Upturned nose Asian Rhinoplasty. Do I need revision?

Q: It’s one month since I got open rhinoplasty in Jakarta, but I am living in Europe. My surgeon put I-shaped implant with ear cartilage for the tip. He also changed the shape of my nostrils. He works gentle and most of his patients have good results. But I now have uneven nostrils, hanging ala, the bridge is like ski slope, and frontal view also makes me unhappy and uncomfortable. I am thinking of having a revision.

A: Early in the recovery period after Asian rhinoplasty the tip of the nose will be rotated up slightly more than the position it will be after full healing.  This is largely due to swelling in the nose after surgery.  You can expect your tip to lower slightly.  Whether that amount is satisfactory to you or not, only time will tell.  Give your nose 3-6 months for the majority of the swelling to resolve.  If you can see that the shape is not heading in the direction you like then you can consider a revision in the 9-12 month post-operative period.

About Donald B. Yoo, M.D.

Dr. Yoo is a board-certified surgeon, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation surgery (including blepharoplasty and facelift), and Asian cosmetic surgery (including Asian rhinoplasty and Asian blepharoplasty/Asian eyelid surgery). His office is located at: 120 S Spalding Dr Suite 315, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-275-2467.
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