Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a medical procedure that is done to reshape the nose. There are several reasons why a person needs to undergo rhinoplasty. It may be due to a deviated septum, nose injury, and other deformities of the nose. However, the most common reasons why a person wants or needs to get a rhinoplasty is because of cosmetic purposes. After rhinoplasty, the nose can look straighter, longer, and even small in some cases. Even if rhinoplasty can be done for cosmetic purposes, there are still several possible complications involved.
Nasal Tip Swelling
Nasal tip swelling is just normal and common weeks or even months after getting a rhinoplasty. The degree of swelling in the nasal tip varies from each person and the swelling can also depend on the type of rhinoplasty performed (since there are 3 types of rhinoplasties), the thickness of the skin of the nose involved, and if the patient has undergone any nose surgeries in the past. There are even cases wherein slight swelling can still persist up to 6 months to 1 year after the rhinoplasty.
Tips on How to Reduce Nasal Tip Swelling
- Directly after the rhinoplasty is done, the doctor will place a splint and medical tape around your nose to keep your nose immobilized for faster healing. Make sure that you are not going to touch, remove, and wet the splint and tape. The doctor will schedule you for an appointment to check on your wounds and remove the splint and tape.
- Keep your head elevated, even during sleep (sleep in a recliner or use at least 2 pillows for your head) for the first few days after rhinoplasty. Keeping the head elevated can help in reducing the swelling and pain.
- Avoid laughing, crying, and any other emotions that can move your nose. Moving your nose after surgery can cause bleeding to the incision sites, thus causing swelling. Just keep calm until your nose is fully healed.
- Once the nose’s splint and tape are removed, apply an ice pack several times per day to help in minimizing the nasal tip swelling.
- Strenuous activities are a big NO for the first 4 to 6 weeks after rhinoplasty. Bending, lifting heavy objects, and other activities that can cause blood to rush to the head are considered strenuous activities and should be avoided at all times.
- Always follow your doctor’s discharge instructions and when you are not sure of what you are doing, call your doctor right away for clarifications to help you recover from your nose surgery quickly and free from complications.