After an unsatisfactory rhinoplasty, it's important to wait an entire year
before attempting a revision. The nose heals by making scar tissue under
the skin, and with time that scar starts to soften. After one year, the
scar has softened enough to allow a competent surgeon to risk going back inside
to take a look and see what can be done.
If a revision attempt is made too early, even to try for only a small change,
the firm scar will block the surgeon's efforts, and further inadvertent damage
to the appearance of the nose can result.
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Rhinoplasty gone wrong? Nostrils not even
Help, I had surgery on the 18th of May. Right away I noticed my nostrils were not even. When I went back to my doc the following day after surgury and addressed this with him he said my nostrils were probably uneven before the surgery, which is not the case. What should I do? What do you think ? I am panicking because it is now the 20th and although I know my nose is still swollen I don't believe my nostrils will change. What do you think?
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: Go back to your doctor again.
Asymmetric swelling can cause visible asymmetries that go away if it's truly only the swelling that's asymmetric.
But you're only a couple days after surgery! Your doctor is the one who knows what happened during surgery, and you're kind of stuck with him for support right now. Call him again for another evaluation/pep talk.
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