Swelling after rhinoplasty
After rhinoplasty, the nose becomes swollen due to manipulation of the skin, bones and cartilage of the nose and inflammation of the tissues in and around these areas.
What causes the amount of swelling after rhinoplasty?
The severity of swelling after rhinoplasty depends on a number of factors, including the type of nose, the thickness of the skin on the nose, the amount of manipulation of the nose during surgery, and the patient’s postoperative care. Also, the rate of nose swelling varies from person to person. Swelling in fleshy noses with thicker skin is greater, and the duration of swelling and recovery will be longer.
In open rhinoplasty, where external incisions are made at the base of the nose, the rate of swelling of the nose is higher than in closed rhinoplasty, and the recovery time is longer.
Also, in crooked and deviated noses, due to the need for the nose to perform more operations and manipulations during surgery, the swelling of the nose after surgery will be more. The rate of nasal swelling at the tip of the nose, as well as in the area where the nasal hump is removed, will be higher than in other areas of the nose.
How long after rhinoplasty does Swelling disappear?
Nasal swelling is a temporary complication and first progresses rapidly and then gradually decreases. Within 2 to 4 weeks after surgery, the nose undergoes significant changes, and within a few months after surgery, the swelling of the nose gradually decreases and improves. It usually takes one to three years for bony noses and two to three years for thick-skinned fleshy noses.
Most people after rhinoplasty complain that their upper lip is hardened and it is difficult for them to laugh. It returns to normal.
Steps to reduce and improve nose swelling
One week after rhinoplasty, when the nasal plaster is removed, the swelling of the nose appears, which is normal.
The second week after surgery, the swelling and bruising of the nose and around it will be significantly reduced, and the appearance of the nose will be acceptable to the person.
After 3 to 4 months of rhinoplasty, most rhinoplasty is absorbed and may only appear a little puffy in the photo.
In bony noses a year and in fleshy noses two to three years after rhinoplasty, the final shape and appearance of the nose appear.
Individual care to reduce nose swelling after rhinoplasty
Cold compress: For the first two days after rhinoplasty, apply a cold compress alternately to the area around the nose. Cold compresses should be applied around the nose every quarter of an hour, as colds can damage the skin around the nose. After 48 hours, use a warm compress to spread and reduce bruising around the eyes, but the heat may Increases swelling.
Keeping your head up: It’s best to keep your head 30 to 45 degrees above your body for two weeks after having rhinoplasty, while sleeping with two or three extra pillows.
Avoid heat and heat: Avoid bathing in hot water and being in the sun or in incandescent light bulbs.
Diet: Avoid excessive salt and salty foods, hot and cold foods, chewing foods and drinking liquids with a straw.
Rest and reduce strenuous activity: In the first few weeks after rhinoplasty, rest more and avoid strenuous exercise and strenuous physical activity, as strenuous exercise can cause excessive bleeding in the face and nose and increase nasal swelling. .
Slow walking: Improves blood flow and reduces nasal swelling.
Avoid bending over and lifting heavy objects for a month.
Avoid separate fins for a month: this will cause the nasal tissue to rupture, bleed, and increase the swelling of the nose.
Do not touch or manipulate the nostrils with your hands or paper towels, as this will cause nasal infections and increase swelling.