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Reducing Bruising and Swelling After Rhinoplasty

All rhinoplasty patients experience some bruising and swelling after the procedure, but there are several things you can do to minimize these side effects. Furthermore, there are various elements that determine the level of inflammation, so you should keep these in mind when looking for the best way to lessen the discomfort.

Dr. Rizk has developed a series of techniques that help address bruising and minimize swelling after each rhinoplasty. His approach relies on a combination of powerful natural remedies and other methods that reduce inflammation and accelerate your recovery as much as possible.

What Factors Influence Swelling After Rhinoplasty?

The degree of swelling and bruising patients can experience after rhinoplasty depend on many factors. These include:

  • The technique being used, including whether it is an open or closed rhinoplasty
  • Steps taken immediately following the surgery
  • How soft tissue is affected during the procedure
  • Whether or not bones need to be surgically fractured
  • Recovery regime

While swelling can take up to a year to fully subside, most of it recedes after 3 to 4 weeks. Moreover, you should remember that swelling often persists longest in the nasal tip, which is one of the most noticeable parts of your nose.

Tips to Reduce Swelling

You can encourage quicker healing and reduced swelling by following your surgeon’s post-op instructions. To start, you should be instructed to keep your head elevated in the days following your surgery.

It is also a good idea to avoid alcohol for 48 hours before and two weeks after your surgery. Your surgeon may recommend cold compresses and give you a prescription for over-the-counter medications to minimize the swelling. Please note that cold compresses should never be applied directly to the nose itself, as this may move bone segments or cartilage grafts!

Avoid bumping your nose following a rhinoplasty at all costs because this can worsen swelling or even require additional surgery. In addition, it is recommended to avoid direct sunlight for about six weeks as sun exposure can interfere with the healing process.

Special Cases

Note that women, patients with revision rhinoplasty cases, and patients with thick nasal skin are more likely to experience prolonged nasal swelling following the procedure. Furthermore, should your facial plastic surgeon need to surgically fracture the nasal bones as part of your procedure, you can expect additional swelling as well. Speak with your surgeon to learn more about these issues.

Steps to Take Immediately After a Rhinoplasty

In simple terms, the nose and surrounding area swell due to the surgical dissection of tissue. 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.

Luckily, there are many steps your surgeon can take to reduce swelling immediately following rhinoplasty surgery.

After the procedure, your facial plastic surgeon will likely place a surgical splint on the nasal bridge. This not only protects the nose, but also helps reduce swelling. Intranasal splints, which open the nasal airway, may also be used to address inflammation inside the nose. Both of these may be kept in place for up to a week in order to control the bruising.

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

Many surgeons like to opt for natural remedies to help reduce inflammation. This includes Bromelain, an over-the-counter medication derived from pineapple fruit extract, as well as Arnica Montana. Your facial plastic surgeon may also administer diluted steroid injections, give you instructions for nasal exercises aimed at reducing swelling, or implement a combination of both.

Dr. Rizk’s Unique Approach to Help Reduce Bruising

Dr. Rizk takes special measures to help his patients minimize bruising and swelling as much as possible. In his practice, he uses modern tissue glues and dissolvable sutures to make packing unnecessary, which in turn helps reduce swelling. He also uses a high-definition 3D telescope to avoid disturbing small blood vessels and sensitive tissues, which can keep inflammation to a minimum.

Your nose has a huge impact on your confidence and self-esteem. With more than two decades of experience, various fellowships from renowned institutions, and a proven track record, Dr. Rizk has the skills to help you achieve your aesthetic goals and minimize downtime as much as possible. For more information, get in touch with his NYC office to book a consultation.

Written by Dr. Sam Rizk

Last Modified On: 11/29/2019

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