Post rhinoplasty

Immediately after the nose surgery, a small plaster splint will be placed on your nose to stabilize it. It will be removed approximately seven to 14 days after your nose job, depending on the type of treatment. Patient puts it over night for approximately one more month.

He/she spends the first night at the medical clinic. The wound is re-bandaged the third to fourth day and the tamponade is removed.

Rhinoplasty recovery

If non-absorbable sutures are used during the rhinoplasty they are removed 7 - 9 days after the surgery.

During the first couple of days after nose surgery, be prepared for swelling of the face, especially in the area of the eyelids. These swellings worsen usually by sudden temperature changes. Often occur also blood hematomas. The swelling can be easily reduced with cold compresses. Small swelling can last for weeks or months.

Your nose may feel stuffy for some time; this is caused by the swelling of your nasal mucous membrane.

It isn't recommended to drive for at least a week following your nose job.

Most patients do not complain about major pain following their rhinoplasty procedure.

The rhinoplasty recovery can be accelerated by pressure massages that work as prevention against complications. Right procedure of pressure massages explains the surgeon after the nose surgery. In general, pressure massages are performed three times a day. Patient presses on the operated nose for 30 seconds and the pressure is repeated on each spot at least 10times. The type of massages is chosen according to the type of surgery that they underwent.

Many people return to work when the plaster is removed, which is usually in about two weeks.

Heavy physical activity is not recommended for about three weeks. Especially dangerous are ball games, when threatens nose injury. The operated nose forms and it does not reach its final shape until one year after the surgery. Therefore it is good to postpone ball games, box and other combat sport until the nose is not steadily formed.

In the summer the patient should not expose to the sun for at least 3 months after the surgery because there is a threat of unnatural pigmentation of corrected nose.

In winter the nose is more likely to freeze. Some medical clinics use food complements (nutrimax, wobenzym) and/or biostimulation lasers to moderate swellings and to accelerate healing of bruises.

To discuss other's experiences with nose jobs abroad, visit our rhinoplasty forum.

Updated: 2009-03-30

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