Pain Post Rhinoplasty

It is inevitable for pain to happen during rhinoplasty procedure and after rhinoplasty procedure. Pain is the most common side effect or complains of everyone who underwent rhinoplasty. However, not all people have the same or similar perception of pain, since pain perception differs from each and everyone due to different pain threshold and pain tolerance of every person. Pain post rhinoplasty will also depend on what type of rhinoplasty is done. If the patient underwent non-surgical rhinoplsty, then the patient will most likely not feel any pain during the procedure and after the procedure since there are no incisions involve in non-surgical rhinoplasty. If the patient will undergo surgical rhinoplasty, either open or closed rhinoplasty, pain will really be expected.

Pain Threshold

Pain Post Rhinoplasty

Pain threshold is the term given to the point or time pain is beginning to be felt. Pain threshold is completely subjective and it is only the person who is actually in pain can tell when she starts to begin feeling the pain. Patients who underwent rhinoplasty usually feel pain on the 2nd day or 3rd day after the surgery, due to the feeling of increased pressure in the surgical site. However, the pain felt during the 2nd day or 3rd day post rhinoplasty procedure can usually be alleviated by pain medications (analgesics), such as Tylenol, mefenamic acid, etc.

Pain Tolerance

Pain tolerance is the term used in referring to the maximum level of pain the patient or the person can tolerate. If patients who just underwent rhinoplasty have high pain tolerance, then they may not need to drink or take strong analgesics or pain medications. However, for patients who have a very low pain tolerance, they may need stronger or higher dosages of pain medications or analgesics just for them to tolerate the pain felt.

Common Cause of Pain and Other Discomforts Post Rhinoplasty

It has been proven that the most common cause of pain and other discomforts post rhinoplasty is the nasal packing. Nasal packing can cause pain and other discomforts while it is placed inside the nose until it will be removed by the surgeon. There are already many rhinoplasties performed by many surgeons that do not require or place nasal packing after the surgery. New techniques of rhinoplasty will not already need to use or place nasal packing after rhinoplasty. Avoiding nasal packing after rhinoplasty can significantly reduce pain and other discomforts felt to patients.


Author: M.L.G

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