Recovery From Rhinoplasty

You are admitted on the day of surgery.

You may have soft nasal packs overnight when you stay in the hospital for the night after surgery.

After the removal of the soft nasal packs the next morning you are allowed home with a designated driver.

You may sometimes have splints inside your nose which will be removed by your surgeon in a week.

You may have sutures in some cases that will be removed by your surgeon in a week. Some self-dissolving sutures persist for months. Non-absorbable sutures are used very occasionally.

You may have a nasal cast or tapes to protect your nose while it is healing. This stays approximately for one week.

You will be advised not to blow your nose or physically exert yourself. A perioperative instruction sheet guides you before and after your surgery

Black eyes are not usual with minimally traumatic techniques, but you may get some discoloration around the lower eyelid due to pressure from the dressing. The skin type and the extent of bony work determines if the bruising is more likely.

You may resume normal activities by the third week. Training and sports should be avoided for at-least eight weeks or as described in your case. If in any doubt please contact us.

In case of any concern, you will be able to contact us with the emergency numbers provided to you.

Your visits to your Surgeon after surgery are all complimentary. We take pride in our follow-up and typically see our patients for as long as they are willing to return. We benefit from these return visits as these are a goldmine of knowledge to keep improving from our experience. We try to arrange reviews as soon as possible.

The swelling may take 6-12 months to dissipate. While some patients may have little swelling within first six months there are others that may take 18 months. Your surgeon can often predict where the swelling is likely to persist. We have at-least four patients where the swelling settled, and the result became satisfactory, beyond 36 months. Thankfully these cases are rare and were predicted by the surgeon before offering surgery. Swelling is more noticeable by the patients themselves rather than the on-lookers. This is the duration of time it takes for the 'final look' to appear. Indeed, the nose, as the rest of face, keeps changing over the years and the long-term results are more predictable with conservative techniques.