Rhinoplasty Recovery- Hyper Baric Oxygen Therapy?

Hi! I am just wondering as to whether hyper baric oxygen therapy would help recovery 3 months post op? My tip and columella are still very swollen, So I am wondering if this type of therapy would help? Any other suggestions for de-swelling would be great- little or big! Thank you!

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy For Rhinoplasty Swelling

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not a useful treatment for nasal swelling three months after a rhinoplasty. This is an adjunct to wound healing in tissue compromised areas, not a swelling reducer for normal tissues.

Rhinoplasty recovery

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Dear em1990,

  • It is common to be swollen in the tip and columella at this point
  • It will go down, but hyperbaric oxygen will not help
  • Sometimes, some kenalog (a steroid) can be injected to speed up healing
  • Talk to your surgeon and see what they say

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hyperbaric oxygen and nasal swelling

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Hyperbaric oxygen is usually used for questionable wound healing issues and not for swelling.  Swelling will improve with time.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Hyperbaric therapy 3 months post-rhinoplasty is of NO benefit!

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used when tissues have insufficient circulation and inadequate oxygenation (perfusion problem, injury, oxygen-carrying hemoglobin poisons like carbon monoxide, etc.). Your rhinoplasty is well on the way to healing, though scar tissue softening and maturation, as well as swelling and lymphatic congestion resolution, can take up to a year to be "complete." This is why experienced rhinoplasty surgeons will recommend waiting a year in most cases before proceeding with surgical revision!

Swelling, firmness, and numbness are absolutely normal for this point in your recovery, and time will resolve most of your concerns. In some cases judicious steroid injection may be of benefit, but would be something to ask your surgeon about.

Hyperbaric oxygen is expensive and will add nothing to your recovery. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Hyperbaric therapy after rhinoplasty.

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Hi there,

Im pretty sure hyperbaric therapy will be a waste of time and money for this purpose.

It can take a long time for swelling to reduce after rhino.

If you post before, just post surgery and current pictures of your nose it will be possible to give you better advice.

Good luck.

Hyperbaric oxygen to reduce swelling after rhinoplasty

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Early in your post-operative period (first 2-3 weeks), if cost is not prohibitive, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is likely to be of some benefit in decreasing the swelling after rhinoplasty.  At 3 months post op I do not think you will achieve a discernible benefit.  Healing after rhinoplasty can be a long process, and unfortunately time is the best therapy.   

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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