3 Weeks Post Rhinoplasty, and Dark Circles Are Getting Worse. What Should I Do? (photo)

After Completing Rhinoplasty 2-3 Weeks Still Dark Circle Under Eyes Increases. .Should I Take Any Treatment? Slim weight: 48 kg sex: Female

Doctor Answers 5

Dark Circles After Rhinoplasty

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It is common that dark circles form under the eyes due to the intensity of the surgery and the anatomical composition of the facial tissues.

I recommend that you have a little more patience and follow your surgeon's instructions to keep on a good recovery pace and let nature take its course.

I hope this helps and the best of luck to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 205 reviews


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Dark circles secondary to bruising should resolve with time given sufficient time to do so. Occasionally, this may take longer. 

Mohsen Tavoussi, MD, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon

Post Rhinoplasty Dark Circles

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Bruising underneath the eyes is quite common with a rhinoplasty procedure and this can persist for weeks. The real question is how much of this was present before the operation vs. after and only photos will tell. If this is bruising underneath the skin, then there is no cream that will improve this - just time. If this is related to superficial pigment of the skin, then perhaps a bleaching cream will help. 

Best of luck,

Vincent Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Vincent P. Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Three Weeks

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Lower eyelid post-reactive hyperpigmentation is not too uncommon after surgery.  Contact your surgeon and determine his/her feelings about possible "bleaching creams."

Robert Shumway, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Persistent Dark Circles

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The persistent dark circles after Rhinoplasty is common. It occurs and is more noticable in thin skinned individuals and is the results of the accumulation of the blood tinged bruising fluid which can accumulate in the lower eyelid. You can speed up the lightening of this problem with a light massage usng a  non-oiled based moisturizer. Have used this approach in most of my rhinoplasty patients and it seems to work well.   

Joseph Rucker, MD, FACS
Eau Claire Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

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