Bruising After Rhinoplasty

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  • Category: Nose Job

  • Approved by: Dr. Shokrzadeh

Bruising After Rhinoplasty

  • Reading Time: 4 Min

  • Category: Rhinoplasty

  • Approved by: Dr. Shokrzadeh

Rhinoplasty is a complex surgical procedure, and as a result, it is not unusual for patients to experience bruising in the days following surgery. This occurs due to the pressure on the face during the surgery.

Bruising after rhinoplasty is a common complication that can persist for several days after the surgery, and in some cases, it can even last up to a few months.

This article will discuss rhinoplasty bruising causes, areas involved, recovery timeline, and what to do to reduce the bruising.

a young woman's face with bruising after performing her nose job surgery

Why do we experience bruising after rhinoplasty?

Bruising is common after any surgery.  It may especially occur if the surgery is done on a delicate area with a lot of blood vessels like your nose. Therefore, a noticeable bruising is usually expected after rhinoplasty.

The most important reason for rhinoplasty bruising is the surgical procedure itself. It typically occurs because the surgical site is close to the blood vessels in the nose, and blood flow can be disrupted.

The small blood vessels around the surgical area break and leak blood which develops bruises, creating a red, swollen appearance.

However, several reasons may contribute to a more significant and extensive bruising after rhinoplasties, such as too much pressure or bleeding during the surgery, incorrect surgical technique, or complications from the surgery.

Rhinoplasty patients who experience significant bruising should see their doctor for evaluation and treatment.

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Where does bruising appear after rhinoplasty?

Bruising can occur in a variety of locations on the face. This includes areas near the blood vessels in the nose and around the surgical site, typically where a lot of pressure is applied during the nose surgery.

Bruises occur most commonly around the nose and eyes. They can also appear on the bridge of the nose, on the tip of the nose, around the nostrils, and the eyes.

The bruises are primarily red and swollen and can be caused by either direct trauma to the skin or by swelling from surgery.

Areas of bruising after rhinoplasty: where does bruising appear after rhinoplasty?

Where does bruising appear after rhinoplasty?

Nose job bruising timeline

Rhinoplasty bruising can generally be expected to last for around two weeks. However, it is essential to be aware that this timeframe can vary depending on several factors, including the severity of the bruising and your physiology.

In most cases, milder bruising will usually subside within a few days, while more severe bruising may take up to a week or more to heal.

nose job bruising timeline: rhinoplasty bruising recovery stages

Bruising After Nose Job (Recovery Time and Bruise Colors): The color under the curve represents the main bruise color in each time.

Nose job bruising recovery stages

After rhinoplasty surgery, the bruising that initially appears will subsequently hide in the shade of reddish blood. Because of this, the redness in the bruising may not necessarily manifest until the next day.

Bruises will become more noticeable 2 to 3 days after the initial swelling. The discoloration will then be quite dark, and it might be purple, blue, or black and will remain dark for some days.

The body begins to repair itself two days after surgery, and the healing of bruising will show itself after several days. The fading may be noticeable after a day or two of massive bruising. The fading bruise will gradually change to a duller green shade. As it wears off, it will become greener in color.

Bruises can appear in brown, yellow, or green colors after one week to 10 days. While they heal, the bruises continue to fade. In most cases, bruises may disappear in as little as two to three weeks. While it may take a bit longer for some cases with extensive bruising, patients with mild bruising will get rid of it in less than two weeks.

How to reduce bruising after rhinoplasty

There is no surefire way to prevent rhinoplasty bruising, but there are a number of things that you can do to help ensure that healing goes as smoothly as possible. Be sure to take advantage of all post-operative care options available to you.

Here are some of the most important tips for helping you reduce bruising and make it heal more quickly.

  • Make sure to keep your head elevated and avoid excessive activity until the swelling decreases significantly.
  • Try not to put any pressure on your nose while it heals. It means avoiding heavy lifting or using facial muscles for too long.
  • Keep yourself hydrated, as this will help reduce inflammation in the nose area.
  • Use compression garments to reduce swelling and pain
  • And finally, seek professional advice from your specialist about how best to manage your healing process.
before and after rhinoplasty bruising healing

Before and after rhinoplasty bruising healing

If you experience excessive pain or discomfort, do not hesitate to ask your doctor for help.

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November 19, 2022 2:24 pm

is all before after photos in this article done by yourself? the photo of this girl had nose surgery in this article?

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Reply to  paul
November 21, 2022 3:25 pm

Yes, she was AriaMedTour’s nose job patient last year.

Reply to  Dr. Shokrzadeh
November 28, 2022 7:12 pm

she had big change in her face