Massage After Kenalog Injection, 5 Months Post Rhinoplasty?

I had a Kenalog injection into some swelling in my nose 10 days ago and have yet to see any effect. I have been applying pressure to the area/massaging it in the hope it improves its effect. Is this recommended or should I just let the Kenalog do the work? Thanks

Doctor Answers (3)

Steroid injection timeline for rhinoplasty swelling


It's absolutely expected that you wouldn't see much effect yet. If the Kenalog is going to work it usually takes a month or more to show results, especially if your surgeon was appropriately conservative with the amount and concentration of the steroid. If I use Kenalog on a patient of mine it's rare that I would advise any additional massage. It's usually best to just let it do its thing.


Good luck,



Pearson Facial Plastic Surgery

Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Post rhinoplasty swelling



Dear Leo93,

Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding your post operative care. Kenalog injections may take a few months to show any effect. Light massage to the area is okay however it is best to go to your treating surgeon and discuss this with him/her. Have your  surgeon show you how much pressure if any he would allow during the massage so you have a complete understanding. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 137 reviews

Massage after Kenalog


It can take 6 weeks to see the results of the kenalog. I recommend gentle massage but check with your surgeon.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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