How Long Should Bruising Last After Rhinoplasty?

I am 11 days out from closed rhino and still have these dark purple/red "pools" somewhat under my eyes. 90% of my bruising has gone but these dark areas just wont budge and I am starting to get really nervous. They are located bilateral and not really "under" my eyes but more like where my cheek bone is and are about 1 cm long. I don't smoke, drink alcohol, take blood thinners etc etc and I am using arnica tabs and gel, eating papaya like it will make me a millionaire and developing OCD over this!! Thanks in advance.

Doctor Answers 17

Bruising from rhinoplasty lasts 7-14 days

In the majority of cases, most bruising is gone in approximately a week or two following the surgery. A few patients do get extensive bruising. There are a few cases of extended bruising lasting upwards of four weeks after a rhinoplasty to fully resolve. There are no long-term consequences with this; it just extends your social downtime.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty bruising

Bruising is very variable afer any surgery depending on how a person bruises and the technique but most should resolve by two weeks. If it is really dark, it may last longer and if you get bruising of the cornea(redness) that could even last several more weeks but is unusual. 

Edward J. Domanskis, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Bruising after rhinoplasty

Experienced answer is from 3 weeks to 3 months. But nothing is ever exact. I have seen swelling last up to 6 months and in others last 2 weeks.

From MIAMI Dr. B

Bruising Following Rhinoplasty


If you bruising persists another week, speak with your rhinoplasty surgeon regarding the use of warm compresses a couple of times a day.  We have found that warm compresses help dissapate the heme under the eyes.  With time is will resolve so be patient.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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We find that about 95% of our patients under 30 get minimal or no bruising and about 95% of patients over 40 get some notable bruising. In our patients, bruising usually resolves over approximately 10 days. Of course from time to time some discoloration can linger. Generally this resolves on its own over an additional week or two. Occasionally a lightening cream can help. Avoid the sun and speak with your surgeon! Good luck and don't worry!

Daniel G. Becker, MD
Voorhees Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

See surgeon if concerned

It can take a couple of weeks for bruising to go away, but if yours haven't reduced in prominence, I suggest you see your surgeon for an assessment. 

Healing after Rhinoplasty

Generally speaking, it can take 6 to 12 months to completely heal after surgery. Please keep in touch with your surgeon or his/her clinical team to discuss your ongoing concerns.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Rhinoplasty Bruising Recovery

Bruising after rhinoplasty is expected, especially for involved surgery with bone reshaping. Most bruising resolves within 2 weeks, but everyone heals differently. Some bruising may persist under the eyes for months.

Keeping your head elevated, maintaining the nasal splint/cast, ice, arnica montana, and following your plastic surgeon's guideline may help reduce rhinoplasty bruising. Speak with your rhinoplasty surgeon to help manage bruising with nasal surgery.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

Bruising after Rhinoplasty

Bruising 11 days after rhinoplasty is within the realm of normal. Even if there is prolonged buising, it always resolves.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Visible bruising persists a maximum of two to three weeks

The purple shade of bruising rarely persists more then two to three weeks. Although many patients become concerned about their bruises they always do disappear.

David A. Ross, MD (retired)
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 89 reviews

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