Planning on rhinoplasty? Some say the recovery is a difficult one, while other say it’s relatively tolerable. Here’s what you can expect.
When you wake up after a nose job, you’ll have a splint covering your nose and small tubes may be placed in your nostrils to help drain excess fluid. You also may have packing or tubes in the nostrils to support the nose internally as it heals. (This can be mildly uncomfortable, but you shouldn’t remove anything without your surgeon’s permission.)
Following surgery, you’ll need someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours. You may have a “drip pad” taped beneath your nostrils to catch any drainage, and you’ll need help changing this for the first day or so after surgery.
Expect to be swollen and bruised in the eye and cheek areas. You may feel like you have a cold. You may also have a headache and your face may feel sore, so you may want to stick to eating soft foods for the first few days.
To keep swelling to a minimum, sleep with your head elevated and use cool compresses and pain medications to stay comfortable. It’s also common to experience dry mouth from being unable to breathe through your nose, but sucking candies and drinking extra fluids can help. Just remember, these are all common and part of the recovery process, and should subside within a week.
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