Your nose is one of your most prominent features. If you are dissatisfied with the shape of your nose, and wish to refine it with cosmetic surgery, you should be prepared to define your goals, determine the surest way to achieve those goals, and make no compromises in your pursuit of the results you desire. Meet with several reputable and credentialed surgeons, ask questions, and make your choice based on the surgeon's ability to listen and educate, as well as his or her track record of providing beautiful results.
How much you’ll swell really depends on you and on your surgeon’s technique—not so much the type of rhinoplasty you had. Dr. William Portuese, a facial plastic surgeon in Seattle, says that “The amount of swelling after a rhinoplasty procedure depends upon the type of rhinoplasty performed [open versus closed], the thickness of the skin, the amount of alteration required to the nasal tip, and the patient’s variability with the healing process itself.” He notes that “Some patients require taping and steroid shots in the tip of the nose to reduce swelling in that area for the first several months after the procedure.” According to Dr. Miller, “A very clean open rhinoplasty can result in minimal swelling, while with a closed procedure that isn’t performed in the ideal tissue and cartilage, you can have a lot more swelling. If the dissection travels through soft tissue or muscle on top of the cartilage, more bleeding and swelling will develop.” He notes that most people can also expect some bleeding from days two to five, but it should lessen with each passing day.
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