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Hello everyone. Firstly I want to say thank you to everyone who participates in the message board forum, it has been great and very helpful to hear about all the concerns, questions and comments people have regarding rhinoplasty.
I just recently got my rhinoplasty done (about 2 weeks now). And it's not quite what I expected (as per the imaging). I understand that there is lots of swelling going on, however I love the tip and don't care if it stayed swollen because it looks great and doesn't really even look swollen to me at all. I have recovered quite well, no more bruising at all. Don't have my full smile completely back yet, upper lip feels stiff.
Here is the part that has made me regret having it done: I had a dorsal hump and I feel like the PS shaved too much of my bridge that now my nose looks like it goes straight down (i.e. it doesn't look like it sticks out enough from my face). I feel like he didn't shave the bone in between my eyes enough to make it look more like a swoop, if he had done that my nose wouldn't look like its stuck between myself and a straight wall. HOWEVER, I don't know if this is all just swelling and I am freaking out for nothing?
Did anyone else experience major swelling in the bridge between the eyes?
I dispair at the thought of having to get a revision.
You are still very early in the process Please don't despair. I am also two weeks post op. My area with the most (and almost immediate) swelling was between the eyes. I had a dorsal hump shaved down as well. Even though the majority of my swelling has resolved, I can tell I am still a little swollen between the eye area. Sleeping with the head elevated has really helped (according to both my PS and my ENT) my swelling to calm down. I plan to continue sleeping in a recliner for the next week Two weeks post-op is still very early. I am sure your nose will undergo many positive changes in the coming weeks. Wishing you complete and worry-free healing
The area you're talking about is called the radix or nasion. It's something I'm very concerned about. Look at a pre-op profile picture of you. Does your nose naturally dip at the radix? Or is it only the dorsal hump that makes it look like a dip? I find that many people with dorsal humps do not have a naturally low radix, so if the surgeon ignores this area (it is a tricky part to mess with, so many surgeons don't touch it!), the resulting nose looks like it is a continuation of the forehead.
Look at your pre-op photos. If you had a deep radix pre-op, then you'll most likely have one post-op, too. Anyway, it's impossible to judge these things so early on in the healing process.
I had my radix reduced. Right now I'm 3 weeks post op and its very swollen so my nose looks like its a continuation of my forehead too. The bridge seems too low. But I know that I had a lot of swelling in that area in the early post op period and many people do. But once all the swelling goes down I think you should be fine. Just look at your pre op pics like was said and if your surgeon didn't touch that area, it will look like before.
Thank you a billion x, for the replies. I was trying to explain this to my family and they were just like "we don't get what you mean". You know what? Now that I look back at my pictures, I actually think I didn't have a low radix. I think you're right, that in fact having the hump gave me the illusion that I did because it gave a false dip inwards. I also don't think my PS touched that area, because I specifically asked him NOT to give me the "scoop" look. However, in the past few days, I have noticed a bit of a change in the rest of the nose, the swelling has gone down and its looking better, and although I still look like I have a nose that comes straight from my forehead (good analogy by the way, I was trying to find a way to describe it and thats exactly what I wanted to convey). I don't know if I have just gotten used to how my nose looks now or what, but I'm not as dissappointed.
I wish PS's would talk to those with dorsal humps about the illusions our noses give us pre-op, and just educate us more on things such as the radix, I didn't even know that area had a name.
Avlis5, did you get yours reduced quite a bit?
My radix is still swollen and higher than it was pre op. But on my computer imaging, he reduced it slightly, it was noticeable but nothing major. I'm a month post op and didn't think this area would be swollen for so long but we'll see how it turns out.
Hi, im currently in the same situation as you were in, im nearly 2 weeks post op with massive hard swelling (atleast i hope its swelling) between the eyes. I makes my nose look very weird, i go back to work in 4 days and im very worried, how long did yours take to go down to a reasonable level??????
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