Post-Operative Instructions for Your Rhinoplasty Surgery

        Change dressing under the nose (if present) until the drainage stops.

        Do not blow your nose for two weeks. You may sniff back gently, but no nose blowing. If you must sneeze, sneeze with your mouth open

        If you have nasal packs, they will be removed before you leave the hospital.

        Use the nasal saline spray to keep inside of your nose moist; 4-6 times or more per day will promote healing and provide comfort.

        Keep your head up for the first 48 hours to minimize swelling.

        Iced gauze pads should be applied to the eyes and the cheeks for the first 48 hours to minimize swelling and discoloration.

        Avoid foods that require prolonged chewing and avoid excessive facial movements for one week.

        Avoid manipulation of the upper lip to keep the nose at rest. You may have some numbness in your upper lip and upper teeth for about a week.

        The nasal cast will be removed after 5-7 days at your follow-up appointment. Do not disturb it. Keep it dry; if it gets wet, gently pat it dry. You may wash your face if you avoid the cast. You may shower and wash your hair.

        Avoid sun exposure, sun lamps, or tanning beds for six weeks after surgery.

        Do not wear regular glasses or sunglasses that rest on the bridge of your nose for at least 2 months.

        Don’t be concerned if the nose, eyes, and upper lip show some swelling after removal of the dressing – this usually resolves within 7 to 14 days.

        After the doctor removes your cast, the skin of your nose can be gently cleaned with a mild soap. you can wear makeup as soon as the cast is removed. Any discoloration can be covered using cover-up products.

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