Nose Surgery After The Procedure
After Nose Surgery
The procedure itself will take approximately 1-3 hours.
AFTER RHINOPLASTY SURGERY
- Nausea: It is very important not to become nauseated after surgery and/or vomit. To prevent this take Zofran as directed.
- Listen to your body: If you are tired, rest. Discomfort during recovery is often a sign of overexertion.
- Rest and sleep: In a reclined position at approximately 45 degrees. Use ice packs, frozen finely broken up peas or corn constantly for at least the first 3 days, 15 minutes on 15 minutes off. Do not put ice directly onto skin because you will have decreased sensitivity.
- Nasal packing: Dr. Cruise or his nurse will typically remove the nasal packing the next day. NOTE FOR POST-OP VISIT: Take Sudafed one hour prior to the visit and bring Afrin with you to the appointment.
- Showering: First day post-op you may shower with cool water, gently wash your hair, apply generous amounts of both shampoo and conditioner. Gently wash the entire face with soap and water. Do not try to remove all blood with the first washing.
- Sun Exposure: Avoid direct exposure of incision to sunlight for at least 6 weeks, apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) to the area of the incision if you will be in the sun for extended periods of time.
- Smoking: Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after surgery.
- Aspirin: Do not use aspirin-containing products for at least 1 week. You ma take Tylenol or pain medication as prescribed
- Ointments/creams: Do not put any ointments or creams on incision lines unless instructed by Dr. Cruise. You should start applying ScarLess® on your incisions seven days after surgery. ScarLess® is a prescription strength cream with vitamin E, silicone and Hydrocortisone to help minimize redness and elevation of the scars. You can purchase ScarLess® at our office.
- Physical activity: Do not do any strenuous aerobic activity for 4 weeks after surgery. Avoid contact sports for 8 weeks.
- Going back to work: Some people with sedentary jobs go back to work after 3-5 days. If your job, however, requires strenuous activity then it may take as long as 3 weeks to return to work. Most people return to work in about 1 week.
I could not believe how quick and easy it was. Unbelievable. It is now day 7 and I feel great. Thank you to everybody at Dr. Cruise's office.
WHAT TO EXPECT AS YOU RECOVER
- Immediately after surgery, some patients feel groggy or nauseous. These feelings normally subside by the next day.
- Post surgical swelling may temporarily cause the look of unevenness, skin changes, hard spots, and ridges. Could last two or more weeks.
- Most bruising will fade after the second week. After the first week much of the remaining discoloration can be concealed with a cream-based cosmetic.
- Most stitches will dissolve within 7 days.
- Nasal splint will be removed at office visit one week after surgery.
- Your healing incision lines may itch a little. Avoid scratching them. Apply hydrocortisone.
- Pink scars will eventually fade to an unnoticeable color.
- You may experience some numbness for up to one year. Remember not to put ice or anything hot directly onto skin because you may have decreased awareness of temperature damage.
- The nasal tip takes 1-2 years for all swelling to completely go away and the sensation to return to normal.
WHEN TO CALL US
Post surgical complications are rare and are often easily solved by the doctor if you notify us. Call us if you experience any of the following: a temperature of 101 or higher, increased local redness or warmth, chest pain, shortness of breath, legs swelling, calf pain or if you feel that anything might be wrong. Please call the office@ 949-644-4808 within regular business hours, or page Dr. Cruise after business hours @ 714-304-8050.
POST-OP VISITS AND CARE SUMMARY