How to Reduce Swelling After Rhinoplasty

Woman pointing to her nose after rhinoplasty surgery Swelling is a common side effect of rhinoplasty. Understanding how to reduce swelling after a nose job can help you feel more comfortable and speed up your recovery process. Here are some helpful tips to guide you through this phase. Our team wants to reassure you that swelling is easy to manage and concerns over it shouldn’t keep you from getting this surgery.

Follow What Your Surgeon Tells You

Your surgeon will give you some detailed instructions after your surgery that are specific to what you need to do. It’s important to follow these instructions diligently, like taking any medications your surgeon prescribes and going to your follow-up appointments. Your surgeon may also recommend using nasal sprays or saline rinses.

Maintain Elevation of Your Head

One of the effective and helpful tips for rhinoplasty recovery is to keep your head elevated. When resting or sleeping, use multiple pillows to prop up your head. This position helps promote drainage and prevents fluid from accumulating in your nasal tissues, which can contribute to swelling.

Apply Cold Compresses

Constricting blood vessels and reducing inflammation can be achieved by applying cold compresses to the swollen areas. Apply a provider-approved gel pack, wrapped in a clean cloth, to your under-eye and cheek area and let it sit there for approximately 15 minutes at a time. Never put ice directly on your nose during the healing period.

Stay Hydrated

It’s important to drink lots of water for good health and to lessen swelling after rhinoplasty. Staying properly hydrated may help reduce fluid retention in the body, reducing swelling in turn. It’s best to drink eight glasses of water daily and limit caffeine intake to avoid dehydration.

Avoid Strenuous Activities

While it’s essential to stay active during your recovery, it’s best to avoid strenuous activities that could increase swelling or put strain on your nasal area. Stay away from heavy lifting, intense workouts, and bending over. Stick to light activities like gentle stretching or walking until your surgeon says it’s okay to do more intense exercises.

Rhinoplasty Special in Washington, DC

Our practice is committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from achieving their cosmetic goals. Swelling is something that can make people think twice about getting rhinoplasty surgery. Fortunately, as you can see above, swelling is easily managed and resolves quickly.

Another potential barrier is the cost of rhinoplasty. That’s why we are proud to offer a limited-time rhinoplasty special to make the procedure more accessible. From April – July 2024, any new rhinoplasty with Dr. Lexie Wang is 20% off*.

*Surgeries must be booked and performed prior to the end of July 2024.

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At West End Plastic Surgery in Washington, DC, our experienced team dedicates themselves to providing personalized care and support to help you achieve your facial goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at 202-785-4187.


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