Rhinoplasty Recovery guidelinesNow that you have decided to undergo rhinoplasty and have prepared for surgery, the next step is the rhinoplasty surgery itself and the after affects.
Rhinoplasty can be performed in the surgeon’s office-based facility, an outpatient surgery center, or hospital. Usually surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, but if it’s a complicated rhinoplasty then you may be forced to stay in the hospital.
You either local or general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is when you are lightly sedated and your nose and the surrounding area is numb. You know what’s going on, but can not feel what is happening to your nose. General anesthesia is when you sleep through surgery and not know what is happening.
Rhinoplasty surgery normally takes one to two hours unless it is a complex rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is skin are separated from the bones and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are sculpted into the desired shape and the skin is covered in the new framework of the nose. Most surgeons incision inside the nose in the nose, rhinoplasty but some surgeons prefer the open procedure in which the incision is made in the middle of the nose nearest the upper lip. There is a scar left but the scar is barely noticeable in the area of the nose.
When your rhinoplasty is complete, the surgeon will place a splint on his nose to help maintain its shape. Sometimes nasal packs or splint may be instead of the nostrils as well.
After rhinoplasty his swollen face may be, may be experiencing pain, or may have a dull headache. Take the medication prescribed by your doctor as needed. Stay in bed with your head elevated during the first day after your rhinoplasty. There will be some swelling and bruising around the eyes and swelling will reach its peak in 2-3 days after surgery. Cold compresses reduce swelling and make your eyes and face feel better. In a few days you will feel much better than you look as most of the swelling and bruising has at least two weeks to disappear. Some bleeding is common after a rhinoplasty and you can have a stuffy feeling nose a couple of weeks. Any nasal packing or stitches will be removed after a few days.
You feel better and within two days after your rhinoplasty. You should be able to return to school or sedentary work after a week or so. The doctor will give you specific guidelines as to what you can come back and when during your follow-up. Follow your doctor’s instructions and keep your follow-up visits to ensure that your surgery is a success!