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Those of you who are very observant are wondering why he shows more nostril in the before picture than in the after picture.  More nostril usually means that the nose is shorter, but the nose wasn't lengthened during surgery, to decrease the amount of nostril shown.

The answer is that the work to bring the tip cartilages closer together and to decrease his columellar show tucked up the base of his nose and changed the curves of skin around the tip enough to partially hide the nostrils.


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"I always thought that having a beautiful nose
would make me feel better,
but I could never imagine that
it would change my life. "
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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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