Uneven Nostril Opening Size

I had undergone open rhinoplasty(including alar base reduction) about 3.5 months back and the nostril size and the two openings of the nose are uneven in size. Is it too soon to expect it to be even or should revision be considered. Are there any other alternatives as the rhinoplasty is good, just that the nostrils size and hence the openings are uneven. Thanks, Texas

Doctor Answers 4

Uneven Nostrils

You're only 3.5 months after rhinoplasty; the tip will continue to improve over the next 6-9 months. Nostril asymmetry should be evaluated at that time; remember perfect symmetry is not necessary, nor a reasonable goal.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Uneven Nostrils After Rhinoplasty

Hi Texas,

If your nostrils are still asymmetric at 6 to 12 months after your rhinoplasty, then just the nostrils and alar may be revised.  Depending on what your problem is, it can usually be done in the office with local anesthesia.  Discuss this with your rhinoplasty surgeon.  Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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After Rhinoplasty, nostrils uneven

The healing period for noses is quite long compared to other areas.  I would not consider any revisional surgery for at least 9-12 months to allow swelling and contraction to decrease.  Make sure the asymmetry wasn't't there before the surgery, as it can sometimes be the way your nose is built.  You should always bring up these questions with your operating surgeon.  Best regards.  Dr D.

Louis M. DeJoseph, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Uneven nostrils after rhinoplasty.

You should wait at least 6 months or 1 year before proceeding. Small asymmetry is sometimes the way the shape of the nostril was before and cannot be completely corrected.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

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