Will I Get Black Eyes After Rhinoplasty?

ProfileRhinoplasty (nose surgery) has the potential to produce beautiful, life-changing results. But like all plastic surgery procedures, rhinoplasty comes with inherent risks and side effects, such as bruising. The truth is, a certain degree of bruising around the nose is to be expected immediately following the procedure. Other patients may experience bruising around the eyes, creating a “black eye” effect. In this blog post, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. David Sayah explains what causes black eyes following rhinoplasty and what can be done to minimize their appearance.

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What Causes Black Eyes After Rhinoplasty?

Bruising occurs when damaged blood vessels get trapped underneath the skin, causing a blue or purple bruise on the skin. After rhinoplasty, blood vessels get trapped along the orbital rim of the eye, creating the appearance of a black eye. Additionally, some people may experience inflammation and swelling around the eyes. While aftereffects such as these are undesirable, they (and most other aftereffects of rhinoplasty) are only temporary. They tend to dissipate within seven to 10 days. However, other patients may experience swelling and bruising for several weeks or months after surgery. This will ultimately depend on the patient’s healing process and post-op recovery care.

How to Minimize Black Eyes

Following your rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Sayah will provide a list of guidelines to follow during your recovery. Adhering to all of Dr. Sayah’s post-op instructions not only minimizes bruising and swelling, but also promotes faster healing. For instance, applying a cold compress or a bag of frozen peas or frozen fruit to the eyes can help minimize discomfort, swelling and bruising during the first few days after surgery. On the third day of recovery, Dr. Sayah may recommend switching to a warm compress to promote faster healing. Many patients find that they can also minimize the appearance of black eyes and other bruising with makeup.

It is also important to avoid activities, such as contact sports, that may cause trauma to your nose after your rhinoplasty surgery. Sleep on your back with your head elevated during the first few days of recovery. Because each patient’s recovery process is unique, Dr. Sayah may make changes or recommendations to help make your healing process faster and easier.

Dr. David SayahSchedule a Consultation with Dr. Sayah

Do you have more questions regarding rhinoplasty? Dr. David Sayah, a board certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, has performed countless rhinoplasty procedures. Dr. Sayah's goal is to help his patients achieve natural-looking results that satisfy the patient's cosmetic and functional needs. Whether you are seeking to redefine your shape or improve your breathing, schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Sayah today to see how rhinoplasty can help you.

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