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Rhinoplasty: Does Massage Help Swelling or Scar?

The nose, especially the skin around the tip, normally swells after rhinoplasty. Most swelling resolves in a few weeks, but the last 20% of nasal swelling takes at least 1 year to resolve.

Gently pressure and massage may be appropriate after rhinoplasty. The bridge, middle, or tip of the nose may be massaged. Scar tissue softens and swollen tissue is reduced with any massage of the skin. Pressure that is too forceful may shift and move the nasal bones and cartilage. Steroid injection under the skin may be required to help control swelling, scar, and edema.

Speak to your facial plastic surgeon if nasal massage is appropriate for your particular case.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.