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.
How Long Should Bruising Last After Rhinoplasty?
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
Duration of rhinoplasty bruising
You are right in thinking that most bruising will resolve within 7 to 10 days after rhinoplasty. But some patients do develop a longer recovery, which is not harmful but can be unnerving to the patients. I like the arnica and the bromelein idea (in the papaya, also in pineapples). But a recent study has also shown that you could consider a vascular filter IPL treatment or likely a vascular specific laser like pulsed dye, in order to break up the bruises more quickly. That is what we now use in the office, and it's pretty slick. If you are short on time, discuss this as an option with your rhino surgeon, it works.
Bruising after rhinoplasty
For the majority of patients, bruising can last up to 2 weeks. Some patients can certainly have bruising last for 4 weeks or even longer. Eventually your body will take care of the bruise and it will clear up. Until then, you may want to consider wearing makeup to camouflage the bruising. If you have any concerns, however, a proper physical exam is necessary and you should see your surgeon.
See surgeon if concerned
Healing after Rhinoplasty
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.
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