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It is well known that severe bruising of the eyelids can occur after rhinoplasty. This happens because the eyelids are soft and delicate and internal bleeding occurs nearby when the bones are cut during the lateral osteotomies. This problem is practically eliminated by the placement of eye pads and a relatively firm bandage for at least four hours followed by the use of cold compresses. New eye pads can be placed for the first night and removed early in the morning. Prevention of bruising in this way is rewarded by being able to return early to work or school, if you want to!

Patients with claustrophobia should try to keep the eye pads in place as long as possible. Hopefully, they can tolerate the cold compresses without too much trouble. If eye pads are not used there may be severe bruising and swelling of the lids next day, making it difficult to see!

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