I received rhinoplasty and a septoplasty three days ago, but the swelling inside my nostrils has not subsided at all.
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Internal Nasal Swelling After Septorhinoplasty
External post-operative swelling can take up to 18 months to resolve completely, although the vast majority of it is gone much sooner than that. I usually tell my patients that approximately 60% of the swelling is gone at 1 month, 70% at 2 months, 80% at 3 months, and 90% at 6 months - the remaining 10% will typically resolve over the next 6-12 months.
Internal nasal swelling will often resolve more quickly and external swelling, and most of my patients find that they have maximal airflow within 1-2 months after surgery, often sooner.
Having said that, at 3 days, I'd be very surprised if you weren't swollen. I usually advise my patients that their internal swelling will get worse before it gets better, and that the airway will be most obstructed about 1 week after surgery, after which point, there is often a steady improvement in internal nasal swelling.
I suggest that you speak with your surgeon about this in detail and explain your concerns - I'm sure that he/she will be able to help you understand the timeline that you can expect and how to manage that to get the best long-term outcome.
Early Postoperative Swelling
Nostril swelling after Rhinoplasty.
Thanks for the question. It is very common to have swelling of the nose following the surgery. Swelling also depends upon the technique used for rhinoplasty. Although most of the swelling subsides in 6 weeks it takes approximately 12-18 months to see the final result after rhinoplasty.
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