Care guide after rhinoplasty


The recovery process after your nose surgery takes time and patience. Your active participation in post-operative care is as important as surgery.

Please follow the suggestions listed below. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor about the issues you do not understand.

  1. After the surgery, you may not be able to breathe through your nose. During this period, you must breathe through your mouth.
  2. It is important to drink enough fluids. Sip sips of fruit juice, water and light drinks will help alleviate the dry mouth caused by mouth breathing. Do not use a straw. Eat soft, easily chewed foods. Use gels or lip balms to keep your lips moist.
  3. Only use the drugs prescribed by your doctor. Do not use aspirin or drugs containing aspirin or drugs that prevent blood clots.
  4. If the dressings on your nose are stopped, keep your head elevated while sleeping or resting, with at least two pillows. As much as possible, try to keep your head upright throughout the day; this will maintain normal blood circulation and help reduce post-operative swelling.
  5. Some leakage from your nose is to be expected. It will be pink/light red in color.
  6. When you come out of surgery, you will have two layers of plaster and a plastic splint over your nose. These are as important to shape your nose as it is to protect your nose. Do not touch or disturb these dressings; It will be removed by your doctor within a week.
  7. The small pad under your nose can be changed as needed (or removed if there is no bleeding).
  8. Do not rub your nostrils or attempt to blow your nose. Keep your hands above your nose. Be careful not to bump your nose. Wear clothes with front buttons. Avoid t-shirts and turtlenecks.
  9. Brush your teeth carefully and use only a soft toothbrush. Do not purse your lips or try to lift your upper lip more than is actually necessary.
  10. For two weeks after your surgery, avoid straining, bending over, lifting heavy things (especially your small children), effortful exercises and sports.
  11. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for a month.
  12. You will notice some swelling and discoloration in the surrounding tissues when the dressings on the outside of your nose are removed. Your nose may appear swollen and tipped upwards. This will correct itself over time.
  13. You may feel numbness at the tip of your nose and sometimes in your upper lip. This will disappear in a few weeks.
  14. After the tampons are removed, you can gently clean your nose 2-3 times a day with the help of special sprays.
  15. There may be fatigue and weakness after the use of sedatives or narcotic drugs that you have taken during your surgery. You will feel stronger in a day or a few.
  16. After the dressings are removed, you can return to your normal work life (depending on the type of work you do). Makeup can be used to help hide small bruises.
  17. Make sure you go to all your post-operative control appointments. These are necessary for postoperative photos to be taken for your doctor to monitor your recovery and the development of your nose, and to evaluate the improvement in the appearance of your nose. Postoperative appointments are usually given at 1 week, 1 month, 3 months and 6 months after surgery.
  18. Do not wear glasses for two months after surgery unless it is necessary. Goggles may only be worn with the gypsum wire in place. After this period, it should be hung on your forehead with a piece of tape. You will be shown how this is done.

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