This young woman's nose appeared to sit too close to her face. She had
inadequate projection. The goal of her operation was to bring the tip
of her nose farther out from her face.
Her nose has some of the appearance of a cleft lip nose, but her lip is
perfect: she was injured in a jungle gym accident. The nose is reminiscent
of a cleft lip nose because persons with that congenital deformity often have an
associated deformity of the nasal tip cartilages that causes the tip of the nose
to sit too close to the face.
The rhinoplasty surgery tutorial contains a chapter
that discusses the importance of tip projection and how it is maintained or
created surgically (the surgery tutorials contain explicit photographs taken during surgery).
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Swollen nose 9 months post-op?
Hello. I had a nose surgery back in June 2014 and, though I was told it takes up to a year or more for the swell to dissolve, I'm starting to worry about it. I had a problem with my nose's tip (it was too big & out of proportion with the rest of my face) but it's still not small enough, although it's been a long time since the surgery. Plus, the tip is very hard & feels numb when I touch it. Is this natural?
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: Need bigger photos, at different angles
While it's true that it takes about a year for almost all of the swelling to go down, it's also true that if you are to receive a great result, you probably should be closer to that result by now. With a great result on the way, you wouldn't be worried about the tip getting smaller at 9 months; rather, the last three months would see just the very tiniest of swelling resolve to give more finesse to the result.
It's sometimes possible for a surgeon to give a patient an idea of what might be going on based just on photographs, but we would need photos that are much larger, and taken from different angles, to get a better evaluation. We'd need to see more details of the nose. Hope that helps some.
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