Rhinoplasty: Before and After

May 28, 2021
Rhinoplasty Patient Before and After Surgery

Rhinoplasty: What to Expect Before and After Surgery

Regardless of your goal, most patients will need an open rhinoplasty. When going for your consultation, it is imperative that you are very detailed in telling your ENT doctor what you would like to see come out of surgery.


Once the details have been settled, be sure to inform your doctor of any medications you are taking and inquire as to whether you need to stop taking anything at a certain time before your operation.


Post-Surgery Healing Process


Your recovery experience and timeline will vary based on the surgical approach used, your health and any pre-existing conditions, and whether you have had any past surgeries. Regardless, most people resume their daily activities after about two weeks post-surgery, and you should start to feel less pain after three days.


For the first week after surgery, patients should avoid:

●     Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting

●     Nose blowing – sneeze with the mouth open and keep the head higher than the heart

●    Sunburn and injury to the nose

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Possible Complications


Some patients will experience slight pain at the tip of their nose and possibly nausea in the days following surgery. This is usually caused by taking narcotic pain relief medications which can also cause constipation, itching, and other unpleasant reactions.


It is advised that patients use ibuprofen and acetaminophen on an alternating basis for the first48 hours after surgery while awake and to use a narcotic only for “breakthrough” pain.


It should also be known that there are corrective surgery options available if a patient is unhappy with their new facial features.