Man recovering from nose surgery

10 Tips for Nose Surgery Recovery

A nose job or rhinoplasty can help you breathe easier or make you feel better about how you look and feel. In fact, there are many reasons for nose jobs.

But once you’ve had nose surgery, you want to recover quickly and without complications.

“The nose will be tender to touch for six weeks following surgery. So you need to take it easy, slow down and follow these tips for the first few weeks following nose surgery,” says Dr. John Bennett, a Utah ear, nose and throat doctor who specializes in rhinoplasty. “A little caution following surgery will pay off in a faster rhinoplasty recovery.”

Read: What to Expect During Nose Surgery

“People are surprised how often they bump their nose after surgery, especially from large dogs, small children, and partners,” Dr. Bennett continues. “If your partner is a restless sleeper, they may need to sleep elsewhere for a while to avoid their arm smacking the recently operated nose when the partner rolls over.”

Dr. Bennett recommends nose job patients follow these 10 tips for fast rhinoplasty recovery:

10 Tips for Fast Nose Job Recovery

  1. DON’T exercise vigorously for at least two weeks. Take it easy and avoid strenuous exercise that forces your body to consistently and aggressively move up, down and around. Ease back into exercise during your third week of recovery. Avoid playing basketball and volleyball for six weeks, or any other activity where you might get smacked in the nose by a ball or an elbow.
  2. DON’T go swimming. Your nose will be tender and swimming—especially diving—will move your nose around while it’s still recovering. Plus, chlorine may get inside your nose, which can sting. Stay away from the swimming pool for at least three to four weeks following your nose surgery.
  3. DON’T blow your nose for two weeks. Enough said here.
  4. DON’T eat foods that require heavy chewing. Save that steak dinner for later and eat simple, mild foods you can enjoy with minimal effort.
  5. DON’T laugh too hard or smile too wide. We know this sounds like stern advice. Just remember that your recovery is temporary and the less your nose bounces around or stretches, the better.
  6. DON’T brush your teeth aggressively. This may sound a bit silly, but aggressive brushing can cause you to move your upper-lip more than you might expect, and your upper-lip is connected to your sensitive nose. The less you move everything around your nose, the better you’ll feel and the faster you’ll heal.
  7. DON’T pull clothing over your head. Temporarily avoid t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweaters while your heal. Favoring button-down shirts while your nose heals will help you avoid unintended pain or nose movement.
  8. DON’T rest glasses on your nose up to four weeks following surgery. The less weight you place on your nose in the short term, the better the results in the long term. If you have contact lenses, now is a good time to use them. If you can live without sunglasses for the short term, we recommend you do so. If you absolutely must wear eyeglasses, it is best to tape the hard nasal splint onto the nose, then set the glasses on the splint. Otherwise, you may risk permanently pushing in the nasal bones. You may also want to hold glasses in your hands and peer through them without placing them on your nose.
  9. DON’T expose unprotected skin to the sun for three months following surgery. Using sunscreen whenever you venture out into the sun is always good advice. Following a nose job, however, limiting damaging sun exposure is critically important since too much sun can cause permanent discoloration on your nose.
  10. DON’T smoke for three weeks. This advice applies three weeks before and after surgery. If you are a smoker, this is a good time to stop!

Dr. Bennett concludes, “Every Salt Lake City rhinoplasty patient receives specific post-operative instructions that include directions that help care for a repaired nose following surgery, as well as explain what to expect during the recovery process.”

Read: Recovery from Rhinoplasty Surgery

Learn About Utah Nose Jobs

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to meet with an ENT doctor who regularly performs rhinoplasty surgery in Utah. We understand noses and work with our patients in Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper and Sandy, Utah to help determine if a nose job makes sense.

Q&A about Ear Tube Surgery

More than 75 percent of children will have at least one ear infection before they are three years old. These middle-ear infections are known as otis media and though the inner- infections are fairly easy to treat with antibiotics, ear tube surgery (also known as myringotomy or bilateral myringotomy) is often necessary.

Read: 5 Facts about Ear Tube Surgery and Ear Infections

Dr. Matthew Dahl of the Ear, Nose and Throat Center regularly performs ear tube surgery in Utah. Ear tube surgery is a routine procedure and since so many parents have questions about otis media and ear tube surgery, we sat down with Dr. Dahl to ask 5 Questions about Ear Tube Surgery.

Question #1: Is there a minimum age for ear tubes?

Dr. Dahl’s answer: No, there is not a minimum age for pressure equalization tube placement. The decision to place ear tubes is not based on age, but more on other indications that can be diagnosed by an ear, nose and throat doctor.

Question #2: What are common ear tube symptoms or indications?

Dr. Dahl’s answer: Some of the common indications for ear tubes are:

  1. Fluid persisting within the ear for 3 months or more
  2. Recurrent ear infections (more than 3 episodes in 6 months or more than 4 episodes in 12 months)
  3. Poor response to antibiotics
  4. Fluid in the middle ear space or recurrent infections that affect hearing, often resulting in temporary hearing loss and/or delayed speech development
  5. Complications of ear infections such as mastoiditis or meningitis
  6. Chronic retraction of the tympanic membrane, which means the ear drum temporarily shrinks
  7. Abnormal anatomy such as in children with Down’s syndrome, cleft palate or other craniofacial abnormalities

Read: Ear Tube and Other Ear Surgery

Questions #3: How long do ear tubes remain in the ear?

Dr. Dahl’s answer: There are two basic types of ear tubes: short-term and long-term ear tubes. Short-term tubes are smaller and typically stay in place for six months to a year before falling out on their own. Long-term tubes may fall out on their own, but are most often removed by an otolaryngologist after a year or more.

Question #4: Can my child go swimming after ear tube surgery?

Dr. Dahl’s answer: Some physicians may recommend keeping ears dry by using ear plugs or other water-tight devices during bathing, swimming, and water activities. However, recent research suggests that protecting the ear may not be necessary, except when participating in water activities in unclean water such as oceans, lakes and rivers. Parents should consult with an ENT doctor about ear protection after surgery.

Question #5: What are the ear tube surgery risks?

Dr. Dahl’s answer: The insertion of ear tubes is an extremely common and safe procedure with minimal risks. When complications do occur, they may include:
Perforation — Perforation may occur when a tube comes out or a long-term tube is removed and the hole in the tympanic membrane (ear drum) does not close. The hole can often be patched through a minor surgical procedure called a tympanoplasty or myringoplasty.
Scarring — Any irritation of the ear drum, including repeated insertion of ear tubes, can cause scarring called tympanosclerosis or myringosclerosis. In most cases, this does not cause problems with hearing.
Infection — Ear infections can still occur in the middle ear or around the ear tube. These infections are usually less frequent, result in less hearing loss, and are easier to treat than ear infections without tubes in place.
Ear tubes come out too early or stay in too long — If an ear tube expels from the ear drum too soon (which is unpredictable), fluid may return and repeat surgery may be needed. Ear tubes that remain too long may require removal by the otolaryngologist to help reduce the chance of perforation.”

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center for Ear Tube Questions

Dr. Dahl and our entire staff of Salt Lake City ENT doctors are ready to help diagnose and treat ear infections and perform ear tube surgery when necessary. Call 801-328-2522 with questions.

Dr. Matthew Dahl of the Ear, Nose and Throat Center in Salt Lake City, Utah
Dr. Matthew E. Dahl joined the Ear, Nose & Throat Center in 2009. He is a general pediatric and adult otolaryngologist.