How much will my nose change from 3 months post op Rhinoplasty to final result?

Q: I’m 3 months post op rhinoplasty. My nose looks different from the day if cast removal. My nose tip was shorter. My nose tip now seems longer at 3/4 view and smiling. Could this be swelling? How much will my nose change from 3 months post op to final result?

A: As swelling resolves, the tip of the nose will typically deproject (get closer to the face) and counter-rotate slightly.  In general at 3-6 months 60-80% of the swelling will have resolved and the remainder will resolve over the course of 1 year.  Bring up your concerns with your surgeon and follow up closely with him/her to ensure the best results.

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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