Three Tips to Help Reduce Swelling After Rhinoplasty Surgery


While results from rhinoplasty surgery can be dramatic and life-changing, recovery does take some time. Patients experience swelling around the nose for several months up to one year after the procedure. Members of The Rhinoplasty Society are fully prepared to provide comprehensive post-surgical care.

Make the most of your rhinoplasty recovery by following these three easy tips for reducing swelling at home. Browse our website and schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. All of our members have undergone rigorous training and adhere to the highest standards of care.

1. Take all medications as prescribed

During an initial consultation, a rhinoplasty surgeon will ask about your medical history, including current prescriptions and over-the-counter supplements. You may have to stop taking certain medications before surgery since some drugs interfere with anesthesia or cause excessive bleeding.

Once the procedure is complete, your doctor will provide instructions for taking medications at home. Painkillers can manage discomfort, but be sure to take any medications as directed to get the best results.

2. Sleep with your head elevated

Elevating your head allows excess fluid to drain away from your nose during rhinoplasty recovery. Use a stack of pillows or sleep in an inclined position to keep your head raised above the rest of your body. Many people rest in a comfortable recliner chair because it allows them to adjust the angle of elevation as needed.

Rhinoplasty patients should avoid sleeping on their stomachs or sides, as this can increase swelling and inflammation.

Here are some tips for sleeping comfortably after rhinoplasty surgery:

  • Wear loose, breathable clothing to bed
  • Sleep in a cool, quiet environment free from distractions
  • Avoid drinking coffee or other stimulants right before bedtime

3. Use a cool compress

A cool compress can also reduce swelling and provide relief from discomfort after rhinoplasty. Without pressing too hard, apply the compress to your face for 10 – 15 minutes at a time every few hours. Holding a cool pack in place for longer than recommended can damage the skin, so take regular breaks between applications.

Any material that can be folded and chilled will work as a cold compress. A gel ice pack is ideal, but a towel wrapped around some frozen vegetables will also do the trick. Make sure the compress is clean and free from bacteria and debris before application.

Bonus tip: knowing when to call your surgeon

Contact your doctor right away if you experience persistent inflammation, fever, or increasing pain after rhinoplasty surgery. These can be signs of infection and require immediate medical attention.

Some swelling is normal and expected, but drastic changes should not go ignored. Keep an eye out for these issues to ensure your rhinoplasty recovery is as seamless as possible.

Ensuring a smooth rhinoplasty recovery

Rhinoplasty surgery can have a huge positive impact on your life, but you should always prioritize safety first. With the right care, you can look forward to a safe and successful outcome. Browse our website at The Rhinoplasty Society to find a qualified surgeon and learn more about reducing side effects like swelling and inflammation. A trusted professional can provide comprehensive tips and advice every step of the way.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.