Uneven Nostrils Possible from Swelling? (photo)

I had open rhinoplasty today is my day 7 post op. I had a roller coaster recovery but I feel better now. I saw the uneven nostrils 2 day post op after the PS removed the inside gauze but i figured it was from swelling. But I thought by now it would have evened out a little. Does it look like I have uneven nostrils or just swelling? Is there any way to fix uneven nostrils at this stage in recovery without having surgery again? I am seeing my PS again in two days & will ask.

Doctor Answers 6

Asymmetric Nostrils 7 Days Out From Rhinoplasty

At 7 days out from surgery, it is much too early to be critically analyzing your nose in terms of asymmetry. Give it adequate time to heal and see how the nostril size and shape changes. 

San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nostril Asymettery

On 7th day you should be happy to have a nice nose.Its too early to make judgments. To me its rather nicely done nose and you will have no issues at all. Noses chang shape up to one year after nose job.

Nostril asymmetry

At seven days it is way too early becuase there is often alot of swelling. Give it time to settle down. Good luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Asymmetric Nostrils

At seven days post surgery it is far to early to tell if you have any permanent asymmetry in your nostrils. It is common for some swelling at this time to be the cause of any variances. Be patient and visit your surgeon frequently for reassurance of your healing process. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Uneven Nostrils 7 days Postop

Uneven swelling can produce these results, and 7 days is so early to be making any decisions about the final results.  Give it some time.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Uneven nostrils following surgery

One week is still very soon after surgery, and you are right around the peak of your swelling. Swelling can cause the appearance of asymmetry. From here, it is best to give it some time and see how you heal before jumping to any conclusions about the result of your surgery. I would recommend discussing any concerns with your surgeon, as they know the details of your surgery. Thank you, and I wish you the best of luck with your recovery.

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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