There are many reasons people may want a nose job or rhinoplasty, and once you’ve made the decision to move forward with the surgery, a successful recovery is just as important as the procedure itself. The experience after a rhinoplasty procedure varies from person to person, but the following are common experiences to expect after your nose surgery along with a few tips on how to improve your recovery.
- The first day is usually the most uncomfortable and you might experience a sore throat, headaches, and nausea; but severe pain is actually not very common. Prescriptions for pain, nausea and antibiotics are given following surgery.
- You can expect to wear a nasal splint for one week after the surgery.
- Don’t be alarmed if you experience bruising under your eyes after the surgery. However, severe bruising is actually rare. If it does occur, discolorations typically resolve in 10-14 days.
- Dr. Stallworth does NOT place nasal packing after rhinoplasty surgery. However, your breathing will be congested due to surgical swelling. Sleeping with your head slightly elevated and using saline irrigations will help speed your return to improved breathing.
- Internal swelling of the nose will cause congestion for several days following the surgery. You should avoid blowing your nose until you have been given the ok by your doctor. Dr. Stallworth will discuss use of a saline spray or saline irrigation, along with the application of ointment a couple of times per day to help avoid dryness and crusting of the nose.
- Swelling after rhinoplasty is to be expected. Some patients have more or less than another, but in general, the greatest degree of swelling will exist in the first 6 weeks after surgery. Approximately 70-80% of the swelling will resolve in the first 3 months, but the remaining degree of swelling will take at least one year (12 months) to resolve. In revision cases, this can take even longer.
- After surgery, you should avoid wearing glasses, swimming, strenuous exercise, and blood thinning medication, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, until cleared by Dr. Stallworth. Glasses may need to be avoided for one month after surgery, and contact with the nose should obviously be avoided.
Although these are all common experiences for patients who undergo the procedure, everyone’s experience will be different. Taking the proper precautions may help speed up your recovery process and lead to better results.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any additional questions, or if you are considering nose surgery.