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Hollow Under Eyes After Rhinoplasty

Age 30, heavy smoker. A Month After my Rhino my Under Eye Area Has Hollowed Out, Under Eye Area Was Bruised Right After, Will This Return to Normal?

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Hollow under eye after rhinoplasty


Typically after rhinoplasty surgery, there will be bruising and soft tissue swelling around the eye area.  This will gradually disappate, but will not be completely gone at one month.  Typically by 3-4 months, but sometimes as long as 6 months, the swelling will subside.  You will then be back to your pre-op appearance around the eyes.

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Hollow Under Eyes After Rhinoplasty


If you were 3 months post surgery than yes it is permanent. But 1 month NO way TOO early. From MIAMI Dr. darryl J. Blinski

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after rhinoplasty and septoplasty


I think there is consensus in this question that the hollowness you are experiencing is likely due to residual swellng after rhinoplasty. The contour of the eyes will return to baseline. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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The under eye area may have an altered appearance immediately after rhinoplasty, such as "black & blue" or puffy eyes. Typically, the lower eyelids and cheeks may be bruised and swollen. Rhinoplasty that involves osteotomy or bone reshaping is more likely to contribute to under eye swelling. This eye or cheek swelling typically resolves within a few weeks, but possible longer. The rhinoplasty swelling, however, typically will last for several months or longer. Speak with your rhinoplasty surgeon regarding any concerns you may have. Best of luck.

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Hollow under eyes after rhinoplasty


The "hollow" is  related to your bruising and swelling after surgery.  This area will end up looking the same as it did before your surgery.  A rhinoplasty should not affect the soft tissue or bone under your eyes.

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Hollow under eyes after rhinoplasty


The hollowness you  may be experiencing one month after surgery may be related to swelling in the other areas. Give it time, it may get better.

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Hallowed out area under eyes after rhinoplasty


At month from surgery you likely still have swelling in the area under your eyes and by the nose. This is especially the case if bone fractures were done. Give it time -- your eyes should return to normal.

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