Weird top lip after rhinoplasty. Is this normal?
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Lip not moving after Rhinoplasty
I disagree with the other answer provided, in that it is completely normal to have movement disturbance of your upper lip a few weeks after a Rhinoplasty. Typically, when tip or septoplasty work is done, the incision will temporarily disrupt the depressor septi muscle, which is at the base of the lip. If grafting is done, it can be more pronounced. Also, if your tip droops when smiling pre-op, many surgeons will cut the muscle completely. This movement issue is so common, in fact, that I have it noted on my pre-operative consents and I discuss it pre-operatively with every patient. This prevents them from getting concerned about a temporary and predictable issue.
It may take a few more weeks for your top lip to start moving, but it is not concerning to have this issue 1-2 weeks after surgery. If it persists, then I also would suggest going back to the surgeon to discuss.
All the best
Upper Lip after rhinoplasty.
Top lip movement after rhinoplasty
It is not uncommon for this to occur and it should correct itself.
Depending on the technique of the rhinoplasty the muscles that attach to the base of the nose and elevate the lip can be bruised, or " go to sleep" after a rhinoplasty. The result is a lip that moves little and hangs low. The effect is temporary though, much like when your foot goes to sleep, and will get better over time, usually a few weeks
If it is ongoing though you should speak to your surgeon about the way the procedure was performed
I hope that helps and puts your fears to rest
Jeremy Hunt .
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