Is it possible taping my nose made it more swollen?

I had rhinoplasty done 4 weeks ago and after getting the cast removed 10 days later. I've been using tape to help swelling. Changing it every 24 hours. The last time I removed my tape (last week) I could see some definition of my nose, (I assume from outline of tape). However now that I haven't worn it I feel there is less definition ! And a bit more swollen! Is this normal ?! Thanks

Doctor Answers 2

Using tape after rhinoplasty

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It is rather difficult to guarantee a reliable evaluation of your concern without an in-person exam and in the absence of any photos. Taping your nose is not likely to exacerbate your swelling, but it also does not guarantee a more rapid recovery.  Post-op swelling is not uncommon and may take up to 4-6 months to completely resolve. Considering that you had your procedure done 4 weeks ago, I would advise to give it some time and let the nose "settle" as you are still going through a recovery process. As always, an in-person examination with a board-certified plastic surgeon would be the best way to assess your needs and obtain an individualized medical advice. Best of luck! Dr. Michael Omidi.

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Swelling after rhinoplasty

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Most surgeons utilize taping of the nose to decrease swelling after rhinoplasty.  With that being said, swelling is a completely normal phenomenon and can often take weeks to months to subside.  Be patient and you will see the definition you are seeking.

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