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Swelling is normal following any rhinoplasty procedure. The nose and surrounding area swell due to surgical dissection. And if your surgeon needs to surgically fracture the nasal bones as part of your procedure, you can expect additional swelling.

Luckily, there are many ways to reduce swelling following rhinoplasty.

Following the procedure, your surgeon will likely place a surgical splint on the nasal bridge; this not only protects the nose, but also helps to reduce swelling. It will be kept in place for approximately one week.

Intranasal splints, which open the nasal airway, may be used to address swelling inside the airway.

Your surgeon may apply nasal taping across the nasal tip and nasal bridge before applying the surgical splint. As with the splint, the taping will be removed about a week later, after which time you may be instructed to apply nasal tape on your own.

Cold compresses can be used to reduce swelling around the nose in the first 24 hours following the procedure. (Note that cold compresses should never be applied directly to the nose itself, as this may move bone segments or cartilage grafts.)

Natural remedies may be prescribed as well. This includes Bromelain, an over-the-counter medication derived from pineapple fruit extract, and Arnica Montana.

Your surgeon also may administer diluted steroid injections and/or give you instructions for nasal exercises aimed at reducing swelling.

It is important to note that some swelling may last between three and 12 months, depending on the part of the nose and the individual circumstances of the patient.

Written by Dr. Sam Rizk

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