Hey...I recently had open rhinoplasty done about 2 months ago and pretty much most of the swelling had gone away...until about a week ago I was on spring break and I was drinking alcohol and smoking (both cigarretes and marijuana) and i noticed that the next couple days my nose looked bigger(swollen) in the tip and is this normal? What can i do to get the swelling down??
Best Way to Reduce Swelling 2 Months After Rhinoplasty?
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Swelling After Rhinoplasty
Some patients experience transient swelling after rhinoplasty with activities such as exercise, sun exposure, and alcohol consumption.
This swelling should go down gradually. Taping the area above the tip can sometimes help.
If the nose becomes more swollen, more tender, or becomes red -- signs of infection -- an evaluation by your surgeon is recommended.
Swelling Two Months after Rhinoplasty
I'm confidant you did no permanent harm, but now you must be patient as the swelling resolves, Circulation in your nose is not normal, and therefore you had an unfavorable response to the alcohol and sun exposure. It would be smart to schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon.
Reduce swelling of nose
There are no magic bullets for this.
Occasionally, steroids are injected but this would not generally be advised in your case.
You may want to seek the advice of your plastic surgeon to make sure that all is well and that this is not a sign of a deeper underlying problem.
In the short term, sleeping with your head elevated and using ice compresses may provide some relief.
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Recurrent swelling after rhinoplasty
It can take somewhere in and around 12-18 months for postoperative swelling to completely resolve and to see the final results. The areas with thicker skin in the nose such as the tip, alar rims and radix may require longer to settle. Also, there appears to be a linear decrease in swelling for the first several months followed by a period where the swelling fluctuates (sometimes little or no swelling and other times more swelling) before the nose settles. Some factors that may exacerbate postoperative swelling include factors that cause fluid shifts and water retention in the body such as drinking alcohol or a high salt diet. Additionally, factors that cause increase sweat production such as warmer weather can also contribute to skin and soft tissue swelling postoperatively. Sometimes, taping of the nose can help encourage the resolution of swelling. You should continue to follow-up with your surgeon and follow your surgeon's recommendations.
Improving Swelling After Rhinoplasty
The best way to improve swelling after rhinoplasty is taping, massaging the nose, sun avoidance, keeping it elevated as much as possible and then tenture of time. It will take up to a year to see the final result from the swelling after a primary rhinoplasty.
Swelling after rhinoplasty
Post operative swelling is an expected occurrence after rhinoplasty and it takes months to completely subside. Extra caution is needed especially in the first 3 or 4 months to avoid situations where inadvertent trauma or stresses do not irritate or injure the healing skin and underlying cartilages and bone. This would include avoidance of sunburns, physical bumps, activities that decrease circulation, and taking safety measures to protect it from people and objects such as the steering wheel! You might see some increases and decreases from day to day the first few months. For most patients, the passage of time helps the most: usually 12 months at least but sometimes as long as 2 years may pass before all of the soft tissue swelling has subsided.