Worried About Rhinoplasty Result (18 Days PO), Nose Looks Piggy, Will this go Away? (photo)

Hi, I asked the surgeon not to make me look piggy but at the moment I think I look like a complete pig. Will this go away with the swelling? Will the tip dropping slightly? Also, there looks like there is some asymmetry with my nostrils and my septum looks really bulky. I really need some reassurance as I feel very, very low at the moment. I wouldn't do anything stupid but I am having thoughts about how I am going to get through the rest of my life (looking like this). Thanks

Doctor Answers 4

Patience is required

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Thank you for your inquiry!

It is understandable that you are concerned especially with the "pig nose look". Changes after rhinoplasties vary with every patient and what you are experiencing is not uncommon especially that swelling takes time to subside as it masks the results of your surgery.

It is important to keep in mind that it is early to pass a judgment. Usually, a year is required before formulating how your nose will be, but longer with a thick skin. Even then, your nose will keep shaping itself to complement your face for better results in the years to come.

My best recommendation at the moment is to be patient, allow nature to take its course and edema subsides for better results. There is no doubt that once the swelling resolves, more definition and shape will be achieved and you should be happier with the results.

Also, it is important that you keep communicating with your surgeon and work as a team together to achieve the best results possible.

Congratulations on your surgery and remain positive!

Ali Sajjadian, MD FACS

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 205 reviews

Pig nose after 18 days?..be patient

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I would certainly discuss this early result with your surgeon so you can get some reassurance.  It is a very early time after surgery and there is a highly likely that things will improve with time.  Do not, however, ignore the fact that you are feeling uncertain.  Get the answers you need so you can go forward with confidence.

Jay Calvert, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Piggy nose at two weeks after rhinoplasty

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At two weeks after rhinoplasty the nose is quite swollen. I would be patient and give it time to settle down.  Good luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Worried About Rhinoplasty Result (18 Days PO), Nose Looks Piggy, Will this go Away? (photo)

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ONLY 18 days post op! Wait at least 3 months to determine if you do not like the appearance. Plus you failed to post a before photo to compare! 

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