What Do You Need to Know Before Your Nose Surgery

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Rhinoplasty — also referred to as ‘nose job’ — is a plastic surgery procedure aimed at changing the shape of the nose to enhance its proportions and general facial harmony.

Moreover, rhinoplasty can change your nose’s shape, size, or proportions. Patients may choose it to improve breathing, repair deformities due to an injury, or correct a congenital disability. 

However, before the procedure, you will undergo a mandatory consultation with a plastic surgeon to determine whether the procedure and rhinoplasty costs in Santa Monica, CA, are suitable for you.

Each rhinoplasty procedure is unique and customized for each specific goal and the patient’s anatomy. Hence, it has no systematic series of steps; however, it does treat a host of aesthetic and functional concerns. 

Rhinoplasty can treat the following:

  • Size of your nose in relation to facial balance
  • Width of your nose in the size and position of the nostrils
  • Visible humps or depressions on the bridge of your nose
  • Enlarged, drooping, upturned, or hooked nasal tip
  • Large or upturned nostrils
  • Deviated septums or other functional concerns

Requirements Before Rhinoplasty

When you are approved for rhinoplasty, there are several instructions to follow before your surgery. Usually, your surgeon will thoroughly go through them to prepare you for the procedure. 

Some of these instructions are as follows:

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  • Stop taking any blood-thinning medicines.
  • Ensure you go for regular healthcare routine tests to make sure it is safe for you to have surgery.
  • Stop smoking at least two to three weeks before and after the surgery.

Recovery After Rhinoplasty Surgery

Like any other surgery, you will need to rest and take time off work or any strenuous activity for at least four to six weeks. In most cases, internal dressings and nasal support after rhinoplasty stay for seven days. 

Before you are discharged from the hospital or surgical suite, you will be monitored in the recovery room for several hours. If all is well, as confirmed by your surgeon, you may be discharged on the same day to continue your recovery from the comfort of your home. 

However, you will need someone to drive you home due to the anesthesia used. 

If you develop a complication during your rhinoplasty procedure, you may be required to stay in the hospital for a day or two for observation.

It will be best to rest in bed with your head raised higher than your chest. This position helps reduce bleeding and swelling.

The final result of a rhinoplasty procedure may be seen several months later, even though the swelling may completely go away within the first six or even 12 months after the procedure. 

Moreover, if you do not have dissolvable stitches, they can be removed after seven days. Also, you should be able to resume strenuous activities in four to six weeks.

What to Expect During Recovery

  • A congested nose due to swelling or splints inside your nose
  • Discharge mucus and dried blood, especially after removing the dressing
  • Light nosebleeds for the first few days
  • Black-and-blue discoloration of your eyelids may occur for two to three weeks after the surgery
  • Temporary swelling of the nose
  • A stiff and numb nose
  • Soreness, swelling, and bruising around the eyes, which can last three weeks

Furthermore, it will help if you lower the chances of swelling and bleeding to fasten the recovery process during recovery.

Precautions After Rhinoplasty Surgery

  • Avoid blowing or removing any crusts off your nose
  • Avoid strenuous activities, such as aerobics and jogging
  • Avoid extreme facial expressions, such as laughing or smiling
  • Take baths instead of showers while you still have bandages on your nose
  • Do not put anything cold such as ice or cold packs on your nose after surgery
  • Eat high-fiber foods to avoid constipation as it may cause you to strain, thus, putting pressure on the surgery site
  • Gently brush your teeth to limit movement of your upper lip
  • Support your head up with a pillow when resting to reduce the swelling
  • Avoid clothes worn over the head but instead, wear clothes that fasten in the front
  • Do not rest eyeglasses or sunglasses on your nose for at least four weeks after the surgery so as not to apply pressure on your nose
  • Apply SPF 30 sunscreen on your nose when you are outside as too much sun may cause permanent irregular discoloration on your nose.
  • Do not get the splint wet
  • Avoid dusty or smoky places
  • Sneeze through your mouth to avoid pressure on your nose