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How Long Does Swelling Last After Septoplasty?

How long after a septoplasty will the swelling in the nose go down completely?

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Recovery after septoplasty

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For an endonasal septoplasty (closed) there should be virtually no swelling afterwards.  If the procedure was done via an open approach, then swelling is variable and depends on your skin thickness, length of surgery, and concomitant procedures.  


Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling After Septoplasty

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This depends on the technique that was used to address the deviated septum.  If the deviated septum was removed with an incision inside the nose then no swelling should be expected.  If an incision was made underneath the nose—open approach to septoplasty—in order to sometimes correct a very deviated septum then you can expect some swelling.  This swelling should go down significantly within the first month then slowly over several months as the nose continues to heal.  If you had this approach there are some things you can do to help decrease the swelling:  ice over your nose for the first 24 hours after surgery, keep your head elevated when you sleep by using 3-4 pillows, and eating a diet that is very low in salt as salt causes you to retain fluid.

Anthony Bared, MD
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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