How can I reduce bruising after my rhinoplasty?
It is important to remember that rhinoplasty, whether a reconstructive or a cosmetic nasal procedure, it is still a surgery. Patients should expect there to be a recovery period where they should rest and take it easy. While each rhinoplasty is different, a typical recovery time is between 7 and 10 days. Expert rhinoplasty surgeons recommend patients that there will be some bruising and swelling. This is a normal aspect of the recovery process, and it is important that patients note that the bruising and swelling will decrease with time. Once the swelling has subsided, they will be able to evaluate and assess their new nose.
Bruising after a rhinoplasty surgery is often caused by the blood staining the skin of the nose. This happens when osteotomies are performed, or the nose is broken in order to repair it. If your rhinoplasty did not require osteotomies, then chances are good that you will not experience significant bruising or swelling after the surgery is completed.
There are several tips that the doctors at Top Rhinoplasty Physicians recommend to help patients alleviate bruising and swelling:
- Always avoid using products that can thin out your blood — this is especially important during the two weeks before the surgery is performed. Some of these products include aspirin, naproxen sodium, ibuprofen, garlic pills, vitamin E, glucosamine and ginseng.
- For 48 hours after the surgery, continue to apply ice packs to the cheek area of your face, and keep the head slightly elevated.
- Consider taking several herbal supplements. Herbal supplements that could be beneficial include Arnica Montana, papaya extract and Bromelain.
Note that all bruising and swelling should be completely gone within two weeks of having the surgery done. Remember to follow the instructions that your rhinoplasty surgeon gives you after your operation very closely, as these will ensure you get the best results from your rhinoplasty procedure. Within one week time, and once the nasal bandage is removed, you should be ready, able and willing to show off your beautiful new nose in public. If you have any questions, contact our office at any time, as we will be glad to help you during the recovery process.