Post-op Rhinoplasty - My Allergies Are Making my Swelling Worse

I had rhinoplasty 5.5 weeks ago. My seasonal allergies are really bad right now. Could the allergies ruin my nose? The allergies are making my swelling worse and actually increasing my swelling! When I went to my one month appt, my ps said that my nose was more swollen then before! Should I be concerned? Will my nose lose its shape? Should I be taping at night??

Doctor Answers 4

Allergies Immediately after Rhinoplasty

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Allergies within 6 weeks of your rhinoplasty should not compromise your final result. Your surgeon may choose to treat the swelling secondary to your allergies or refer you to the allergist who has previously treated you for this problem. Taping yor nose will not help.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal allergies may be successfully managed after Rhinoplasty Surgery.

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If you're experiencing significant nasal allergic symptoms, along with worse nasal swelling, you may want to discuss this with your Rhinoplasty Surgeon, or a reputable ENT specialist.

You may get prompt relief by an intra-turbinate injection of triamcinolone (Kenalog). This may help with your breathing, and nasal swelling. Antihistamines and prescription nasal sprays may help as well.

I hope this is helpful for you.

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 435 reviews

Swelling from allergies should be only temporary

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It would be easier to address this question after an examination, but if you are having increased swelling secondary to your allergies, I would expect this to be a temporary situation.  I don't think this will have an adverse effect on the final result and I also doubt that taping would have any positive benefit.  I suggest you ask your surgeon if antihistamines or a steroid nasal spray would be helpful.

Roger J. Oldham, MD
Bethesda Plastic Surgeon

Allergies After Rhinoplasty Adding to Swelling

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Hi San Diego,

Best to address your post-rhinoplasty concerns with your surgeon.  You may consider allergy medications such as Claritin or Allegra, nasal sprays (Flonase, Nasonex, etc.), and lastly speak with your surgeon regarding a DepoMedrol (steroid) injection.  I do not believe that taping will be beneficial for allergic swelling.  As long as your surgeon left an excellent bony and cartilaginous support  for your nose, your results should not be in jeopardy due to your allergies.  Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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