Bloomfield Hills, MI – Following the advice of your plastic surgeon after a rhinoplasty procedure is crucial to ensuring the long-term success of your nasal procedure.
Dr. Ali, a plastic surgeon in Bloomfield Hills, shares some expectations for patients following their rhinoplasty procedure.
- Cast – after your surgery is completed, you’ll be given a small, aluminum frame to cover your nose. This will ensure your nose is protected adequately during the first week of recovery.
- Splints and nasal packing – Some physician still use nasal packing to stabilize the nose after the procedure. Soft silicone splints can also be used to stabilize the internal structures of the nose during the first week of recovery. These splints will be removed when your cast is removed.
- Congestion – swelling will occur after surgery, so you can expect to feel congested for a while after. Your nasal passages may be partially or completed obstructed, however, splints can prevent complete blockage. To ease this, you can take an over-the-counter decongestant.
- Swelling – Reduce swelling by keeping your head elevated higher than your heart. Bruising and swelling are usually worse on the second day after your surgery, but will improve after that.
- Nasal discharge – For about 48 hours after your nose job, you will have a drip pad under your nostrils. This will collect blood or excess liquid. Be sure to clean the drop pad every time you clean your nasal area.
- Nasal cleaning – It is important to keep the area clean and free of blood and other liquids. Dip a Q-tip in hydrogen peroxide and gently clean the inside of your nostrils. You can then use an antibiotic ointment to prevent dried blood.
- External sutures – any external sutures used will be removed about a week after your surgery. Keep the incision area clean by wiping it gently with a Q-tip soaked in hydrogen peroxide, and you can apply an antibiotic ointment to the incision two to three times a day.
- Pain and discomfort – You will experience a bit of discomfort, however with the use of long-term anesthetic, discomfort after a rhinoplasty is very minimal. Any significant increase in pain after your procedure is a sign to call your surgeon immediately.
- Numbness – you can expect to experience a temporary loss of sensation in the tip of your nose, upper front teeth and/or roof of your mouth after a rhinoplasty. Nasal surgery causes a temporary disruption in the nerves in this area. Over the weeks following surgery, all sensation should return.
- Altered sense of smell – Just as with numbness, your sense of smell may be altered due to disruption of some nerves during the procedure. You may notice a slight decrease or alteration in both your sense of smell and taste. However, after about a week, this should improve.
If you notice any of the following, it is important to contact your surgeon right away:
- Fever exceeding 100 degrees
- Unusual or excessive bleeding from the nose
- Injury to the nose
- Significant increase in pain that cannot be managed by prescribed medication
For the first month following your rhinoplasty, you should plan to wear contact lenses instead of glasses. Avoid resting your glasses on the bridge of your nose until your surgeon gives you the okay.
Do not travel by plan for at least two weeks to avoid problems with sinus blockage, and be sure to wear sunblock for 6 months after your surgery to avoid discoloration.
Rhinoplasty is a routine procedure, and if you follow all after-care instructions as provided by your surgeon, you should have beautiful, long-lasting results. If you ever have questions or concerns during your recovery period, don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon.
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