Swollen and Big Nose Tip After 3 Months of Rhinoplasty? (photo)

Hi, I had rhinoplasty surgery 3 months ago. Even though my doctor says that I have thick and oily skin, and therefore my nose is gonna keep getting smaller, I just can't believe that it's gonna be like I imagined. You can see my before picture, my biggest concern was my nose tip before the surgery. I know that it is not as low as before (forgive my English at this point please) but it is still big for me. Do you think that it will get smaller within more time, give me our honest opinions pls

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Swollen and big nose tip after 3 months of rhinoplasty?

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3 months is still soon after your surgery, and you will still have swelling at this time. It can take 18-24 months to see the final result of your procedure. 70% of the swelling is resolved after the first three months, and the remainder goes down over time. Swelling can be influenced by the thickness of the patient's skin, whether tip work was performed, whether the procedure was a revision, and whether the surgery was open or closed. Having thick skin, it is not uncommon for your swelling to last a while. It is important to be patient during the healing process, and the best thing you can do is wait and see how you continue to heal. Keep in touch with your surgeon throughout the process, as they will be able to answer any questions you have. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Nasal Tip Swelling

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Of all cosmetic procedures performed, the nose takes the longest for a final result. This is especially so for the nasal tip. It has the ability to remain swollen for as long as 12 months. You are much too early to be concerned. Give it more time. The changes will be slow and suttle, but they will occur. If you are still concerned after this time, address this with your surgeon.

Scott R. Brundage, MD
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Be patient as nasal tip swelling reduces.

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All tissues swell after surgery and it may take many months for the swelling to disappear.  This is especially true of the skin of the nasal tip.  Patients must be very patient, up to a year as the tip refines itself.  Your photos show a very nice result and this will get better in time.  Be sure to continue to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Will tip continue to improve 3 months following rhinoplasty

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Hello, thanks for your question and pictures regarding swelling following rhinoplasty. First of all, I think you have a nice result with good improvement. Your nasal tip still has some swelling and the final result will not be visible until around a year. It is a long time to wait, but you should continue to see gradual reduction in the swelling. Please discuss any concerns with your plastic surgeon who should be able to offer you reassurance about your result.

Good luck to you.

Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
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Your nasal tip may continue to narrow during the first year following your rhinoplasty surgery.

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The nasal tip may retain swelling for a year or longer after rhinoplasty surgery. If you are not satisfied with the explanation of your surgeon, consider visiting another rhinoplasty specialist for a second opinion since digital photos are not a substitute for a consultation and examination.Wishing you well.Dr Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 435 reviews

Rhinoplasty Swelling

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As it has only been four months since your surgery, there is still a great deal of swelling and settling that still needs to occur. It is completely normal for your tip to still have swelling at this point in recovery. As, your nose went through some major changes, please be patient and allow your body to heal and everything to settle. Everything you are experiencing is part of the healing process and is completely normal. The final results will not be visible to the eye as of yet. A rhinoplasty can take up to a full year if not more to heal. 

I hope this information helps!

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 170 reviews

Swelling after Rhinoplasty

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Generally speaking, it can take 6 to 12 months to completely heal after surgery.  Please keep in touch with your surgeon or his/her clinical team to discuss your ongoing concerns.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

3 Months after Rhinoplasty and Concerns of Tip Swelling

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  3 months after rhinoplasty is too early to determine the final look of the tip.  The tip swelling is the last to resolve.  Give at least a year for this.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Rhinoplasty at 3 months

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First, I think the shape and projection of the tip are much better, especially on the side view.  However, and here is the good news, you are not done healing yet!  Swelling can take as long as 12 months and in rare patients even longer.  So don't dispair, your nose is going to continue to slowly improve.  

Swelling after Rhinoplasty in oily skin

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Swelling after Rhinoplasty in thicker, oily skin can take up to 18 months to subside.  You probably still have 30-40% swelling remaining in your tip.  It does gradually improve over time and sometimes it isn't realized until much later in the healing process. I hope that helps. 

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

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