If you are considering rhinoplasty, you will no doubt have come across two different terms…
Following Rhinoplasty, swelling and an oily nose is extremely common – in fact, the swelling is part of the reason that the skin becomes oily or has a shiny appearance. The good news is that, just like the swelling, it is not permanent and your skin should return to its previous condition in just a few months. In the meantime, we have compiled a brief guide to help you understand why your nasal skin has reacted in this way and what you can safely do to treat it.
It is not surprising that your nose will react to the trauma it has just undergone. Such trauma triggers a protective response which involves the glands secreting oil. Over and above the actual surgery, your nose has then been taped and bandaged for at least a week. This will cause the pores to become blocked resulting in a build-up of oil which you are unable to properly cleanse for weeks. Be assured, this is a short-term condition that will subside in time as the swelling decreases.
There are a number of products on the market designed specifically for the treatment of oily skin. A dermatologist can offer advice about the appropriate skincare routine that will help to reduce nasal oil and acne. Once the bandage has been removed, gentle and regular cleansing with a simple toner should help. But ensure that you don’t rub, massage or wipe too hard. Some exfoliators are fine to use but avoid aggressive exfoliators, as the nasal skin can be extremely sensitive in the early stages following surgery.
It is, in fact, extremely important to avoid any aggressive treatments that will involve the use of pressure to the nose. Even strips that are used to soak up excess oil and open the pores should be avoided for at least three months. The important thing to remember is that your nose has undergone surgery and needs to be treated with care.
Approximately a month after surgery, there are certain facial peels that will unclog pores and improve the skin but that are gentle enough for your post-op nose. Before embarking on any course of treatment – whether at home or at the hands of a dermatologist or beauty therapist – consult your surgeon for advice, guidance and recommendations.