I would recommend following up immediately with your surgeon as your nose heals to ensure the best outcome. Keep in mind that the majority of the swelling will resolve in 3-6 months, and will continue to resolve as your nose heals for up to 1-2 years.
Swelling after rhinoplasty
Thank you for your question. Remember, you should always
address any post-operative concerns with your primary surgeon. It is very
important to remember it takes 6 months for 90% of the swelling to resolve
after a rhinoplasty. During this waiting period, several treatment options can
reduce the swelling. First, post-operative taping is imperative to decrease
swelling and mold the shape of the nose. This can be performed for a minimum of
2 weeks with recommendations commonly for 3 months. Second, a short course of
oral steroids (Medrol dose pack) can be beneficial in the early stages to
decrease swelling and pain. Third, I commonly use a dilute solution of Kenalog
with Marcaine to decrease swelling of the nasal tip. I hope you find this
helpful. Best of luck in your recovery!
Fernau, MD, FACS, member of The Rhinoplasty Society
It does not take very long for the nose to swell after surgery. In fact most times is swells during surgery, This is especially true with an open approach or after osteotomies (bone work). Duration is also a key issue. During a 2-3 hour surgery there is significant swelling.
Thanks for the question.
I recommend you to send your photos to us to give you the advices you need and want.
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol.-