Feb 25

I had surgery with another surgeon and am not happy with my Rhinoplasty result after 1 month. What should I do? Can you help?

First and foremost, do not panic.

Early changes after Rhinoplasty are influenced by swelling and do not necessarily reflect the end result nor what was done during your operation. Trust your instincts and talk to your doctor about your concerns. There may be a perfectly good explanation for what you’re seeing. Sometimes, reassurance is all that is needed.

Once the cast comes off your nose, the natural tendency is to stare in the mirror for far too long- looking for the smallest of changes. This is precisely the most harmful thing to do because it will not change your healing and will only make you more nervous.

You will find that you are more swollen in the morning, when you are more active, or after lying down for long periods of time. This is because blood and fluid pools in the area of your nose and cheeks. Aside from that, healing happens in drips and drabs. You may not notice any changes for a few days, and then suddenly see a big reduction in swelling. There is a range of ‘normal’ healing. Don’t be alarmed if you are on the edge of that range. Your surgeon should let you know if anything unexpected is happening. If you are still unhappy at six months or a year, it may be time to talk about your options for improvement.

Your original surgeon is still the best place to start with this conversation, if he or she still has your trust. If not, consult a surgeon who has an experienced practice in Revision Rhinoplasty to see if this is a good option for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or send an email.

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