Is it normal for one side of the nose to be much more swollen than the other after rhinoplasty? It’s been nearly a year since my surgery. When should this be cleared up and is there a concern that it might be permanent?
If one side of your nose is swollen more than the other a year following your rhinoplasty procedure, you likely have either bony or cartilagenous issues that will need to be examined by your rhinoplasty surgeon. It is unlikely that significant nasal asymmetry a year after rhinoplasty surgery will resolve completely without some sort of intervention. If it is soft tissue issues, a steroid injection may help. If it is bony or cartilagenous asymmetry of the nose, your surgeon should be able to identify these issues and correct them with a simple secondary rhinoplasty procedure.
Posted by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld