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Normal to Have Headaches Everyday After Rhinoplasty?

It has been 8 days since my Rhinoplasty. How much longer are the headaches going to last? I've been having them since surgery.

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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.


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Normal to Have Headaches Everyday After Rhinoplasty?

In most people discomfort and pain after rhinoplasty settles 24-48 hours after the surgery. In patients where the nasal bones have been narrowed, a minority of patients may find some sensitivity and discomfort over the bridge of the nose intermittently for several weeks.
In addition there is some swelling on the inside lining of the nose that can result in symptoms of congestion, this can result in headaches particularly in sensitive individuals if coupled with other conditions such as hay fever. These patients may benefit from additional medications during the recovery period.

Headaches after rhinoplasty

Since it has only been eight days since your rhinoplasty, it is normal to have facial pressure, headache, due to the rhinoplasty. When the nasal bones are broken and reset with osteotomies, it does tend to take a couple of weeks for the headaches to go away.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Recovery: Post-Operative Headache

Depending on what techniques were used and whether or not the nasal bones were broken, it is not uncommon for patients to experience a headache in the first several days following surgery. However, a persistent headache 8 days after surgery warrants a return visit to your physician.

C. Spencer Cochran, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Severe Headaches are not normal

You should return and discuss this with your surgeon as continuous headaches are uncommon  one week after rhinoplasty.  Most of our patients do not take pain medication for more than a day or two following the procedure.

S. Randolph Waldman, MD
Lexington Facial Plastic Surgeon
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