All About Healing- Tips for Bruising and Swelling Post-Rhinoplasty

You want to look your best as soon as possible after rhinoplasty. One of the biggest hurdles you’ll face during recovery is waiting for your bruising and swelling to resolve. It takes some time and many patients find the wait to be a challenge. These tips will help you reduce bruising and swelling for a quicker recovery.

You Will Have Swelling

Swelling is practically inevitable after a rhinoplasty and can remain long after you’ve otherwise healed. Most of the swelling will resolve in the first month or two, but you may have some residual swelling for as long as 12-18 months after surgery. Be patient and give the swelling time to resolve. Swelling is a normal, common part of rhinoplasty recovery.

Optimize Your Skin Before Surgery

We’ve found that a medical grade facial, including a chemical peel, before surgery can help you to prime and prepare the skin. This should be done at least a week before surgery. This can speed up the healing process and reduce the chances of infection. If you’re interested in a pre-surgery facial, let us know and we’ll recommend a treatment at Transcend MedSpa, housed within MAE Plastic Surgery.

Follow Recovery Instructions

We’ve performed hundreds of successful rhinoplasties and know how to help you recover best. Follow the care instructions we provide. If you have any questions, ask us. We want you to have a successful recovery after rhinoplasty.

Use Ice Packs

Cold can help to curb swelling before it starts. Gently cool the swollen areas with cold, soft, ice packs.  We usually recommend rotating bags of frozen corn.  This is most effective in the first couple of days after surgery.

Keep Your Head Upright

Do you have a comfortable recliner? Make it your home during the first few days after surgery. Keeping your head elevated, especially when you sleep, can reduce swelling and increase comfort during recovery.

Use Sunscreen

After rhinoplasty you’ll be more prone to sunburn, a condition that can last for a couple of months. Stay out of the sun as much as possible. When you do need to spend a prolonged period of time outdoors, use sunscreen and cover up.

Be Careful with Medications

Some medications, even over-the-counter ones, can affect bleeding and healing after surgery. Talk with us about all medications, supplements, herbs, vitamins, etc. that you take. Other things to avoid before and after surgery include alcohol and smoking. We’ll provide a list of medications to avoid as you prepare for surgery.

Swelling is a part of rhinoplasty, but you’ll find that it is generally quite tolerable. Contact us to schedule your consultation and begin the preparations for your new nose.