Rhinoplasty and Bruising Under the Eyes

Rhinoplasty and Bruising Under the Eyes

Rhinoplasty is a highly individualized procedure, and the best candidates are those who wish to improve their nose’s appearance, but also have realistic expectations about the outcome. This surgery can adjust the overall size of the nose, the width at the bridge, the size and position of the nostrils, and the nose profile. Rhinoplasty can also correct a bulbous tip, a drooping or upturned nose, and asymmetry or deviation.

Even with all the benefits rhinoplasty presents, it’s important to address a key concern for potential candidates: post-surgical bruising. This is particularly noticeable under the eyes due to the close anatomical proximity of the eyes to the nose and the thin, delicate skin around the eyes. Bruising occurs because during the surgery, the nasal bones have to be delicately fractured to facilitate reshaping, which can involve blood seeping into the soft tissues, causing discoloration.

While the occurrence of this bruising might seem frightening, it is entirely normal and temporary. The degree and length of bruising depend largely on the individual response and the surgical technique used. In most patients, the bruising starts to fade away within 7-10 days after the surgery. Top-tier surgical centers often employ advanced surgical techniques and tools like periosteal elevators and Piezo instruments to induce precise osteotomies (bone cuts) thereby reducing the likelihood of bruising.

Postoperative care is crucial to minimize bruising and expedite the healing process. This involves keeping the head elevated as much as possible, applying cold compresses around eyes (never directly on the nose), and taking prescribed medicines to alleviate pain and reduce swelling. Also, smokers are generally advised to stop smoking several weeks before and after surgery as nicotine can reduce blood flow, resulting in slower healing and increased bruising.

With this understanding, it is pivotal to have an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon perform your rhinoplasty. Their expertise and superior practical experience ensure minimal bruising and optimal aesthetic results.

If you have further interests or questions about rhinoplasty, specifically or concerns regarding the potential of bruising under the eyes, we invite you to consult with our experts at The Portland Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Our surgeon and staff’s warm and caring approach, coupled with their excellent surgical skills, ensure that each patient gets the best care, from the first consultation to the postoperative follow-ups.

Our mission at The Portland Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is not just to provide exceptional and personalized care but to guide and educate you through every step of your journey, ensuring comfortable, safe, and aesthetically pleasing results. Let us be a part of your transformative journey. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We are looking forward to serving your facial plastic surgery needs.

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