What is the Recovering Process After Rhinoplasty?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, you certainly aren’t alone. As a central feature on our face that is defined primarily by our genes, some of us inherit an attractive nose while others are not so fortunate and are less than impressed with the nose that they have been blessed with.
Rhinoplasty procedures can address various aspects of the appearance of the nose and enable us to achieve a shape and size that is more suited to the proportions of our face. However, when considering any cosmetic surgery procedure, including rhinoplasty, it is important to think about the speed and ease with which you will be able to recover.
Elements of the recovery process after rhinoplasty
There are multiple things to consider when it comes to the recovery process after rhinoplasty. Immediately after your procedure, your nose will be covered in a dressing and you will almost certainly be in some discomfort, though you will be given pain medications to help manage this.
Bruising and swelling
Bruising and swelling around your nose, eyes and cheeks is to be expected, and this often gets worse in the days immediately after your surgery before starting to improve again. Patients who have only had their septum or the tip of their nose altered may experience very little, if any bruising.
Nasal stuffiness is another side effect that occurs as a result of the swelling, any nasal splints and increased mucus present in your nasal passages. Nevertheless, this tends to improve significantly around a week after surgery.
You should also expect to experience some bloody discharge coming from your nose for as long as 48 hours after surgery. Your dressing, which sits beneath your nose, is designed to absorb this and so will need to be changed regularly – as often as every few hours.
Depending on the type of rhinoplasty you have had, you may also have had splints placed inside your nose. These usually need to stay in place for up to 7 days following your surgery as they will help support the new shape of your nose as it starts the healing process.
Unsurprisingly, you may also find that your sense of smell and taste alters immediately after surgery. This is caused by the disruption of nerves in your nasal passages during surgery and should improve a week or two after your procedure.
Tips for taking care of yourself after rhinoplasty surgery
Rhinoplasty surgery is carried out under a general anesthetic. This means that you will need someone to drive you home after your surgery. You should also make arrangements for them to stay with you for at least 24 hours after you get home, should you need any support.
Take your pain medications and antibiotics exactly as prescribed. Many people are inclined to hold off on pain relief until they are actually in pain, but this is a mistake as often the discomfort becomes unbearable while you are waiting for the medication to take effect.
You will probably be advised to use saline spray inside your nose several times a day, as well as applying antibiotic ointment inside your nostrils. These help to reduce dryness and crusting. Again, use these exactly as directed by our surgeon.
Avoid blowing your nose for up to 14 days after surgery, and sneezing should be avoided as much as possible. If you must sneeze, do so with your mouth open so that the majority of the air can be expelled this way rather than through your nose.
There are a few things that you can do to help reduce post-operative swelling, including sleeping with your head elevated and using cool compresses on your eyes several times each day.
When can I expect to see the result of my rhinoplasty procedure?
Many patients underestimate just how long it can take post-operative swelling to reduce. While much of it, along with any bruising, should have dissipated within 4-6 weeks of surgery, many patients find that the appearance of their nose continues to improve over the following months. In some instances, the final result of your rhinoplasty may not be evident until up to a year following your surgery.
If you are less than satisfied with the appearance of your nose, rhinoplasty could be the solution that you are looking for. For more information on any aspect of the procedure, including the recovery process, please do not hesitate to contact us and speak to a member of our knowledgeable and discreet team.