Is this much swelling normal one day post op from rhinoplasty, septoplasty and turbine reduction? (Photo)
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Swelling the day after rhinoplasty surgery
Significant swelling right after rhinoplasty is normal
Significant swelling is to be expected after most rhinoplasty procedures. I will often take immediate postop photos while in the OR to show to patients to ease their concerns since patient's often get dismayed or even regret having the surgery early on in the process of healing.
I think that setting realistic patient expectations preoperatively is very important so I tell patients that up to the one week visit, you will hate your nose and be concerned about swelling. At 2 weeks about 75% of the swelling has dissipated, and at 4 weeks about 85% is gone. This varies based on patient's skin type, procedure done, etc...
Then it takes the rest of the year for all of the swelling to dissipate, but this is slow and gradual and is not noticed from week to week.
So what I'm trying to say is, be patient, and it will improve dramatically in short order.
Michael Kim, MD