Heavy nose bleed day 8 post rhinoplasty, should I be concerned?

I had open rhinoplasty 9 days ago with bump removal and slight tip raise. I did not suffer any nose bleeds until yesterday. I was walking for about 5 minutes and starting getting a nose bleed which lasted about 20 minutes. I lifted my head and put a tissue under my nostril. Now I can see blood clots inside my nostril. Should I irrigate my nose with saline to clear the clots? And what could have caused this? I had been taking arnica and bromelain since surgery which I stopped taking on day 7.

Doctor Answers 2

1 week post op, some advices:

Thank you very much for enquire.
It's too early to make value judgments with only 1 week after a rhinoplasty.
Swelling after a rhinoplasty depends of the surgery complexity.
In this regard, the nasal swelling Post-op It can last from two weeks to two months.
To reduce this swelling, I recommend you perform delicates daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the face (around the nose) avoid sun exposure, and take pain/inflamation pills, as your surgeron precribe you.
Kind regards,
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-


Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Nose bleed after surgery

Thanks for reaching out.  I would not rinse your nose at this point.  I would also take extra precautions not to do anything that can increase your blood pressure particularly in your face.  I would hold off on any aerobic exercise, heavy lifting, bending over or straining.  I would touch base with your surgeon so they are in the loop.

I hope this helps :)

John Paul Tutela, MD
Livingston Plastic Surgeon
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