I am 11 days out from closed rhino and still have these dark purple/red "pools" somewhat under my eyes. 90% of my bruising has gone but these dark areas just wont budge and I am starting to get really nervous. They are located bilateral and not really "under" my eyes but more like where my cheek bone is and are about 1 cm long. I don't smoke, drink alcohol, take blood thinners etc etc and I am using arnica tabs and gel, eating papaya like it will make me a millionaire and developing OCD over this!! Thanks in advance.
How Long Should Bruising Last After Rhinoplasty?
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Bruising from rhinoplasty lasts 7-14 days
In the majority of cases, most bruising is gone in approximately a week or two following the surgery. A few patients do get extensive bruising. There are a few cases of extended bruising lasting upwards of four weeks after a rhinoplasty to fully resolve. There are no long-term consequences with this; it just extends your social downtime.
Bruising is very variable afer any surgery depending on how a person bruises and the technique but most should resolve by two weeks. If it is really dark, it may last longer and if you get bruising of the cornea(redness) that could even last several more weeks but is unusual.
See surgeon if concerned
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Bruising after rhinoplasty is expected, especially for involved surgery with bone reshaping. Most bruising resolves within 2 weeks, but everyone heals differently. Some bruising may persist under the eyes for months.
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Bruising 11 days after rhinoplasty is within the realm of normal. Even if there is prolonged buising, it always resolves.
Visible bruising persists a maximum of two to three weeks
The purple shade of bruising rarely persists more then two to three weeks. Although many patients become concerned about their bruises they always do disappear.
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Experienced answer is from 3 weeks to 3 months. But nothing is ever exact. I have seen swelling last up to 6 months and in others last 2 weeks.
From MIAMI Dr. B
Bruising after rhinoplasty takes 2-3 weeks to go away--usually.
In 35 years of rhinoplasty surgery I have seen a few patients where it took a few months for the darkness to go away--but it always does.
Bruising after rhinoplasty
Bruising after rhinoplasty is common, and it make take another 1-2 weeks for it to fully resolve. What you've described is normal. Continue the Arnica, as it does really seem to help. You should be able to cover up the bruising with makeup at this stage unless your surgeon has advised you not to do so for some reason. If things do not improve in this period of time, contact your surgeon for guidance. Good luck, /nsn.
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