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Tips to reduce swelling and bruising after Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty is also known as a nose job it is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can change the size and shape of the nose. Many people have certain health complications opting them to obtain rhinoplasty surgery these can include breathing difficulties, deviated septum, sinus problems, and many other issues. A lot of people are not happy with their nose appearance and opt to change it by undergoing surgery. Rhinoplasty post-surgery can be challenging initially as there can be complications such as swelling and bruising. Surgical swelling and bruising can sometimes hold a person back from having the surgery done. With the right care during and after the surgery, these issues can be solved quickly.

Why the bruising and swelling happens

The blood vessels which are tiny capillaries appear to rupture under the skin due to the incisions and they tend to bleed into the tissue during the surgical procedure. This can then cause the face to bruise and swell in and around the nose. Some people will have blackish purple under the eyes which is completely normal after this type of surgery. Bruising and swelling tends to last 7-10 days depending on the severity of the bruising and the individual skin conditions such as texture and colour of the skin, some patients may experience longer recovery times.

  • Keep the nose cool 

Apply cold compressions not on the nose directly onto the forehead for around 20 minutes until it starts to feel uneasy. Take a good hour break and repeat the same again. This is a very effective and simple self-treatment to promote fast healing.

  • Keep the head elevated 

To help reduce swelling it is important to keep your head elevated. When you keep your head up and above your heart, the fluid that is retained is restricted from draining down and is kept away from the nose. Place a few pillows under you if you lie down. Your head ideally should be at an angle of 45 degrees.

  • Reduce your salt intake 

The body retains fluid with salt intake and this can then contribute to more swelling and bruising. Keep salt out of your diet as much as possible for at least a couple of weeks after surgery. Salt can also cause a spike in blood pressure which can cause bleeding.

  • Always stay hydrated

The more water you drink the better your recovery will be. It is one of the most effective ways of speeding up the healing process. If your body is low on water it will tend to store what water it has. Fluid retention will aggravate the swelling and bruising due to the circulatory system not working to its full efficiency. Water will help flush out the inflammatory particles and debris from the incision.

  • Arnica 

Arnica is also another over the counter treatment to help the recovery process. It is a moderate toxic ethnobotanical plant that will help recover bruising and swelling a lot faster. Start the supplement a week before surgery and up to 2 weeks after to shorten the recovery time.