Here is what you can expect after undergoing rhinoplasty surgery. Although it may be intimidating at first, the results will be very impressive and it is commonly much easier than you think.
What To Expect After Rhinoplasty Surgery:
You will have a bandage or a splint that will protect your nose for a period of five to ten days. During this period, it will be noticeable that you’ve had a nose job. After roughly ten days, you can go out in public without it being too obvious that you’ve undergone rhinoplasty. Until then, however, there are a number of things to expect as part of the natural healing process.
Regardless of how minor a surgery is, swelling of the tissue will always be present. The amount of swelling will ultimately depend on the individual person and also on the type of rhinoplasty. For example, patients can expect more swelling if they underwent rhinoplasty to improve their breathing problems. In order to minimize the amount of swelling, several recommendations are often made:
- Keep your head elevated as much as you possibly can. This means sleeping with two pillows for at least two weeks.
- Do not hit your nose. Do not “sniff” for at least one week as this will cause more swelling. Similarly, you should not blow your nose for at least two weeks or until your plastic surgeon says it’s okay.
- Avoid bending or lifting things for at least two weeks. The reason for this is that it can increase blood pressure and increase the chance of hemorrhage.
Black and blue discoloration of the eyelids is another common side effect that will occur two to three weeks after your surgery. Not everyone experiences black eyes, but if you notice this, do not be alarmed. It will generally subside in one week.
You will experience moderate discomfort after rhinoplasty such as headaches but this can easily be relieved with painkillers.
You can expect to feel some congestion after rhinoplasty due to the swelling or the splint inside the nose. You can speak to your doctor about taking decongestants but do not take them without your doctor’s instructions.
You can also expect that your nose will drain a little bit of blood and mucus a few days after rhinoplasty.
If you are interested in undergoing rhinoplasty for a more confident you, consider Dr. Oakley Smith. He is one of the best plastic surgeons in the country and the only one in Ontario that concentrates exclusively in the area of rhinoplasty. Contact his clinic today for a consultation.