From the frontal view, you can tell that this nose was shortened by
looking for the nostrils. We want to see just a small glimpse of the
nostrils from this view. That glimpse tells us that the nose is attractively short.
In the before picture above left, you can't see her nostrils at all, whereas in
the after view, you do get just a small peek at the nostrils.
The rhinoplasty surgery tutorial contains an illustrated explanation
of the relationship between the length of the nose and the view of the nostrils
from the front (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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