Rhinoplasty Discharge Instructions
Instructions for Rhinoplasty Patients
- One might have packing in one or both nostrils. All or part of this will be removed at your follow up appointment. Please call our office and make an appointment for this.
- A splint will be place on the nose. Do not remove this or get it wet. This will also be removed at your follow up appointment.
- One can expect swelling and bruising for the first few days post-operatively. Ice packs applied to the eyes and forehead will help diminish this. Elevating the head at a 45 degree angle for the first week is also helpful in minimizing swelling.
- Avoid strenuous activity for a period of 2-4 weeks following surgery. Do not do any heavy lifting (over 10-15 pounds) or bending during this period of time.
- A pad will be placed under the nose to catch any drainage during the first 24-48 hours. This can be changed as needed. You can discontinue the use of this once no drainage is present.
- Someone should stay with you the first 24 hours after surgery.
- Concealer can be applied to bruised areas but makeup over the incisions should NOT be applied for at least 7-10 days. The wounds need to be well on the way toward healing before this is done.
- Avoid trauma to the area for the next 10-12 weeks. Alter your activities accordingly.
- One may shower 24 hours after surgery. Keep the splint dry.
- All pain medication can cause nausea when taken on an empty stomach. Please take every dose with food to avoid this problem. A choice of pain medications has been provided. Please choose one and do not change unless a problem occurs with a particular medication or you wish to “step down” to a lesser strength narcotic. ALL pain medications cause constipation. Please use laxative or stool softeners as needed.
- Driving may be resumed once one’s reaction times, reflexes, and abilities are back to “normal”. One cannot drive while taking narcotic pain relievers. This usually requires up to 10 to 14 days for most people to be sage behind the wheel.
- Temperature elevations to 100-101 degrees in the first 2-4 days are usually due to collapse of the small air passages in the lungs after general anesthesia. This usually does not represent infection in most cases unless accompanied by other signs and symptoms such as redness, unusual drainage, increasing pain etc. This usually improved with deep breaths, increased activity and occasionally forcing a cough to re-expand the lungs.
- Gauge your activity by how you feel. It is very common to tire easily after what you would normally consider to be minimal activity – pace yourself. Mood swings are common also. Don’t be discouraged- healing takes time
- If you develop increased redness, warmth, pain, or temperature in excess of 101 degrees, please call our office and have your pharmacy’s phone number available.
- Please do not forcefully blow the nose. Saline nasal mist (e.g. – AYR nasal spray) can be used as needed to irrigate the area.
- Sutures will be removed at your first appointment in the office. Keep the area free from dried secretions by gently cleansing with a Q-tip and water as needed.
- Swelling is expected and will persist for several weeks. Change may continue to occur up to one year as the soft tissue swelling subsides.
If you have any questions that our office has not covered, please call us.