It can be very exciting thinking about the result you will achieve from Rhinoplasty Surgery. For some, it is life-changing because of being picked on for having a large or distorted nose. It’s great to focus on the end result however it is important to understand the recovery can take quite a bit of time and patience. Adhering to the post-surgery do’s and don’ts will make the process easier and less stressful.

The Do’s

Follow Your Doctor’s Advice

This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s important to remember that your doctor isn’t just making loose suggestions. Recommendations come from years of experience and are to ensure that your recovery process comes without complications. After a rhinoplasty, your doctor will provide specific instructions on how to prevent infection, prepare for follow-up appointments, inform you of when you can and cannot do certain activities, and set expectations for your recovery.

Rest and Relax

After the surgery, you will need time to recuperate. Taking the time to care for yourself is crucial to the recovery process and will likely help you to heal at a faster rate. Rest, relaxation, and healthy eating are key. When laying down or sleeping it’s very important to do so with your head elevated. This will allow the blood to flow downward which will reduce swelling and pain.

Protect Your Nose

During the initial stage of recovery, a splint and packing may be used. During this period and throughout recovery, it is key to avoid facial contact whenever possible. Additionally, wearing glasses can even cause additional bruising and swelling, so switch to contacts for a bit if you can.

Manage Swelling

Swelling is a common side effect of this type of procedure. Using a cold compress and keeping your head elevated about the heart will help reduce the swelling. If it is uncomfortable applying the compress directly to the nose, try placing in on the cheeks instead.

The Don’ts

Blow Your Nose

A rhinoplasty will likely lead to quite a bit of congestion, which is caused by swollen nasal tissue. Avoid the discomfort that comes with blowing by using a saline nasal spray. This may help ease congestion and moisturize the dry nasal passages.

Strenuous Activities

It’s crucial to take off time from vigorous exercise to avoid delaying recovery following a rhinoplasty procedure. The nose will be sensitive, swollen, and bruised, so be sure to pay attention to activities that result in an increase in discomfort. This is a sign to stop and take it easy. Post-op instructions will include a timeline of when it is ok to resume certain key activities such as going back to work, exercising, playing contact sports, and swimming.

Drink or Smoke

Alcohol and tobacco products can hinder the recovery process and limit blood flow, making it more difficult for the body to heal itself. Alternatively, it is best to drink lots of water to stay hydrated and regulate the body for optimal healing.

Miss Follow-Up Appointments

Showing up to post-procedure appointments is crucial to managing the recovery process. These appointments allow the surgeon to check for any potential issues and ensure the nose is healing properly. It’s also a great time to ask questions or express any concerns.


If you have questions about rhinoplasty or if you would like to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Cruise today.