Each year we regularly perform rhinoplasty surgery in Utah. Prior to surgery, ENT doctors will provide specific post-operative instructions that include directions that will help you care for your nose, as well as explain what to expect as you recover.

What to Expect Following a Nose Surgery

Once your cosmetic nose surgery is complete, internal tubes and packing will be placed inside your nose. A splint or bandages to help your nose heal are typically used on the outside of your nose to provide support.

For the first days following surgery, you can expect slight bleeding and mucus to drain from your nose or when the dressing is removed. We commonly use a drip pad under your nose to absorb drainage. This drip pad is a small piece of gauze that is held in place with tape and is easy to remove and replace as needed. Your ENT doctor will provide directions on how often to change the gauze.

If it is necessary to break the nasal bones to straighten the nose or reduce the size, you can expect to have black eyes for one to two weeks. The swelling in the nose and face starts to decrease after about three days.

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Swelling and Resting Following Nose Surgery

After surgery, most people “lie low” for a week or more. To minimize bleeding and swelling and improve your comfort, we recommend bed rest for our patients. We also suggest you rest with your head at a higher elevation than your chest.

All patients react differently to surgery, but gauze and dressings are typically used for one to seven days following surgery. The splint or cast on your nose will also remain in place for about one week.

Pain killers are usually necessary for the first week following nose surgery.

Temporary swelling and black-and-blue discoloration of your eyelids and numbness is common following nose surgery. In most cases, the swelling and numbness will last for two to three weeks. Some people go back to work after one week when the bruising has turned a yellowish color and is fading. Others take two weeks off of work.

In rare instances, swelling can last between six months to a year. We advise our Utah rhinoplasty patients to use ice packs or cold compresses to minimize swelling and pain. Your doctor will provide additional direction and instructions following surgery and at a follow-up appointment.

The nose itself, particularly the tip may remain swollen for several months. It may take a full year before the nose completely settles down, but most of the healing takes place in the first two months.

Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center with Rhinoplasty Questions

Our ENT doctors in Salt Lake City, Park City and Draper, Utah are expert at cosmetic nose surgery. Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to set an appointment with one of our board-certified physicians to discuss questions about nose jobs and nasal surgery.

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