Swelling after rhinoplasty
Depending on the problematic issues at hand, waiting a minimum of 6-9 months is reasonable after nose surgery. Typically, swelling at the tip of the nose take a year or longer to resolve entirely; if an area of concern is located here, waiting longer is prudent, as time allows swelling to resolve and scar tissue to soften.
How long for revision rhinoplasty?
Thank you for your question. Most plastic surgeons will wait from 9-12 months following the initial procedure to allow for completion of healing. The edema (tissue swelling) following rhinoplasty tends to persist far longer than in other cosmetic procedures. By waiting the requisite amount of time, we can get a much clearer pre-surgical plan before attempted revision.
When to do revision rhinoplasty
The most general answer would be to give as much time for your nose to heal. Healing changes can continue to occur many years after primary surgery.
There are occasions when you can revise earlier.
If you feel your functional, breathing, and cosmetic results are mostly satisfactory, I would recommend waiting.
You may consider temporary filler into the area. Return back to your surgeon to discuss these issues.
Revision rhinoplasty at one year
It takes one year for the entire process of maturation of scar tissue and resolution of edema in the tip of the nose, therefore its best wait at least one year for the entire phases of healing to be completed before embarking on another rhinoplasty procedure
How long before revision rhinoplasty?
Hi there, great question! It really depends on what you are trying to change. The usual advice is to wait for at least 9-12 months for most of the swelling to go away before undertaking a revision procedure. However, if the change you're looking for isn't going to be affected by swelling, such as a displace graft or residual bony dorsal irregularity, we don't hesitate to proceed sooner, within 3-6 months even, in selected cases. Please consult with your surgeon to determine if the changes your are seeking are affected by swelling resolution. Hope this helps and good luck!
Six months minimum for revision rhinoplasty.
Dear Pochahantas in Ukiah:
Good question. Six
months is generally the minimum. It
depends on what was done the first time.
Were you planning on having the original surgeon do the
revision, or are you seeking second opinion from others and may have it done
elsewhere? Usual surgeon knows your nose
best and knows how it is healing and when he could reasonably perform the
revision rhinoplasty. Generally, it is
better to wait longer than have it done too soon. There is an old saying from one of the great
plastic surgeons, “Never do today what you can honorably put off for
Is it possible that you could be helped by nonsurgical
revision rhinoplasty? Temporary or
permanent? You should look into that. Many patients are not aware that there are
some excellent techniques available to save you from having another operation. It saves you time and money. So check that out.
Robert Kotler, MD, FACS
Over 4,500 nasal procedures performed