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Why is My Nose Still Swollen 3 or 4 months After Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping is a surgical procedure to alter the structure of the nose for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. Rhinoplsty procedures performed to improve facial aesthetics such as achieving a more aquiline tip or a more desirable side profile would be considered a cosmetic surgery procedure. Rhinoplasty which is carried out to correct abnormalities, damage caused by trauma or to assist with breathing is referred to as reconstructive rhinoplasty. During a closed rhinoplasty procedure the skin on the nose is left untouched. Open rhinoplasty makes a small incision in the skin covering the columella just between the nostrils beneath the nose.

Who is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Although aesthetic appeal with regards to the shapes of noses may be fairly subjective at times, there are certain nasal characteristics that many people would prefer not to have. Having a nose with a side profile consisting of a large bridge or â??hook noseâ?? or having a bulbous tip or the tip is too wide, may be generally as unappealing as having very bad skin. Any person suffering emotional and/or psychological distress as a result of an extreme hatred or dislike for their nose would be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. The concern suffered by those that worry constantly about how their nose looks is more than just a passing concern and rhinoplasty surgery may well be the best option under the circumstances. By contrast, some candidates require rhinoplasty because of either a defect from birth that may look unsightly due to the abnormality or to assist the nasal airways functioning.

How is Rhinoplasty Performed?

Rhinoplasty involves the removal or reshaping of bone and cartilage from inside of the nose with or without having to open the skin. Incisions are made inside of the nose where there is easy access to the cartilage and bone. Rhinoplasty can be performed under local or general anaesthtic or under sedation. Once the bones and cartilage of the nose are exposed, reduction, shaping or even the augmentation of the nose can be done, such as nasal tip reshaping or dorsal bone reduction. Augmenting any part of the nose can be done by utilizing cartilage and bone from other parts of the body such as the hips and the ribs.

Will My Nose be Swollen after Rhinoplasty?

Most rhinoplasty procedures result in an improved nose shape in as little as 10 days after rhinoplasty but the nose may still be swollen particularly down each side of the nose. It is very normal for the nose to still be swollen 3 or 4 months after rhinoplasty. Each case is different but there can be periods of a year or more before all of the swelling goes away completely due to the amount of bruising caused during the procedure itself. It is also possible to notice blemishes on the skin following rhinoplasty.

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