Early postoperative edema and ecchymosis are the most common
factors to complicate initial patient perceptions about rhinoplasty.
The current study was conducted to determine the effects of
longer steri-strip tape on patient cheek in terms of ecchymosis
control and reduction.
Through a randomized controlled clinical trial, 70 patients who
underwent rhinoplasty were randomly enrolled. One side of the
patients’ face was randomly selected for different experience of
dressing while the main intervention was different length of tape and
steri-strip dressing. In one group, the right side and in the rest, the
left side of face was applied with steri-stip tape over lower lid and
from nose to lateral cheek and malar area at one side to the other side.
The mean area of ecchymosis after rhinoplasty through our trial
was 1.55 mm and 2.31 mm, respectively in sides with and without
steri-strip which differed significantly. When patients’ age and
sex were taken into account, the distribution of ecchymosis had
no significant difference in this regard.
The present study showed significant reduction in the area of postrhinoplasty
ecchymosis in lower lid, malar and cheek soft tissues as
well as the obvious increase in satisfaction rate among intervention
side of face in comparison to the control side. But longer steri-strip
tape failed to control sub conjunctival bleeding or decrease it.