Rhinoplasty Stiffness/pain?

I am 2 months post op and had an open rhinoplasty to shorten my nose. My nose feels sore when I touch it on the sides and it almost feels like there is extra skin around it. When I make certain facial expressions I feel a little pain/stiffness. Does this mean there is still some swelling that needs to go down? Will using Arnica gel at this point do anything to help with the stiffness?

Doctor Answers 2

Feeling of stiffness is normal after rhinoplasty.

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You definitely still have swelling that needs to go down.  Your nose will continue to soften as it heals and the swelling goes down over the next 1-2 years.  At this point you won't see much of a benefit using Arnica.  

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty stiffness

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Most likely you're still suffering from swelling.   Give it time to heal at least 6 months to a year.  good luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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