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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

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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.

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Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty bruising

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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. 

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Bruising Recovery

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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.

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.

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Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after Rhinoplasty

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

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Visible bruising persists a maximum of two to three weeks

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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.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after rhinoplasty

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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

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after rhinoplasty takes 2-3 weeks to go away--usually.

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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.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after rhinoplasty

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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.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising Following Rhinoplasty

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Hi,

If you bruising persists another week, speak with your rhinoplasty surgeon regarding the use of warm compresses a couple of times a day.  We have found that warm compresses help dissapate the heme under the eyes.  With time is will resolve so be patient.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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95% of bruising after Rhinoplasty Surgery will be gone 3 weeks after your procedure.

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Bruising under your eyes is completely normal and will last around 3 weeks. Since you're taking arnica, I don't have any suggestions. Visible bruising 11 days after nose job surgery is expected.  If you're very concerned, make an early follow-up with your surgeon for further evaluation. I hope you find this helpful.

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West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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