I start school in 2 weeks! How puffy will I be? And how to I ease dryness and discomfort?
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Dryness/puffiness after rhino
Thank you for your question.
It is important to consult with your surgeon about any questions or concerns you may have as they know your medical history, anatomy and surgery best. I would recommend you keep using the saline nasal spray and apply mupirocin ointment 4x a day to the nostril area/incision, this can help with the dry skin, and just try not to play around with the nasal area too much because you don’t want to cause any damage while you are healing. The swelling can take up to a year to fully reside; your doctor may prescribe you a Medrol dose pack (steroid) to help resolve some of the swelling. It will still be swollen in two weeks time but it will continue to go down over the next couple of weeks/months. I hope this helps.
Best of luck in your recovery!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science
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