More than a month since my rhinoplasty and there is a hard bone like bump on my nose. I don't know what this is? (Photos)
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Hard Bump After Rhinoplasty
Based on the location, it is most likely an irregularity of the nasal bone. There are several possible explanations for a "bump" on the profile following rhinoplasty including imperfect surgical technique, persistent swelling of the overlying skin, new bone growth stimulated by rasping, or a visible graft of cartilage or soft tissue. Hopefully your surgeon will provide the answer and help you understand the timing of any correction that may be necessary. Glad your are happy overall. Best wishes.
Post Rhinoplasty Bump
A complex rhinoplasty (e.g. a re-do, revision, or reconstructive rhinoplasty) is commonly associated with a prolonged recovery, because it usually takes extra time for the tissues to settle down. If previous scar tissue was being addressed, this can easily create short-term lumps, bumps, or irregularities that could still be in the process of regressing for several months. But you should feel free to discuss this with your plastic surgeon, just to make sure.
Hard bone like bump after rhinoplasty
Thank you for your question and photographs. This is a very common complaint after Rhinoplasty and usually represents swelling of the lining over the bone called Periosteum. I usually have my patients massage this area four times a day and apply tape to compress the area for up to three months.
Best of luck in your recovery!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS
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1 month post op, some advices:
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.
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Bone vs swelling
Healing post rhinoplasty
I would bring it up with your surgeon but be patient. Sometimes there can be small callus's that form where the bone was broken and it slowly smooths out over time as the bone remodels. And sometimes small bumps that form can be smoothed out in the office easily. Just depends on the bump. If the bump doesn't go away in 9 months or so, if it bothers you, then and only then consider a revision. Good luck!
The photos definitely show a bump on the dorsum of the nose from the side view. Some times for 6 weeks or so, especially after having the dorsum reduced, you can expect soft tissue swelling - this is soft and with light pressure goes away - this will go away as the swelling abates. What you are describing is a hard swelling which would could mean that the bony dorsum has not been reduced sufficiently. I would bring this to the attention of your surgeon and have him evaluate your nose. All the best