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Nose After Care Instructions

Patient Care Instructions after Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

It is important to remember that after surgery it is normal to have some bruising and swelling. Most of this resolves within 10-14 days after surgery, depending on the procedure that was performed. With Rhinoplasty procedures some small swelling may persist, over the nasal tip in particular, for up to 9-12 months after the procedure.

  1. Avoid strenuous exercise and straining for at least 2 weeks after the procedure. Ask the Doctor before starting any sports activity.
  2. You may wash your hair the day after surgery, but take great care not to get the cast wet. It may result in premature separation of the cast.
  3. Most patients experience very little pain following this procedure. You should not, however, hesitate to take the prescribed pain medication if you need it. Remember it is very important not to take aspirin.
  4. You should not lift or attempt to move heavy objects for two weeks after surgery. Avoid bending during this time in order to hasten the resolution of the nasal swelling.
  5. Do not allow direct sun exposure to the skin over the nose. This area is sensitive to sunlight after this type of surgery. Exposure may result in changes of pigment of the skin on top of the nose. After a month it is okay to be in the sun provided that a sunscreen with SPF greater than 40 is used liberally.
  6. You should rest with your head elevated for the first day of your surgery, and the following 2 weeks.
  7. Avoid pull-over type clothing, this will reduce the chance of snagging a suture or disrupting the suture lines. Loose fitting clothing that buttons up the front is generally recommended.
  8. You should immediately report any of the following conditions to the doctor or his staff:
    • Temperature greater than 100.5 °F ( 38 ° C)
    • Bright red drainage that does not stop
    • Severe pain that is not controlled by medications
  9. Make sure you have follow up appointments scheduled after surgery.
  10. Smoking reduces the oxygen carrying capacity of your blood vessels and thus should be completely avoided.

If you have any question please call Dr. Harris at (619) 571-6125 or email: