After Rhinoplasty ("Nose Job")


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What to Expect After the Operation

Undergoing any kind of surgery can be a disorientating and strange experience as you wake up from the general anaesthetic, but as you come around you will start to feel better and the confusion subside. After the rhinoplasty procedure you can expect to experience a swollen face and for the nose in particular to feel sore and achy. Your eyes may appear bruised and swollen but this will gradually subside over the two week recovery period. The doctor will provide you with painkillers to combat any discomfort you experience over this period.

You may notice minor bleeding after the procedure but this is normal and there is no need for alarm, this will eventually subside. Avoid putting any unnecessary strain on the nose for a week after the surgery like sneezing (although this may be difficult) or blowing it as this will give the soft tissues inside a better chance to heal.

Starting the Recovery Process

Before you leave the clinic you will be told the time of your first aftercare appointment. This is to make a general check up on the healing progress and that you’re on the right track to a good recovery. After about a week your dressings and splint will be removed when they are no longer required and to provide a more comfortable recovery.

You will not be able to see the full effect of your new nose until you are fully recovered and the swelling has completely subsided. Whilst most people can return to their lifestyles after two weeks of recovery and most of the swelling will have subsided, there may still be residual swelling remaining for any length of time between six months to up to a year. Don’t let this discourage you, you will gradually begin to see the effects of your new nose as the initial swelling decreases.


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