I am 3 weeks post op for my rhinoplasty and septum surgery and my nose still is very swollen. Will this go away? (photos)
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3 weeks post op, some advices:
It's too early to make value judgments with only 3 weeks 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.
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-
Nasal swelling 3 weeks after rhinoplasty
It's perfectly normal to be significantly swollen 3 weeks after rhinoplasty. Typically, swelling starts to go down after the 3rd or 4th day post op. Splints are removed at 7 days and the swelling increases again for a few days before starting to go down again. Strenuous physical activity can be resumed after 14 days and again the swelling increases temporarily before starting to go down again. This wave like pattern with regards to swelling is typical. You may also notice asymmetries due to swelling as well as increase in swelling throughout the day. All normal.
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Best wishes and good luck
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained Plastic Surgeon
Congratulations on your rhinoplasty jscarank! Edema or swelling after surgery is very common. This swelling can take up to a year to resolve. Sometimes using saline nasal spray can help decongest the nose. If you have seasonal allergies, you may need to resume your treatment for this. It is important to maintain follow up with your board certified plastic surgeon so that she/he can examine you and see what the cause and treatment is. Head of bed elevation can also help with edema resolution. Best of luck, MMT