The Wentworth Clinic, Bournemouth

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The Wentworth Clinic

Immediately After Surgery

A majority of nose reshaping patients are active again and out of bed around two days after their rhinoplasty procedure. It’s important to spend this two day recovery period in bed; you should rest in bed with your head elevated on the first day. You may experience aching in your nose and head – this is common and the medication prescribed by your surgeon will help to alleviate the pain. It’s also vital that you continue to wear your small nose splint for around a week or so – this helps to protect your nose from any damage and keeps it stable.

After around 10 to 12 days following your procedure, any dressings and splints can be removed, and you can return to your normal day to life! However, we would recommend that you avoid any strenuous activities (such as all sports) and you try to avoid rubbing or bumping your nose as best you can for a few more weeks while healing continues.

It’s not uncommon for you to experience bleeding for the first few days after the surgery, and you’re safe to clean this up with a clean handkerchief or a piece of gauze swab. It’s also best to leave any congealed crusts in your nostrils for the first week, and then subsequently gently clean them away with soft cotton buds. You should also avoid taking hot baths as this may cause more bleeding, and you should try your best to avoid blowing your nose or sneeze. If you feel that you are going to sneeze try to ‘cough it out’ – if you need to clear your nose, it’s safe to sniff back into your throat instead.

  • Following surgery, rest quietly in bed with your head elevated by two pillows.
  • Take the antibiotics and analgesics prescribed by your surgeon/
  • Apply ointment, as advised, into your nostrils with a soft cotton bud.
  • Continue taking Arnica for a further week.


Swelling & Bruising

  • You’ll find the swelling and bruising will subside after roughly three days; it should be gone in around 2 weeks.
  • Apply cold compresses but avoid heavy materials – gauze squares soaked in a bowl of ice water work well as a compress.
  • Continue applying compresses frequently for the first 48 hours without fail – this is a vital aspect of your after surgery care.
  • Do not worry if your eyelids swell or shut up – this is fairly common and should clear up in 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Try not to lead your head forward, as this may cause bleeding. If you need to pick something up, bend from your knees instead.


One Week After Surgery

You shouldn’t have to be concerned about the removal of stitches from your nose, as a majority of the time we will use the dissolving type of stitch for internal stiches. External stitches, however, will need to be removed and your surgeon will provide advice on the best course of care, as well as schedule a time for their removal. You’ll continue to wear the splint on your nose to provide stability during recovery – after its removal, you’ll have to be careful with your nose as the protection is effectively removed. Its vulnerability shouldn’t last longer than six weeks.

You should also schedule some time off work to recover, however, how long you’ll need will depend on the extent of your rhinoplasty surgery. Once the initial swelling has subsided in the fortnight following your procedure, you’ll likely feel safe and confident enough to return to your day to day life – however, you will still need to wear the nasal splint in bed for the next six weeks.

Be aware that the longest part of your recovery is the maturing of your new reconstructed nose shape – this can take at least three months, and potentially longer if you’ve had more extensive surgery. Do not be too critical of your early nose shape, as minor unevenness is common but this will settle over time.