Congestion after rhinoplasty. Is there anything over the counter or otherwise I can do to clear this out faster?
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Congestion after rhinoplasty surgery
Rhinoplasty Healing is Quick (But Long!)
The SECOND phase is complete at 3 weeks, when enough healing has occurred to allow return of any/all degree of exercise and all nosebleed precautions are fully lifted.
The THIRD phase is when the internal swelling and crusting have subsided and the airway has settled to its new (usually improved) level. It stops essentially when your surgeon says you no longer need saline rinses. This phase is usually complete by 6 weeks.
The FOURTH phase is complete at 3 months, when enough external swelling has resolved to allow patients to unreservedly attend really important social events (like weddings and reunions) that are often memorialized by lots of photos.
And finally the FIFTH phase is complete when we indicate all primary rhinoplasty healing is done and final photos can be taken. This is when your journey is over. This is the "long" part of healing after rhinoplasty.
Since you are nearly 2 weeks out from rhinoplasty (congrats!), you are in the beginning of the 2nd phase of rhinoplasty healing, and your nasal airway healing is not yet complete. This will happen slowly over the next several weeks, and will be complete around 6 weeks post op. It is common for individuals to feel somewhat stuffy or congested during this time. So, hang in there. It will improve. Follow your surgeon's instructions. If you still aren't breathing well after 6-8 weeks, let your surgeon know. And good luck with the rest of your healing! -Randolph Capone, MD, FACS
Post Rhinoplasty Congestion
It's perfectly normal to have nasal congestion this soon after your rhinoplasty. Keep in mind that along with the external soft tissues of the nose, the internal (mucosal) tissues of the nose are also susceptible to post surgical swelling. At this point, I usually recommend to my patients to use nasal saline spray as often as possible. I recommend following up with your surgeon so he can reassure you and possibly recommend some other treatment options.
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Congestion after rhinoplasty
Congratulations on your rhinoplasty blnd88dc! It sounds like your surgery was not too long ago and 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. Best of luck, MMT
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