Common Rhinoplasty Side Effects By Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery on November 09, 2019

Placing rhinoplasty bandagesRhinoplasty surgery reshapes the nose to eliminate imperfections and improve facial proportions. A rhinoplasty procedure, or nose job, can drastically enhance a person’s natural beauty and leave them feeling more confident about their appearance.

Dr. Christopher Hove has extensive experience as a facial plastic surgeon, and views rhinoplasty as a delicate art. His surgical skill and precision make rhinoplasty a safe and highly successful treatment for our Philadelphia, PA, patients. While the risk of rhinoplasty surgery is extremely low, there are some normal rhinoplasty side effects that will likely develop as a patient recovers from treatment. Dr. Hove prepares patients for what side effects they can expect after surgery, and how long they may last.


There are various enhancements that can be made during the rhinoplasty procedure, and most of them require some type of alteration to the nasal bone or cartilage. Anesthesia will be used to keep patients comfortable throughout their surgery, but there is likely to be some lingering pain as the patient recovers from treatment.

Pain or discomfort tends to be most severe during the first several days of recovery. However, even during this early stage of recovery, most patients are able to control comfort with over-the-counter pain medication. If our Philadelphia patients are experiencing more severe pain, they can talk to Dr. Hove about prescription pain medication. In most cases, comfort begins to significantly improve within a week after surgery.


Inflammation is a common side effect of any surgical procedure, because it is one of the body’s defense mechanisms. The body responds to injury or trauma by delivering extra blood to the injury site. The blood carries oxygen and nutrients that promote healing. After rhinoplasty surgery the nose will be swollen, and the cheeks and undereye area may also appear puffy.

Inflammation should begin to go down within a few days, but it can take several weeks for swelling to dissipate completely. In the meantime, patients can control swelling by taking anti-inflammatories, staying well hydrated, and applying ice packs throughout the day.


Bruising is expected after rhinoplasty. The nose itself is not the only place that is likely to develop bruising, it can also extend to the cheeks and under the eyes. The degree of bruising will vary slightly from one patient to another, but it is usually not too severe.

The worst bruising will be present in the early days of recovery, when patients are sticking mostly to bed rest. Within a week of surgery, bruising should be light enough that it can be easily concealed with makeup.

Nasal Congestion

Many patients recovering from rhinoplasty report that the nose feels congested or stuffed up. Inflammation in the nose can block nasal passages and lead to a buildup of mucus. While this is not exactly comfortable, it is not cause for concern. As swelling goes down, nasal passages will open up again, making breathing easier.

However, patients should be aware that built-up mucus will need to drain, so they should expect the nose to be extra runny the first several days that swelling subsides.

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Rhinoplasty surgery addresses nasal imperfections to give you the straight and well-proportioned nose you desire. If you would like to find out if rhinoplasty can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, call us in Philadelphia at (610) 647-3727 to schedule a surgical consultation with Dr. Christopher Hove.

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Christopher R. Hove, M.D.

Hove Center.
Leaders in Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Christopher R. Hove uses his refined skills and artistic touch to create exceptional results through facial plastic surgery. Specializing exclusively in facial procedures, Dr. Hove provides cosmetic and reconstructive surgery as well as nonsurgical enhancements. Dr. Hove is a member of:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hove at our Paoli, PA, office by contacting us online or by calling (610) 647-3727.

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