What You Should Expect After Rhinoplasty

Posted on January 7, 2019 by
  • Moderate swelling, bruising, bloodshot eyes which lasts for one or two weeks
  • Stuffiness. Breathing improves over several months
  • Bleeding from the nose for about 24 hours. You will have a gauze drip pad under your nose which may become saturated. Don’t be concerned. Change it as frequently as necessary, and leave it on usually for two days

Call (214) 363 – 4444 if you have any of the following issues:

  • Severe pain which does not respond to medication
  • Prolonged or profuse bleeding. In the meantime, sit up: Do not lie flat because it will cause more bleeding
  • Redness, warmth, or rash-like formation on the skin
  • Excessive bleeding or drainage in the drain (more than 25cc/hour)
  • Deep pain in the legs/calves; which may indicate a blood clot
  • Shortness of breath or labored breathing can be a sign of blood clots in your lungs
  • Any other problems or questions not addressed on this paper

Activity: You should take it easy the day of your operation and the following days. By keeping your head elevated above your heart, swelling can be minimized. Because of your medications, you may need assistance getting to and from the bathroom for the first day.

Pain: Most patients feel that the discomfort from this surgery is minimal. The greatest period of discomfort lasts about 24-48 hours. Thereafter, you should have less discomfort and less need for medication. Occasionally, it lasts a little longer, as different people have different pain tolerances.

Alcohol: Do not drink alcohol for five days after surgery, or when you are taking pain medication.

Driving: You may drive a few days after surgery, but never under the influence of pain medication.

Diet: Start with liquids the first few hours and then progress to your regular diet as you desire.

Hair: You may have your hair washed 24 hours after surgery. However, someone should wash it for you so you can lean back with your face up. Do not bend your head forward. You will have to bathe or shower very carefully to prevent getting the external splint wet.

Makeup: You may wear makeup any time after surgery, providing it doesn’t interfere with the splints or tape.

Sneezing: Remember to open your mouth, so that air can be expelled from your mouth, not your nose.

Sun: Do not sit in the sun at all for one week after surgery. After that time, apply sunscreen to the nose.

Sports: Strenuous sports such as tennis, swimming, jogging, aerobics, or bicycling may be resumed after three weeks. This includes hot tubbing, sexual relations, and brisk walking. It is imperative that you prevent any injury to the nose during the postoperative period for four weeks.

Cleaning the inside of your nose: Do not blow your nose for two weeks after nose surgery. You can start gently cleansing the inside of your nostrils with a Q-tip moistened with hydrogen peroxide the day after surgery. You may place the Q- tip up to 1/4” inside the nostril without causing any damage. Follow with a thin layer of Polysporin ointment to keep the nostril and suture lines from becoming infected and maintaining lubrication.

Work: Depending on the kind of work you do, you may return to your job as soon as you feel comfortable. The splint and tape will remain in place for approximately one week. Do not remove it. If it accidentally falls off, don’t panic; your nose may just swell a little more than usual.

Ice packs: Our staff will explain how to make simple, effective ice packs which should be placed on your eyes and nose for two days following surgery. This will decrease discomfort, swelling, and bruising.

Postoperative visits: The day after surgery: you will be called at home by our staff.

Subsequent visits: They will be determined by your progress. Splints, casts and sutures are usually removed five to seven days after surgery.

You will feel more comfortable using the private postoperative waiting room for your initial postoperative visits. Park in the handicap spot in front of the Sherry Lane door. Press the doorbell and we will let you in from the inside.

Please feel free to call us at any time during your healing period. THE OUTCOME OF YOUR SURGERY IS IN YOUR HANDS AS WELL AS THE DOCTOR’S. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO YOU.

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