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Steven M. Denenberg, M.D.
Steven M. Denenberg, M.D.
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Two cartilages form the tip of the nose, a left tip cartilage and a right cartilage.  In the before picture, you can see the depression, or dent, between her two tip cartilages.  They are quite prominent, and decreasing their strength was an integral part of obtaining this result.

If you don't mind looking at photos taken during surgery, the first chapter of the rhinoplasty surgery tutorial gives a good introduction to the anatomy of the tip cartilages,


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Questioner: 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
Hi,
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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