Are swelling and numbness in the tip independent of one another?
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Swelling and Numbness
They are very much independent of each other, although they may follow similar time courses of healing. Very frequently swelling can be prolonged whereas numbness is usually gone (mostly) within a few months.
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Rhinoplasty: Are swelling and numbness in the tip independent of one another?
Swelling and feeling
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You are correct. Sensory recovery behaves independent of tip swelling following rhinoplasty
Nasal tip sensation is dependent on the integrity of microscopic sensory end organs that convert skin sensations to electrical signals and are transmitted to the brain by way of uninterrupted connection of nerves. Sensory recovery after rhinoplasty is contingent on the functional restoration of this entire electrical circuit to the brain.
Nasal swelling after rhinoplasty is the result of immature well vascularized collagen produced by fibroblasts to mend the surgically incised tissue. As collagen matures, tissue fluid diminishes and external nasal swelling abates. Collagen synthesis is a biochemical process independent of the human nervous system. Therefore, sensory recovery is independent nasal tip swelling after rhinoplasty.
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