Unhappy and Depressed After Rhinoplasty

Hi I had rhinoplasty 20 days ago. I'm Very unhappy with the results. They reduced the "hump" from profile view but didn't reduce the nasal bones from frontal view. They also said they reduced the bulbous tip which now makes my nose look "whitch-like" from 3/4 view.I'm mortified, depressed, cry every day. Also my nose was not symmetrical from the front before and it still is not. I looks completely Mis-shaped. What should I do? I'm driving my family crazy and have withdrawn socially! It's bad!!!!

Doctor Answers 6

Rhinoplasty and issues

A 20 days I am sure you are very hyper-critical of the results. You have to take a deep breath and relax a bit.  Allow things to heal and follow closely with your doctor. It can take up to a year for things to settle down.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Depressed after rhinoplasty

This is a serious issue.  At twenty days if is difficult to make valid judgements - too much is in flux.  With that said, major issues may be visable at this point.

Either way - it is not healthy or safe to be that depressed following surgery.  You would be wise to discuss it with your plastic surgeon, your family and friends, and even a mental health care professional -ASAP.

Adam Bryce Weinfeld, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

Unhappy and Depressed After Rhinoplasty

 Twenty days pos-top from a Rhinoplasty and depression could be from the medications, general anesthesia or due to post Rhinoplasty bruising and swelling causing buyers remorse.  Give yourself some time to heal and by all means discuss this with your Rhinoplasty Surgeon.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

3 weeks after Rhinoplasty

It is entirely too early to have a clear picture of what your nose is going to look like ultimately.  Relax and give it some time for the swelling to subside.  Chances are that nobody out there notices it the way you do.  Get out there and live your life.  You won't really have an idea on the final shape for a few months.  I wouldn't consider a revision for one year as changes can continue to occur.    Good luck and remain calm!

Scott Chapin, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Unhappy and Depressed 3 Weeks after Rhinoplasty

Three weeks after surgery none of us, including you, can predict your final appearance. Presently, all you can do is be patient as healing progresses. Share you concerns with your surgeon.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

3 weeks is still very early to be evaluating the final results of your rhinoplasty

3 weeks is still very early to be evaluating the final results of your rhinoplasty. First off, it's hard to give any general advice without seeing photos. However, as a rule your nose is still swollen three weeks following rhinoplasty. If an external approach was performed, your swelling can actually persist for months. The width in your nasal bridge could be the result of swelling. The "witch like" appearance on the 3/4 view is hard for me to visualize but your nasal tip is likely swollen as well.

Patience is a virtue after rhinoplasty. But if you're concerned, do not suffer in silence. Follow up with your rhinoplasty surgeon. They will know much better than the RealSelf plastic surgeon community what surgical maneuvers were performed and how your nose should look three weeks after their rhinoplasty.

It is not unusual to feel apprehensive and concerned, even depressed, three weeks after facial surgery. Please see your plastic surgeon and discuss your concerns. What you likely need at this point is some reassurance from your doctor and to hear that your doctor is there to support you during the healing process.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 129 reviews

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