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Not every operation turns out perfectly, even in the best of hands.  In fact, every nose operation leaves the patient with something that is not quite right, something that she just has to live with.  The goal is to have a result that is attractive and a good improvement of the features that bothered the patient.


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Questioner: 7 weeks post surgery, nose still looks worse/the same. Should I consider revision?
I have read from many doctors on real self by 6-8 weeks 80% of swelling after rhinoplasty should have gone. I'm 7 weeks post op and nose looks slightly worse than before op. I had the procedure as my nose was wide and pointed before. When I smiled my nostrils flared out and upwards, the tip pointed dropped down pointed into my teeth, as well as the whole thing looking wider. Nothing has changed post op. Should I consider revision?
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: Your nose still looks long to me
These photos don't show your entire face, and there are no *true* profiles, but it seems that one of the main changes you nose required was to shorten it, raising the tip upwards.

Unfortunately, the tip doesn't tend to elevate with time. I would much rather that my patients are nervous because the tip is too high at seven weeks, than they be nervous because the tip is too low.

To get a substantial elevation of the tip, you will probably need a revision rhinoplasty. Elevating the tip, even during a revision, is quite predictable, if the doctor is expert at making those changes during a revision, so you must see a doctor's before and after photos before you have the operation. See the attached video and Web reference link for examples of what can be done in the right hands.

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