How to Reduce Swelling after Rhinoplasty

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How to Reduce Swelling after Rhinoplasty

After rhinoplasty, there are many things you can do to reduce your swelling, but it is important to have realistic expectations. In general, swelling after rhinoplasty is normal and can take months to fully heal. Although you should be prepared for some puffiness at the beginning of your recovery, follow these tips to speed up the healing process.

Listen to Your Nose Surgeon NYC

Everyone’s recovery is different so make sure you listen to the specific guidelines given by your surgeon. Be sure to handle bandages exactly as instructed and avoid touching them otherwise. Keep in contact with your surgeon after your operation and consider a visit for personalized advice. Significant swelling above the tip of the nose can be resolved with an injection from your surgeon. Keep this option in mind if you experience prolonged swelling.

Protect Yourself

Also, avoid swimming and opt for baths instead of showers to avoid excess steam. Protect your skin from sun exposure and use high SPF sunscreen. When sleeping, ensure that your head is elevated where your nose is above your heart. You can simply use 2-3 pillows. This will promote blood flow. Finally, avoid applying pressure including wearing glasses and use button up/zip-up clothing to avoid having to pull clothing over your nose


Taping the bridge of the nose and the area above the tip can significantly reduce postoperative swelling. Gentle pressure from tape can help drain some of the fluid trapped in the tissues and better organize the scarred tissue. This helps to diminish puffiness. You can also try applying cold compresses in addition to taping to reduce bruising. This method is most effective in the first several months after surgery.
If you’re worried about swelling, talk to your surgeon about taping as soon as possible.

Healthy Living

Possibly the most important way to reduce inflammation is to avoid smoking, excess drinking, and overexertion. Moderate exercise like walking can help blood flow and circulate oxygen to help lessen swelling, but avoid any strenuous activity as you heal. Keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water the week before your surgery, and continue hydration post-operation. Water promotes healing and also diminishes the swollen appearance.


It is important to discuss supplements with your surgeon. Some herbal products can interfere with surgical processes or increase swelling and bleeding in the post-operation stage. Be sure to stop taking any over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs including ibuprofen and aspirin two weeks before your surgery and in the post-operative period as these can cause excess bleeding, therefore, increasing puffiness. On the other hand, Bromelain is a nutrient found in pineapples that have been used in traditional medicine for healing soft tissue wounds. You can ask your doctor about this supplement or even try eating more fresh pineapple to speed-up healing.

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