I am unhappy with the results of my Rhinoplasty. How do I voice my concerns without offending my surgeon?
It is too early to judge the final result as swelling can still be altering what you see.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Not happy with rhinoplasty
If you are not happy with your rhinoplasty, PLEASE talk to your surgeon. Rhinoplasty is one of the, if not THE, most difficult surgeries to perform with consistently good results and your surgeon will want to know what is going on with your nose. Seeing another surgeon in the immediate post-operative period is a bad idea in most cases, because they don't know all that happened with your surgery and the changes that you are seeing could all be due to swelling and post-operative changes. If your surgeon does not adequately address your concerns, then seeing another surgeon would be a wise decision.
Unhappy with rhinoplasty results
Since your rhinoplasty surgery was in November, your nose has only had 2-3 months of healing time. It will take 6-12 months before you begin to see any results. The tip takes the longest to recover, so there still will be some change in your appearance with more time. I would wait at least the 6-12 months and then begin to judge the appearance. If you feel you are still unhappy at that point, you should voice your concerns to your surgeon.