I had a rhinoplasty 2 days ago and both my eyes won't stop watering, is that normal?
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Eyes Watering After Rhinoplasty Happens to Most
This is quite common after rhinoplasty. If packing was placed, it may be more common. This often occurs because the eye's normal "drainage system," located in the nose, is temporarily stopped up after surgery. When the tears have nowhere to go, they collect in your eye. Tears are your eyes' natural way of lubricating themselves, so while you're not producing any more tears than usual, they're simply finding a new way to leave the eye. Best of luck with the remainder of your recuperation.
Watery eyes are normal after rhinoplasty.
When the lower half of the nasolacrimal apparatus is obstructed because of swelling, the tears can't drain as efficiently into your nose via the normal route and therefore well-up in the eyes. This also commonly occurs when you have a cold or sinus infection, and we also see it commonly after someone breaks their nose or has rhinoplasty. In other words, any condition that causes swelling of the nose and nasal tissues will cause epiphora.
It is usually not caused by silicone splints (tearing typically improves 1-2 days before splint removal), but their presence in the nose postoperatively can aggravate epiphora. Old fashioned "nasal packing", on the other hand, definitely contributes and amplifies epiphora until removed.
Good luck! -Randolph Capone, MD, FACS
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Early post op, some advices:
It's too early to make value judgments with only 2 days after a rhinoplasty.
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.
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-
Watery eyes after rhinoplasty
Wish you the best!!
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