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Minimize Bruising & Swelling After Rhinoplasty

 

bruising and swelling after rhinoplasty

Undergoing rhinoplasty surgery (also known as a “nose job”) is often a cosmetic need, but it can also address breathing issues that result from structural defects such as a deviated septum, turbinate hypertrophy, and other sinus problems that usually impair breathing. Cosmetically, it can give balance to the appearance of your face by addressing issues such as nose size, width, profile, or asymmetry.

Recovery from the procedure takes about two weeks. However, post-surgical bruising and swelling are what typically holds a patient back. With care during and after surgery, these issues can clear faster. This can allow you to return to your normal life 1 - 2 weeks after surgery.

There are positive steps rhinoplasty patients can take to reduce the bruising and ensure life-changing final results.

7 Practices to Reduce Swelling and Bruising

  1. Avoid taking Blood Thinners
    If you’re taking any medications that thin your blood, it’s important to tell me about them before your surgery, since these may complicate normal healing. In some cases, you may be able to temporarily alter your drug regimen to speed healing. Make sure I’m aware of all medications and supplements you take on a daily basis.
  2. Congenital bleeding issues
    If you or a family member are prone to excessive bleeding or bruising, it is best to discuss this during your initial consultation. My approach to your procedure may be adaptable to minimize issues, reducing the swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty.
  3. Stay hydrated
    Drink plenty of water before and after your procedure. When your body gets low on water, it tends to store what water it has. Fluid retention can aggravate bruising and swelling because the circulatory system is not working at peak efficiency. Because of this, waste products aren’t removed from your body as quickly as it could be.
  4. Keep your head up
    Take it easy after surgery, but make sure your head is elevated when you recline or lie down. Gravity can restrict the flow of retained fluid away from your nose, so prop yourself up to assist proper drainage.
  5. Schedule it early
    Rhinoplasty can be done at any time after your nose is fully developed, usually around the age of 15. For fast recovery from the surgery, youth is on your side, since blood vessels grow increasingly fragile as you get older. Bruising is naturally aggravated with age.
  6. Keep it cool
    Cold compresses are part of the post-rhinoplasty treatment routine. Use ice packs as these keep swelling down and also causes blood vessels to constrict, minimizing bruising.
  7. Avoid hot baths and showers
    This extra demand on your body stretches blood vessels and may make bruising worse.

Choose your surgeon wisely

Perhaps the best way to minimize downtime depends on the surgeon and the approach to this plastic surgery procedure. Since I’m both a Head & Neck and Facial plastic surgeon, I have the experience to produce the best cosmetic and functional outcome with minimal downtime.

In addition, I use minimally invasive surgical approaches whenever possible to reduce the number and size of incisions. This is crucial to a fast rhinoplasty recovery with minimal bruising and swelling.

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