Healing time frame. Right now I'm 8 days out, I got my cast removed yesterday and my nose is twice as big as it was pre-op.
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Rhinoplasty Recovery can vary from patient to patient
Recovery after rhinoplasty can vary from patient to patient. Much of what you are explaining in terms of your recovery is very normal.
Most swelling should go down after two to three weeks, but it may take up to three months for swelling to completely dissipate. The swelling you are experiencing is a normal part of the healing process. In the first few days, swelling may increase and your nose may still appear swollen after your splint is removed. Don’t be alarmed, this is all part of the healing process.
Discoloration, redness in your eyes and bruising may appear after surgery. Some patients will experience light, yellow bruises while others may see deep blue and red marks. This will vary by person, but should not be accompanied by extreme pain and will go away.
Most visible healing should be completed after four to six weeks from your nose surgery.
If you are still experiencing pain and issues related to bruising past this time frame, I would recommend going back into seeing your surgeon.
I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you are happy with the end result of your rhinoplasty surgery and have the confidence you deserve.
Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Post-op rhinoplasty swelling
In the meantime, keep you head elevated and avoid alcohol and salty foods. If you are experiencing increasing pain, redness or fever - contact your PS.
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