Cosmetic surgery anywhere on the body causes swelling. When a patient undergoes facial plastic surgery, patients usually want to reduce the swelling as soon as possible. Therefore, a common question we hear at consultations and postoperative appointments is, “How long is nose swollen after rhinoplasty?”
Swelling following a nose job will vary from person to person. Some people are more susceptible to swelling than others. Additionally, partaking in exercise and certain activities quicker can prolong swelling. In general, visible swelling should reduce in about two to three weeks, sometimes sooner.
Residual swelling can last for months following the procedure. However, it is important to note that this is usually imperceptible visually. You can promote the cessation of swelling by elevating the head of your bed to thirty degrees for a few weeks. Avoiding exercise or strenuous activities will also prevent additional inflammation from building. Dr. Santos will give further instructions before and after surgery.
Generally, patients return to most of their activities in two to four weeks. To learn more about swelling after rhinoplasty and to schedule a consultation, call us at 206-324-1120. You can also reach us online via chat, contact form, or our Price Simulator™.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.