As the focal point of the face, the nose can have a significant impact on a person’s overall appearance as well as their confidence level. Even small imperfections can greatly affect the way a person feels about his or her physical appearance. Plastic surgeon Geoffrey R. Keyes specializes in reconstructive nasal surgery and has many years of experience providing patients with the improved nose they desire without altering their natural appearance. For his patients in Los Angeles undergoing rhinoplasty, bruising is often a top concern. Patients have often heard that bruising is a common side effect of rhinoplasty surgery but are unsure how much bruising to expect and how long it will last. Dr. Keyes explains the typical bruising timeline following rhinoplasty so that his patients will have realistic expectations for recovery.
Bruising Following Rhinoplasty
The two most common side effects of rhinoplasty surgery are bruising and swelling. Because bruising is such a visibly obvious side effect, many patients have concerns about how much bruising can be expected during rhinoplasty recovery. Each patient is different and each rhinoplasty surgery is different, so no two patients will experience recovery in exactly the same way. The technique used during rhinoplasty and the degree of alterations to be made can affect how much bruising will result following surgery. Other factors that can affect bruising include how much bleeding occurs during surgery and even a patient’s skin tone. While there will be differences for each patient, in general, patients who have undergone rhinoplasty or septoplasty (a reconstructive surgery to treat a deviated septum) can expect bruising after surgery to roughly adhere to the following timeline:
- The day of surgery: Most patients will begin to notice bruising almost immediately after surgery. The bruising that results from rhinoplasty typically develops underneath the patient’s eyes.
- The first week following surgery: Bruising will be the heaviest in the first week following surgery. Patients can expect dark bruises underneath both eyes as well as significant swelling. Between the visible bruising and the strain of recovery, most patients will not feel comfortable being in the public eye during the first week of recovery.
- Two to three weeks after surgery: By the second and third week following surgery most patients notice a significant fading in bruising. At this point, all incisions should be healed and it is safe to wear make-up. Any bruising that remains is often light enough to be camouflaged by make-up at this point.
- Four weeks following rhinoplasty: By four weeks after rhinoplasty the majority of patients will be free of bruising, and swelling will have greatly subsided. By this point, patients should have a good idea of the results of surgery.
As with any cosmetic surgery, the best way to ensure a quick and smooth recovery is to allow for plenty of rest and to adhere to all post-surgical care instructions. In this way, patients can ensure that the nose heals properly after rhinoplasty surgery and that bruises fade in a timely manner.
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Rhinoplasty surgery will result in visible side effects throughout the recovery period. However, most patients find that the aesthetic results of surgery are well worth the required downtime. If you are interested in learning more about rhinoplasty surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Geoffrey Keyes at your earliest convenience. We look forward to meeting you!