Can you breathe during a rhinoplasty?

Can you breathe during a rhinoplasty?

Most of us are aware of the apparent adverse effects of rhinoplasty, such as swelling and bruising. While these are some of the more noticeable side effects after nasal surgery, they are far from the only ones. The majority of patients experience nasal congestion or stuffiness shortly after rhinoplasty, which can make breathing freely through the nose difficult or painful. Learn more about nasal congestion after rhinoplasty from top Las Vegas board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi and the experienced team at VIP Plastic Surgery, including how long it may continue and what you should (and shouldn’t) do in the meantime.

How painful is the rhinoplasty recovery?

The vast majority of patients endure rhinoplasty well, with many men and women relying solely on over-the-counter pain relievers. Swelling, soreness, and bruising are to be expected in the days following rhinoplasty, but most patients are comfortable and confident enough to return to work after approximately a week. Any remaining bruising may usually be hidden with makeup at this time. While the majority of the swelling will go away during the first few weeks following rhinoplasty, minor edema may remain for up to a year.

After rhinoplasty, how can you get rid of nasal congestion?

Nasal congestion is one of the most unpleasant or bothersome after effects of rhinoplasty recovery for many people. Swelling in the nasal passages might make it difficult to breathe through your nose as your nose heals. Patients should remember that, while it may appear that their nose is blocked, the obstruction is caused by swollen tissues rather than true congestion or mucus. To avoid harming the healing nasal structures and jeopardizing their results, patients should refrain from blowing their nose for at least 2–3 weeks after rhinoplasty, or until cleared by Dr. Khorsandi. Instead, patients might use a mild saline spray to relieve rhinoplasty congestion. Patients might anticipate to feel more comfortable breathing through their nose following rhinoplasty within 1–3 weeks, while some patients may experience nasal congestion for several months.

Your rhinoplasty results in Las Vegas will be well worth the wait!

Nobody wants to think about being in pain or having to wait for results, but with the right aftercare, your rhinoplasty recovery could be faster and easier than you expect. Call VIP Plastic Surgery today to schedule your private appointment or video consultation with internationally acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeo.


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