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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