Bruising under the eyes and cheek bones is an expected and common side effect of rhinoplasty and is part of the body’s healing process. While the vast majority of patients who have a nose job done by a reputable and experienced plastic surgeon have little noticeable bruising after about a week, there are a few that experience severe bruising.
In some cases, severe bruising is outside of the surgeon’s and patient’s control. For example, older patients tend to bruise more easily because blood vessels become more fragile with age. Also, patients with bleeding disorders or those taking prescription medications to thin the blood will likely experience increased bruising after a rhinoplasty. These factors do not mean that the surgery cannot be done, but it’s important to discuss everything with the surgeon so that the proper precautions can be taken.
It’s also important for patients to follow their surgeon’s directions in order to minimize bruising and speed recovery after a rhinoplasty. After evaluating a patient’s health and circumstance, it’s likely that the plastic surgeon will recommend some of the following approaches to keep bruising at bay:
Other than following the pre- and post-rhinoplasty directions, the most important factor in minimizing bruising is the surgeon’s own skill. A knowledgeable and practiced surgeon will be able to reduce the number and severity of the cuts and breaks needed to reshape the nose, and he or she will be able to preserve the integrity of the surrounding tissue and bone structures. Minimizing the trauma done to the nose during the procedure is the key to curtailing bruises post-surgery.
Overall, fears about bruising are not unfounded, but they should not deter anyone from seeking a rhinoplasty. By selecting the right surgeon and following pre- and post-surgical instructions, patients should be able to minimize any noticeable bruising within about a week.
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