Skin Care After Rhinoplasty

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  • Approved by: Dr. Shokrzadeh

Skin Care After Rhinoplasty

  • Reading Time: 7 Min

  • Category: Rhinoplasty

  • Approved by: Dr. Shokrzadeh

Rhinoplasty is a very common cosmetic surgery among those who want to change the shapes of their noses. However, if you need to have the results you desire, you need to take the recovery process very seriously.

The recovery from rhinoplasty surgery requires changing a lot of your habits until your nose heals completely. Changing skincare routine after rhinoplasty means you will have to change the way you eat, the way you exercise, and even what you wear in some cases. But most importantly you need to change the way you care about your skin to avoid skin damage after rhinoplasty and to let your wounds heal properly.

a woman skin care after rhinoplasty

How to take care of your skin after rhinoplasty?

How to clean skin after rhinoplasty?

When you cleanse your face skin after rhinoplasty, you must be very gentle. Your doctor will tell you to be careful when you wash the area around your nose, especially while you are still wearing the cast.

You must try to keep the cast dry while cleansing. This means you should avoid showers for as long as you can while you are wearing the cast. Check the cleanser you are using in the recovery period and make sure it is gentle to avoid any skin irritation after rhinoplasty.

a woman cleaning her nose skin after rhinoplasty nose job

How to clean skin after rhinoplasty?

Oily skin after rhinoplasty is a common thing among those who have nose jobs. Having oily skin after rhinoplasty is due to pores blockage caused by not being able to cleanse your skin for a week. After removing the cast or the bandage you can use certain products to cleanse your oily skin.

Skin peeling after rhinoplasty is also normal and common after you remove the bandage. You do not need to be worried about skin peeling as you can easily exfoliate it at home using a gentle cleanser.

nose skin peeling after nose job

Skin peeling after rhinoplasty is also normal and common after you remove the bandage.

Protection from the sun after nose job

Rhinoplasty surgery might make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. The UV light can make the incisions discolor either temporarily or permanently. Sunlight exposure after rhinoplasty can also cause some sunburns in the incisions site.

It is recommended that you avoid sun exposure for a few weeks after rhinoplasty surgery. When you have to go out in a sunny day, you must put some sunscreen on your face and wear a hat. Make sure that the sunscreen you picked does not clog your pores.

Keep in mind that sometimes your skin might stay sensitive for a longer time after rhinoplasty surgery (up to 12 months). Sun exposure during recovery or while your skin is still sensitive might cause skin discoloration after rhinoplasty.

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Choosing skin care products after rhinoplasty

When you want to use skin care products after rhinoplasty, choosing gentle products might not always enough. You need to make sure that the product you choose does not contain any strong or active ingredients. Active ingredients like retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids can irritate your skin due to its sensitivity and can make your skin dry. This can be harmful because you need to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated as much as possible.

a woman using skin care ingredients after rhinoplasty

Choosing skin care products after rhinoplasty

Wearing makeup after rhinoplasty

You must stop applying makeup on the treated area on your face after rhinoplasty surgery until the wounds start to heal. This is because applying and removing makeup can add pressure on the skin, which can harm your skin.

The time needed before you can start wearing makeup will depend on your condition. Therefore, you should ask your doctor for a consultation. In general, doctors will recommend that you wait until you remove the cast before you use makeup.

Keep in mind that you need to avoid putting makeup within 1 CM of your incisions. Put the makeup and remove it very gently and avoid pressing on the skin too hard. Some doctors might recommend using mineral-based makeup as they can be gentler on your skin.

a woman applying makeup after rhinoplasty

Wearing makeup after rhinoplasty

Keep your skin hydrated

Skin hydration does not only involve using moisturizer on the skin, you also need to drink enough water every day. Drinking enough water will help your skin freshen itself and let it stay moisturized.

Dealing with itchy skin after rhinoplasty

It is common to have itchy skin after rhinoplasty, as it is one of the usual side effects of the surgery since the skin becomes more sensitive after rhinoplasty. The most important thing is that you should not scratch your skin as it could interfere with the healing process. You can however rub the skin around the nose and incision gently.

You can also use a cold compress to relieve you from the itchiness. Just remember to use it near the incision not on the incision site directly.

itchy nose skin of a woman after nose job

How to deal with itchy skin after rhinoplasty?

General tips for skin care after nose job

  • Try to keep your head above your heart level especially when you are sleeping. You can put a pillow or two under your head while you are sleeping to do so. Elevating your head will help you decrease the swelling.
  • You can eat solid foods shortly after rhinoplasty. However, keep in mind that you should chew slowly and gently.
  • Do not wear glasses for at least a month after nose. Read more on wearing glasses after nose job.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for a while after the surgery as they can interfere with the healing process. Read more on what to eat and drink after rhinoplasty

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Frequently Asked Questions about Skin care after rhinoplasty

What happens to excess skin after rhinoplasty?

Since surgeons rarely remove any skin during rhinoplasty surgery, many patients might worry about what happens to excess skin after rhinoplasty. The thing is that you do not need to worry because the skin is elastic, which means that skin will retract after the surgery.

You should know that skin contracture after rhinoplasty is usually better when the patient is young. The skin of older patients is less likely to shrink due to poor elasticity.

Thick skin might not be able to shrink well after rhinoplasty. In such cases, the surgeon might need to use cortisone shots after the surgery.

Why is skin oily after rhinoplasty?

After rhinoplasty, there will a reaction to the trauma. This reaction involves making glands secrete oil. You also need to keep in mind that you have had a cast over your nose for about a week, which can block your pores creating oil build-up. Therefore, the result will be greasy skin after rhinoplasty.

Does skin shrink after rhinoplasty?

The short answer is yes, skin will shrink after rhinoplasty. Just keep in mind that skin retraction or shrinkage after rhinoplasty depends on the type and elasticity of the skin. The skin of younger people is more likely to shrink than the skin of older people, and thin skin will shrink better than thick skin after rhinoplasty. In other words, you do not need to think about skin tightening after rhinoplasty as you now know that saggy skin after rhinoplasty is normal and temporary.

However, if the patient’s skin could not shrink, there are several laser procedures that can help tighten extra skin after rhinoplasty.

What does it mean to have purple skin after rhinoplasty?

Some patients might have purple skin after rhinoplasty and that is nothing to worry about. Having purple spots after rhinoplasty could result from blood collecting under your skin. Purple skin after rhinoplasty is temporary and will get back to normal after the swelling is gone.

Is there a risk of skin necrosis after rhinoplasty?

There is a risk of skin necrosis after rhinoplasty, but what you need to know is that the chance of skin necrosis after rhinoplasty is very low as it is a very rare side effect.

Is it normal to have hard skin after rhinoplasty?

Hard skin after rhinoplasty is usually nothing to worry about. This condition is usually caused by the swelling that occurs after rhinoplasty and goes away after a while. If you still have hard skin after one year of the surgery then you can treat the condition with one of several treatments that are available.

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