Hello doctor! I really want to have rhinoplasty but I am afraid of the swelling and bruising after the surgery. Can you tell me how long it takes for the swelling to disappear after rhinoplasty? I hope to get a reply from you as soon as possible. Thank you, doctor!
Ms. Giang, Thu Dau Mot, Binh Duong Province
Hello Ms. Giang, thank you for trusting and sending questions to Gangwhoo Cosmetic Hospital. Swelling after rhinoplasty is a normal side effect, but many people are afraid of this condition. The article below shall give you the right answer that you are looking for.
Answer: How long after rhinoplasty for the swelling to heal?
Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, especially among women. To correct the shape of the nose, the doctor conducts surgery to dissect the skin and tissue of the nose to create a cavity to place the cartilage, and finally close the incision with specialized cosmetic sutures.
Due to the surgical method, swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty is completely normal. You do not need to worry too much if this happens to you. The swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty will be reduced and completely gone within 2-3 days, a maximum of 5-7 days.
During this time, you need to take care of your nose carefully, avoid any collisions to the nose area, and absolutely do not exercise intensely.
Factors affect the swelling after rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty surgery is not too complicated, but not all doctors are capable of performing it effectively. A highly qualified doctor will perform carefully to minimize invasiveness, thereby reducing swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty.
On the contrary, if inexperienced doctors perform rhinoplasty, the surrounding areas may get badly affected, then the nose is swollen for longer, even causing unwanted complications.
Health status has a significant impact on how long after rhinoplasty the swelling would heal. Good health status shall help the wound to heal quickly, thereby quickly reducing swelling and vice versa, the bad health status may even cause complications.
How to reduce swelling quickly after rhinoplasty
Regularly apply ice compresses
Regularly applying ice compresses in the first 2-3 days after rhinoplasty is a way to help reduce swelling quickly.
You only need to prepare a clean pack, put ice in, make sure the temperature is not too cold, and then wrap the outside with a clean cotton towel. Apply gently around the nose area for about 5-7 minutes at a time. Remember to avoid placing the pack directly on the nose.
Besides, after 2-3 days, you should not continue to apply ice, instead, you should apply warm compresses to reduce bruising around the nose.
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Take medicines as prescribed by the doctor
Build a proper diet
Nutrition is an important factor to help the swelling and bruising to reduce quickly after rhinoplasty, so you need to have a reasonable post-surgery diet.
You should avoid eating foods that can cause keloids, allergies, and festering wounds such as beef, chicken, duck, seafood, sticky rice, water spinach, stimulants, etc. In addition, you should eat more green vegetables, fruits and drink lots of water.
More details: “What to eat after rhinoplasty”
What should we do if the swelling lasts for too long?
From 2 to 7 days is the time for the swelling to disappear. After this time, if the swelling does not reduce, what should we do to deal with it?
If after rhinoplasty, the swelling does not reduce accompanied by uncomfortable pain, you may have had a complication. The chances are high that the nose has been infected and what you need to do is to see your doctor immediately to determine the cause and find the best solution for your nose.
We hope you’ve had enough useful information about how long it would take for the swelling to disappear after rhinoplasty. Thank you for your time.