Why does my nose look bigger after rhinoplasty?

Why does my nose look bigger after rhinoplasty?

Swelling of the nose and face after a nose job (rhinoplasty) is common and might initially make your nose appear larger. The edema will be apparent during the first two weeks after surgery. Swelling normally reduces after the second week and becomes considerably less noticeable. For several months, though, the nose may appear “puffy.” The bulk of swelling should diminish by four months after surgery, but it might take up to a year for all swellings to recede, allowing you to see the final, genuine outcome of your nose job.

After Rhinoplasty, Supratip Swelling

Following rhinoplasty surgery, fullness or a bulbous appearance, particularly at the nose tip, is a consequence that can be quite upsetting. Surprisingly, fullness over the nose tip is known as “supratip fullness,” and it can make the tip of your nose look droopy, like a parrot’s beak. The first thing Dr. Laguna looks for is that your surgeon placed your nose tip in the correct position.

During Rhinoplasty, the Nasal Tip Must Be Properly Positioned

The nose tip should be roughly 1 to 2 mm ahead of the dorsum (the exterior ridge of the nose) for a nice appearance. It is necessary to give adequate tip support in order for it to remain its place. Supratip fullness issue is defined as a properly positioned nasal tip after rhinoplasty that remains droopy long after edema has decreased due to fullness above the tip. Several variables can contribute to this issue, jeopardizing your nose’s optimal appearance.

Just behind the apex of the septum is resected

The septum is the wall that separates your nostrils and serves as the nose’s major core pillar of support. During rhinoplasty, sections of the septum are frequently removed to correct any deviations that may be impacting your breathing. Despite the removal of septal cartilage, specialists must leave a significant amount of septum to maintain the nose’s architecture. This is especially essential in the front of the nose, where the nasal tip is frequently supported by the most protruding piece of the nose, known as the anterior septum. However, there is an area slightly behind this region that needs to be lowered, or the supra tip deformity will persist.

Nasal skin fat is soft tissue fat

Nasal skin is frequently fatty, and if not addressed, this fat can flatten the form of the nasal tip, despite surgical refinement. Furthermore, this fat can cause supratip fullness by filling the space behind the tip. The supratip region must be defatted properly throughout the rhinoplasty surgery to ensure a well-defined nose tip.


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