Today’s Rhinoplasties Don’t Have to Involve Broken Noses or Black Eyes!



You’ve seen it in the movies, on reality TV, perhaps maybe even in person on one of your friends. Yes, we’re talking about the black-and-blue bruising appearance that can follow a nose job. Rhinoplasties tend to evoke visions of a surgeon hitting a hammer against the bridge of someone’s nose, which produces a disturbing cracking sound, followed by a couple weeks of black eyes.

While some of the more significant nose jobs may involve this chain of events, know that it is not what happens in everynose job scenario. If you and your surgeon decide you only need to shave a bump off the bridge of your nose or refine your tip, chances are nothing will need to be broken. Thus, no black eyes!

There are other things you can do to prevent bruising as well. Always be sure to follow your surgeon’s advice both pre- and post-surgery. This will likely include cutting out aspirin and NSAID pain relievers for 10 days before surgery. Even vitamins, minerals and supplements can make a difference. Vitamin E, Ginkgo biloba and fish oil can cause you to bleed more than necessary, thus, resulting in bruising.

Ice is your absolute best friend after a nose job. It will help you cut down on swelling as well. Sleeping on your back in an elevated position can further alleviate some pressure from this area.

Contact an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Tenley Lawton today to discuss your goals and recovery expectations surrounding a nose job. We’re always here to help!


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