Exercised on Day 7 After Rhinoplasty...

I'm a 30 y.o. female who had the tip of my nose refined-- no bone involvement. After resting for 1 week, I had a great result/little remaining swelling. Given green light to try light cardio. After light stationary biking that same day, had tiny amount of swelling, barely noticeable. Rested next 2 days (only biked once), but swelling has increased. Will this subside? Will I get my original result back (or better)? After how long? Thanks!

Doctor Answers 10

Swelling Will Subside

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It seems quite soon after your surgery to start exercising again. However, because your surgeon gave you the green light, you should take it very easy at first to keep swelling at a minimum. Swelling can last for weeks and even months, but eventually it will subside.

Exercise After A Rhinoplasty

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In general, one should not be exercising for at least 2-3 weeks as this may enhance bruising and swelling and potentially even bleeding if one has had a septal surgery as well.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon

Swelling after excercise

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Swelling after surgery goes up and down...people relate it to exercise, wine, stress, and hot weather. All of these are probably true. No one has ever proven bed rest is better than normal activity

Richard Ellenbogen, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Rhinoplasty and swelling

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Swelling after rhinoplasty is quite common.  This will take months to resolve with exercise.  Give it time.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Rhinoplasty swelling after exercise

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It is common for patients to note increased nasal swelling when they start exerting themselves more. This isn't normally a permanent problem and should ultmately settle down with time. You can confer with your surgeon to gain additional guidance.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Swelling after exercising 7 days after rhinoplasty

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I generally don't let cardio start for 2-3 weeks after surgery. I don't think you did anything seriously bad. I think the swelling will go down but I would take it easy for a  week or two. Check with your surgeon for the final word.

Exercised on Day 7 After Rhinoplasty

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 I won't let my Rhinoplasty patients exercise for 1 month following their Rhinoplasty Surgery...you'd have to ask your Rhinoplasty Surgeon for his/her advice on the subject.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Early exercise after tip rhinoplasty

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After a tip only rhinoplasty it is reasonable to begin light cardio after seven days, however the swelling is to be expected and it is probably the best to give things another week to settle. The best result will appear after a full year of healing.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Do not exercise for three weeks after a rhinoplasty.

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I doubt very much that you have done any permanent damage, but to be safe, do not exercise for another two weeks.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Swelling Will Definitely Subside In A Manner of 3 Months

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After every Rhinoplasty surgery swelling is definitely present. 70% of the swelling will be gone in a manner of three months. Doing extreme exercise or heavy exertion can cause more swelling. Give it some time to heal normally or if you are adamant to start your fitness routine you can always ask your surgeon for the best advice on this matter.

Colin Hong, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

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