Swelling Again 3 Weeks After Rhinoplasty with Silicone Implant, is It Normal?

I'm now 3 weeks post rhinoplasty with L shape silicone implant.. Most of the swelling has subsided 15 days post ops.. But just 2 days ago, i felt more pain in the nasal bridge, and it started to swell again, not as much as before, but it swell again, on the edge of the forehead, and cheek.. my doctor said that everything's ok, he said that its normal to swell again within 2 months post surgery.. But i'm still worry... Is it normal to swell again after it subsided?

Doctor Answers 6

Additional swelling 3 weeks after rhinoplasty?

Did you change anything in your routine that may have caused your swelling to increase? It is not abnormal to still have swelling at this point following your procedure. However, you should be evaluated as soon as possible to determine whether or not you have an infection, as you mention there is pain present. If there is an infection, your surgeon will need to address the issue. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after a rhinoplasty with an L strut silicone implant

The main thing that I would be concerned about is an infection.  Especially if you are reporting increased redness and pain.  You need to be check by your surgeon.  The problem is that a silicone implant is a foreign body and once infection it will need to be removed.  It is also possible that at this point you need to be placed on additional antibiotics.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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L-Shaped Implants


L shaped silicone implants can become infected as any synthetic implant. Your swelling sounds suspicious of an infection. If the implant is infected it may need to be removed.



Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Recurrent Swelling After Synthetic Implant Rhinoplasty

Anytime you have a synthetic material in a subcutaneous site, such as the nose, that has any recurrent swelling one should be suspicious of the risk of infection. While there is nothing that you need to do now, as long as the swelling has resolved, but aggressive use of antibiotics at the slightest hint of redness and swelling would be advised in the future. 

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling and nasal implants

Swelling during the first few weeks to months after a nasal implant is normal. Unless you suspect an infection it is probably normal.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after Silicone Implant

   If your doctor has examined you and has determined that there is no concern for infection, then swelling may be considered as a normal variant at this time.   Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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