Columella length during rhinoplasty
Thanks for your
inquiry. I would not recommend
manipulating your nose after rhinoplasty, unless directed by your surgeon,
because the nose will continue to change over the course of a year. The tip may drop a little bit in that time,
too. I would follow up with your plastic
surgeon to voice any concerns you might have.
I hope this helps.
POST RHINOPLASTY CONCERNS
Dear ioplim23, You can not manipulate your nose to make changes. There are exercises surgeons will show you to help with the healing process but these do not include pushing down on the columella. You will need to wait for the healing process to resolve to determine what your final result will be. In the interim discuss your concerns with your surgeon as he/she knows best where you are in the recovery phase and what your proposed results were. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.
Excessive tip elevation causing oblong oval nostrils
The more the tip is raised, the more the nostrils become oblong or oval. Hopefully you and your surgeon will strike a balance between correction of what was a plunging tip and preservation of a desired nostril shape.
Will the columella shorten so that my tip wouldn't be as high after open rhinoplasty?
ioplim23,Your questions regarding your columella are excellent. It would be extremely helpful to see photographs both before and after. It would be even better to ask your surgeon these questions. I would not recommend molding your nose on your own. There are exercises and other techniques; however they need to be performed under doctor supervision. Ask your doctor about techniques appropriate for you. Safety comes first.