How should I sleep after Rhinoplasty?
I tell my patients it is best to sleep on their back with the head elevated above the chest to minimize swelling. This can be achieved by simply using two pillows.
Why is my nose crooked after a rhinoplasty?
The nose may temporarily appear crooked after rhinoplasty surgery because of asymmetrical swelling secondary to more work, such as the placement of grafts, being done on only one side. Frequently, swelling does not resolve symmetrically as healing progresses. This apparent deviation typically will resolve with time. Discuss all of your concerns with your surgeon.
Swelling of my bridge has resolved after surgery but my tip still looks big.
Most noses will continue to improve for at least one year after rhinoplasty surgery. The swelling in the tip with thicker skin always takes longer to “mature” than the nasal bridge.
Is my nose fractured? It is swollen after getting accidentally hit with a ball.
Swelling does not mean your nose is broken. I always recommend that patients have their nose evaluated after trauma to make sure that there is no hematoma (collection of blood) in the septum which can destroy nasal tissue. As long as their is no unwanted change in appearance or breathing it is not necessary to have surgery even if the nose is broken.
What causes a dorsal hump?
A dorsal hump, an elevation of the nasal bridge, can be inherited or the result of trauma. Regardless the cause is frequently present in patients requesting rhinoplasty surgery.
Is it possible to have just a tip plasty? My nasal bridge does not bother me.
As I repeatedly said over many years, every rhinoplasty operation is individualized to meet the needs of each patient. The work can be limited to the nasal tip but it is important to achieve a balanced, natural result. An experienced surgeon will help you make an educated decision about possible changes so your nose is proportional to your surrounding facial features.