What to Expect Before and After a Rhinoplasty Procedure

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping, is a cosmetic procedure to enhance someone’s beauty. It makes the face more attractive by enhancing its features and proportions.

Once you undergo nose shaping, your nose can look bigger or smaller, depending on your specifications. Your surgeon will help you change its angle, alter its tip, fix bumps and indentations. If your nose has some defects, it can be addressed to.

Are you one of those people who are unhappy with their noses? If yes, then you might consider a rhinoplasty procedure. Before making up your mind, you might want to continue reading, to know the basics and recovery process.

What happens before the surgery?

The very first step, of course, is to choose a good surgeon in a reputable clinic.

Always remember that a steady communication between the surgeon and patient will surely lead to successful results.

All the patient’s questions and concerns should be addressed at the initial consultation. Never hesitate to ask important details to your surgeon—no question is too complicated or too simple. Sharing your family’s medical history is also important.

Rhinoplasty also has quite a thorough healing process that needs to be religiously followed.

The patient should allow their nose to heal properly. Below are some of the things that should be done after a nose shaping procedure.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Techniques

It is normal to have some swelling after the operation. The healing process though, depends on the patient. If you want to alleviate the swelling and speed up your recovery, follow the following tips.

  • Avoid blowing the nose for around two weeks; instead, you should use a saline nasal spray to clear the nasal activity
  • Keep the head upright and elevated all the time
  • Avoid sun exposure for around 4 months, to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation
  • If the nose bandage becomes loose, call your doctor immediately
  • Sleep with your head elevated for around 2 weeks after the procedure
  • Put a cold, dry towel over the nose and midface area when resting
  • Use a hand-held blow dryer to dry your hair for at least 2 weeks after the surgery (Don’t use an overhead dryer!)

All of these guidelines can help decrease the swelling. Remember that there isn’t too much pain in rhinoplasty. However, there is a tight pressure and sensation. Your physician may prescribe a pain reliever to address any discomfort.

Here are other points to remember:

For some patients, sleeping may be hard so a sedative drug is prescribed.

As much as possible, there should be no driving, or operating of heavy machinery at this time.

Resume your exercise routine 2 weeks after the procedure, but jogging and light aerobics are okay.

How to clean your nose after surgery? The nose can be cleaned on the outside through a cotton swab. Never use a towel. Put hydrogen peroxide on the cotton swab, and make sure not to rub too hard, or else you will hurt yourself.

Once the bandages have been removed, your nose will now be fully exposed, and should be cleaned twice every day. If not cleaned religiously every single day, its swelling can continue.