Rhinoplasty Healing

“When will I see my final results? It has been 3 days/3 weeks/3 months, and my nose isn’t what I had expected. Is this the best it will get?” 

While most people undergoing rhinoplasty have learned, either through research or from their surgeon, that final results take 1-2 years, many do not know exactly what that means. Below are some facts about the normal process of rhinoplasty recovery after a #NOSEBYNAYAK.

Rhinoplasty Swelling Timeline, With Photos

Sometimes, Recovery Takes Longer…

Factors that can prolong complete resolution of swelling include:

Example Of The Recovery Process

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Erin, above demonstrates several concerns that are routinely addressed in rhinoplasty. She was confident and beautiful even before her surgery, and most laypeople would not understand why she would seek rhinoplasty. She, however, like many people, was bothered by a slight dorsal hump, a slightly droopy/soft nasal tip, and wide nostrils. She felt all of those features were accentuated when she smiled, and detracted from her eyes, smile, and overall appearance.

The photos above, and in the document attached, show her personal recovery journey as demonstrated through selfies taken at various stages during her recovery. At one week, you can appreciate a better profile, but marked doughiness/roundness/elevation of the tip. Her smile is stiff, and her cheeks and lip are swollen. She is also among the most bruised patients Dr. Nayak has seen at 1 week.

By 1 month, most of the cheek and lip swelling has resolved, and the nasal tip shape and position are much more natural. Swelling of the tip continues to improve, and is really fading by the 3.5 month photo. Things look even better at 6 months, and will continue to improve or 1-2 years after surgery.

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