I am highly sensitive to pain, and I am wondering how much swelling or discomfort I can expect after the anesthesia wears off after a rhinoplasty. How can I minimize this?
The rhinoplasty procedure is generally not a painful one. In fact most patients that undergo cosmetic nasal surgery, rhinoplasty, are pleasantly surprised that they do not need or take any pain medicine after surgery.
After surgery, patients sometimes have a light pressure over the nose that resolves over an hour or so. From there on after, the patient will typically not feel any pain or discomfort. I ask that the patient use cold compresses over the eyes. This help to decrease the swelling t a faster rate and it helps to sooth the patient after surgery. In addition, I prescribe a small dose of steroids for five days to all patients. This helps to decrease the swelling and helps to alleviate the pressure that some patients can experience after surgery. There are several homeopathic treatments that I recommend to al patients undergoing cosmetic facial surgery. These include arnica, which helps to cut down on bruising and swelling. I also recommend pineapple juice, helps dramatically to bring down swelling in the first week after surgery. On another note, I would like to mention that sleeping with the head of the bed elevated with at least two pillows helps to bring down the swelling after the surgery. In conclusion, if these measures are followed, the post-operative swelling can be alleviated in an expedited fashion.
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