Does post-op Rhinoplasty nose massage really reduce swelling?
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Post op nose
Louisa34, yes all of my patients are told to massage and with a revision it can take about 3-6 months to have a good idea of where you are going. Work with your surgeon and if you are unhappy after a year see an experienced surgeon that does "only faces" for another opinion. Good luck!
Massaging your nose may not help
I am not a big believer that massaging your nose is going to make the swelling go away. I think time and or a steroid injection might help. My feeling is that was what was not accomplish during surgery won't be accomplished by massaging the nose. Asymmetric swelling is not uncommon. Therefore what I do with patients when one side is more swollen than the other after 6 to 8 weeks is inject Kenalog. This will work if the reason your asymmetric is purely swelling. If the swelling is due to a error in leaving too much cartilage or not creating a symmetric osteotomy (bone break) then all the massaging and steroid injections in the world will not help.
1 month post op, some advices:
Thank you very much for enquire.
Swelling after a rhinoplasty depends of the surgery complexity.
In this regard, the nasal swelling Post-op It can last from two weeks to two months.
To reduce this swelling, I recommend you perform delicates daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the face (around the nose) avoid sun exposure, and take pain/inflamation pills, as your surgeron precribe you.
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