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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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1101 Madison St
Seattle, WA 98104

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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1441 Avocado Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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. 

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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362 Fairlawn Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5M 1T6

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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707 W Eau Gallie Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32935

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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2300 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037

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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416 N Bedford Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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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875 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

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.

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Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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6330 Manor Lane
Miami, FL 33143

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
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416 N Bedford Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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.

Nina S. Naidu, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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1021 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10028

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