Since gravity will immediately grab the skin and try to undo the changes that
the face lift makes, the operation's goal is to obtain all the improvement that
is possible. By putting tension on the tissues that support the skin,
underneath, rather than putting tension on the surface of the skin, the maximum amount of
skin repositioning can be achieved while not making the face look pulled or
As I've mentioned elsewhere, we don't try to remove wrinkles with the face
lift; that is the task of the skin peel.
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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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