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Swollen Nose after Rhinoplasty – How long does it take to heal?

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Rhinoplasty is the most popular and common beauty method among women and sister. However, in fact, lots of women still wonder how long their swollen nose after rhinoplasty will last before it heals? Understanding their concerns, Doctor Phung Manh Cuong – working in Gangwhoo Cosmetic Hospital shall give the most thoughtful sharing about this concerns for women and customers.


Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today that is especially loved by young people. However, lots of customers still wonder how long it takes for a swollen nose after rhinoplasty to heal.

According to Dr. Phung Manh Cuong – Gangwhoo Cosmetic Hospital:

“Any intervention to the body requires recovery time. As for rhinoplasty surgery, it can take about 2 to 5 days after the surgery for the nose to stop swelling. However, the recovery time is whether quick or slow will depend on two factors: the technique and the body’s ability to adapt.

  • The technique: The degree of intervention is more or less, which affects the surrounding areas or not. The correct technique implementation will ensure safety for the surgeon and a quicker healing process.
  • Health status: Each person will have different health status, so the healing time will not be the same. In particular, people who tend to have keloid scars will take a long time to recover.

7 days after the surgery, the doctor will remove the sutures. At this time, the nose area is relatively healed. However, it also takes about 3 to 4 weeks for the nose to get in shape well. Therefore, you need to protect the nose area, avoid injuries or strong impact on the nose.

Swollen Nose after Rhinoplasty - How long does it take to heal?
Swollen Nose after Rhinoplasty – How long does it take to heal?


Whether it is just a major or minor surgery, once the body has been surgically intervened, it needs time to recover. You need to comply with the doctors’ advice to have the most suitable beauty method for you.

Asides from the time before swollen nose recover, you must remember the following 4 rules for post-operative recovery:

1. Diet

During the first month, you should avoid eating foods such as chicken, sticky rice, seafood, water spinach as well as avoiding hot spicy foods such as chili peppers, carbonated and alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, coffee, cigarettes, etc. You should eat soft foods, avoid foods that need to be chewed a lot at least in the first 2 weeks. These kinds of food can make the wound scar and make your nose take a long time to heal, fester easily and cause complications.

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2. Apply cold compresses

In order to limit the discomfort after rhinoplasty, you should apply cold compresses for the first 3 days. Applying cold compresses can prevent the swelling from getting bigger. During the process of applying cold compresses, you should remember to wrap ice in a plastic bag and place a thin towel on the nose area to avoid cold water directly on the wound. Avoid letting water get into the incision, it will badly affect the incision.

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3. Consult a doctor for necessary medicines

Some people regularly take health-promoting medicines, medicines for headaches, high blood pressure, or stomachache. You should be careful because these drugs can make it longer for the wound to heal, or they can even cause the swelling more severe.

Before taking any medicine, consult your doctor for detailed advice. Some drugs when combined together can cause side effects to the body, they can even harm the incision, so you should carefully consider them.

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4. Daily activities

After rhinoplasty, you can walk normally. Do not lie on your side to prevent your unfixed nose from getting deviated. It is recommended to wear contact lenses instead of glasses for at least the first 2 weeks. Avoid picking your nose, squeezing your nose, and avoid playing sports or do a lot of physical activity.

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After rhinoplasty, asides from having suitable diets, you need to strictly follow the lifestyle regimen as instructed by the doctor. Especially, it is absolutely necessary to avoid extreme training, because your nose is not stable, it takes time for the incision to recover.

To know exactly how long it takes for the swollen nose to heal and for the patient to exercise again, you need to consult the doctor first. This period can range from 3 to 6 weeks, you should only do light exercise such as cycling, yoga, walking, etc. However, you must avoid swimming for the first 6 months after having rhinoplasty.

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Another problem women are wondering about is when they can return to normal activities with their new nose, especially for wearing make-up every day.

Wearing makeup and removing makeup shall partly cause a force on the nose, which will affect the recovery process of the nose bridge and the healing process of the nose skin. Therefore, after having rhinoplasty, we need to avoid wearing makeup for a period of time ranging from 2 to 3 weeks. This will help ensure that the new nose shape is as stable and aesthetic as possible without any further problems.

We hope you’ve had enough useful information about how long it would take for the swollen nose to heal after rhinoplasty from the above article. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Gangwhoo Cosmetic Hospital via our Hotline: 0901.666.879 for the most thoughtful advice and guidance.

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