Rhinoplasty remains one of the most sought after facial plastic surgeries of our modern day. Dr. Naderi can create a number of both functional and cosmetic changes to this feature.
The doctor may shave down excess bone and cartilage, perform osteotomies, refine the tip of the nose, and create other changes. After rhinoplasty, the nose will exhibit signs of trauma, some of which may be present for up to 18 to24 months.
Though the healing period after rhinoplasty is lengthy, there are a number of ways patients can disguise discoloration, bruising, and swelling.
The best way to treat the side effects of rhinoplasty is to act proactively following an icing procedure. It is suggested that patients use a cold compress on the mid-face in 15-minute intervals for the first day or two postoperatively. Patients may opt to purchase lightweight ice packs or use a homemade version of frozen peas.
Let Talk About Bruising in Rhinoplasty
Once the patient feels well enough to get ready to go out in public, cosmetic application can serve as a camouflage of the surgical aftereffects. Patients should explain to Dr. Naderi which products they plan to use so the doctor can ensure the formulation is safe to use on the skin of the nose.
Though patients of varying skin tones may experience a wide spectrum of discolorations and bruising, there are some general rules to follow. Red areas may be counteracted by a green correcting color, blue bruising can be toned down with an orange concealer, while purple bruises are best covered with a yellow concealer. These rules follow basic art methodology and will neutralize obvious bruising.
Swelling After Surgery
Aside from bruising, patients may also experience swelling that can be counteracted by shading and highlighting the skin. The nose can be thinned with a concealer a few shades darker than the skin. On each side of the nose the patient can create a straight line that is blended away from the nose.
Highlighter can then be applied in a strip along the nose from the bridge to the tip. All cosmetics should be applied with a brush, sponge, or other gentle tool to ensure a natural look and a light touch to the face. In some cases, the nose may remain malleable for up to a week or longer following rhinoplasty.
Enhancing Other Facial Features
Female patients may also wish to add color and contour to other areas of the face to draw attention away from the nose and mid-face. By emphasizing the eyes, lips, or even cheeks with makeup, patients may feel less self-conscious of the swelling that occurs after the surgery.
Male patients may not be interested in the application of cosmetics, but can certainly upkeep their skin by lightly exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing it to add a healthy glow to the face. Men may also opt to grow facial hair in an effort to conceal any irregular healing patterns and add visual structure to a swollen face, or even try out a new hairstyle to draw attention away from their surgical side effects.
Though surgical results may not be fully apparent for several months following rhinoplasty, most patients will notice significant improvements soon after the procedure.
Women and men can still feel confident about their appearance while the tissues of the nose settle into a permanently improved structure.
Lightweight icepacks are a great preventative measure, while cosmetics, skincare, and the growth of facial hair in men can conceal bruising and swelling once they have set in.
Dr. Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS of The Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery is a Northern Virginia facial plastic surgeon. The doctor has dedicated his practice to the specialty of nose surgery, including rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and septoplasty and reconstruction. Contact Dr. Naderi’s Herndon, VA office at 703-481-0002, or the Chevy Chase, MD location at 301-222-2020.