Rhinoplasty After Care Instructions

  • After surgery it is best for you to go to bed with your head elevated on 2 pillows.
  • Apply ice bags to your eyes as much as possible during the day for the first 48 hours as this will minimize the amount of swelling you will have after surgery. Do not put pressure on the nasal cast.
  • Do not be alarmed if you continue to swell after the first 24 hours. Swelling reaches its peak at 48-72 hours.
  • If you have pain, take the pain medication every 3-4 hours. It is best to take pain medication with crackers, jello etc. If you have no pain, do not take the medication. Alcohol and pain medicine should not be taken together.
  • A light diet is best for the day of surgery. Begin taking liquids slowly. You can start a soft regular diet the next day. For 2 weeks avoid foods that require excess lip movement i.e. apples, corn on the cob etc.
  • You will probably have a bloody nasal discharge for 2-4 days so change the drip pad under your nose as often as needed. Do not rub or blot your nose as this will tend to irritate it. You may discard the drip pad and remove the tape on your cheeks when the drainage has stopped.
  • To prevent bleeding, do not sniff or blow your nose for the first two weeks after surgery. Try not to sneeze, but if you do, sneeze through your mouth.
  • While the nasal splint is on, you may have your hair washed beauty salon fashion, take care to prevent the cast from getting wet.
  • Keep the inside edges of your nostrils and any stitches clean by using a Q-tip saturated with hydrogen peroxide followed by a thin coating of Polysporin ointment. This will help prevent crusts from forming. You may advance the Q-tip into the nose as far as the cotton on the Q-tip, but no further. There is nothing you can do to hurt anything inside your nose as long as you are gentle in your actions.