Recovery from Rhinoplasty

Each year we regularly perform rhinoplasty surgery in Utah. Prior to surgery, ENT doctors will provide specific post-operative instructions that include directions that will help you care for your nose, as well as explain what to expect as you recover.

What to Expect Following a Nose Surgery

Once your cosmetic nose surgery is complete, internal tubes and packing will be placed inside your nose. A splint or bandages to help your nose heal are typically used on the outside of your nose to provide support.

For the first days following surgery, you can expect slight bleeding and mucus to drain from your nose or when the dressing is removed. We commonly use a drip pad under your nose to absorb drainage. This drip pad is a small piece of gauze that is held in place with tape and is easy to remove and replace as needed. Your ENT doctor will provide directions on how often to change the gauze.

If it is necessary to break the nasal bones to straighten the nose or reduce the size, you can expect to have black eyes for one to two weeks. The swelling in the nose and face starts to decrease after about three days.

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Swelling and Resting Following Nose Surgery

After surgery, most people “lie low” for a week or more. To minimize bleeding and swelling and improve your comfort, we recommend bed rest for our patients. We also suggest you rest with your head at a higher elevation than your chest.

All patients react differently to surgery, but gauze and dressings are typically used for one to seven days following surgery. The splint or cast on your nose will also remain in place for about one week.

Pain killers are usually necessary for the first week following nose surgery.

Temporary swelling and black-and-blue discoloration of your eyelids and numbness is common following nose surgery. In most cases, the swelling and numbness will last for two to three weeks. Some people go back to work after one week when the bruising has turned a yellowish color and is fading. Others take two weeks off of work.

In rare instances, swelling can last between six months to a year. We advise our Utah rhinoplasty patients to use ice packs or cold compresses to minimize swelling and pain. Your doctor will provide additional direction and instructions following surgery and at a follow-up appointment.

The nose itself, particularly the tip may remain swollen for several months. It may take a full year before the nose completely settles down, but most of the healing takes place in the first two months.

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center with Rhinoplasty Questions

Our ENT doctors in Salt Lake City, Park City and Draper, Utah are expert at cosmetic nose surgery. Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to set an appointment with one of our board-certified physicians to discuss questions about nose jobs and nasal surgery.

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How to Prepare for Nose Surgery

Rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance and help improve medical issues, which can make it easier to breathe easily through your nose. However, before the Ear, Nose and Throat Center schedules a rhinoplasty, we will meet with you to discuss your expectations and conduct a thorough physical examination. During this meeting we will:

  • Discuss your medical history: We want to understand the medications you are taking, medical conditions you currently have or have had in the past, and any information that can help us determine if a rhinoplasty is a good fit for your needs.
  • Conduct a physical examination: We will perform a thorough medical examination, which may include blood and lab tests. Your ENT doctor will also closely inspect the skin inside and outside your nose to determine if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty.
  • Shoot photographs of your nose: We will take photos of your nose from a variety of different angles. Your doctor will reference these photos prior to surgery and may use them during surgery for additional guidance and reference. We will also shoot before and after photographs so that you can easily see the nose job results.
  • Discuss your expectations: This is an important discussion because it’s critical for you and your surgeon to understand what is and is not possible in a rhinoplasty. We want to be sure that we understand your motivation for surgery and set clear expectations for the surgical outcome. Consider this candid discussion the roadmap for nose surgery success.

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Before your nose job we will encourage you to:

  • Avoid certain medications. For up to two weeks before and after surgery, we will recommend you avoid medications that contain aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) because these medications may increase bleeding. Your ear, nose and throat doctor will provide more detail and direction regarding medications before and after nose surgery.
  • Arrange for help on the day of your surgery. In most cases, a rhinoplasty is an outpatient treatment. That means you will go home within a few hours after your surgery. However, this means that you need to arrange transportation from the surgical center to your home. We also suggest that you ask a friend or family member to stay with you for a few days following surgery to provide assistance. It is not uncommon for patients to experience memory lapses, impaired judgment and slowed reaction time within the first 24 hours following surgery and sedation. A friend or family member can help you during this transition period and increase your comfort as you recover.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking is a bad idea at all times. However, smoking can slow healing following surgery, and we want you to recover quickly from rhinoplasty.

 

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center for Rhinoplasty in Utah

Rhinoplasty is a common plastic surgery procedure and one we regularly perform. Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center to schedule rhinoplasty in Utah today. We’ll work with you to assess your situation and, if appropriate, develop a treatment and surgical plan that helps you get the nose you’ve always wanted.

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