A rhinoplasty, colloquially referred to as a “nose job,” can dramatically or subtly alter your appearance by changing the angle, size, or width of your nose. With any plastic surgery, it is critical to care for the affected area in order to ensure a swift and smooth healing process. To find out how to care for your post-op nose, read these tips below.

Healing Your Wound

Following your rhinoplasty, your nose will be surgically packed, bandaged, and fit with a splint. The packing will be removed just a couple days after surgery, and the splint and bandaging will come off in approximately a week. Use cold compresses to treat the bruises and swelling that will occur in and around the nose, face, and eyes.

Taking Medications

Your doctor may prescribe pain medicine and antibiotic pills, which should be taken as directed. Your doctor may also prescribe medications to reduce swelling and prevent bruising. You will most likely be instructed to resume taking your regular medications the day after surgery.

Performing Daily Tasks

Sleeping on your back is ideal because it prevents swelling that can occur if you lay on your side. For the first week of your recovery, avoid lifting objects that weigh more than ten pounds. Do not blow your nose or do any running or aerobic exercise. Refrain from bending forward and straining yourself in any way. If you wear contact lenses, you should be permitted to insert them two days after surgery. Limit the time that you wear eyeglasses and be sure to wear only a lightweight pair. You may resume a normal diet after surgery, though swallowing solid food may be difficult while your nose feels congested.

At Blackhawk Plastic Surgery, we offer a range of cosmetic procedures, including rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, and face lifts. Serving patients in the San Francisco Bay Area, we believe that if you look good, you feel good. Give us a call at (925) 736-5757 or visit our website to set up a free consultation at our Danville surgery center.