What Are "Normal" Sensations After Revision Rhinoplasty

I had revision rhinoplasty a week ago to correct an open roof deformity (without an osteotomy) and inverted "v" deformity. Spreader grafts (septal) were used to address both. My cast is off and although the pain is gone, I am now experiencing a feeling of pressure on my whole nose. It feels like the cast is back on, as if someone is holding my nose very tightly. Is this normal? What are some feelings patients describe experiencing as they are healing? Thank you in advance.

Doctor Answers (3)

What Are "Normal" Sensations After Revision Rhinoplasty


The pressure or tight sensation may be nothing more than typical post Rhinoplasty swelling.  Give your Rhinoplasty Surgeon a call and asl his/her opinion.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sensation after revision rhinoplasty


The ragnge of sensatiions is very wide after rhinoplasty. First, you want to make sure that the pressure you feel is not from an infection, or a hematoma, but rather from normal swelling. I would check with your surgeon. 

Because of the swelling present, and because the superficial nerves of the skin have been streched during the surgery, different sensation will be present for several months. Some of these are  as pressure, tingling, itching, and numbness, among others. These symptoms can persist for months if not years after surgery.

Periodic follow up with your surgeon will ensure that all your symptoms are expected.

Michel Siegel, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Normal Sensations after Revision Rhinoplasty


Relative numbness shortly after a revision rhinoplasty can cause different or "strange" sensations. Think about the fullness, tightness, and sensation of swelling we all temporarily experience after receiving local anesthesia in the dentist's office.  However, as Dr. Siegel said, talk to your surgeon.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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