Can oblong nostrils become circular again after the swelling?

I am 2 1/2 months into my open rhinoplasty. My nostrils seem way too oblong and was wondering if this is because of swelling??

Doctor Answers 2

Oblong nostrils after swelling

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Thanks for your question.  At 2 ½ months, it is still pretty early in the postoperative period to see the final results.  I would wait a little bit longer for the nose to heal before making any final judgements about the nostril size or shape.  I hope this helps. 


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Recovery

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You are still early in your recovery period and the nose is expected to be quite swollen at this point. The majority of the swelling will resolve in 3-6 months, and will continue to resolve as your nose heals for up to 1-2 years. You have not reached your final shape as the nose will continue to heal and reduce in size for up to a year. Once it does reach its final shape you may be more pleased with the appearance of your nose.

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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