Reducing Swelling after Asian Rhinoplasty
Asian rhinoplasty is unique in comparison to other rhinoplasty surgeries. During this procedure, Dr. Nassif, Asian rhinoplasty specialist, typically uses materials harvested from the patient’s own body to build up areas of the nose. During many other nose surgeries, patients often commonly request that the doctor remove materials from the nose to reduce the feature’s size and refine its shape. Healing times may be similar amongst most rhinoplasty patients, but there are some general rules for patients to follow after Asian rhinoplasty.
Asian Rhinoplasty Swelling Reduction Tip #1:
Dr. Nassif prefers to use diced cartilage wrapped in fascia (referred to as the DCF method) to add height to the bridge of the nose. For up to two weeks following surgery, this part of the nose may be malleable, so it is very important for patients to refrain from touching or bumping the nose. In addition to changing the shape of the nose, patient manipulation of the tissues will also prolong swelling, especially if Dr. Nassif needs to create repairs in the structure.
Asian Rhinoplasty Swelling Reduction Tip #2:
Because the DCF method is so commonly used, patients may have additional surgical sites on the body that can include the ears, ribs, and even a part of the scalp. These harvest sites must also be cared for during the healing process. Patients should wear their hair up and away from the ears where cartilage is commonly extracted. The natural oils from the hair or hair products may irritate the incision and cause the surgical site to swell.
Asian Rhinoplasty Swelling Reduction Tip #3:
Dr. Nassif may harvest cartilage from the septum in the nose to create architectural changes in the nose. This can leave the interior of the nose especially vulnerable to swelling, which is why patients should not blow the nose or touch it in any way. Physical contact may also challenge the integrity of the septum.
Asian Rhinoplasty Swelling Reduction Tip #4:
Patients can use a bag of frozen peas or some other form of very light icing to treat the surrounding areas of the nose to reduce swelling after the surgery. For fifteen-minute intervals in an on-off cycle, the ice pack can be applied, refrozen, and the process repeated. Dr. Nassif can direct patients on how long this anti-swelling method may be useful.
Dr. Paul Nassif is highly regarded in the plastic surgery community as a doctor who sets the standard for patient care and treatment plans. Though he is known for his television appearances, the doctor has a prominent facial plastic surgery practice in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Nassif has dedicated a portion of his practice to treating Asian rhinoplasty patients and has honed specific techniques that allow optimal aesthetic satisfaction following healing. To reach the office, call Spalding Plastic Surgery toll free at (888) 385-0066 or the local Beverly Hills number at (310) 275-2467. If you are not yet ready to set up a consultation to visit with Dr. Nassif and would like an interactive exchange, you may fill out the Asian Rhinoplasty Patient Contact Form.