Rhinoplasty: What to Expect from Your Nose Surgery

When you have any kind of surgery, you want to know exactly what to expect. The same is true of cosmetic surgery. Any surgical procedure comes with certain risks, and it is important to have realistic expectations. Here’s what you should expect from your nose surgery.

Day of Surgery

Rhinoplasty is usually done on an outpatient basis, although it will likely be performed in a surgical center. You will probably have general anesthesia to make you unconscious during the procedure. It is important that you have someone to drive you home after the surgery because you will still be under the influence of the anesthesia. The entire procedure should only take about two to three hours, although you will need to cancel your activities for the whole day.

Immediate After Care

When you leave after your surgery, you will have a nasal splint over your nose to protect it. Your doctor will tell you how long you need to keep the nasal splint on and when you will be able to remove it. Your doctor may instruct you to leave it on until your first follow-up appointment. You will also be given medication to manage the pain. You will not be able to resume normal activity right away, and you will not be able to blow your nose.

After Surgery

Complete recovery from nose surgery takes about four weeks. During that time, you are not able to blow your nose or participate in strenuous activity. Swelling from the procedure can last up to 12 months, especially in the tip of the nose, although you should see results fairly quickly. There is about a 10 percent rate of nose surgeries that have to be repeated or corrected.

If you are interested in nose surgery for yourself, contact us today for more information or to schedule your consultation.