You will wake up after rhinoplasty with a splint covering your nose and small tubes may be placed in your nose for a short time to prevent draining fluid from being swallowed. It's also possible that you may have packing to support the nose internally as it heals. When it comes to stitches, dissolving sutures are used internally, and dissolving or removable sutures close any external incisions. No matter how cumbersome or uncomfortable, you shouldn't remove any splints or packing without your surgeon's permission.
Added Post-Care Considerations:
Someone must drive you home and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours.
If you have a drip pad to catch any drainage, you'll need help changing it so you're clean and comfortable.
Expect to be swollen, bruised in the eye and cheek region and stuffed up.
No nose-blowing allowed.
A diet of soft food is recommended for a the few days after surgery as you may also have a mild headache and your cheeks and jaw might be sore
Keep your head elevated even while you sleep.
Cool compresses and anti-inflammatory medications can make you more comfortable and keep swelling down.
You may also experience mouth dryness because you'll be breathing through your mouth until the nasal swelling subsides. Sucking candies and drinking extra liquids can help.
Contact lenses can be used once swelling diminishes.
You should be back to your normal routine within a week and back to regular exercise within three to six weeks.
Wear appropriate protection if you are involved in any sport or activity that may cause injury to your nose.
Be sure to protect your skin and nose from sun exposure.
Other nose job risks:
Nosebleeds or ruptures of small blood nasal vessels are common after rhinoplasty. Visible vessels can be corrected with a laser, cautery or sclerotherapy.
Excess scar tissue can develop but is rare. This might impair breathing and, in some cases, can be treated with steroid injections. If bone is grafted or altered, minor irregularities may develop and occasionally be felt or seen.
Unpredictable results are possible. The aesthetic outcome of rhinoplasty cannot always be foreseen. Bones may dislodge, and cartilage and soft tissue may change in shape over time. In addition, results may not develop as you had hoped, and asymmetry is possible. Secondary procedures may occasionally be required to refine your results to achieve your original goal.