The Best Rhinoplasty Recovery Tips

The primary reasons for having rhinoplasty surgery are to improve your breathing, change the shape of your nose or a combination of the two. This surgical procedure not only changes your appearance, but it can also boost your confidence level.


No matter what is motivating you to undergo a nose job, post-surgery recovery is something that needs to be dealt with. You can expect more discomfort than pain, a lot of swelling, especially the first week after surgery and some bruising around the eyes.


Depending upon the procedure there might also be some nasal packing or a splint inside your nose for a couple of days or a splint or cast on top of your nose as extra protection the first-week post-procedure.


Some doctors will also prescribe an antihistamine for a few days to help ease some discomfort. Usually, after one week, all packing and splints are removed as well as any non-absorbable sutures. As swelling and bruising decreases nasal breathing starts to normalise.


Approximately 80{769cdb8cd619b788641aa479aab8b2daa9f4dd12873f723b78b0cd1e18759000} of the facial swelling is gone after six weeks, but it might take as long as 12 months for all the nasal swelling to subside.


I turned to Sydney Rhinoplasty Specialist – Shire Cosmetic, to find out about possible complications and how to avoid them as well as the dos and don’ts to help in your recovery.




Postoperative bleeding is the primary concern and can occur as late as 2 or 3 weeks after surgery, but usually, happens within days after surgery. To prevent this from happening its recommended that you avoid heavy lifting and exertion for at least three weeks post-op and avoid bending over which can increase nasal pressure. You should also try not to sneeze and try not to blow your nose or stick anything up it.


To Recover Faster:


  • Do keep your head elevated as much as possible after surgery, sleep with two pillows at night.
  • Do take pain medication and antihistamine as needed, but try to switch from pain meds to Tylenol as soon as possible, to prevent constipation from pain meds.
  • Do be certain to carefully read all preoperative and postoperative instructions given to you by your surgeon.
  • Do stop taking aspirin, Advil or any other medications that thin your blood for at least two weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery so you do not bleed excessively.
  • Do wiggle your toes occasionally when in bed right after surgery, take lots of deep breaths, and walk around a bit to keep circulation going to prevent blood clots.


To Help Healing:


  • Don’t lift heavy objects, over exert yourself with activities like heavy housework, or exercise for at least three weeks post-op.
  • Don’t put anything smaller in your nose than your elbow!
  • Don’t blow your nose or sneeze for a couple of weeks. If you have to sneeze, expel the sneeze through your mouth, not your nose.
  • Don’t be impatient! Understand that a rhinoplasty is a process, and you will continue to look and feel better as time goes on.
  • Don’t be in arm’s reach from your friends who talk with their hands for at least a couple of weeks.


Rhinoplasty can change your appearance and the function of your nose for the better, but because it has such a major impact on your looks — it is front and centre after all! — it’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon and make sure you share the same aesthetic goal.


Then, if you choose to move ahead with the procedure, you’ll be armed with these and any additional recovery tips from your doctor.

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