may 30, 2012 Rhinoplasty Recovery: What you Can Expect Author: Peter Hyans, MD, FACS
If you are considering having a nose job (or rhinoplasty) in New Jersey or New York, you’d probably like to know what’s involved in recovering from the procedure!
Most people who have cosmetic nose surgery suggest they experience some pain in the first few days after the procedure. In addition, there is bruising and swelling usually for a week in and around the nose, eyes, and cheeks. Some rhinoplasty patients also feel stuffed up the week after nose surgery.
The good news is that your New Jersey / New York plastic surgeons Reza Momeni, MD, FACS, and Peter Hyans, MD, FACS, can prescribe effective pain medication and offer techniques and advice to help keep you comfortable as you recover from your nose surgery.
Although packing the nose is sometimes necessary after rhinoplasty, most of Dr. Momeni’s and Dr. Hyans’s patients do not need packing for routine nose procedures. instead, they might place a drip pad or mustache gauze under your nostrils to catch anything that might run from your nose. they also will encourage you to sleep with your head elevated to reduce swelling, bruising, and bleeding.
If you need nose packing, the good news is that your doctor will likely remove it at your first checkup after your plastic surgery. you might also get a small plastic cast on the bridge of your nose for 5 to 7 days to protect it and help maintain its new shape as it heals.
After having a nose job, you can expect to have bruises under both your eyes (black eyes). In most cases, the bruises begin to diminish and disappear within 10 days after surgery.
A week after your nose surgery, your plastic surgeon might encourage you to gently ice your nose and the surrounding area with a frozen pack that easily conforms to the contours of your face. Icing the area can help relieve swelling and pressure and make you more comfortable as you heal.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons routinely perform nose surgery and rhinoplasty. they are experts at knowing what options will work best for you.
During your first consultation, they use the latest imaging technologies to show you how your nose might be reshaped. Although your results cannot be guaranteed, you and your surgeon can discuss your goals as well as limits of the procedure. having a good understanding of what is and is not possible is the best way to ensure that your expectations are realistic.
Take these important steps to prepare for and recover from your nose job:
- Look at before-and-after photos of Dr. Hyans’s and Dr. Momeni’s rhinoplasty patients
- Tell your surgeon how you would like your nose to look
- Listen carefully to what your surgeon recommends will work best to balance your nose and face
- Fill prescriptions for your pain medication and antibiotic BEFORE your surgery
- Take your medication exactly as prescribed
- Follow your plastic surgeon’s postoperative advice
Although recovery from rhinoplasty can be a challenge, the elegant look of your new nose will make your patience worthwhile!
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