Post Op Forms: Rhinoplasty (Nasal) Post Op

POST CARE INSTRUCTIONS
RHINOPLASTY (NOSE SURGERY)

• Get plenty of rest.
• Follow balanced diet.
• Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add more raw fruit to your diet, and be sure to increase fluid intake.
• Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin.
• Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
• Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 3 weeks as it causes fluid retention.
• If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.
• Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

ACTIVITIES
• Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
• Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
• Return to work in 1-2 weeks.
• Avoid strenuous activities or any activity that increases your blood pressure for 2-3 weeks.
• Avoid body contact sports, hitting or rubbing your nose, and sunburn for 2 months.

INCISION CARE
• You may shower after your first post-op appt.
• Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.
• Keep steri-strips in place.
• Stay in bed with your head elevated (except for going to the bathroom) for
the first day.
• Cold compresses will reduce swelling.
• Do not shampoo your hair until nose splint is removed, or ask for special
instructions.
• Avoid blowing your nose for 1 week.
• Be gentle when washing your face and hair or using cosmetics.
• Do not use facial makeup on external incisions until advised by surgeon.
• Contact lenses can be worn as soon as you feel like it, but glasses cannot
be worn until your nose is completely healed (approximately 2 months) unless      
otherwise instructed by your doctor.   This may require taping of your glasses
to your forehead. 

WHAT TO EXPECT
• You may be up and about in 2 days, but it will be several weeks before you are entirely up to speed.
• Feeling depressed is normal.
• After surgery, particularly during the first 24 hours, your face will feel puffy.
• A small amount of bleeding is common during the first few days.
• A splint is applied immediately after surgery for 7 days. Nasal packs may also be used.
• Minimal postoperative pain.
• Your nose may ache and you may have a dull headache.
• Temporary swelling and bruising around eyes and nose will increase at first and peak after 2 or 3 days.
• Most swelling and bruising should disappear within 2 weeks. Some subtle swelling (noticeable only to you) will remain for several months.
• Healing is a slow and gradual process.
• Some numbness may be present around the operative areas.
• Black eyes and swollen nose and eyelids for 7-14 days.
• You may experience some discomfort with breathing.
• Swollen nasal tissues may cause nose to seem “stuffed up” for several weeks.  

 

APPEARANCE
• New nose looks better in 2-3 weeks and usually continues to improve for many months.
• Final results may not be apparent for a year or more.

FOLLOW-UP CARE
• If you have nasal packing, it will be removed after a few days.
• External sutures, if present, are removed in approximately 7 days. 

 

WHEN TO CALL
• If you have increased swelling or bruising.
• If swelling and redness persist after a few days.
• If you have increased redness along the incision.
• If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.
• If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
• If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees.
• If you have any yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions or notice a foul odor.
• If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
• If you have a nosebleed or any unusual symptoms.

PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANDY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS: Leesburg Office Phone Number (703) 729-0077.