Rhinoplasty Post-Op Care

Your doctor should set all of your recovery expectations and give you an idea of how long the
rhinoplasty recovery process will take. Every individual recovers differently when it comes to the time and the healing process. This quick guide is to give you a general understanding of what all to expect post- rhinoplasty surgery. Generally, the average rhinoplasty recovery time varies from about two to three weeks. Recovery time varies from patient to patient depending on the extent of the surgery and other factors. The surgery does not take more than one and a few hours and the patient is usually allowed to go home the same day. Post rhinoplasty, you are placed in a recovery room until you awaken from the general anesthesia and then you may have someone to take you home. You may have some nausea right after surgery or you might feel stuffiness, tired, discomfort and tenderness around and inside your nose.

Other common symptoms are swelling, pain and oozing of the nose. Blowing your nose can disrupt the healing process and can even re-open the incisions that were made during the surgery, so you will not be able to blow your nose for around a week post rhinoplasty op.

What is the post-operative care for rhinoplasty?
To control postoperative bleeding in most situations, packs will be place in the nose and it will be removed at a scheduled post operative visit. For this first visit arrangements should be made for someone else to drive to and from the office.
Avoid taking excessive pain medications and eat a light meal before this visit. A Saline nasal spray such as “Ocean Spray” is used several times per day and immediately after the nasal packs are removed to prevent crusts from forming in the nose.
To assess healing, remove crusts, and ensure a speedy recovery several subsequent office visits are necessary. A spray of special numbing medication is used before removing crusts because the nose is usually tender after surgery.
Breathing through the nose is acceptable after the packing has been removed, but do not blow or sneeze through it for 7-10 days. Open mouth is from where any sneezes should be channeled. For some days one should experience a light blood-tinged drainage. Apply ice and rest quietly with head elevated while holding the nose, if bleeding becomes excessive. Call the doctor, if bleeding continues.


Rest for the first week following surgery.


Avoid excessive smiling, talking, hard chewing.
Avoid lifting heavy objects, strenuous activities, bumping the nose, and bending over. Until soreness and swelling subside try not to rest glasses on the bridge of the nose. Once eye swelling and any irritation have resolved,contact lenses can be worn.
Alcohol and tobacco prolongs swelling and healing, that is why it should be avoided. Smoke, fumes and dust may cause an infection or irritate the nose. ToAt Least to 6 months after surgery, face tanning is discouraged.. SPF 15 or greater sunblock is recommended during any sun exposure. Make-up may be worn anytime after surgery.
Lubricate the nostrils, as instructed, with Vaseline or a Q-tip to soften harden crusts. Peroxide also helps to loosen crusts. Few absorbable sutures may become noticeable after several days. Be gentle while brushing the upper teeth. There may be some numbness of the teeth and tenderness and palate for several weeks to several months, so be gentler.
Swimming and exercise may be resumed after 3 weeks if there are no bleeding problems. Diving should be avoided for two months at least. It is advised not to travel for three weeks following surgery to allow for proper postoperative recovery and healing.

Notify Your Doctor If You Have:
● If there is any sudden increase in the amount of bleeding from the nose which is also unrelieved by pressure, ice, and head elevation.
● If one gets fever greater than 101.5 degrees F which persists despite increasing the amount of Tylenol and fluid intake. Drink approximately one cup of fluid each waking hour if the person gets a fever.
● If the prescribed pain medication fails to relieve persistent sharp pains or a headache.
● Increased redness or swelling of the nose or eyes.


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