The recovery period following Rhinoplasty surgery can be a minimally painful, however it can be uncomfortable for a few reasons, so it’s a good idea to be prepared to have some downtime at home to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.
Tip #1: Take pre-operative planning notes
There will be a lot of information shared with you prior to your rhinoplasty and all of that information can be overwhelming and easily forgotten. Your surgeon will tell you what to expect and what signs or symptoms are concerning. If you are ever unsure, don’t hesitate to contact them.. Make sure you let your surgeon know about any bleeding disorders in the family, your medical history and any allergies to medications. The most common concern to watch out for after surgery is bleeding, so if you notice unexpected bleeding, let the clinical staff know immediately so they can assess you in person.
Tip # 2: Pain during the recovery period
Tip # 3: The senses will be temporarily affected
Even though the recovery phase is relatively painless, you will feel uncomfortable due to the nasal congestion that develops from all the surgical inflammation. You will be wearing a splint, you may experience post-surgical bleeding, and you will be advised to sleep with your head elevated for the first 48 hours. Your senses may be affected due to the congestion which will reduce your ability to smell or taste food properly and can possibly affect hearing as well due to temporary blockage of eustachian tubes. Lastly, if you require glasses to see, you will be asked to avoid putting them on your nose for a number of weeks. Talk to your Plastic Surgeon about alternatives.
Tip #4: Breathing through the mouth
Tip #5: Removing the splint after 7-10 days
Once the splint has been removed, you will be able to sleep more comfortably as well shower and gently wash your face without concern.
Tip #6: Expect swelling
Tip #7: Bruising subsides
Most bruising that develops after a rhinoplasty will have resolved by the two-week mark. It is not uncommon to see “black eyes” and swelling around the eyes as well. Luckily the worst will pass within a few weeks and most people feel that they look presentable after that time. At the end of one year, you will be able to see the final results.