Dec 29 2012

Common Side Effects after Nasal Reshaping Surgery


Reston Rhinoplasty Side EffectsThe nose is a prominent feature on the face that has a large effect on our physical appearance. Even a small imperfection on the nose can leave a patient feeling self conscious about his or her appearance. For our patients in Reston, plastic surgery offers the chance to change some of the features of the nose that a patient may find unattractive. Our surgeons are considered experts when it comes to rhinoplasty surgery. While you can expect a safe surgery that helps you meet your aesthetic goals, you should be prepared for the side effects that will occur immediately following your surgery.

At our practice in Reston, rhinoplasty patients will be well informed on what to expect during and after their surgical procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there are common side effects that result from rhinoplasty surgery. Our Reston patients should not be alarmed by these rhinoplasty side effects:

  • Nausea: Some patients may feel nauseous immediately following surgery as a result of anesthesia. This is normal and should subside within a few hours.
  • Bruising: You will likely notice bruising around the nose and under the eyes for about a week after surgery.
  • Swelling: Swelling will probably not be visible to others, but you are likely to feel swelling for around three months as the tissue continues to heal.
  • Soreness and/or stiffness: The manipulations that are made during rhinoplasty surgery will cause discomfort and stiffness in the nose, especially near the tip of the nose. You will need to be very careful to avoid stress or injury to this area.
  • Hemotoma: After rhinoplasty surgery, it is normal for some blood to collect under the treated area. While this is a normal side effect, if the condition does not subside on its own, you should see your surgeon.
  • Sinusitis: Because your nasal passages will be swollen, it is common for patients to experience sinusitis after rhinoplasty. This can cause an overproduction of mucus, difficulty breathing through your nose, or temporary loss of smell. If this condition is severe, medication can be used to alleviate symptoms.

All of these side effects should be temporary and will subside as your nose continues to heal.


The best way to avoid surgical complications is through the careful choice of a skilled plastic surgeon and adherence of post-operative care instructions. Even under the best care, a small percentage of patients may experience some complications after rhinoplasty surgery. Experiencing the following symptoms should be cause for concern:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection in the incision
  • Dead skin tissue at the incision site
  • Abnormally shaped nose
  • Difficulty breathing after swelling has subsided

If you experience any of these symptoms, or if common side effects do not subside in a reasonable amount of time, you should return to your plastic surgeon for an examination and treatment.

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At our Reston practice, it is our goal to help our patients look and feel their best. If you are interested in learning more about rhinoplasty or any of the many other plastic surgeries we perform, schedule an appointment at our practice.

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