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Why swelling at night post surgery?

Q:

Hello- I had a rhinoplasty done about 4 years ago. In the last year or so, I have suffered from difficulties breathing at night and sometimes it can impact my sleep. This comes with a clear swelling and hardening of the tip of my nose. My surgeon gave me a spray for allergies that helped for a short period of time. Since then issue has come back. It is not constant but has increased in frequency. The swelling is sometimes also during the day.

A:

 

 The issues you are concerned about seem to be more related to seasonal allergies than the Rhinoplasty Surgery you had so many years ago. It would not hurt to first see a nasal expert to make sure there are no anatomical issues such as a deviated septum or a clogged sinus. ASAPS members that are also members of The Rhinoplasty Society (www.rhinoplastysociety.org/) would be a place to start. If after that evaluation all is deemed to be OK consider a consult with an Allergist. Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

A:

Swelling After Rhinoplasty – Rhinoplasty swelling can continue for over a year especially if you have thick skin, are a male, Ethnic patients, or revision rhinoplasty patients.  This can persist for 1-2 years.

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