Recovery period post a septoplasty along with bilateral fess and bilateral alar reduction?
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Recovery Period Septoplasty and FESS with alar base reduction
Septoplasty can have a variable amount of recovery depending on what type of changes were made to the septum. A classic submucosal resection of the septum (more than 90% of septoplasty procedures fall into this category) typically has minimal downtime with up to 6 months of intranasal swelling. Other variants of septoplasty including open septoplasty and septal reconstruction may have longer periods of external swelling to the nose.
A FESS or sinus surgery typically does not have much external swelling but may have intranasal swelling for a similar period of 4-6 months.
Alar base reduction limiting factor in recovery is typically the scar presentation. Scars can sometimes look red initially until more time has progressed and may take up to 1 year for a final appearance of the scar to manifest.. Swelling from an alar base is less than that of a whole rhinoplasty procedure and can often subside within a few weeks.
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