How Long Does Swelling Last After Septoplasty?

How long after a septoplasty will the swelling in the nose go down completely?

Doctor Answers 3

Swelling After Septoplasty

This depends on the technique that was used to address the deviated septum.  If the deviated septum was removed with an incision inside the nose then no swelling should be expected.  If an incision was made underneath the nose—open approach to septoplasty—in order to sometimes correct a very deviated septum then you can expect some swelling.  This swelling should go down significantly within the first month then slowly over several months as the nose continues to heal.  If you had this approach there are some things you can do to help decrease the swelling:  ice over your nose for the first 24 hours after surgery, keep your head elevated when you sleep by using 3-4 pillows, and eating a diet that is very low in salt as salt causes you to retain fluid.

Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Expect Significant Swelling For 2 Weeks

It’s not unusual for patients undergoing septoplasty to have prolonged swelling.Most patients will note significant swelling for about two weeks following surgery. After two weeks, patients are comfortable resuming their normal lives and going out in public.Swelling will persist for at least one year or longer in patients who undergo this procedure.It takes time for swelling to completely resolve and for this reason patients need to be patient.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery after septoplasty

For an endonasal septoplasty (closed) there should be virtually no swelling afterwards.  If the procedure was done via an open approach, then swelling is variable and depends on your skin thickness, length of surgery, and concomitant procedures.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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