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How Long Should Bruising Last After Rhinoplasty?

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.

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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.


Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty bruising

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. 

Edward J. Domanskis, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Maybe up to 6 or 8 weeks....

Bruising following rhinoplasty varies from patient to patient. In the vast majority of patients bruising has resolved within 10 to 14 days of surgery. In rare cases, it may persist for 6 to 8 weeks following this procedure.Several factors may contribute to bruising and these include the surgical technique, wound healing characteristics of the patient and the medical management of the patient in the pre and post-operative periods.
The type of rhinoplasty performed may significantly impact bleeding and bruising.Patients who have their nasal bones fractured to narrow the nose are more likely to have post-operative bruising than those who don’t have nasal infracture.There are also significant differences in wound healing characteristics of individual patients. Some have greater tendencies toward bruising than others.
In the preoperative and post-operative periods, several maneuvers have been shown to decrease bruising.It’s important to stop aspirin, ibuprofen, herbal supplements, non-prescription drugs and vitamins.
After surgery, elevation of the head, ice compresses and splinting all help to minimize bruising. It’s also important to avoid activities that will elevate blood pressure and potentially increase bruising.For this reason, strenuous activity should be avoided for at least six weeks.
It’s important to realize that bruising is a normal part of rhinoplasty surgery.Preoperative intraoperative and post-operative maneuvers may minimize bruising, but won’t make it disappear entirely.

See surgeon if concerned

It can take a couple of weeks for bruising to go away, but if yours haven't reduced in prominence, I suggest you see your surgeon for an assessment. 

Healing after Rhinoplasty

Generally speaking, it can take 6 to 12 months to completely heal after surgery. Please keep in touch with your surgeon or his/her clinical team to discuss your ongoing concerns.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Bruising Recovery

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.

Keeping your head elevated, maintaining the nasal splint/cast, ice, arnica montana, and following your plastic surgeon's guideline may help reduce rhinoplasty bruising. Speak with your rhinoplasty surgeon to help manage bruising with nasal surgery.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after Rhinoplasty

Bruising 11 days after rhinoplasty is within the realm of normal. Even if there is prolonged buising, it always resolves.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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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.

David A. Ross, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after rhinoplasty

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.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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