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What should be applied on postop eye trauma (nosejob), warm or cold compress?

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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Cold compress

Generally speaking, whenever you have trauma and swelling, whether post op, or accidental - a cold compress should be applied initially.
Warm compresses may feel good, but it will cause vasodilation thereby increasing blood flow to the region, potentially increasing the bleeding and tissue swelling of the injured tissue. Cool compresses will help reduce swelling. Staying upright will also help.

In brief: Cold compress

Generally speaking, whenever you have trauma and swelling, whether post op, or accidental - a cold compress should be applied initially.
Warm compresses may feel good, but it will cause vasodilation thereby increasing blood flow to the region, potentially increasing the bleeding and tissue swelling of the injured tissue. Cool compresses will help reduce swelling. Staying upright will also help.
Dr. James Okamoto
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cold

Cold.

In brief: Cold

Cold.
Dr. David Sherris
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. Rebecca Dale
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cold compress

Cold compresses will help with post surgical swelling.

In brief: Cold compress

Cold compresses will help with post surgical swelling.
Dr. Rebecca Dale
Dr. Rebecca Dale
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In brief: Both

Cold is great for the first 24-48 hours to reduce swelling.
After that it is less effective and warm is more soothing to the injury.

In brief: Both

Cold is great for the first 24-48 hours to reduce swelling.
After that it is less effective and warm is more soothing to the injury.
Dr. Janelle Ferber-Stumpf
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Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Cold

Warm compresses cause blood vessels to dilate (enlarge) and this may lead to both increased swelling and increased bruising.
Warm compresses are not recommended immediately after rhinoplasty. Cold compresses cause blood vessels to constrict (become smaller) and can reduce both swelling and bruising immediately after rhinoplasty. Keeping the head elevated and the heart rate down also helps.

In brief: Cold

Warm compresses cause blood vessels to dilate (enlarge) and this may lead to both increased swelling and increased bruising.
Warm compresses are not recommended immediately after rhinoplasty. Cold compresses cause blood vessels to constrict (become smaller) and can reduce both swelling and bruising immediately after rhinoplasty. Keeping the head elevated and the heart rate down also helps.
Dr. J David Holcomb
Dr. J David Holcomb
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