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Hey there. I am a male in my mid twenties and got rhinoplasty about 3 years ago. I am happy now with my final results, BUT no doctor seems to honestly say how long it truly takes to heal and have your final nose take shape. They grossly underestimate this! As you can see in my 7 month after pic, my nose is still way swollen as compared to what it looks like now! I had basically been told that by 7 months, it would be pretty much how it is going to be. Not the case!!! It took a bit over a year and 2 years before it seemed done shrinking.
I originally went in because the bridge of my nose was convex and the tip was a bit droopy. Because of this, my doctor, Dr. Andrew Frankel of the Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills, did a couple of things in my closed rhino surgery: He shaved my "bump" off, bumping out the bridge a bit wider; for the tip, he cut some cartilage from the bottom of my septum so that my nose could kinda float up "naturally"... he also cut fat out of the bottom of my nose. The procedure was virtually painless with just some discomfort the week after because of the splint. Dr. Frankel is an awesome doctor with a great tempermant and really listens to what you have to say which is key!!! He also is on the conservative, not into these fakey looks, wanting guys to stay masculine.
So... cut to 7 months after my surgery and I was quite unhappy with the results. The bridge was good but the tip looked like a blob on my face. I had NO clue it was swelling because I thought it had been long enough that residual swelling was basically gone. I was even thinking about going in AGAIN and having the tip refined!!! Well glad I did NOT do that!!! A little over a year after surgery, my nose really had taken shape, basically looking like the couple year after photo (notice the drastic change from 7 months after to present). My nose did become very streamlined (the desired parallel lines that go down a straight nose) and the tip actually lifted; all the swelling was adding volume to the tip in every direction, including down. Also, the swelling was covering up the tip dome, but when that went down, you could see that fat had been excised... now my nose actually had a tip unsheathed from fat or swelling.
Of course, everyone heals differently so it is not totally predictable. If you are more prone to getting scar tissue, that can prolong swelling and even I feel always rear its ugly head in... i think noses with scar tissue swell more than the pre-rhino nose. I have bad allergies which definitely can clog your nose and make it drain slower as well as irritate it. I noticed when i used a saline nasal rinse, my nose seemed to drain. I still do this to keep my nose more slim, even though it would never look like what it did before. My sister who got a nose job took a long time to totally heal as well. Her nose one year later is so different from 3 years later.... it definitely shrank and became way more defined. She does not have allergies. Long story short, doctors all grossly underestimate the time it takes for a nose to fully heal. Luckily I had a good surgeon that did his job while I was under so that the structure was all there just waiting to reach the surface.