What to Do At Home After Nasal Plastic Surgery from the Williams Center
Proper recovery plays a significant role in how a patient's nose heals after rhinoplasty surgery. The Williams Center in Albany, NY, has a detailed list of post-operative instructions, designed to help patients heal well and enjoy their results.
Following surgery, you will need to sleep with your head elevated.
Your throat may feel slightly numb following surgery. The doctor uses a medication in the nose that sometimes drips down into the throat. After surgery, be careful when swallowing fluids; take little sips at first.
Once drainage has stopped, it is no longer necessary to wear the dressing that has been placed under your nose. Change the dressing under the nose (if present) as needed. Prior to surgery, please buy 3x3 gauze and tape for dressing changes. PLEASE DO NOT PUT ICE ON THE NOSE.
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A dressing will also be placed in each nostril. Unless the doctor instructs you otherwise, the dressing in each nostril should be removed 24 hours from the time of discharge. You may take a dose of your pain medication. Be sure you are in a sitting position and in front of a mirror. Grasp the dressing between your thumb and index finger to remove it. Repeat these instructions for the opposite side.
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DO NOT INSERT ANYTHING INTO THE NOSE. Wipe or gently dab the nose with Kleenex if necessary. You may clean around the nostril area gently with a Q-tip and hydrogen peroxide as needed.
DO NOT BLOW YOUR NOSE UNTIL INSTRUCTED.
Glasses cannot be worn directly on the splint. It is okay to tape them to your forehead if you need to wear them. Contacts may be worn 48 hours after surgery.
Begin taking your antibiotic as prescribed following your surgery. This medication should be taken with food, or it can cause you to become nauseated.
Avoid extreme physical activity. Obtain more rest than you would normally get, and avoid exertion, including athletic events and intercourse, for one week.
Brush teeth gently with a soft toothbrush only. Avoid manipulating the upper lip to keep the nose at rest.
Do not drive if taking any narcotic for pain or medication for dizziness in the post-op period or after any treatments.
DO NOT GET THE DRESSING WET. You may wash your face carefully, avoiding the dressing. Take tub baths until the splint/nasal dressing is removed. Do not wash your hair for one week, unless you have someone do it for you.
Absolutely avoid the sun, sunbathing, or sunlamps for six weeks following surgery. Heat may cause the nose to swell. If you are to go out in the sun, you must wear a wide-brimmed hat and apply sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) every two hours.
At your one-week postoperative visit, the outer splint will be removed. Patients should shower approximately an hour prior to their postoperative visit, getting the entire splint wet. This helps to slide the splint off easily, with little to no discomfort.
After your one week post-op visit, you may use saline nasal spray and lightly blow your nose unless otherwise instructed by the physician.
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