How Much Bruising Should Be Expected 6 Weeks After Rhinoplasty?

Will there still be discoloration and pain 6 weeks after nose surgery?

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Bruising after 6 weeks

There should be minimal bruising left after 6 weeks, although every patient heals differently. If you tend to heal faster and have avoided medications/supplements/lifestyle habits that promote bruising, then 6 weeks is ample time for resolution.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Pretty much none....

Typically 6 weeks after the rhinoplasty the bruising should be gone. Only some really sensitive, very prone to bruising individuals  could have still some minimal if any  discoloration.  You still can experience some swelling though. You will notice changes in the size and also the shape of your nose up to one year from your surgery day. Generally 2 weeks after surgery you should look really good

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after rhinoplasty

It is normal for you to still have bruising and discoloration 6 weeks after your rhinoplasty surgery. Be sure you are persistent about following up with your surgeon post-surgery to make sure everything is healing correctly.

Babak Azizzadeh, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after Rhinoplasty

Most bruising is usually gone 2 weeks after rhinoplasty. We have the aesthetician in our office show all patients, male and female, how to  apply minimal makeup as soon as the cast is removed.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Most post rhinoplasty bruising is gone in a couple of weeks.I have see hemosiderin pigment [part of bruising] last six months.

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after a rhinoplasty

Virtually all if not all bruising following a rhinoplasty disappears by 2 weeks. However, you can experience discomfort at times after that. Swelling, though, may take up to a year for maximal resolution.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after rhinoplasty

Generally, bruising should be gone approximately 2-3 weeks after rhinoplasty.  Mild discomfort can persist for several more weeks leading into the first month to two months following surgery.  Gentle icing helps in the immediate postoperative period.  The other options I recommend are for patient's to take both Vit C and Arnica Montana preoperatively and in the first weeks after surgery to help with wound healing and decreasing bruising.  Bromelein is also a great option to decrease postoperative swelling.

Shepherd G. Pryor, MD
Scottsdale Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Not much bruising six weeks after rhinoplasty

Bruising should be gone by about three weeks after rhinoplasty and the tenderness gone by four weeks. If you must be at work sooner, a concealer on the lower lids may do the trick.

Best of luck,

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising usually clears within 2 weeks of rhinoplasty

Bruising (discoloration) after rhinoplasty is usually mostly gone by 1 week; occasional people will need a second week to fade enough to cover with makeup. VERY easy bruisers, or those with very fair skin, may sense a little yellow or greenish cast to the skin after that point if they look very closely.


Swelling (shape, not color) takes longer. Profiles look good by 1 week, but final results on profile and front view take 1 year.


Most paitients are able to return to work or social activities by 1 week.

Laxmeesh Mike Nayak, MD
Saint Louis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising 6 Weeks After Rhinoplasty

Unfortunately, postoperative bruising follows the Bell Curve:  some patients have no bruising, the majority have some degree of bruising, and a few have extensive and/or prolonged bruising. This will vary based on the extent of the procedure, experience of the Surgeon, and various patient specific coagulation variables.  If you still have bruising, I would recommend avoiding NSAIDS, vitamin E (fish oil), and green tea which may prolong the duration of the bruises.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

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