What to Expect After the Surgery

Immediately after surgery, a small cast will be placed on your nose to protect it and to keep the structure stable for 6 to 8 days. Splints may be inserted inside the nose to maintain stability. Daily nasal irrigation with salt water will keep the inside clean for easier removal of splints. You will be advised to sleep elevated and use cold compresses to minimize bruising and swelling. Pain medication should manage any discomfort. Your surgeon will advise you to avoid blowing your nose for 7 days after surgery. Absorbable sutures inside the nose do not have to be removed. If any external incisions are made, sutures are removed in 6-8 days leaving a nearly imperceptible scar. 

Strenuous activities will be prohibited for two weeks after the surgery. Sun exposure, exertion, and risk of injury must be avoided. To help your newly formed nose maintain its shape, you will be advised not to wear eyeglasses or sunglasses on the bridge of your nose for approximately six weeks. 

Keep all post-operative appointments as scheduled. Anything unusual should be reported to your doctor immediately. 





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