Swelling in nose lift (non-surgical) vs Rhinoplasty

Swelling in nose lift (non-surgical) vs Rhinoplasty

As you know, after rhinoplasty and also after any kind of nose lift (non-surgical), one of the natural side effects is to face swelling on and around nose which everyone experiences it in some way. Rhinoplasty can be performed either open or close. So naturally, prolonged and more-invasive operation would be associated with a greater risk of developing complications.

But in nose lift (non-surgical) - as the name implies - the nose is pulled from inside with a special thread or tape or in some cases with fillers (gel injection), so that it finds the desired shape. It is natural that in a nose lift, due to its non-invasive nature, the rate of postoperative complications will be much less. In this article we want to discuss about swelling in nose lift (non-surgical) vs Rhinoplasty.


Generally, the swelling amount variates in different people and is affected by different factors such as the thickness of the nasal skin, the skill of the surgeon, the amount of changes in the nose, etc.

In fact, it is a natural reaction of the human body that tries to repair nasal tissue by increasing the intercellular fluid in the affected area, and depending on the severity of the injury and also the physical strength of the person, the healing process may take from a few weeks to several months.

Swelling of the bony noses is usually less because the patient's nasal skin is thinner and cartilage tissue is stronger. But in bulbous noses, we usually have more swelling due to the thickness of the nasal skin.

Note that in revision rhinoplasty you may experience even more swelling than in primary operation, as part of the nose have already been cut by a surgeon, and this time your body may show a longer and more extreme reaction to these secondary changes.

Swelling in nose lift (non-surgical)

Swelling in nose lift (non-surgical) vs Rhinoplasty

After a nose lift with a filler or thread, you may have pain and swelling in the area. The amount of swelling in the nose lift (non-surgical) is much less than rhinoplasty and the result will be clearly visible within one to two weeks. Also, redness or bruising disappears completely during this period. A nose lift usually does not require a period of convalescence; after which you can resume your daily activities.

Swelling in Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty

Swelling in nose lift (non-surgical) vs Rhinoplasty

In rhinoplasty, the technique and delicacy of the surgeon's hand is a determining factor in the amount of postoperative swelling. A precise cut and accuracy in the operation reduces the rate of swelling after surgery. In both open and closed surgery, If the operation is not done properly, excessive swelling will occur, so the surgery type has no effect by itself. Meanwhile, the more changes that need to be made on the cartilage during the rhinoplasty, consequently we encounter the more surgical wounds and swelling. On the other hand, due to the sudden change in the shape of the nose, the body naturally copes with this issue and the swelling may remain in the nasal area for a long time.

In revision rhinoplasty, depending on the extent of the changes and whether the operation is performed openly or closed, the patient will still experience complications such as bruising or swelling. Note that revision rhinoplasty is much more sensitive than primary operation because the nasal tissues have already been damaged and sometimes we need to see a more experienced doctor to perform this surgery.

Since all patients are eager to see the result of their surgery as soon as possible after rhinoplasty, it is necessary to follow some tips to treat the complications more quickly and the final result can be seen faster.

Swelling in nose lift (non-surgical) vs Rhinoplasty

Ways to reduce swelling

  • Try to keep your head up; This prevents fluids from accumulating in the nose and head area, and then will reduce swelling.
  • Drink plenty of fluids; If the body is well hydrated, fluids are usually not trapped in the body.
  • Avoid salt as much as possible; Salty foods and beverages can trap fluids in the body, so it is recommended to avoid salty foods asap. Green leafy vegetables such as lettuce that contain vitamin K should be used as well.
  • Avoid hot baths and saunas; Hot water can lead to more swelling and aggravate the complications.
  • Immediate use of ice packs; Doing so will help prevent complications such as bruising and inflammation. Note that the ice pack should be covered by a cloth and should not be in direct contact with the skin.
  • Avoid taking certain medications; Taking certain medications may increase the risk of side effects. It is recommended to consult your doctor about taking any medication one week before the rhinoplasty or nose lift.
  • Pineapple consumption; Eating fresh pineapple before and after surgery or filler injection helps reduce swelling and bruising.
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight; Do not expose your skin to the sun for a week and use a suitable hat and sunscreen when you want to go out.
  • It is strongly recommended to avoid scratching, rubbing and putting pressure on the nose. Failure to do so will cause itching and swelling of the skin after rhinoplasty or nose lift. Also, if the filler is injected, the possibility of moving it under the skin increases.
  • Women are advised to consult their doctor before using any cosmetics.
  • Some doctors prescribe steroids to their patients to reduce complications such as swelling.
  • Also avoid excessive movement, sleeping on the face, shaving and using strong cleansers, heavy physical exercise and massage.

Last recommendation

Patients during this period of convalescence should take all matters seriously, including nutrition, sleep patterns, physical activity, regular use of medications prescribed by the doctor, and many other things. By doing so, you can avoid encountering severe and annoying inflation and swelling. If you feel severe swelling of one side of the nose after surgery or the entire nasal area, we recommend that you discuss this with your doctor and seek treatment immediately to avoid more serious problems that can affect you later.


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