You had a surgical procedure called rhinoplasty, which changes the structure and shape of the nose. Here’s what you need to know following this procedure.
Bleeding may occur after surgery. It should subside in about 4 to 7 days.
Swelling may occur around your outer nose. It should subside over the next 1 to 2 weeks.
Expect your nose to be blocked during the first week after surgery. This is caused by blood, mucus, and swelling inside the nose.
Dark coloration or bruising may appear around the eyes. It should subside over the next 1 to 2 weeks.
Avoid blowing your nose for 1 week(s).
Do not insert any objects, such as cotton swabs, in your nose, not even for cleaning.
Clean the outer part of the nostrils with hydrogen peroxide. You may apply antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly to the outer nostrils.
Do not apply ice to the area unless your health care provider says it’s OK.
Minimize sun exposure to the nose for at least 12 months. Always use a sunscreen with a high SPF when going out in the sun.
Avoid trauma to your nose. Try not to bend over, bump your nose, or roll onto your face while asleep.
Avoid wearing glasses of any kind or resting anything on your nose for 2 months after surgery.
Take your medication exactly as directed.
Do not take aspirin unless your health care provider says it’s OK.
Keep your head elevated when you rest or sleep for 7 days after surgery to keep swelling to a minimum.
Try to rest quietly for the next 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid any activity that increases your blood pressure or pulse rate, because this could cause bleeding.
You may shower or bathe after surgery, but be careful if you have an external cast on your nose. Casts should remain dry. So before taking a shower, make sure that the water flow does not hit your face. Adjust the showerhead if necessary.
Make a follow-up appointment.
Call your health care provider right away if you have any of the following:
Increasing pain or severe pain that is not relieved by medication
Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher
Yellow or green discharge from the wound
Increasing redness around the incision lines
Nose bleeding that does not slow down in 4 to 7 days
Accidental bump of your nose