due to swelling. What once looked great right when the splint came off will swell and look less defined within a matter of days. This is because the splint adapted the skin to the changed underlying framework. Not that this pressure is off, the tissue will naturally ballon up and look 'worse'. This will eventually improve but it is going to take months before the shape returns as the skin shrinks back down again.
It is still very early in your healing process after rhinoplasty. If it looked good after your cast removal, it should look good after it heals up. The initial bulk of swelling takes about 2 weeks to come down, but the final result won't be permanent until about the six month mark. There are also patient factors like the thickness of the skin which can delay healing.
As you heal, the skin will start contracting, or shrink wrapping, around your nasal skeleton. So a little patience goes a long way.
Sometimes a course of oral steroids can help bring down the swelling a little more quickly, but that decision would have to be made by you and your surgeon.
Nasal Swelling after Rhinoplasty Cast Removal
The nose may appear larger, bulbous, or swollen after rhinoplasty cast removal. Most of the swelling improves in the first month after surgery, with the residual swelling taking a year or longer to improve. Speak with your rhinoplasty surgeon regarding any concerns you have. Best of luck.