Rhinoplasty swelling timeline

Rhinoplasty swelling timeline

Rhinoplasty, like other surgeries, is associated with complications such as swelling and bruising. This inflammatory is usually temporary and takes two to three weeks to heal, so it takes time to return to normal. Of course, the amount of swelling varies from person to person, for instance rhinoplasty swelling timeline is longer in people who have bulbous noses.

Swelling of the skin

Initial swelling is an inflammatory reaction to repair the affected area; It is caused by an increase in intercellular fluid and is often present for one to three months after surgery.

  If the surgery is performed more delicately and the bones are gently treated and also, the skin is more delicately removed from the nasal skeleton, As a result the swelling and bruising will be less.

 Also, the thicker the skin of the nose, the greater the accumulation of intercellular fluid, so it takes longer for the swelling to go away.

Rhinoplasty swelling and healing timeline

Rhinoplasty swelling timeline

1 . Inflammation stage

 This stage of swelling lasts one week to 10 days. There is a lot of pain and swelling and the surgical wounds are red. At this stage, the patient must take the medication prescribed by the doctor.

2 . Propagation stage

 In this stage, collagen production is done around the nose and wounds, which causes thickening of nasal tissue and wounds. At this stage, which lasts about one to six weeks, the nervous sensation returns.

3 . Restoration stage

 Excess collagen is broken down and the hard tissue becomes less soft and flexible. It should be noted that swelling of nose tip disappears later than other parts of the nose.

What increases swelling after rhinoplasty?

What increases swelling after rhinoplasty?

. Thickness of the nose skin

 Swelling in bony noses is less due to thin skin and strong cartilage, but in bulbous noses due to the thickness of the nasal skin and changes in surgery to achieve the desired result, swelling is more after surgery.

. Surgeon Skills

 The surgeon's technique and delicacy are an important factor in the rate of swelling after rhinoplasty. Precise incision and delicacy in surgery reduce swelling. In both open and closed procedures, if the surgery is not performed correctly, excessive swelling will occur, so the surgical method alone does not have much effect on the amount of swelling.

. Rate of nasal changes

 If the nose has many defects and needs more changes in the cartilage. Of course, surgical wounds are more and as a result, swelling become more.

. Follow the recommendations of postoperative care

 Following the recommendations of your doctor will decrees the rate of swelling, so recommendations such as taping the nose correctly is very effective in reducing and improving swell. Also proper nutrition after surgery and consumption of low salt, are important factors in reducing and rapid recovery of swelling after surgery.

Progression of recovery after rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty swelling timeline

rhinoplasty swelling week by week

 In the first week after surgery, the nasal splint is removed. If your nasal bone has changed significantly, you can see the changes caused by the removal of the nasal hump. You may also feel from the front that the tip of the nose, cheeks and upper lip are wide, stiff and bruised. Mild asymmetry with uneven swelling is very common.

rhinoplasty swelling month by month

 Your next visit will be made by your doctor one month or 4-6 weeks after your nose job. At this time, most patients are very enthusiastic about the shape of their nose and can see significant improvements in the shape of nose tip every week. At this time, people who have a bony nose and good skin feel that they have a more beautiful nose.

People with bulbous noses and thicker skin, or people who have revision rhinoplasty, experience more swelling. In the first month, to reduce swelling of the nose, the nose should be taped. However, some people need to use nose tapes for a further time, depending on the surgeon's diagnosis. You cannot evaluate the final result of your surgery at this stage, because there is still a lot of swelling and tissue regeneration.

Swelling after three months

 3-4 months after the operation, with the reduction of swelling, the delicacy of your nose becomes more visible and especially the tip of your nose gradually forms. But keep in mind that the end result is not yet clear and the nose is still not quite thin compared to 1 to 2 years after surgery, but so far most people feel better about their nose when taking pictures.

How long does swelling go away after surgery?

60 to 70% of swelling disappears two months after surgery and after a year of surgery, about 80 to 90 percent of the swelling goes away. Finally, 2 to 5 years after rhinoplasty, the swelling disappears completely and the final result of the operation is determined.


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