Please note: We are happy to see that our blog is of some help to many of you who are considering or recovering from rhinoplasty. While we would like to address your concerns directly, we are not able to dispense medical advice over the internet. Your own surgeon is your best resource in the first weeks and months after surgery. If, after 5-6 months, you continue to feel unhappy with your result, feel free to contact us via our practice site www.beverlyhillsprofiles.com and we can arrange time to discuss your concerns. All the best for a happy outcome.
How fast you heal after rhinoplasty is a major question on everyone’s mind, whether it’s your first surgery or a revision. No matter how careful or meticulous your surgeon, there will still be some swelling afterwards. Your nose will not look exactly like the computer-imaged ‘after’ picture as soon as the splint comes off. It will take some time for your skin to contract and ‘shrink wrap’ down onto the new structure underneath to really give your nose a lot of definition. Of course, the goal is to get you feeling good about your nose as soon as possible and we do whatever we can to make sure that happens. We want you to skip the puffy stage and move straight on to liking your nose…really liking it. That’s why we are fans of asking patients to tape their noses at night after surgery and of using steroid medication, both during and after surgery, to speed up healing.
There are a number of studies that have supported the use of steroids in rhinoplasty to reduce swelling, bruising, and discomfort from surgery. We offer most of our patients a short course of oral steroids after surgery. When the splint comes off 6 days later, we find it makes the difference between “Wow! I love it already!” with steroids and “I can see it’s gonna be great but it’s puffy right now” without steroids. Beyond the first month, we find judicious use of steroid injections to be enormously helpful in reducing swelling in certain stubborn areas of the nose like just above the tip where the skin is thicker.
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