Every rhinoplasty case is unique, and every rhinoplasty recovery period will be different. However, there are some basics to know. Read below to learn more.
- If packing was placed in the nostrils at the completion of the surgery, it will be removed the next morning. Using the latest techniques to control for bleeding, Dr. Halaas avoids the need for packing in almost all cases, maximizing patient comfort.
- If a nasal splint was placed on the outside of the nose to help retain the new shape while the nose heals, it will remain in place for approximately seven days following the procedure.
- The gentle application of cold compresses is recommended to assist in the reduction of discomfort and bruising.
- When lying down keep your head elevated higher than your body to reduce swelling using two-three pillows.
- Prescription pain medication is available if needed.
- To prevent infection and excessive swelling, a short course of antibiotics and steroids is prescribed.
- Two weeks following the rhinoplasty, the majority of bruising will have resolved.
- After a three-month period, most of the swelling is resolved with the remainder gradually dissipating.
- Vigorous activities must be avoided for approximately three weeks.
- Sun exposure must be avoided.
- If glasses are worn, it should be in such a manner as to avoid putting stress or pressure on the nose.
- The final outcome will not be evident for 12-24 months.